We booked our hotel through the Sofitel website.
As frequent users of the Sofitel hotel chain, we have a Sofitel Privilege card which really made our experience extraordinary.
Our privilege card enabled us to be upgraded to a suite for the price of a double room, which gave us access to a huge room - the size of a small apartment - "The Schumann Suite."
The hotel itself is exquisitely decorated in highly detailed Edwardian Style. Lots of stained glass, chandeliers, gold leaf and very high ceilings. Our room was decorated in soft tones of peach and yellow with lots of crown and chair molding. Extremely comfortable bed with a feather comforter, large living area with sofa, chairs and desk. Great bathroom with granite floors, separate tub and stall shower (with extra shower heads),
double sinks. All of the amenties you would expect in a five star hotel including toiletries (nice shampoo, soap, extra toothbrush, toothpaste, q-tips, shoe horns, shoe polish cloth, terry-cloth bathrobe.) You feel like royalty in this place.
Although the air-system didn't seem very effective as other guests have mentioned, this was not an issue to us in September. I would imagine that in the hotter months, this might be a problem.
The staff were helpful and pleasant and spoke enough English
for us to communicate well and help us with directions to various tourist destinations.
My one annoyance (mentioned by others) was not having coffee service in the room, however, this was alleviated by the kind dining staff providing us a tray with coffee pot, cream and sugar daily - free of charge! We did not try the 25 Euro breakfast, per person per day, as we thought the price was a bit exorbitant.
The hotel overall can use some "brushing up" as it is slightly rough around the edges. However, for a hotel over 100 years old
this is understandable. There are some areas that need to be touched up - a few cracks, chipped paint, etc. I did not fault them for this as the overall experience is still quite grande.
The distance to the Grande Place is about a half a mile - not far,
although walking back is uphill and can get tiresome if you are doing it daily, as we were. There ARE a few restaurants within walking distance (walk towards Botanique), which were good, although not too much in the general vicinity. The Botanique
metro station is very convenient, just a couple of blocks away.
Overall I would definitely recommend this hotel and enjoyed the experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elegant, Belle Epoque Hotel with ornate public areas, located in the heart of city on busy, commercial street. Closed for renovation until 2012. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sofitel Brussels
- Brussels Sofitel