Hotel Conrad Brussels Reopens As The Steigenberger Grandhotel
On January 1, the former Hotel Conrad in Brussels changed hands and reopened as the Steigenberger Grandhotel. We don’t hear much about the brand in North America, so here’s the scoop. They’re a Germany-based group that manages 81 hotels all over Germany and in Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Egypt and now Belgium. This includes their upper mid-range hotel brand, InterCity Hotels and the higher-end Steigenberger Hotels.
The hotel is located on the swishy Avenue Louise with its high-end boutiques and restaurants. We had the chance to get a look inside the hotel this past summer when it was still a Conrad and then, as now, the hotel falls into the deluxe category. It has an old-school glam feel to it with a great “gentlemen’s club” type bar and lounge. There’s even a smoking lounge if that’s your thing which, as you know, is quite scarce these days. Their restaurant, Cafe Wiltshire, has a lovely terrace overlooking the hotel’s courtyard.
Most of the 267 rooms are traditionally-decorated but some--in particular the Superior rooms-- have been renovated in a more contemporary style. The hotel tells us that they’re going to be continuing to renovate over the next three years or so. Rumor has it the rooms are the largest in Brussels, and we believe it. The smallest room is a huge 484 sq ft.
Rates are running around EUR 199 ($270) for a standard room but we say spurge for the Superior or Superior Plus room with a little balcony for EUR 224 ($304) in March.
[Photos: Steigenberger Grandhotel]