Sofitel Brussels Europe
What We Love
- Spacious guestrooms (by European standards) are matched by bathrooms with big, roomy showers
- The roof terrace bar has hard-to-beat views of the city — if the finicky Belgian weather obliges
- Free bottled water in the rooms (Brussels's tap water is safe but doesn’t taste great)
What To Know
- The hotel’s location — in the European Commission district but a 20- to 25-minute walk from the Grand Place — is fine for those on business, but is less ideal for leisure travelers new to the city
- Drinks in the bar are priced toward business travelers too: Weekend visitors without expense accounts may wince at 16 euro cocktails
- Taxis can take up to 15 minutes to come to the hotel. That’s not the hotel’s fault — central Brussels is notorious for traffic jams.
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
European business-chic. The Sofitel Brussels Europe’s key market is the business traveler, and it shows. Suits and briefcases predominate at the check-in desks, and the lobby is usually sprinkled with earnest types taking advantage of the free WiFi to consult smartpads and laptops. Visitors here on leisure seem to like the five-star hotel just the same, which in typical Sofitel fashion has a distinctly French vibe running throughout. Fittingly, the building was designed by Parisian architect Philippe Capron, who’s responsible for the sophisticated mix of geometric shapes and clean, graphic lines.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms are easy on the eye, decorated in creamy, contemporary tones of beige, tan and gray. All are furnished with ultra-comfy MyBeds (choose from queensize or twin) and can be connected with adjoining rooms, making them ideal for families traveling together. Amenities include free low-speed WiFi (true high-speed broadband is available only in Luxury Rooms and Junior Suites), minibars and flat-screen TVs with a better-than-average choice of multinational satellite TV channels. Bathrooms come with free L’Occitane toiletries, robes and slippers, and walk-in rain showers (some room types also feature separate soaking tubs). All 149 rooms are large by European city hotel standards, with Classic Rooms offering 280 square feet of floor space and Junior Suites measuring at a generous 527 square feet. Upgrade to a Junior Suite to find DVD and CD players in your living room, and Hermès toiletries in the bathroom. Neuhaus pillow chocolates with your evening turn-down service are a nice added touch.
In the hotel’s sleek, blue-lit restaurant, the BE Café Marché Jourdan, chef Marc Paquet prides himself on using local and organic produce, much of it from the lively market on Place Jourdan, just outside the hotel. The honey comes from the hotel’s own rooftop hives, the beers are (of course) Belgian, and the wine list is predominantly French. More of the same is to be found in the adjoining bar, along with an extensive cocktail list, and on a fine day you can take a glass to the rooftop terrace — one of very few such spots in Brussels. The on-site fitness club and steam room aren’t just for stressed-out executives — feel free to steam away aches after a hard day’s sightseeing, or burn off calories after an evening of gourmandizing.
In the Area
If you’ve worked up an appetite, the Brasserie de la Paix is an old-school meat-eater’s haven in the old abbatoir district, where it has been serving meltingly tender cuts since 1892. It’s open lunchtime only, except for Friday evenings, when a reservation is essential. For less formal fare, Maison Antoine, right on the Sofitel’s doorstep, is acknowledged to make the best frites in Brussels (which means, according to any Bruxellois, the best in the world). Do any and all imbibing at A La Mort-Subite; its trademark gueuze beer is legendary among connoisseurs of fine Belgian brews. For a heavy dose of culture, more than 200 weird but wonderful works by Belgian surrealist René Magritte are on show at the Magritte Museum. And if you’ve got the younguns in tow, Tintin, Captain Haddock and other characters created by graphic artist Hergé take center stage at the Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée.
How to Get There
Amazing hotel with staff that were happy during the whole stay. Arrived early morning and they advised me to freshen up in the gym and then helped plan a day of site seeing for me. Breakfast was excellent. Rooms quiet, well equipped and comfortable. Would stay here again.
A real 5 star hotel. Very friendly and professional staff. Great room with fantastic bed, clean, spacoius..... just one word.....perfect. Breakfast delicious with a great choice. Location 20-25 minutes walk to shopping areas and grand place.
It has been a long time since I have been to a 5-star hotel that felt like one - like something that is a cut above any other choices you could have made - but the Sofitel Brussels Europe is in that class. From arrival to departure, every encounter with staff was was amazing; engaging, welcoming, and over and above helpful. The bar/restaurant is great and, surprisingly, on a par or even less expensive than the restaurants on the Place Jourdan where it is located. The hammam on the lower level is a big plus, and the 7th floor terrace overlooking the square(with its herb garden)is a nice way to step outside and test the weather without descending and greeting the world. The rooms are a decent size, not huge, but certainly not small - particularly by European standards - but well-appointed. The bed is one of the most comfortable I have ever slept in, and the shampoos, soaps, lotions, etc, are herbally aromatic and invigorating. But again, it all comes back to the level of service and bienveillance of the entire staff, from the from desk to the room service, to maintenance, to the maids; I never felt so honestly that the entire team was happy that I was staying with them. And that gives this five star hotel a five star review.