Brussels' Vintage Hotel Wants You To "Glamp" In Their Front Yard
When we think of Brussels, we think about the European Union, beer and chocolate. Never had we thought of the city, although scenic and somewhat quirky with its love of surrealism, as the headquarters of cool. And then in 2009 along came the 29-room Vintage Hotel (a former home for the elderly), that's in a great location close to swish shopping street, Avenue Louise. Suddenly the "it" factor went way up.
Now, in 2012, the hotelís added a symbol of pure 1950s Americana: a refurbed vintage 1958 Airstream trailer that has all of the mod-cons one expects.Yes, Brussels has discovered "glamping" !
We got a peek at this eccentric hotel and the Airstream Room (known as "Hazel") parked in the hotelís courtyard. Hazel is outfitted with a double bed, shower and WC, a separate seating area, WiFi, a flat-screen TV and air conditioning. (BTW, itís the only room at the hotel thatís air conditioned.)
Whether youíve booked Hazel or one of the individually-designed hotel rooms that evoke a modernist style with 1950s and 60s furniture, do head to the cafe where complimentary breakfast is served,. Later the area transforms into a wine bar with selections chosen by, reputedly, the best sommelier in Brussels. Note: WiFi is only complimentary in the cafe, not the rooms.
One of the features we liked best? The Azzaro toiletries found in the rooms.
Rates for a double room in December were 120 EUR ($153) including breakfast, when booking online. The Airstream Room goes for 700 EUR ($899). Our tip? Call the hotel directly. When we spoke to them in August, an "Airstream Room Package," which includes accommodation for two, breakfast, two arrival aperitifs and a commemorative gift, could be had for 250 EUR ($321) -- a much better deal.
[Photo: Janice Tober/HotelChatter]