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Would The Hotel Inspector Approve Of Rocco Forte's Hotel Amigo?

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  Site Where: Rue de l'Amigo 1-3, Brussels, Belgium, 1000
November 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM | by | ()

We only bring this up because The Hotel Inspector was the name of the UK’s (first-out) version of Hotel Hell, and that show was hosted not by Gordon Ramsay, but by Alex Polizzi. Serious hotel geeks know that Alex's clan are owners of Rocco Forte Hotels. It’s all coming together!

Well, we had the chance to stay at Brussel's Hotel Amigo for our own hotel inspection and will say that it does pass inspection, so Polizzi (or Ramsay) needn't have worried.

The hotel has 173 rooms and feels cozy and intimate. The decor is very authentic with original Surrealist artwork and other Belgium touches scattered throughout, and leans more toward a contemporary, refined style in both the public areas and the rooms.

The service was awesome right from the get-go when, right after we checked in, someone from the front desk brought up some breakfast vouchers after he had noticed we didn’t have breakfast covered in our rate, as well as tickets to the flower carpet display taking place at the Grand Place that weekend. We also realized we'd forgotten our cell charger – quelle horreur! – and went to ask the concierge where we could buy one close by. He asked what type of phone it was and after a few minutes lo-and-behold, there was the cell charger delivered to our door!

We were lucky enough to be upgraded to a suite, which felt huge with its living area, bedroom, walk-in closet and large marble bathroom (with its cult-favorite Ren toiletries). It even had a traditional vestibule with a door to close. Colors and decor throughout the hotel were complementary thanks to Olga Polizzi’s bang-on design sense (she decorates all of the Rocco Forte hotels).

Our room was in natural wheats and orangey/rusty reds, and this is seen throughout the hotel. It had two big work desks and plugs weren't a problem as they so often are in older buildings. There were also lots of comfy sitting areas in both the bedroom and living room and contained lots of natural light. We do have one teensy, excruciatingly picky note, though, to the hotel: We'd like to see either fresh flowers or no flowers at all in the room, please, instead of those fake ones. See? Really picky.

We had breakfast at Bocconi Restaurant every morning and if you have nothing else, have the Belgian Waffles. We didn’t until the last morning, and boy – do we regret that! We also managed to have dinner there one evening and it was delish. We would describe it as modern Italian and all was lovely. Our dinner ended with incredible tiramisu – never been a convert until now.

Not that you ever have to convince us to stick around in a hotel we enjoy, but there was a rare heat wave (temperatures above 100 F) when we were there, so we did a lot of hanging out in the air-conditioned Amigo Bar in the late afternoon/early evening (there’s air in the rooms, of course, but you can’t stay in there all day). There was great beer (hello, this is Belgium!) but there were also some delightful cocktails. Staff was incredibly friendly and learned our names and preferences quickly (hmmm...maybe we were there even more than we thought).

This is a great hotel to stay in if you want to be in a location that’s close to everything and feels tied to the city that it's in.

We saw rates starting at 259 EUR ($330) for a Classic King or Twin (a healthy 280 sq ft) in January.

[Photos: Janice Tober/HotelChatter]

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