The 5 most Luxurious hotels
Located in a former mediaeval monastery, the Dominican was once home to the French artist Jacques-Louis David. Now a sophisticated hotel with an interior designed by the Amsterdam firm FG Stijl, it strikes a calm note in the city centre with its airy cloister, rich fabrics and countless orchids.
Built for the Brussels Expo in 1958, the Amigo Hotel looks much older. It is a comfortable, elegant hotel in a prime location oGrand-Place, making it a favourite with Europe’s national leaders when they are in town for a summit. The presidential suite has a terrace with a spectacular view of the Gothic town hall.
The Stanhope is a refuge of traditional British style amid the concrete horrors of the European Quarter. Occupying three town houses and a modern addition, it is a rambling place where Europe’s bureaucrats can retreat after work. The lobby is a cool marble space that was once occupied by a smart pharmacy while the courtyard is a delightfully secluded spot shaded by an old magnolia.
4) Le Dixseptième
This beautiful, rambling 17th-century mansion close to Grand-Place once belonged to the Spanish ambassador. It is now a stylish hotel with large, luxurious rooms.
5) Le Plaza
This grand hotel with marble floors and chandeliers was built in 1930 in the style of the Georges V in Paris. It closed down in the 1970s but reopened in 1995 after a costly renovation. It has the grandest lobby in town, along with spacious bedrooms and a curious Moorish theatre. The neighbourhood sadly still has a few old porn cinemas that refuse to budge.
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