Very restful place spread out in a forested/field area. Seems to cater to large groups. Normally tranquil except for the accommodation of large groups. Or the small children that run through the expansive lobby yelling. Neither parents nor staff seem to mind.
Despite the high marks for the setting, there were some things that I didn’t like or found odd.
The rooms are nicely done and most have a great view of the green outside with very large windows. However, although a quality room, there was no door for the bathroom. There was a door for the toilet, but it was a frosted glass door with a large hole in it where the door knob would normally be. So no secrets between occupants here. Also, there was a large window looking from the bedroom into the shower with a curtain on the bedroom side of the wall. Hhmmm. So your roommate can check on you in the shower as you try to get those hard to reach places. So, if you have an open and free relationship with nothing to hide, this works out well. But if you are shy or a father with a teenage daughter or an elderly mother, this room would be awkward.
Nice TV in the room, but attached to the upper wall in a corner near the ceiling. It can be maneuvered a bit to face some parts of the room, but it is so high up, it is weary for your neck if you are in bed. No place to move a chair to be closer, so uncomfortable viewing. Maybe that brings some business for the hotel’s spa for neck therapy.
The bathroom didn’t have any bottled toiletries. Only a push dispenser on the wall. Thought a hotel such as this would have the small bottles of stuff to promote a “spoiled” feeling rather than a dispenser normally found in communal shower rooms.
There was A/C, but it never was very cool. Had all the dials up to the max, but it fell short. Seemed like water cooled air rather than air from an A/C condenser. Not very pleasant.
Food wise, we only had breakfast and a graduation dinner at night. The breakfast offering was very good, but there wasn’t very much space to move about the buffet tables. And they packed people in the breakfast place. Reminded me of a chow hall at an all inclusive hotel package at a bargain resort in the Mediterranean. Hard to move about. Also, there wasn’t very much space between tables. So no privacy and no short cuts to go from buffet to table. Not very pleasant.
Finally, I wasn’t very impressed with the graduation dinner. Could be the school’s fault if they selected the cheapo combo instead of something more expensive. There was a reasonable selection, but all hot items were overcooked and they were slow in replacing items when they were depleted. Wine was included but service was slow. Bottles weren’t left on the table so you had to get the attention of a waiter to bring you more.
Finally, the bar was a disaster. It took over 30 minutes to get a drink. When we first arrived there were two bartenders dealing with our group of over 200. People were lined up three deep all along the bar waiting to be served. Some reinforcements arrived after about an hour, but still not enough. The hotel could have foreseen this and had extra staff to deal with us, or set up a room with a temporary bar. However, they seemed to treat it as a normal night with 10-20 people an hour.
I’d go back for a special event, but not to go there for a hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dolce La Hulpe Brussels is located in the heart of the ancient Sonian forest creating a tranquil and verdant sanctuary only minutes from the Brussels City Centre and Brussels International Airport. This premier resort and conference hotel is dedicated to inspiring its business and leisure guests—especially with its indoor pool and fitness center, a lavish CINQ MONDES Spa, two superb restaurants and lounges, and a selection of 264 guest rooms and suites newly appointed with ultra-modern conveniences and sleek, contemporary decor. Featuring 4,500 m² (47,900 sq. ft) of IACC certified meeting space that includes 2 auditoriums, 35 meeting rooms and the most cutting-edge technology, Dolce La Hulpe Brussels balances work with play by offering exceptional sports, recreational and leisure opportunities onsite and in the breathtaking natural beauty of the surroundings. Every aspect of one's stay nourishes the mind, body and spirit, in the tradition of Dolce Hotels and Resorts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dolce La Hulpe Brussels Hotel La Hulpe
- Dolce Hotel La Hulpe