Hotel Amigo Hotel 5 star
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At this top-level hotel, luxury makes its presence felt subtlely: the decor is restrained, the service personalised and attentive... It is a home from home, and "home" here means staying just next door to one of Europe's most beautiful medieval squares; it means a room as impeccable as a show-room and as snug as the one in your country retreat; it means a bathroom where you will want to bathe for hours; it means a gourmet restaurant and an Italian restaurant, to keep everyone happy. The Amigo Hotel carries its name well: from your very first stay, you will get along with it very well indeed!

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    Location 9.79 /10

    Rue de l'Amigo, running along one side of the Town Hall. The Grand Place is about 66 ft away. The Amigo hotel is halfway between the Gare Centrale and De Brouckère underground stations (7 min by foot). To reach Bruxelles Midi station (arrival and departure of Thalys trains) by tube, allow 10 minutes from De Brouckère station.

    Accommodation 8.70 /10

    If you can afford it, you will be tempted by the Magritte suite: it is colourful, stylish and comfortable, and as pretty as a work of art. VIP's (celebrities, celebrating couples) may prefer the Blaton suite, whose private 6th floor terrace overlooks the belfry and rooftops of the historic centre. Guests of more modest means can stay in the standard (300 ft²) or deluxe (345 ft²) categories. If possible, choose the 6th floor, which enjoys fine views of the Town Hall. Otherwise, go for something on the 3rd floor or higher, or a room above the entrance. The other rooms feel a bit hemmed in by the buildings opposite. As regards the rooms, the subdued, cosy decor manages to include some local detail: if you look hard enough, you will spot Tintin's little face in a silver-plated frame on the bathroom wall. Other details include the slim vase, pale green marble tiles, and a generous amount of Rocco Forte hospitality products (80 ml). Rooms in the basic categories have either a shower or a bathtub, while the suites have the luxury of both. Hair dryers, bathrobes and a complimentary bottle of water are provided for your arrival in all categories. The other facilities include a television (plasma screens are being fitted throughout), minibar, air conditioning, direct telephone and a safe.

    Overview 9.20 /10

    Occupying a 6-storey building at the corner of rue de l'Amigo and rue Charles-Buis (leading to the Grand Place), the Amigo Hotel defines itself as a luxury hotel thanks to its porter, its internal features affording it a special charm are: a reception area the same size as a private sitting room, wall seats and low stools in the lounge (a separate room from the reception), chairs and leather wall seats in the adjoining bar. The walls are painted a subdued monochrome (beige, brown, ochre, burgundy). It is peaceful and friendly rather than intimidating, unlike other major hotels found in capital cities. A Belgian snack is served in the afternoon, making it even easier to settle in: as well as tea and mini sandwiches, this consists of Belgian waffles, speculoos, chocolate mousse, and a glass of champagne (for an extra £8.80). It is served from 3.00 pm to 5.30 pm, and costs £16.68. Guests at the Amigo have free use of the gym (accessible at all times, on request), should they wish to relax or give themselves a workout. However, it is a pity that the hotel does not have a spa; nor is there a patio to linger outside in the summer months. Instead you can unwind on the bar terraces of the Grand Place (only 66 ft yards away).

    Food and drink 9.70 /10

    Bravo maestro! Vincenzo Regine, who oversees the Italian restaurant Bocconi, was voted the top chef of Italian cuisine in Belgium in 2007. This is reason enough to try out his recipes either sat in the Bocconi restaurant, with its white tablecloths and leather wall seats, or as a quick, light bite at the bar: the light lunch consists of two dishes and a coffee for £15.80. For this price, you can expect a typical Italian offering of pasta or risotto to start, followed by the meat or fish of the day cooked Mediterranean-style. Food lovers will opt for the restaurant's complete meal deal (famous products from Botte given the chef's own special touch): scallops and lobster to start, followed by bluefin tuna with aubergine (calf liver, Venetian style or Tuscan-style lamb), and a glass of Italian wine (you will be willingly advised on your choice). It is a pity the Amigo does not have room for a patio to eat outdoors. If that is a sticking point, visit From Russia to Rome (It too is a Rocco Forte hotel): Its garden, backed up against the walls of the Villa Borghese park, allows you to enjoy your dinner or glass of wine in a country setting in the middle of the city.

    To know

    The Amigo Hotel, rue de l'Amigo... The Spanish name which was apparently bestowed upon the place by Spanish soldiers present in 18th Century Flanders, distorting its true Flemish, "Vruntsaat" (prison street). No doubt as a joke, they called the street "Vriendstaat" (street of the friend): the meaning prevailed and the Spanish name lives on today.

    The Amigo hotel has been part of the Rocco Forte Collection since 2000 (the date the hotel was reopened after renovation and redecoration). Like all the other hotels in this prestigious group, it carries the Leading Hotels of the World label.
    Accommodation advice
    The higher the floor, the better the view. Ideally, ask for a room on the 6th (and final) floor; if none is available, ask for one above the entrance.
    For prices and reservations, visit www.roccofortecollection.com.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, keep fit, Turkish bath, spa

    • Sports equipment

      fitness, gym, sports, dance

    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Next to the Grand Place.
    • The epitome of subdued luxury.
    • Fine, affordable cuisine.

    disadvantages

    • The absence of a spa.
    • Not all of the rooms have a good view.

    Traveller Reviews

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      4 Opinions
      • Package deals in mars 2013 Posted on 2013-12-01 Seul - 2 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        Hôtel luxueux. Personnel disponible. Bon emplacement près de la Grand Place

      • Advantages

        Personnel disponible (très nombreux). Chambre luxueuse. On avait une vue sur le haut des immeubles de la Grand Place.

      • Disavantages

        Prix assez élevé mais au niveau de la qualité

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      • Overall Score 9.50/10
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