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
My wife and I were positive about our stay in every regard. All the hotel staff was pleasant and helpful. The room was clean and well appointed. We slept so well. Breakfast was excellent, both in variety and quality of food offered. The hotel was well located for visiting the city. The concierge gave us good suggestions both about places of interest and about public transport.
My daughter and I stayed here in December, it was a great location as it was near all the main shops but quite a walk to the Xmas markets. Worth it though as it was a lovely hotel, and great breakfast . We had a lovely snack on the last night sat at the bar, we didn’t use the restaurant as we wanted to try the authentic restaurants. excellent staff.
The hotel located on the shopping street, all the brand name shops are just across the street and a short taxi ride to Midi Train station.
Rooms are normal size for European standard. My package included free mini bar (water, sparkling water, sodas, beers) and breakfast. The bathroom use Hermes amenities.
The breakfast was GREAT! You have continential breakfast line, a waffle machine, tea/coffee, and eggs to order from menu. My kid loved the waffle so much. Highly recommended!
A range of experimented and unskilled employees (reception and restaurant) probably hired for the holidays period A New Year eve diner with poor value for money, very disappointing and without originality "Special" apologies from the Hotel responsible who's offering a room upgrade for a next stay, which actually is normally included in my "Business Plus" membership's privilege.
The hotel is in a great location on a very stylish shopping boulevard, with easy access to other parts of the city.
The decor is stylish although in parts it is noticeably in need of a refresh, with scuffed chairs and chipped paint. The rooms are of a good size, and the bed was comfortable. The decor is nice in the rooms, however, like many hotels, the lighting is very low.
It has the potential with a little update to be fabulous however there were some gaps for the business traveler in particular. I was surprised to find the rooms do not have irons and ironing board, which I had to request from reception. Additionally on arrival there was no complimentary water, which was interestingly provided on the second night. And it may sound minor, but rather than a chocolate on the bed at turndown, a teabag is left, which is a little exciting!
The hotel also has a gym, however, it appeared to be let go a little, when I used it at 6am, I had to turn on the lights, and there were weights left around the room, and used water bottles.
Overall the service is very friendly. And I had a drink at the bar with colleagues which was a nice spot with well mixed drinks. I also found the porter very friendly and helpful.