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
Room is small but indeed a fine boutique hotel. I particularly like to have their breakfast in the garden, very relaxing. The location of the hotel is great too, walking distance to the Brussels Park, Royal Palace, Art Museum, Instruments Museum even the Grand Place if you can and like to walk may be another 15 min from the Art Museum.
This hotel is good, not great. Good are the varied room shapes and sizes. I particularly like those that are 2 stories, which allow a good working area away from the bed. I stayed here about 6 times over the course of the past year, and each room was unique. The rooms all were very clean. They have Molton Brown products, and keep the large, fixed dispensers filled, and I appreciate the environmental friendliness of not having multiple small bottles placed each day. Things that cause only an average rating are (i) often you go to the bar and there is no one there to assist, (ii) it is difficult to adjust temperature in the rooms, particularly if it's hot outside, (iii) the restaurant staff (evening) can be stuffy and, lastly, (iv) I advise never, never to order the hamburger.
The hotel is conveniently located near the Troon metro stop. As you exit the station, turn left past the chocolate shops and the hotel is on your right. It is also a 15-20 easy walk to the centre and very close to the Royal palace.
The staff at this hotel are friendly and amazing. A real delight to find this in Europe. We arrived early and were quickly allocated rooms. Check out was at 3pm, allowing us to leave our luggage, as our departure was late in the evening.
The breakfasts in the hotel are amazing, with everything you could want. We didn’t try the dinner at the hotel restaurant.
The gym and sauna are a great touch. The gym is small but has everything I needed. It also tends to be quiet and not frequently used, so getting the equipment was not an issue.
Overall, highly recommended.