Whether visiting town for a weekend or simply seeking a change of scenery for the night, below are some of our favourite alternatives to the rather impersonal globalized five star lodging chains.
Topping our list is the recently opened and buzz-worthy Hotel Pantone. Designed by Michel Penneman and architect Olivier Hannaert, the spanking new boutique hotel establishes itself as a temple for the colour-conscious, and whose aim is to allow guests to experience the city through a lens of colour. Each floor showcases a distinctive hue, mixing colour therapy and design. The 59 rooms and suites use one of seven Pantone colour palettes, ranging from tranquil and aquatic to daring and fiery: earthy/rich (chocolate), daring/fiery (fuchsia), vibrant/intense (orange), cheerful/warm (lemon), captivating/esteemed/silky (pink), fresh/eager (green) and tranquil/exotic/exhilarating (aqua).
Place Loix 1 Loixplein
+32 (2) 541 48 98
Odette en Ville
Monochromatic amateurs will probably feel more comforted by the black and white palette of the Châtelain/Kastelijn’s Odette en Ville. This boutique hotel, set in an Art Nouveau townhouse, offers eight rooms dominated by black, featuring a flat screen TV, gas flame fireplace, and punctuated by lilac coloured bed, candles, and a white marble bathroom, featuring a notably huge bathtub. The library offers a selection of art books and a black and white TV with Fellini movies on rotation. Extremely popular is also the hotel’s restaurant, renowned for its fine French and Belgian cuisine. The ideal place for a business lunch or for bringing a date whose favourite Stones song is Paint It Black.
Rue du Châtelain 25 Kastelijnsstraat
+32 (0)2 640 26 26
Those looking for something with flair and willing to skip the boutique hotel trail now have an option thanks to the Tenbosch House. This intimate guesthouse breathes serenity in these two revamped late 19th century town houses. The seven spacious suites – all complete with balconies or terraces – have original mid-20th Century Scandinavian furniture complementing the uncluttered gallery-like interiors. With an ever-changing art collection, the Tenbosch House operates as a gateway to the Brussels’ art scene. The interior of each suite has been curated by the Swedish Catharina Eklof, offering guests a perfect fix of Scandinavian style and contemporary art.
Rue Washington 131-133 Washingtonstraat
The Amigo Hotel
When it comes to top-notch service and absolute luxury, it doesn’t get any better than the Amigo. A thirty seconds walk from the Grand Place/Grote Markt, the hotel is as central as could be. Being greeted by the uniformed doormen is bound to make you feel like a million dollars, and the highly knowledgeable concierge staff is famed for its helpfulness. The 173 rooms all have a unique customized twist, with nods to Belgian trademarks ranging from surrealist painter Magritte to comic book hero Tintin. The Bocconi restaurant lives up to the standard of luxury the hotel offers, and which has now become the ultimate destination of well-known politicians as well as A-list celebrities.
Rue de l’Amigo 1 – 3 Amigostraat
+ 32 (0) 2 547 47 47
The Dominican Hotel
Housed in what used to be a Dominican Abbey in the 15th century, the hotel enjoys a prime location right behind opera house La Monnaie/Het Munt, right in the city’s vibrant centre. The original stone floors and sweeping archways provide the authentic finishing touches to the stylish interior. Lingering lunches in the peaceful courtyard are a must and the swanky lounge bar, boasting a great cocktail selection and an elegant à la carte menu, makes it the perfect place for those looking to impress a date.
Rue Léopold 9 Leopoldstraat
+32 (0)2 203 08 08