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
I cannot wait to have our next overnight stay, tophotel. Rooms are clean, very good smell because of the wellness. Forest-side rooms are top, very quiet. The conference center is also highly recommended.
Staff at this very professional place are efficient and multilingual. Rooms are clean and correct. On some busy days the rates can go seriously up, but if you get a standard room at around 100-120 euro you’ll have excellent value for money.
Most people will not stay here by choice but rather in the context of a meeting or convention. The hotel is maybe a bit ‘cold’ but they DO know how to run meetings.
we stayed for two nights with our teen kids and two young kids. lovely interconnecting rooms which were spacious and nicely decorated. you are in the middle of the forest and so relaxing. unfortunately there weren't enough facilities for kids. but staff were very nice.
Dolce is built in the middle of a quite forest. The ambiance and its surrounding (the castle, the lake and the landscape) makes it unique.
The food is reach in variety and testy.The staff are very helpful.
Really modernist but comfortable Hotel, perfect for professional convention/training, nice staff and variety of food. Spa Area is amazing, even if the swimming pool a little bit small. Easy access to all the areas and an amazing neighboorhood