I took a few hours off from clearing out the cellar, packing my bags and sorting out all the paperwork for a little bon voyage dinner with my friends Max and Alison.
We went to La Piola, which you’ll probably remember from posts like this and this, tucked into delicious pans of melted cheese and huge plates of pasta. It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know these incredible ladies and working with them on Brussels Food Friends.
Moving day came round very quickly indeed and soon 99% of our belongings were being brought down from our apartment window on a
health and safety disaster very clever electric hoist and loaded directly into the shipping container that was parked outside – as you do!
I knew that The Hotel served up some delicious food, but wanted to see what it was actually like as a hotel, so we booked a room there for our last two nights in Brussels. I headed over there with our luggage and got to work while enjoying the beautiful view from our room on the 16th floor.
After initial confusion (I didn’t realise that the glasses had double insulation and were for hot drinks) I made good use of the Nespresso and really fast wifi. Our King sized bed was very comfy and there was water, beer and soda in the mini-bar, that were free of charge (which is always a lovely touch).
By far our favourite thing about the room was the long window seat, not only was it perfect to work from, it also gave us a great spot to watch the sunset.
The next day I made two trips up to the top floor of The Hotel firstly to the impressive little gym where I worked up quite the sweat while looking out over Brussels. And later in the afternoon to the spa for a session in the sauna (unfortunately the steam room was out of order) and an epic massage.
Having already tried The Hotel’s food, I had high expectations for both the breakfast buffet and the room service and it didn’t disappoint. There was everything you could want from a breakfast buffet – with the scrambled eggs and mushrooms being the highlights for me.
The other major seller point of The Hotel is the location, situated on Avenue Louise it is surrounded by beautiful shops and restaurants – if you’re craving something sweet, there is a Haagen Daz cafe that will solve the problem about four minutes away 🙂
Overall, The Hotel didn’t wow me, there was nothing wrong with it. We had a nice stay, but other than the impressive views, it didn’t blow my mind. If almost feels that in making it so snazzy they have lost some the personality that makes a hotel special.
That being said, if you’re looking for a comfortable Brussels hotel in a great location, you could definitely do a lot worse!
We sat in the lobby, surrounded by our luggage and waited for our car to the airport… but that’s another story.