Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo
What We Love
- Easy walking distance to the antiques district of Le Sablon
- Rooms enlivened with Hergé’s characters Tintin, Snowy the dog, and Captain Haddock
- Menus at the Italian restaurant designed with help from Italian master chef Fulvio Pierangelini
What To Know
- WiFi is free
- Rooms can be on the smallish side, starting around 300 square feet
- Rates do not include breakfast
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Rocco Forte Hotels’ brand of hospitality is understated and global, but sometimes a bit cheeky, and that’s what defines the company’s outpost in the Belgian capital. The rooms offer a variety of charming views, whether straight through to Town Hall or over the churches and spires of the city. Their generously sized bathrooms have red or green mosaic tiles that match their marble vanities, along with playful figures of Belgian iconic characters like Tintin, Snowy the dog, and Captain Haddock. Less whimsical is the restaurant, where a pair of Italian chefs turn out smart takes on local Belgian produce and meats. A small fitness center helps guests work off the damage.
In the Area
The hotel is in the center of Brussels, right by the UNESCO-protected Grand-Place Market Square. Some of the city’s best restaurants are also a short hop away. Scheltema is a classic Belgian brasserie and an institution since 1972, and La Roue d’Or has an Art Deco appeal. For Michelin-starred gastronomic experiences, there’s Comme Chez Soi and the Japanese-inspired Jaloa. On a more culturally minded note, the Magritte Museum pays homage to the surrealist artist, while the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate celebrates one of Belgium’s most beloved cultural contributions.
How to Get There
The Hotel Amigo is located right down the block from the Grand Place and is withing walking distance to sites, shopping, and restaurants. The restaurant inside the hotel is great. The bar area is also a great place to take a break. The front desk staff and concierge were always ready to help. It is a little noisy sometimes, but that's the price to pay for being close to where many people are everyday. The mattress was also lumpy.
Centrally located hotel but definitely not still 5 stars. We had a great view from our room overlooking the Grand Palace cathedral but the couple we were traveling with had a tiny room with no view in what was part of the attic - supposedly we had the same room type...we did ask about changing room types but they were sold out.
We only experienced Bar A and room service. The food was fine! As were the cocktails, and we had quite a good time most evenings. We did get frustrated one night when they shut the kitchen early due to slow demand (totally fine) and so we wanted to bring in our own food but weren't allowed to. Seemed like a very simple thing to allow that wouldn't have put anyone out and just been one more touch to elevate the experience.
This hotel is also probably due for a significant renovation - hard & soft goods. Basic wear and tear on a high-trafficked, older building were obvious; the bathrooms were also really outdated.
The family decided to trial the brunch at Amigo in Bruxelles .As soon as you step in the Bocconi your soul and body get relaxed by the peaceful atmosphere. The food is fabulous. A special reward for the "vitello tonato" as well as the "pesce in umido" and the "home made Colomba" is outstanding . A big thank you for the whole Bocconi team . They are doing a great job , really professional, efficient on any request you might have, always with simplicity and discretion. Icing on the cake, 60€ for all what we had is really a good value for money. We'll get back soon. RF
Location of hotel Amigo can't be beaten - close to the old center and all attractions. Hotel staff is extremely welcoming and accommodating. In fact, I contacted the hotel by e-mail for a few requests prior to arrival and their handling of the e-mails could not have been more prompt. As they say, this is truly a service with a smile.
The rooms are somewhat basic, if one compares this property to Rocco Forte's Hotel de Russie (in Rome). The furnishings are sparse and don't quite say "this is a luxury hotel". The beds are comfortable. However, good night sleep partly depends if your room has double windows or not. We had two rooms and the one without double windows had excessive noise from the street level.
Overall, it is a lovely hotel and is arguably the best place in Belgium. Just don't go their expecting Rocco Forte's supreme offering.
Hotel Amigo is in the perfect location for exploring Brussels. Centrally located and one block from Grand Place with all of its charm. Dozens of chocolate shops and restaurants nearby to enjoy. Also only minutes from the central train station which we used for a day trip to Bruges. The hotel itself is beautiful with spacious rooms and luxurious baths including heated floors and towel holders. The staff was helpful and attentive. We did not take advantage of the breakfast but it looked delicious. Would highly recommend and would definitely stay again.