Once just another of the European capital’s many high-end hotels, the Sofitel Le Louise recently underwent a complete transformation, enlisting two of Belgium’s most talented designers to turn it into a stylish and sophisticated luxury destination. The bright and airy rooms are outfitted with all the latest high-tech amenities, and they’re decorated in a sleek but comfortable style of wood and chrome that attracts both business travelers and lovers of contemporary luxury. It’s the Crystal Lounge, though, that captures imaginations; a retro supper club–style restaurant and bar, the Crystal Lounge has become one of Brussels’ hottest spots. Its 40-foot alabaster bar and softly lit outdoor terrace buzz nightly with the wealthy and powerful, who sip inventive cocktails and dine on creative local cuisine, against the backdrop of live music. And, as if that weren’t enough, the hotel is ideally situated on the border of the historic city center and the fashionable Avenue Louise shopping district.