Dolce La Hulpe Brussels
What We Love
- Glass-heavy architecture really invites the outdoors in
- Surrounded by wildlife, this campus-style hotel is the perfect base for a nature hike
- Swimming, steaming, biking and tennis facilities are all on hand
What To Know
- A taxi to/from Brussels city center will set you back about $70
- Large portions of the hotel are given over to the conference crowd; at breakfast you’ll be asked, "Which company?"
- Some of the design flourishes are dated
- Free WiFi and parking
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In the Belgian province of Walloon Brabant, a 30-minute drive from the center of Brussels, Dolce La Hulpe is a secluded resort-style hotel surrounded by the ancient Sonian forest. Despite all the thought and money that must have gone into the mammoth collection of acid-hued designer furniture (think rows of swiveling pod chairs and the like) strewn about the lobby, the main visual appeal of the property stems from its vistas of the surrounding lush woodlands.
Bed and Bath
Whereas the communal areas aspire to Philippe Starck–style pop slickness, it’s all about calming, charming neutrals in the 264 guestrooms. Most incorporate an entire wall of glass, so there’s natural light in abundance. Presumably to prevent inequitable sharing; the bed linens can be split down the middle. The bathrooms are sparingly decorated but by no means spartan and a nice touch for those who hate packaging waste is the addition of wall-mounted alternatives to the dinky Gilchrist & Soames toiletries.
So-called because of the number of the road on which the hotel is situated, Dolce La Hulpe’s Brasserie 135 is more chic and formal than its prefix suggests, and the staff is delightful. The glass entrance doubles as a giant wine rack, and dishes are categorized with a key that highlights not just vegetarian options but also those made with locally produced ingredients and ones that constitute “food for the brain.” Jean-Louis Poiroux, founder of the Parisian Cinq Mondes Spa, oversees Dolce La Hulpe’s spa. Obviously a bright spark, he spent more than a decade researching the treatments on offer. They include a Taoist abdominal massage, a Turkish hammam and a bath full of rose petals.
In the Area
Golf clubs abound in this part of the world, and Royal Waterloo Golf Club — considered one of the best in Europe — is just one of the courses that’s a short drive from the hotel. Appropriately for a resort that sparks curiosity about the outside world, the recently built Musée Hergé, devoted to the Belgian creator of the boy explorer Tintin, is close at hand in Louvain-la-Neuve. High-octane types, meanwhile, can get their kicks at Autoworld, a museum devoted to classic sports cars, with special editions of vehicles like the Ferdinand Porsche.
How to Get There
We stayed with our 2 children in a spacious standard room.
Breakfast was very appealing as were the spa facilities.
Pool, sauna and relaxation room were much appreciated.
Fifth time we booked at Dolce La Hulpe, and we will do in the future again.
Still a very nice hotel. Beautifull forest around, free parking space, nice swimming pool and welness, and close to Brussels.
The rooms are nice and clean.
Although this hotel has a major conference centre with a lot of meetings, I still believe it,’s nice to go also for non-business trip.
I”ll certainly come back
Excellent stay in very well located hotel. Staff attentive and thoughtful. As we were watching the tour de France, we had our bikes with us. The hotel very kindly insured we had them securely kept behind reception.
Would definitely use this hotel again in the future .