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
- 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
The hotel certainly delivers on its promises. It is truly lost in the middle of the Forêt de Soignes, and you are just a few meters away from starting off a nice long walk or a bike ride in the forest. Options abound in terms of walking paths. The hotel is deceptively big and that shows at breakfast time or in the very small spa area when it hits high occupancy rates, which makes the experience less intimate overall. The room we booked (executive) was well furnished and tasteful even though it showed that some furnishings had lived their life and deserve a replacement. In summary, go to the hotel for the nice rooms and the woods, and don't get hopes up about the food (breakfast is ok, dinner at the brasserie is simply mediocre).
Tranquil and removed from the hustle and bustle of Brussels.
you are far removed from amenities as well and nothing is walking distance.
i was here for a work event for a couple of days and found the facilities to be very good.
i don't think i would visit as a tourist. however i would recommend it to facilitate business events.
Hotel is located literally in the middle of nowhere - surrounded with forest, it takes 5 mins drive from the road.
The building is not a fresh one - it was built in late 70s, and in the morning look like from a horror movie.
Rooms are nice and well equipped, WiFi is fast, but there no bottled water in rooms.
At the reception they say - you can drink from tap. (?!)
Breakfast is okay, but not a masterpiece - it’s too plain for a 4 stars hotel (ordinary cheese, small choice of fruits etc)
The room rate surprised - it seems too much for a forest stay.
When you go for a business trip, you don’t have too much choice. Otherwise, I would prefer something else.
Dolce la Hulpe is a conference centre masquerading as a hotel - that's all you need to know. It's a light, sprawling mid-90s complex reminiscent of a university hall of residence or a smart private hospital on the outskirts of Brussels surrounded by pleasant woodland. I arrived to check in amidst mingling conference delegates. The corridors are endless and institutional with bland colours and snack vending machines. Dinner offered a short menu in what looked like an office canteen so I opted for room service - decent burger, excellent Belgian beer. The room was basic, somewhat spartan, with small acts of meanness - no bottled water, no bathroom toiletries. I must say the bed was comfortable and I slept well, but that was about it. Breakfast was bizarre - long tables laid out for delegates from accountancy and law firms but no space for other guests. I just pretended I was a lawyer. All in all, a bit of a flop - the only exciting thing was the bill, an unbelievable €200 for one night. €70 would have been enough.
I've stayed here a lot for work, and have come to the conclusion that this place is a bit weird, at best.
-2 restaurants and a bar
-Beds are decent
-There is a big gym and spa
-Beautiful forest and running trails all around, with the Chateau being an easy walk
-Expensive for what you get - value for money is not good
-Room service menu is boring and not that great. Restaurants are often booked out
-Everything in the room is a la 1970's - the carpet is really old, and everything is just a bit grim
-This is clearly an old business park that was renovated
-Crappy and minimal toiletries given in the washroom
-You cannot have external food delivered to the hotel - the delivery person will be barred from entry by the reception
-Spa treatments are mediocre at best
-Often booked out by corporate events