The Dominican: An Unforgettable Boutique Hotel in the Heart of Brussels

The Dominican: An Unforgettable Boutique Hotel in the Heart of Brussels

When Jonas and I were planning a brief trip to Brussels a week ago, we wanted to achieve two things…

  1. First, a budget itinerary: to fully explore the metropolis’ attractions, sights, and activities without spending so much money.

    » READ: Top 10 Free Things to Do in Brussels, the Heart of Europe!

  2. Second, a luxury stay: to be in a hotel that has a central location, a charm that is worthy to be told, and an ambiance that is perfect for spending our nights in.

We somehow wanted the best of both ‘worlds‘ — an overall experience that is partly affordable and partly extravagant, and fortunately enough… we managed to accomplish such a goal! Apart from the wonderful time that we had in the city of Brussels (through a mix of research and random wanderings), we also had a very comfortable and luxurious stay when a boutique hotel offered to take us in — a name and experience that I will never, ever, forget: The Dominican!
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– THE HOTEL –

A prime location. From the hotel, almost every main attraction in the city can be reached by foot (for example, the majestic Grote Markt of Brussels) and if you’re arriving by train, the Bruxelles-Central station is just a 5-minute walk away!

A historical landmark. Formerly a spot where a Dominican abbey stood in the 15th century, the famous neo-classicist painter named as Jacques-Louis David had even called this as his home after the year 1800.

A current elegant sanctuary. Today, the building has been preserved and restored as it showcases a contemporary interior with distinct modern elements that I absolutely loved! (Some of which are from the award-winning Amsterdam agency, FGStijl).

The DominicanThe Dominican Lobby .

– ROOMS –

The Dominican has different types of rooms that total to 150. There’s the basic Deluxe, the tasteful Executive, the unique Lofts, the Junior/Executive/Grand Place Suites, and the spacious Studios.

But as a welcomed guest of the hotel, you will be offered with the same well-designed features no matter the kind of room that you choose since each space will surely give you the feeling of warmth and style especially with its rich colors and luxurious materials.

Other than the usual things that you typically find in hotels, I enjoyed how every room has a complimentary Nespresso machine which will give anyone the liberty to have as many good-tasting coffees and teas that they wish. And of course, digital nomads like me will be happy with the strong and stable WiFi that is offered not only in the rooms but all throughout the hotel too!

The Dominican Rooms .

– AMENITIES –

Cardio Gym & Spa. (5th floor) The Dominican’s fitness center was reasonably-sized; besides, it already had the essential machineries for running or cross-training, and once you finish a rigorous workout, you are free to enjoy the Finnish sauna and Turkish steam bath!

I didn’t have the chance to enjoy these though… and that’s because I was already stolen away by our room’s heavenly bed after a day of exploring the city! Nonetheless, when I took a peek of this section, it was well-maintained and fully functional so it’s definitely something that you should try if you have the time to do so.

Boxing Room. (5th floor) Just beside the cardio gym and spa is their newly-made boxing room that looked very quirky! I’m not a boxer myself but I enjoyed the room’s facade a lot!

Meeting Rooms. Nominated as among the top 25 business hotels by CNCB European Business magazine, The Dominican is a place that you should consider especially if you’re on a business trip! With over 3 elegant and multi-functional Salons, it’s certainly an ideal location for your meeting or seminar needs.

The Dominican Gym The Dominican Boxing Room .

– DINING –

Grand Lounge. (Ground floor, open until 10:30PM) With big windows and soaring ceilings (and stationed iPads here and there), this is the center of the hotel that mainly serves as a dining area. The daily European breakfast is also served here, which, mind you, was superb — fresh bread, pastries, cheeses, cold cuts, cured meat, fresh fruit juices, fruits, salads, coffee/tea choices, eggs, and waffles!

Courtyard. (Ground floor, open area) If you want to dine outdoors, there’s the private courtyard terrace that’s just outside the Grand Lounge. It is filled with cushions and cozy banquettes with a large fig tree in the middle for ample shade if needed.

Lounge Bar. (Ground  floor, open until 1:00AM) Clad in a dominant hue of orange, the Lounge Bar is a chic cocktail lounge where you can relax with a drink! Choose from fresh juices, coffee blends, herbal infusions, to cocktails and special spirits that are well-made by the hotel’s mixologists.

The Dominican Restaurant The Dominican Bar .

– SERVICE –

Service was flawless. The hotel staff were absolutely helpful especially when we needed aid, and much like one of the ongoing themes of the hotel, they were very warm and hospitable! (For instance, they responded very swiftly when we had a problem with our breakfast reservations).
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– INFO –

Website: http://www.TheDominican.be

Booking: See the best deals and prices at Booking.com or HotelsCombined

Address: Rue Léopold / Leopoldstraat 9, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Hotel Classification: 4-Star

Check-In: 3PM / Check-Out: 12PM

Disclaimer: This was a sponsored trip by The Dominican; but as always, all thoughts that are expressed in this article are fully my own. We would like to give our special thanks to Julie, Deborah, and Gilles for arranging our stay, and our thanks to the hotel too (as a whole) for hosting us!

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Overall

We had a truly amazing stay! The elegance and convenience that The Dominican can offer is an ultimate experience that’s unforgettable. I definitely recommend this hotel if you are ever on the lookout for an affordable luxurious stay.

If you rather have a tighter budget, you can always check by Booking.com for the best deals on hotels, inns, and hostels all throughout Brussels!

How about you?

  • Have you ever been to Brussels? Where did you stay and how was it?
  • Would you like to try The Dominican when you plan to visit Brussels (again)?

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26 comments

  1. The place looks wonderful and it feels like everything you want... AND MORE!!!!
    This is the dream! Hay!

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  2. Looks amazing and love your blog!

    xx Leesa & Kate

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    1. It really is amazing! And thanks :)

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  3. This looks like just the perfect stay for my next visit to Brussels.

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    1. I dearly hope you get to stay with them and enjoy them as much as I did! :)

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  4. Wow Aileen! These pictures are really awesome. We had to miss Brussels during our backpacking trip a few years ago because we missed our train! And we decided to stay in Amsterdam longer. :) Hoping to make it out there soon!

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    1. Aw, rats. That must have been a bummer! But at least now, you have something to look forward to. Let me know if you're in the country :)

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  5. Looks very inviting. I am considering a trip to Belgium in the fall and this to this list of potential lodgings. Great stuff.

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    1. That's great to hear Danielle! Let me know if you're in town :D

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  6. This looks like a beautiful hotel to stay during a visit in Brussels.
    Belgium is a lovely country.
    We´ve been there last summer where we had a chance to do a chocolate and beer tour in Bruges and enjoy a boat trip and the Veggie Day in Ghent.

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    1. It really is an amazing country! I've been to Ghent too and I've absolutely loved it there. I have yet to go to Bruges and I'm excited to be there!

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  7. The Dominican looks gorgeous! It looks precisely how I think a boutique hotel should look... put together and sleek but not over the top.

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  8. I feel like I definitely stayed at this place on a trip with my family a while back, and it was awesome. The mix of extravagant and budget-friendly is a good one!

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    1. Really? That's great! I hope you had a great stay like we did :D

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  9. I think seeking luxury without the price tag is so very smart. Love your pictures as though ghosts were filling those spaces just out of frame.

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  10. Now this is a classy joint that I could see myself splurging on! Wow. Simply fantastic! Your photos definitely capture its elegance and modern chic design. Must have been a great stay :D

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    1. It really was! Hope you can consider them should you ever be in Brussels :D

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