Found the Stanhope hotel through trivago and booked quite confidently and what can only be described as an absolute steal.
The hotel is situated near the parliament area of Brussels, easy enough to find a short 5-10minute Metro Journey from gare du midi to troone (Metro station) and then a further 2-3minute walk....the metro is very efficient and even thought the location isn't perfectly central you can get across the city in next to know time, so location isn't an issue!!
The hotel it's self is wonderfully decorated, very upmarket and impressed the other half which is always an endorsement. The room itself was immaculate, marble bathroom with his and hers sinks, dressing gowns, slippers, mini bar (albeit very expensive), safe and the other usual bit and bobs. Its hard to describe how nice the room was, but the pictures on the website reflect the quality and style of the Stanhope.
Unfortunately we never got to eat in the restaurant as it not open Saturday or Sunday, we skipped breakfast as we had planned two busy of sight seeing, but if the rest of the hotel is too go by I would expect the food to be of a high standard.
There may have been a few minor points I could pick fault with, however I would of had to really search them out. Overall, this was affordable luxury at the Stanhope, the location is practical and if visiting Brussels again I would definitely try and book the Stanhope again.
**Couldn't rate the swimming pool/spa as didn't use this facility
*** The only reason I marked the location as 'Very Good' rather than excellent, is that despite not having an issue with location personally I'm aware some people want a more central location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offering a luxurious escape from your daily life, Stanhope Hotel is situated in the European Quarter, near the historical centre of Brussels and close to the famous Sablon Antique Square.This fabulous boutique hotel is a peaceful heaven in a prestigious turn-of-the-century Brussels residence. In 1991, Stanhope Hotel, located in the centre of Brussels, was inaugurated first 5-Star hotel in Belgium. From the delightful bright lounge, with its Library Bar, over the Brighton restaurant to the picturesque interior garden with ivy-clad walls, everything is breathing elegance and charm. After 12 years, an extensive renovation and enlargment of the property has been established, counting today 125 Standard or Classic and Superior rooms, Suites and Apartments, as well as extensive conference facilities. ... more less
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