Despite some misconceptions, Brussels is not wall-to-wall Eurocrats. It is actually an old and charming Belgian city, the people are warm and friendly, and it is ideal for a short city break from the UK. It has plenty of history: 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 Grand Place, one of the world’s finest squares.
The result is an elegant city filled with narrow cobbled streets, historic sights, golden stone, and of course the world-famous chocolates and waffles. Its planners sectioned off the EU zone away from the centre, so they don’t spoil the view. If, like us, you want a continental weekend without 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 break 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 Rocco Forte hotel ranked in the top three among the city’s 208 hotels, situated minutes from the Grand Place and not only ideally located to view the city heritage, but a part of it.
The hotel of choice for visiting heads of state, the grand and famous, Hotel Amigo is set within one of the area’s typical 18th-century buildings. The style is pleasingly luxurious with light-hearted notes such as a Tintin Suite. All the rooms are spacious, and stylish, with large and well-equipped, marbled bathrooms. The simplest rooms are 28 square metres, and there are several levels of luxury suites, some with interconnecting doors to neighbouring rooms for families with children.
It has all you would expect from a Rocco Forte five-star, the hotel has a smart Italian restaurant, Ristorante Bocconi. This is also the setting for a sumptuous buffet breakfast. There is a stylish bar and lounge on the ground floor.
International Hotel: Our Members receive excellent Club rates and VIP treatment at this fine Brussels hotel. To check up-to-the-minute availability and rates, please call Member Services on 020 7399 2960 or follow the link below.
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