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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Sofitel Brussels Le Louise is very centrally located in Brussels. Excellent staff and very good service too. The only drawback is they don’t have the Sofitel club which caters to Accor platinum members or executive travelers
After a long haul flight I arrived late morning at the hotel and found out that I could not access my room until the official check-in time, around 3 pm - this is what was clearly and firmly communicated, DESPITE the fact that the room was available AND the hotel was far from being full. Rather than escalate communication, I respected the decision.
I travel extensively world wide, and this is a first. Is it a strategy to increase revenue; after all, I was told that I needed to pay around 70 Euros, to access the room early? Tacky: Yes. Taking advantage of clients: perhaps. Poor reflection on the city and its tourism? Absolutely.
Very disappointed, needless to say, that a property such a Sofitel is doing this to its guests.
Regular user of the Accor brand for hotel stays in Africa and Europe. I wish I could comment more on the hotel (which was ok) and not just about the experience I had with the staff in the hotel. Upon check in at this Sofitel I was asked if I would like to book a taxi for the following morning.
I agreed - next morning and after a 13km journey to the airport that took 15 minutes (bank holiday so v quiet roads) I was charged a flat fee of €50. The cab was not metered as it has some agreement with the hotel which I was only told of by the driver after I got to the airport. I was told I was booking a taxi, not a flat fee airport transfer. To me this is just dishonest and annoying. Easy issue to sort by just telling the customer that they will be paying a flat fee - please do this in future.
This is a typical business hotel. It does not have much in terms of public space but the atmosphere is French and stylish. The rooms are well appointed. It is central and convenient for shopping and Brussels. Worth trying.
Very nice hotel rooms. Good service and lovely bar. The food is not amazing and overpriced. But having a cocktail at the bar is definitely a nice idea. Many shops around and a lovely park just across the street