Located just a few steps away from the European Parliament, the Léopold doesn't have as much character as many of the other hotels in Brussels. It comes as no surprise, then, that it mainly attracts people travelling on business. Classical in style, this hotel could do with some refurbishment, both in the rooms and in the common areas. However, the hotel can take pride in offering a peaceful environment, and appetising catering services.
Situated a stone's throw from Parliament, the Léopold benefits from the peacefulness of the elegant European Quarter. Note that the nearest underground train station is under ten minutes away on foot. Guests have two options when it comes to travelling into the lively city centre: walking or public transport.
Much loved by business people, the Léopold has six conference rooms, and Wi-Fi Internet access for £9 a day.
Open since the early 1980's, the Hotel Léopold has grown over the past few decades, as neighbouring buildings were bought gradually. Beware of the slight variations in level of the corridors! The lobby is small, a little dark, and not very inviting, really. There are only three seats available to sit on in the entrance hall, which is a sign that management don't want their guests to have to wait for too long! The only few 'imaginative' details of this place are: the cabinets displaying chocolate, the television showing adverts,, and a few paintings on the walls. There is one original detail though, the Léopold has a library lounge, which makes for a nice relaxing area... Several lifts take guests up to their rooms, or to the solarium and sauna located on the sixth floor. A computer is also at the guests' disposal.
Do not be fooled by the room numbers! Although there are three digits (up to 900) indicated on your key-ring, the Léopold only has 111 rooms. Only the last two numbers give you the indication as to which room you have been allocated. Several room categories are available: standard, executive, suites (large and small), duplexes, apartments and garden suites.
Although they are all equipped with the standard amenities (air-conditioning system built into the floor, a safe, a plasma-screen television, a telephone and a mini-bar), the rooms aren't very spacious at all, at approximately 15 m². Moreover, the decor is starting to show signs of age: outmoded carpet, tartan bedspreads, orange-stained wood furniture... The very basic bathrooms have no special amenities, either. Equipped with a bathtub or a shower, a hair-dryer and a welcome basket, they are nevertheless functional. Note that some apartments, and executive and standard rooms have a balcony.
Gastronomy is certainly the Léopold's number one asset. Not content with its superb Italian garden (accessible at breakfast time, or for snacks in the day time) and brasserie-bar, the hotel boasts a small gastronomic restaurant. The romantic Salon des Anges serves refined dishes, in a room just as elegant as the cuisine, renovated in September 2010. As for the brasserie, its menu features vegetarian meals, pasta, mild and spicy snacks, grilled fish and meat, served with salad. Breakfast is basic: do not expect freshly-squeezed orange juice, for example...
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