Sofitel Le Louise
40 Avenue de la Toison d’Or, Brussels
Photo courtesy of Sofitel Le Louise
Sofitel Brussels Le LouiseOnce just another of the European capital’s many high-end hotels, the Sofitel Brussels Le Louise was transformed by noted architect/designer Antoine Pinto (who did the public spaces in his signature bold and whimsical style) and designer Etienne Bouten (who oversaw the rooms), so you’ll now find one of the more visually-arresting spots in town. The 169 bright and airy rooms and suites are done-up in a sleek but comfortable contemporary style, with pops of color and playful touches accenting the cushy beds, Hermes product-stocked baths, and convenient work desks. Downstairs, Pinto’s Crystal Lounge restaurant and bar has become one of Brussels’ hottest spots, both for its retro supper club–style—complete with 40-foot alabaster bar, deep leather seating, and softly-lit outdoor terrace—and its menus of creative cocktails and local cuisine, served against the backdrop of live music. Along with all that, the ideal location on the border of the historic city center and the fashionable Avenue Louise shopping district makes this a convenient hub for both business and leisure guests.