Brussels is the so-called ‘Heart of Europe‘ which makes it a cosmopolitan metropolis and a dynamic haven not only for locals and expats, but also for politicians (mostly from the European Union), businessmen, and tourists.
Given this fact, the city is almost filled to the brim with varied accommodations, so it can be such a challenge to pick the best hotel for your stay. However, if you are specifically looking for a 5-star service that is like no other, then don’t look further since there is one hotel that can stand above them all: the Hilton Brussels Grand Place!
– THE HOTEL –
A central location. As a traveler, I give great importance to my accommodation’s location because it can greatly affect the overall flow and rhythm of my trip. Therefore, it was a joy when I found out that the Hilton Brussels Grand Place was in a prime spot in the city — it’s right at the heart of the historic city center!
In fact, just within walking distance you will find the Grand Place, Square Meeting and Convention Center, Manneken Pis, Royal Palace, Saint Michael and Saint Gudula Cathedral, Belgian Comic Strip Center, and more! If in case you want to attain quick and direct access to the city’s far-flung attractions, it could also be done with ease since the Bruxelles-Central (Central Station) is just right in front of the hotel.
A sweeping elegance. Formerly Le Méridien, the Hilton Brussels Grand Place actually had its grand opening just this November 2014. Now run by a different management, it successfully transitioned to the magnificent brand that it is today. (NOTE: This is different from the Hilton Brussels City).
From subtle to significant changes, the current hotel boasts a profound charm right from the moment that you step into their door. The iconic chandelier will first grace your view, followed by the enthralling vastness of the stylish lobby area and clearly from this point forward, you will continue to be captivated by the Hilton’s appeal..
– ROOMS –
The Hilton Brussels Grand Place will start an exciting era of transformation for the hotel, with significant refurbishments commencing in the coming months in order to further improve the existing rooms.
NOTE: At the moment, the Deluxe rooms are in the classic style, while the Executive rooms are in a more modern style.
All in all, the hotel has 224 rooms and they include:
Basic Guest Rooms. (30 square meters) Features king-sized beds, separate bathtub and shower, flat-screen TV, complimentary wiFi, minibar, and work desk. It helps to note that at times, the internet can perform really slow at night but for the rest of the day, it works fine.
Deluxe and Family Rooms. (36 square meters for Deluxe & 46 square meters for Family) Includes the same features as that of the guest rooms but with more extra space. Take note that the family rooms can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children in roll-away beds.
Executive Rooms. Specifically book into an Executive room and you can enjoy not only the same basic features of the guest rooms but also the hotel’s premium amenities which includes exclusive access to the Executive Lounge among many others.
We were booked into this type of room and we definitely enjoyed the premier service that came along with it. They really made us feel like VIPs and that was a really great thing to ‘spice up’ our whole stay. As an example, we were given welcome gifts — what else but Belgian chocolates!
Accessible Rooms. For hotel guests that are disabled or have limited mobility, they can have a room like this one that has roll-in rain showers, wider doorways, wheelchair accessible shelves, etc.
Junior and One-Bedroom Suites. (46 square meters for Junior Suites & 80 square meters for One-bedroom Suites) Same features as the other basic rooms but with more space and a living room with a couch. Guests for this type of room can also enjoy the access to the exclusive Executive Lounge.
NOTE: They also have a Presidential Suite that is at 170 square meters. It has a bigger living room and dining room, as well as a bar, and more premium elements!.
– AMENITIES –
Executive Lounge. (Ground Floor) Currently, the Executive Lounge is located in the area beside the restaurant and bar. It’s a bit small but still pretty decent: you can enjoy your continental breakfast here with a nice view of the city’s historic center. Whereas for the rest of the day, you can feast on any of the complimentary drinks and snacks at any time.
Business Center. (Ground Floor – Open 24/7) Every hotel guest can make full use of the computer work stations to avail the services such as printing, copying, and internet-surfing. You are even free to use the living area here for whatever purpose that you might want to use it for (e.g. you can hold a small casual meeting, etc.)
Meetings and Event Spaces. (Ground Floor) For a more formal setting, you can book one of the hotel’s 17 meeting rooms or one of their 2 impressive ballroom areas. All of these feature state-of-the-art technology and wireless internet access, and if in case you want ultimate privacy, you can choose to take the whole floor, use a separate entrance, and/or avail the underground public parking that has elevator access to the meeting areas.
Hilton Fitness. (1st Floor – Open 24/7) For the fitness buffs, the Hilton Fitness area has a magnificent cardio and strength-training equipment..
– DINING –
L’Epicerie. (Ground Floor – Open until 10PM, Closed on Saturday + Sunday Lunch Times and Sunday Dinner) We grabbed our breakfast here in the morning as we enjoyed our spot at the Executive Lounge. How was the food? Good! They had a lot of reasonable amount of selections and their ‘Fruit of the Month‘ section was a nice touch (at that time they were serving fresh Blood Orange).
For the other meals, their menu is typically filled up with traditional Belgian dishes or French fare.
NOTE: Breakfast is served until 10AM on weekdays and 11AM on weekends. If you want to experience private dining, the restaurant has three available rooms that you can choose from.
Le Bar. (Ground Floor – Open until 12AM) Enjoy a cup of coffee here in the morning or grab some drinks and signature cocktails with friends come nighttime. Rest assured, their Master Barista is skilled and you will be presented with a lot of choices, especially for European wines!.
– SERVICE –
You would definitely feel like the most honored guest when you stay with the Hilton Brussels Grand Place, and this treatment is further amplified when you get to access their Executive Lounge’s services. This is not to say, of course, that their treatment goes below standard if you are not a part of the Executive Lounge because all of their staff people were very accommodating to every individual that I saw.
Besides, there were a lot of times wherein I was sure that most of them didn’t even know that I was a media person nor booked in an Executive Room, and yet they were always happy to help me whenever I had questions about the hotel and their services. I say this because I actually spent a good amount of time walking around the hotel, asking an array of questions to any staff that I met even if I already knew where certain places are, etc.
All in all, their service is great and I am really impressed!
– INFO –
[icon icon_theme=”external-link-square” icon_size=”15″ color=”#ed2665″ circle_size=”35″ icon_type=”theme-icon” circle=”no” ]Website: Hilton Brussels Grand Place Hotel
[icon icon_theme=”map-marker” icon_size=”20″ color=”#ed2665″ circle_size=”35″ icon_type=”theme-icon” circle=”no” ]Address: Carrefour de l’Europe 3, Brussels City Center, Brussels, Belgium
[icon icon_theme=”star” icon_size=”15″ color=”#ed2665″ circle_size=”35″ icon_type=”theme-icon” circle=”no” ]Hotel Classification: 4-Star
[icon icon_theme=”clock-o” icon_size=”15″ color=”#ed2665″ circle_size=”35″ icon_type=”theme-icon” circle=”no” ]Check-In: 2PM / Check-Out: 12PM
[icon icon_theme=”exclamation-circle” icon_size=”15″ color=”#ed2665″ circle_size=”35″ icon_type=”theme-icon” circle=”no” ]Disclaimer: This was a sponsored trip that was made possible by Hilton Brussels Grand Place. But as always, all thoughts that are expressed in this article are fully my own. We would like to give our special thanks to Nicolas and the rest of the team for arranging our stay, and our thanks to the hotel too (as a whole) for hosting us!
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I can highly recommend the Hilton Brussels Grand Place. They are still ironing out some quirks, here and there, but the fact remains that they value comfort, luxury, and style as they aim to offer the best that they could give to every guest — add their amazing central location in the city and you’re absolutely in for a treat! Personally, I look forward to coming back to them soon!
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