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
A lovely and newly renovated hotel in a great part of Brussels. Fronting onto a lovely little square with great bars and restaurants and near a beautiful park. We had 4 nights here in a Superior Queen room. The room was very spacious and well presented and laid out. Everything was spotlessly clean and tidy. The buffet breakfasts in the restaurant had plenty of choice and everything we tried was lovely. All staff we had contact with were very professional, very pleasant and helpful.
It was the perfect base to explore Brussels with the metro nearby and lots of attraction within walking distance. Highly recommend a stay at this lovely hotel.
Sofitel Brussels Europe is hands down my favourite hotel in Brussels. The rooms are very comfortable and the service is excellent.
The location is not in the very centre of Brussels but this is actually a massive plus. Only a 10 minute metro ride from the centre but aside from sightseeing - there is no need to leave the are of Place Jourdan which has a great vibe to it - many great restaurants and bars, the best frite stall in Brussels in the middle of the square, and a beautiful park right next to the hotel.
The hotel also allow dogs to stay free of charge even with items for dogs on the room service menu, which is amazing for us.
Highly recommended if staying in Brussels.
I was surprised to be presented at breakfast with a yoghurt (Danone apple/kiwi) which had a use-by date of 6 days previously: a use by date of 5 August marked on the container lid, picked up at breakfast on 11 August. I gave it to the breakfast room supervisor who said that she would tell her staff (hopefully to be more careful in the future to respect product use-by dates). I hope that the staff are more careful with the freshness of other food that they use and prepare but it is difficult to be sure. I was surprised to be woken up in the morning by repeated knocking on the door, a few knocks, then a pause, then more knocks. When I opened the door it turned out it was a staff member delivering newspapers who had now switched his attention to another door up the corridor. The newspapers have already been folded into bags which are designed to be hung noiselessly on the handle of the guestroom door. I don't see the need or point of repeatedly knocking on the guest's door early in the morning to announce that you are doing this. This policy of insistent knocking has not been the newspaper delivery approach of other hotels or Sofitels which I have stayed in previously.