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
I stayed only for one night, but after sleeping in a suite, I would have loved to stay for a week. Stylish decoration, with a lot of space and impecably clean. All sorts of amenities, ther was even an umbrella and a rubber duck. The breakfast was varied and very tasty, except the croissants. The staff was extremely friendly and professional. The location is also ideal, well connected to the airport and in walking distance of both the EU institutions and the city centre.
Nice and clean rooms
Nice and clean public areas (lobby, resto..)
Friendly and professional staff
Walking distance to Louiza (shopping) (5m).
Walking distance to the city center (20m).
I was very hopeful about staying at The Stanhope prior to my arrival, often the great reviews on TA can sometimes let a lot to be desired - do not worry a jot about that here!
The hotel is in a prime location, very easy to get in from either the airport or Eurostar Station - whilst also being very easy to get about for business and/or pleasure.
The hotel itself is on the inside, however there is elegant touches of class that lets you know you are in a classy establishment.
The rooms are a fair size for a major European city, whilst the best is amongst the most comfortable I have ever slept in. The Molton Brown toiletries give it that extra speical feeling also.
The one downside, if it is one....is that I thought for 33 EUR the cooked breakfast on top of the continental offering was very limited for such an astronomical price - when in theory there was only bacon, tiny sausages and the options of eggs(boiled, fried or omlette)!
That said, I would gladly stay here again the next time I am in Brussels.