I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in July with my husband (we're mid 20's) and my parents (mid 40's) and we were all pleasantly surprised by this hotel.
I had cause to email the hotel a few times before our arrival, and each time I received a prompt and polite response- always a good sign!
Although other reviewers have said this is suited to business travelers, the decor has a more homely and personal feel than big chain hotels, and we appreciated little touches such as umbrellas in our rooms, a fruit bowl next to the lift, and a waffle maker with batter for fresh waffles in under a minute at breakfast!
The staff were all very obliging and helpful, the rooms ample size, breakfast served from 7.30 for early birds til 11, for those who appreciate a lie in, beds comfortable, water hot almost instantly, excellent shower pressure, bbc 1 & 2 and itv 1 & 2 on TV.
There was a good spread for breakfast; I was fortunate enough to get a good deal for breakfast when booking through booking.com, but I thought the full price of 28 euro, or 15 euro for croissants/ pastries quite steep, particularly as I have a small appetite.
Being 15-20 minutes from the Grande Place (metro c5 mins away) meant that we were close to some good, non-touristy restaurants, eating at les brassins (just under 15 mins walking), le Belgo Belge (c10 mins walking), and l'ancienne poissonerie (5 mins walking), all of which I'd definitely recommend.
When we checked out, the receptionist went through the items on our bill- this included mini bar items which we hadn't had, and she removed these immediately.
The only improvements for me would be tea and coffee facilities in the room, and faster internet speed on the computer in reception.
- 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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