What We Love
- Crowned Brussels' first five-star hotel
- Classic English decor throughout
- Service comes first: returning guests will find previous requests remembered and reinstated
- Within walking distance of the Royal Palace and Grand Place
What To Know
- The historic sensibility and elegant atmosphere may be lost on children and younger travelers
- Tiny elevators and narrow corridors aren't for the claustrophobic
- A city tax of $12 per room, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- WiFi is an additional cost of $10 per day
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Crowned Brussels’ first five-star hotel in 1991, the Stanhope, in Brussels’ European Quarter combines Regency-era charm and modernist black-and-chrome design. With original rooms designed by Lady Joan Stafford and a restaurant inspired by King George IV’s summer palace, it’s an English enclave as soothing as a pot of Earl Grey. Warm colors, floral patterns and both real and illustrated bookshelves fill the older rooms; the rooms added during a recent expansion, designed by Belgian interior designer Pieter Porters, are a collision of classical and modern styles.
Bed and Bath
Comfort reigns. Hefty rugs cover the sturdy wooden floors in the guestrooms, and Resuinsa robes are provided in the marble-lined bathrooms. Ornate details, from handsome busts to royal crests and colorful bookshelves dot the hallways and rooms, and LG flat-screen TVs add a welcome break from the 19th century.
The Brighton restaurant is modeled after the banquet room at King George IV’s summer palace, and it offers a decadent country breakfast piled high with smoked meats, pastries, mini-smoothies and a quartet of cheeses. A tree-shaded outdoor patio allows for meals in Brussels’ occasional sunshine, with private dining available in the tearoom. Further relaxation is offered in the sauna, ready in 20 minutes if you call ahead.
In the Area
The European Parliament lies a few blocks away, while the Royal Palace is a six-minute walk to the west. The Grand Place, Brussels’ touristy central square, is also within strolling distance for waffles, chocolate, cafés and a flower market. The bustling eateries of Beenhouwersstraat lead to Delirium Café, the world’s most diverse beer bar, with more than 2,000 bottles. There are 400 more at the neighborhood bottle shop Beer Mania, including the rare abbey ale Westvleteren 12, which pairs well with Neuhaus chocolates (there’s a shop just around the corner from the hotel). Leave room for sweets with a lunchtime tartine from Tout Bon.
How to Get There
Nicely equiped room. Minibar, coffe maschine, wifi, englishspeaking channels on TV.They even had a golden bathing duck in the tub!
Difficult to find the elevator though...it was disguised as a book shelf!!
We'll not need to look for other hotels in Brussels in future--this is it. We stayed five days, and each day appreciated it more. Room was spacious, tastefully appointed, great bed and nice large bath with separate WC. Windows open for fresh air or close tight to shut out noise. Included breakfast was really excellent (smoked Norwegian salmon!) and staff was efficient and considerate. Top-quality restaurant, but also about 20 very nice cafes within three or four blocks of the hotel. Five-ten minute walk east to European Parliament and nearby parks, same the other way to the palace and gardens, and 20-30 minute walk to the noisy, crowded Grand Place tourist district (you can escape it when you're done). For wider ranging, seven different bus lines run on nearby Luxembourg street and there's a subway station one block from the hotel. Best hotel we've found in Europe in a long time.
The hotel is very close to a metro station and also you can walk in 30 minutes to the Grand Place.
The room that we got was decently large, with two showers and a large living room.
The staff were extremely helpful in helping with luggage and giving advice on transportation and entertainment in the city.
We spent one night in this beautiful hotel and loved it. Our suite had a cute lounge room, lovely soft canopy bed, gorgeous tub and shower in the bathroom, with lovely smelling body products and soft towels and linen.
The breakfast buffet had everything from crepes, waffles, cheeses, pastries, fresh bread, eggs, bacon, sausages etc and both drip and espresso coffee. The loby and restaurant is lovely (especially sitting out in the garden) and the location is at the edge of the business district, which when you walk towards the centre of town , you get to pass wonderful parks, the palace and lots of amazing landmarks that you might otherwise miss if staying in the centre of town. We had a peaceful sleep and definitely would recommend staying here .
Located a couple of minutes walk away from the Trône underground stop and approx. 25 - 30 minutes walk from the “Grande Place”, this property is elegant, sumptuous, comfortable and very quiet. We were settled in suite 323 for 3 nights over a long weekend. It has truly been a pleasure, an ideal and comfortable location to visit the city without staying in the - pretty crowded - historic town center. The attached photos should give an impression about the room layout. Classic furniture and elegant internal architecture are the words that pop in mind. Charming staff and good breakfast buffet. The hotel restaurant is however closed over the weekends and on holidays. If you are looking for fine dining venues we would definitively suggest the noisy, trendy, crowded, scenic “Belga Queen” (on Rue du Fossé aux Loups 32), the Michelin-starred, brasserie looking, “Bozar Restaurant” (on Rue Baron Horta 3) and “Le Rebassier” (on Rue de Rollebeek 23) a family run cozy gem, true heaven of gastronomic creativity and excellence.