This was the 2nd half of our wedding anniversary trip and, upon learning it was our first anniversary we were upgraded to an executive room which truned out to be a suite! Bathroom with bath and separate shower, tvs in bedroom and lounge, gorgeous bed and lovely view over the courtyard plus Rituals toiletries. My husband said the room was the best he had stayed in and, as I love the Olympics and he hates sport having two separate tvs made it easy for me to catch up with the action in the evening and he could watch something else before settling down to sleep. The hotel is in what appears to be a siightly remote location but is actually within a few minutes of the Royal Palace and the main shopping areas with the Grand Place about 15 minutes walk away.
Staff at this hotel are friendly and willing to help, the hotel offers free internet in the lobby and free wi-fi if you book through their website. The Library Bar in the lobby was a nice place to relax and the courtyard areas with tables and chairs are pleasant. The bar offered its summer cocktails while we were there and, unlike a lot of hotels these were not watered down with excessive ice and you could axctually tell they had alcohol in them. The bar tender even had a big bag of fresh mint to crush for the mojitos.
The only downside for us was the lack of tea/coffee making facilities, perhaps its being English but we like the odd cup in our room. We did manage to get a kettle and some teabags, sugar and fresh milk but coffee was not available. I had to keep asking for teabags as they were doled out at about 3 a time and we were there for 3 nights. The receptionist told me that the decision had been taken not to put this amenity in the rooms due to the hardness of the water which furred up the kettles. The only other option was to pay for tea and coffee in the lobby area. As a 5 star hotel I think it would be a good gesture to have a coffee machine or some sort of facility for free hot drinks, there are plenty of little nooks and cranies int he reception area to put one and for it not to detract from the look of the area. The hotel offers a fruit bowl in the lobby which was filled with apples, pears, grapes, bananas and oranges every day and I feel that the extra little step of coffee would complete the offer for me.
- 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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