My 5 secret
01 Dominicain »
The stunning Dominican occupies a former
monastery behind the Monnaie opera house. The rooms have a cool urban look that contrasts with the messy building site on the opera house square. The bar is a luxurious place for a drink before heading to see one of La Monnaie's performances.
No. 386 in The 500 Hidden Secrets of Brussels
02 Aloft »
The coolest place to lay your head in the Europen Quarter, Aloft is designed in a raw industrial style, with exposed pipes in the lobby and small but efficient bedrooms. The breakfast
bar is a bit tricky to use, but the management have promised to change it.
No. 404 in The 500 Hidden Secrets of Brussels
03 Stanhope »
Here is a hotel to wallow in English-style comfort. Formerly a series of town houses, it has been tastefully converted into a comfortable retreat on the edge of the European Quarter. The bar is in the style of an English library complete with a blazing fire and painting of a dog.
No. 388 in The 500 Hidden Secrets of Brussels
04 Concept »
This little hotel is located above a chocolate shop on the Grand'Place. What could be more romantic? The attic room is a gorgeous hideaway under the 17th century oak beams.
05 Le Dixseptième »
The former 17th century home of the Spanish ambassador to Brussels has been turned into a discreet hotel with 24 rooms. The interior is a warren of corridors and staircases while each room has its own charm.
No. 389 in The 500 Hidden Secrets of Brussels
Das Park Hotel, Austria
Say no to boring hotels
The people behind the website Unusual Hotels of the World were in Brussels recently to check out hotels with a difference for their next guidebook.
Steve Dobson, who co-founded the site, wants to encourage people to sleep in weird hotel rooms rather than corporate boxes. "I want to tell people that they don't have to stay in boring hotels," he explained. "They have a choice."
The website lists an inspiring selection of hand-picked hotels, each one, according to Dobson, with "a story to share." You can sleep in an upside-down hotel room in Berlin, a waterfront crane in the Netherlands or a concrete sewage pipe in Austria. "I want people to stop staying in boring hotels," Dobson