Hotel Sofitel Brussels Le Louise
What We Love
- In-house art galleries and quirky design touches, with an emphasis on the surreal, give the hotel a colorful, sexy vibe
- The extra large terrace was built to capture some of the rare Belgian sunshine
- Award-winning drinks by Crystal Lounge's head mixologist, Raphael Tremerie
What To Know
- Babysitters and Sunday morning craft activities are available to occupy the kids
- Low-speed WiFi is free
- It's a boutique on a grand scale; there are 169 rooms and 10 suites
- Pets are permitted at no additional cost
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Designed by Portuguese architect Antoine Pinto, the Sofitel has a quirky, modern aesthetic accented by a lace-inspired wall covering and a purple presence that would turn Prince’s head, from the crystal chandelier to the lobby-length couch. Surrealist art, including a meeting room adorned with paintings of French authors with animal heads, and custom hats by Elvis Pompilio atop some of the light fixtures, adds a touch of whimsy.
Bed and Bath
Art-print pillows by Fornasetti rest atop plush bedding, with flexible reading lights extending from the nightstands. A gentle rainfall shower is outfitted with Hermès bath products, a sign of the Sofitel’s French origins. Beige walls and dark woods are livened up by further splashes of purple in the mod chairs and lampshades.
The Crystal Lounge and Restaurant, helmed by Adwin Fontein, serves Mediterranean and French dishes. The breakfast buffet covers the usual bases, from cold meats and cheeses to cereals, crepes and fruit cups, with a bowl of breads, croissants and pastries brought directly to the table with coffee and tea service. Named for the expensive custom crystal bottles along its wall, the Crystal Lounge serves up French-style edible cocktails and equally impressive liquid ones, including the award-winning Perfect Louise. The extra large terrace plays host to a nightly light show and the occasional Belgian sunny day, while the nearby smoking room offers a full selection of cigars.
In the Area
On Avenue de la Toison d’Or, the Rodeo Drive of Brussels, shopping options from Hermès, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co. and dozens more line the street. The Parc du Palais d’Egmont offers handsome statues and an Alice in Wonderland flower garden a few minutes away. The Belgian chocolate shops, art galleries and cafés of the Sablon neighborhood are within walking distance to the north. Head deeper into the city center to Nuetnigenough for veal meatballs and choice local beer selections at Tilquin and the up-and-coming Brouwers Verzet.
How to Get There
They offered their rooms for very low prices during summer which made me give them a try. Rooms are good but not super special compared against their normal rates. Liked the free well stocked free minibar including a variety of nice snacks and beers. Rooms in the front have quite some noise from the streets in front day and night. The inner terrace is okay. Looks better on the photos than it is in reality but still a nice retreat. I miss a sauna or swimming pool here. Close to several public transport connections. Would stay again when the rates are low. If not I prefer the Novotel Black Noire.
Great location, excellent rooms, ours looked over the main road with views across Brussels. Staff excellent, bar prices a little high but good quality cocktails produced. Barbecue food well cooked and well presented. Would definitely stay here again.
The rooms were clean and very comfortable. Superb bathroom. We looked out over the garden which had hardly any noise coming up from the restaurant and no traffic noise.
Lots of choice for breakfast and especially the fresh fruits were plentiful.
Great staff on front desk and concierge. The location is very good to the central sights of Brussels (walking distance) and the Explorer Bus. Parking nearby. It has a good garden for drinks (albeit not all the staff speaks their foreign languages).
Front desk staff were very friendly and helpful. Rooms are fairly generic and a little old but clean. Good location for shopping and tourist favourites. Skip the restaurant/patio (the reason we chose this place). The was service was despicable. Went twice. It took 45 minutes and us moving to even get acknowledged. Got drinks and then had to go look for a server to get our bill. Later that day hoping the service would improve, we went down to watch the world cup finals. Got there early to get good location under an umbrella on the patio as it was very hot. Still struggled to get service again. About 30 minutes into the game the server moved the umbrella we were sitting under for someone who showed up after the game had started. When we asked him what he was doing, he's just told us to move. We reported it to the front desk. They showed concern but really didn't resolve the issue. I can't understand an business that doesn't want to accommodate someone who wants to spend money. Baffling... If you you choose to stay here, don't wasre your money at the restaurant. Over priced and the service is a joke.
What a wonderful hotel.
The reception staff were amazing and could not do enough to help. When my wife lost her spectacles they despatched a staff member to local restaurants to see if they had been handed in.
The room was lovely and comfortable. We were in the heart of Brussels during a hot spell so had the window open. Despite this it was not noisy. The comfortable bed, shower and minibar were all welcome.
We had breakfast included and this was buffet style and included a vast range of choice, including eggs cooked to order.
Definitely the place to stay on our next visit to Belgium.