Hotel Le Plaza
What We Love
- A sophisticated hotel in central Brussels, with breakfast includedThe atmospheric 1930s vibe of Hotel Le Plaza
- Being located right next to the Chocolate Museum and a short stroll from the Grand Palace
- Downing a pre-dinner cocktail at the chic hotel bar
What To Know
- Just minutes from the Rogier tube station and Brussels-North railway station
- Located in the Red Light district
- Free WiFi
Stay smack-dab in the heart of Brussels, surrounded by the grandeur and sophistication of Hotel Le Plaza, a historic building dating back to the 1930s. Expect high ceilings, chandeliers, marble and embroidered furnishings, all effortlessly fused together in a way that transports you to a glamorous time when service and sophistication were paramount. You’ll even be served by butlers in white gloves, so don’t be surprised if you feel like you’re in a Poirot film.
When you manage to tear yourself away from your sumptuous surroundings, you can venture out to explore the delicious food, cafés and Art Nouveau architecture that Brussels is renowned for. Don’t leave without visiting the famed chocolate shops – worth the hype. You’re also in a prime spot for shopping, situated as you are near the Rue Neuve shopping district, a short stroll from the Chocolate Museum and less than a mile from the Grand Place.
Rooms are elegant and minimal, with soft lighting and comfortable furnishings. There are 190 rooms altogether, some of which have bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers.
Brasserie Esterel restaurant is large and grand, with rich colorful fabrics and fine wooden furniture. In a unique touch, it has a large dome painted with a blue-sky motif. The restaurant and bar serve continental cuisine selected by chef Olivier Bontemps and offers an extensive wine list. Enjoy a cocktail or two propped up at the bar, and you’ll feel like a grand 1930s dame. The Breakfast Room, Adolphe Max, is equally grand and offers a warm atmosphere, decorated in gold, crimson and yellow, with heavy brocade drapes and chandeliers.
Venture out to explore the delicious food, cafés and Art Nouveau architecture that Brussels has to offer, as well as the many chocolate shops for which it’s beloved. Your central location, just a 10 to 15 minute walk from the Grand Place, puts you close to the heart of the action.
How to Get There
This would be a great hotel if not for summer. We stayed here in July, booked two suites and neither had air conditioning.
We opened the windows while walking around town at night to cool the rooms so we could sleep comfortably, but were disappointed to find the turn-down service staff closed them up while we were gone. Our chocolates on our bed pillows were melting when we got back. Rooms sweltering.
The only relief came from a cheap fan they put in the room but that simply doesn’t cut it.
An additional frustration: we had to call twice for a roll away bed. I’m not sure if they didn’t believe me the first time, or? But four hours later when we returned, it wasn’t in the room and we had to call again.
Breakfast was your typical buffet. Nothing to brag about. No custom omelettes, not a lot of fruit choices.
Aside from those glaring problems, the hotel is a historic property. The rooms are decorated quite nice. Nice linens and clean rooms. The lobby is beautiful (and air conditioned). Staff was decent aside from being ignored about our roll away.
Outside is a bit dodgy if you have kids, with sex shops in the area. And, I can’t say it’s close to some of the more popular attractions, nor fine dining. Bring your walking shoes.
I don’t hate this hotel, I just can’t justify the price tag - the value isn’t there. And I would like to not sweat while I try to sleep.
Our driver pointed out to us as we arrived that the hotel is in the middle of the red light district. Sex shops and strip clubs along the street. Warned us the place can be a bit unsafe late at night. More funny than alarming, but they don't mention that in the hotel ad. The hotel is old school. I didn't see any issues of it looking run down, just a bit of a throwback. Issues started when we got upstairs. Was supposed to have 2 rooms, 1 with queen bed and the other with two doubles. Both had two doubles pushed together. Turned on the AC in both rooms since it was 90 outside --- neither room had working AC. Talked to the front desk and they said they would send someone up. Left to go be tourists. Came back, still no AC. Spoke to desk. They said they forgot to put in the request and their person had gone home for the night. The promised us a fan, but could only find one since so many people were asking for them. Slept poorly as a) windows only open 4 inches and it was 80 degrees at 11pm, and b) it's in the middle of the red light district so people were on the street all night. Day two --- again promised they would look into the AC issue. Multiple people at the desk pissed off about the lack of AC. Seems the AC doesn't work in the entire hotel. So they lied to us about sending someone up somehow solving the problem. We were taking a day trip the following day so wouldn't be able to switch hotels. Got back, still no AC and to add insult to injury they took the one fan we did have. Called down and they said someone else wanted it? WTF??!? Checked out the next morning. Would never stay there again.
Room was very spacious and comfortable. Hotel as a whole has a sense of grandeur that harks back to an older time.
Nice breakfast buffet that was included. It is served in a room in a level below the lobby. If you have issues using a staircase, it may not be accessible.
Close and easy access to hotel from the Brussels Nord train station.
We had booked a double bed well in advance, however we were given a room with 2 twin beds pushed together. In the middle of a heat wave, the air conditioning did not work. Staff told us there were no other rooms, there were no more fans, and that the a/c repair person had gone home for the day. So, we were stuck in a very hot, horribly uncomfortable room. The staff attitude was "oh well, too bad." For all the advertisements of their dedication to fine service, they would not even supply a comfortable room, much less a modicum of concern for their guests.
I will keep that memory forever since its my wedding night hotel :) My husband have rented for us a room and I loved the bed. Things that need to be updated: better coffee and coffee maker! AC- sorry just fan for 90F just doesnt work. I liked my cleaning lady she was a nice filipino lady. The lobby was a very glamourous since the hotel is part of Monaco embassy. I like the location of it. Close to good kebab and mcdonald as well shopping avenue. if you are fan of starbuck it was a half mile for it as well. Just across the street I found my fav european brands like Zara; pimkie; mango etc. Things to repair... make sure a carpet is clean mine wasnt... as well I prefer coffee maker. Compare with 'The hotel" this one is like 60 years behind. Besides prices for coffee and menu was too high for amount of the meal. Too poor ingrediens and too small portions. Managment should go to The hotel and compare the standards. Anyway... the best memories I have is with the bed since I had a lot of sex with my dearest.