Brussels is an old and bourgeois city—it is also a revelation. Despite its current Eurocrat image it inspired Surrealism and Art Nouveau, it is home to Rubens, Brueghel and Magritte—and what about those chocolates, waffles and beer?

Brussels offers plenty of history, art and culture, despite being HQ of the European Union. The Spanish Habsburg emperor, Charles V, who ruled a quarter of the globe in the 16th century, was born there, and the streets are lined with Art Nouveau buildings, crowned by the World Heritage town houses of Victor Horta and the gilded exuberance of the unforgettable Grand-Place, one of the world’s finest squares. Brussels is perhaps the world capital of Art Nouveau, the inspiration behind Surrealism, with a fetish for kitsch and comic strips. All in all it is an elegant city of narrow cobbled streets, historic sights, golden stone and intimate cafés and bars, some of them (such as the Falstaff) deserving Art Nouveau and Art Deco status. Outsiders tend to think that Brussels will be high-rise Eurocrat-land, but the city planners sectioned off the European Union zone away from the centre, so they do not spoil the view. So if you would like to enjoy a continental short break without the fuss of going to the airport, Brussels is a great place to go.


You can leave London St Pancras on the Eurostar and be transported smoothly into Brussels in 1 hour 51 minutes for a short holiday in a city which some rather heinously say beats Paris. So we went looking for a lovely hotel to recommend to our Members, and chose Hotel Amigo, a five-star member of the Leading Hotels of the World. It is ranked in the top five of the city’s 208 hotels, and it is minutes from the Grand-Place—ideally located for a sightseeing tour of the city's history, art and heritage.

Hotel Amigo is a dignified, luxurious, contemporary-styled hotel with all the confident polish of the Rocco Forte collection of five-star hotels. It is as close to the historic centre of Brussels as you can get. Many rooms look directly out on to the roofs of the Hôtel de Ville—look up and you can see the gilded St Michael slaying the devil on the tip of its spire. The front door leads straight into the web of mediaeval streets that surround the Grand-Place.

The interiors are designed by Olga Polizzi, sister of Sir Rocco Forte—who is responsible for so many of her brother's five-star hotel interiors—and the service is exemplary. The hotel has a well-equipped fitness centre, private car park with valet parking, and business centre—all you might expect at this level of hospitality.

All the rooms are spacious and stylish, with large, well-equipped, marble bathrooms. The classic rooms are 28 sq metres, and there are several levels of luxury suites, some with inter-connecting doors to neighbouring rooms for families with children (who might particularly enjoy the Tintin Suite). The hotel has a smart Italian restaurant, Ristorante Bocconi, which is also the setting for a sumptuous buffet breakfast. A stylish bar and lounge are laid out on the ground floor.

Exclusive Club rates

Our Club Members receive exclusive discounts of up to 57% off the rack rates, plus complimentary upgrades and late check-out when available.

The first Members to book will enjoy an exclusive Blue Ribbon rate for a two-night break for two sharing a Deluxe double room (which measures 32 sq m/ 345 sq ft, incorporates a king bed, and has views of the Grand Place or the churches and spires of the city). This rate will be 35% off the hotel website rate and will include a complimentary room upgrade if available on arrival, as well as complimentary breakfast for two.

To be first to snap up the Blue Ribbon offer, and to check other rates and availability, please call Member Services on 020 7399 2960 or follow the link below.

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