Standing on Avenue Stéphanie, the aptly named Thon Hotel Bristol Stéphanie enjoys a prime location in one of the city's liveliest neighbourhoods. Opened in 1998, the establishment started renovations in 2007. After the completion of the lobby and conference rooms, the restaurant is scheduled to receive brand new walls. Despite the modern style of the common areas, only a third of the rooms have followed suit. The others are more traditional and break away completely from the rest of the hotel...
Located on avenue Louise, a stone's throw from Louise railway station, the Bristol Stéphanie enjoys the advantages of this chic and lively neighbourhood. There are numerous shops and hotels in this local 'Champs Elysées'. However, there aren't that many bars and restaurants in the area, and you'll have to walk about 20 minutes to get to the city centre.
The Thon Group (which owns another 5 hotels in Brussels) wanted to downgrade the Bristol Stéphanie from a 5 star to a luxury 4 star establishment without giving up the 5 star level of service. There are many services available to the clientele: theme stays, special rates, car hire service, parking facilities, etc.
Thon Hotel Bristol Stéphanie occupies two 10 storey blocks and is not a particularly attractive sight... Although it's easy to tell by looking at some parts of the establishment that it has been around for a few years (façade, layout of the building, reception desk), in others it proudly boasts recently renovated common areas, reunion rooms, an entrance hall, and corridors, as well as: chandeliers, wallpaper, modern furniture, neutral tones (beige, grey, burgundy red, brown), etc.
The Bristol Stéphanie can also be proud of its little well-being centre. The swimming pool had to close (as the presence of a lifeguard is now required by law) but a sauna and a gym are both available, which is not the case in all hotels in Brussels! In addition, the Bristol Stéphanie has a small business centre with two computers connected to the Internet.
It's impossible to ascertain whether the Bristol Stéphanie really has the biggest rooms in Brussels, but one thing is certain: they measure at least 30m²: the standard rooms reach 35m² and the superior ones cover an area of 45m². As far as the interior decorating is concerned, the hotel's 142 rooms do differ. A third of the units boast a modern 'Norwegian style' interior, whereas the others are done up in a quaint standard fashion that stands out like a sore thumb compared with the rest of the hotel.
All of the rooms come with the latest amenities: free Internet access, flat-screen TV, free movies, individual air-conditioning. The same goes for the bathrooms; except that although they all come with a phone, Occitane hospitality products, and bath salts, only some have a shower and a bathtub. Most of the rooms have separate toilets.
Like the entrance, the meeting rooms, and the bedrooms, the restaurant is expected to be renovated in the near future. Furthermore, the Bristol Stéphanie is soon to receive a trendy lounge bar that will serve 'gastronomic brasserie cuisine'. For the moment, the food selection features many local dishes, as well as international and French cuisine. During the month of November 2010, Mexico was the main theme with a movie festival dedicated to Mexican productions! It's highly unlikely that you'll get bored here. In addition to this events, the menu changes with the seasons and the chef's mood. In order to adapt to the fast pace of its clientèle, the establishment offers a '3 in 1' formula, where the main course, the starter, and the dessert are served simultaneously. The restaurant is only open in the mornings during summer.
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