Hôtel Métropole          


 Place de Brouckère, 31 1000 Brussels − Belgium

A luxury hotel with an excellent reputation, the embodiment of Brussels' most honored traditional values, spacious rooms & charming suites, with outstanding food.


Welcome to Hotel Metropole.

Hotel Metropole, conveniently situated in the heart of Brussels, is famous for its warm welcome.

Our guests will enjoy everything a city hotel has to offer. We invite you to discover the history of Brussels which comes to life in our hotel and to enjoy our high quality and comfortable hospitality.

HOTEL METROPOL - BRUSSELS

 

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HISTORY

1890

Le Café Métropole opened in 1890 by the Wielemans brothers, brewers at Forest with the aim of promoting their beers. Due to their tremendous success, they bought the neighbouring building, the former ""Caisse d'Epargne"" headquarters and turned it into the Hotel Metropole.

1894

It is in this way that a palace was born, embodying a new concept for the end of the nineteenth century.

A palace is in other words a luxurious hotel equipped with the most up-to-date facilities: lifts, electricity, central heating, not to mention the richness of the decor and high quality service. Inside, all architectural styles are depicted in an air of luxury and richness of materials: panelling, polished teak, marble of Numibia, gilded bronze and forged iron, all competed to give the impression of comfort in the 1900 era.

The French architect Alban Chambon, already responsible for the decoration of The Café Métropole, was appointed by the owners to carry out the interior design of the hotel.

The French Renaissance main entrance, leads to the Empire style reception hall, where columns and pillars line the room. The attentive observer will linger in front of the beautiful stained-glass windows, which would be used widely later on by the Art Nouveau style. To the right, lies a large staircase and the lift with its elegant and timeless mahogany case. Chambon did not hesitate to call upon the best artists and craftsmen of his era who assisted him in his work. It is in this respect that the bronze Nymph on the fountain of the Roman-style restaurant that has now been converted into a café was signed by Julien Dillens. An Indian lounge and an Italian Renaissance reception hall complete this refined collection of styles.

1911

The Hotel Metropole hosts numerous international and national social events. The first Solvay Physics Board was held which brought together personalities such as Einstein, Marie Curie, Poincaré. Stars, crowned heads of state and politicians have all stayed at the Hotel Metropole, and balls and banquets were frequent and popular.

After the First World War, which saw the hotel requisitioned, the owners undertook extension works by buying a neighbouring building in 1925, in order to create new rooms.

1932

The extension works of the Hotel Metropole cinema completed in 1932 were also important. The building of the 3000-seater theatre required the demolition of several buildings on the rue Neuve. The project included the creation of shops, a brewery, a disco ""La Frégate"", banquet halls and two floors of supplementary rooms with a patio above the cinema. The construction of this was carried out by Adrien Blomme who designed an authentic architectural masterpiece combining technical process with a refined aesthetic. The facade of yellow Travertin opened out on the rue Neuve with large glazed bays. The restrained interior decoration, with mirrors, polished metals and precious wood is enhanced by carefully purpose-built lightings. As you can imagine, the inauguration in the presence of Queen Astrid and Raimu was a great social event.

1939-1945

The Second World War saw the Hotel Metropole requisitioned by Germans during the occupation, then for a year by the allies, but in the aftermath of war the hotel enjoyed another golden era.

The post-war years.

Stars visiting Brussels, among them Sacha Guitry all stayed at the hotel. Toots Thielemans made his debut in the jazz orchestra that played in the café. Since the completion of the works in 1976, the hotel made a new start, which will take it well beyond its centenary which was celebrated in 1995.

GOLDEN SIXTIES

Although the Brussels World’s Fair in 1958 remains primarily a prominent event in the history of Belgium, the Hotel Metropole played a direct role in preparing the events of this fair. In June 1957, less than one year before the Fair, it was indeed in the Hotel Metropole’s rooms, that an inauguration cocktail for an ambitious campaign in favour of the Fair was given.

The Hotel Metropole played an active role in “the Expo 58” wave. On this occasion, the hotel underwent some renovation work and around ten bedrooms were fitted out to meet the demands of the huge crowds of tourists.

During the 50s and 60s, the hotel welcomed prestigious guests like the General de Gaulle, American presidents Eisenhower, Hoover, Chancellor Adenauer, etc.

SEVENTIES AND EIGHTIES

The perspective of the place de Brouckère was particularly transformed during this period by the building work on the underground system. This work which began at the end of the sixties did not end until September 1976 with the official inauguration of the first underground line.

In 1985, ""Le Bar 19ème"" and the restaurant ""L'Alban Chambon"" were opened, which in 1989, thanks to his chef Dominique Michou was awarded 2 red chef's hats and 16/20 in the GaultMillau culinary guide.

THE 2000'S

The restaurant was completely renovated during the summer of 2002 giving it a baroque Italian decor. In 2011: Our bar has been renamed: Bar “Le 31” with a new decor and new furniture in a “Fin “XIX” style. The bar has also been privatized giving its own atmosphere and comfort.


AWARDS

A LEGENDARY ADDRESS AMONG LUXURY HOTELS IN BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

As a Brussels five star hotel, the Hotel Metropole showcases an ambiance that is uniquely Belgian. Discover this living monument to the palaces of the French Renaissance - with sweeping marble staircases, wrought-iron furnishings, stained glass, and leather couches.

OUR AWARD COLLECTION INCLUDES:

CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE 2015:

According to Tripadvisor, The Hotel Metropole is one of best hotels in Brussels.

BUSINESS DESTINATIONS:

The Hotel Metropole recently won the award of "Best Large Business Hotel of Western Europe" by Business Destinations, edging out The Landmark Hotel in London and the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris.

HISTORICAL LANDMARKS:

The hotel façade and ground floor have been designated as historical landmarks by the Council of Monuments and Sites of Region of Brussels-Capital.

BECI (BRUSSELS ENTERPRISES COMMERCES AND INDUSTRY):

Additionally, our hotel was awarded with a "Special Mention" in the Brussels Enterprise Awards as a destination of historic grandeur.

BRUSSELS EXCLUSIVE LABELS:

For several years, the Hotel Metropole has been member of the elite association "Brussels Exclusive Label" that welcomes Brussels' most prestigious shop signs.


SERVICES & FACILITIES

CONCIERGE

Our concierges are members of "The Golden Key's". Thanks to their knowledge and experience, our guests can be certain to spend a pleasant stay in Brussels. Available 24 hours a day, whatever your needs are, our Concierge will meet your requirements.

Our concierges are at your disposal for:

  • Transfert to and from the airport ,
  • Private limousine hire
  • Theatre and concert tickets
  • Your hotel reservations
  • Restaurant reservations
  • Shopping tips
  • Sightseeing tours
  • And many other services
  • Our concierges are proud to be member of the prestigious association “The Golden Keys”. They work very closely with their direct colleagues: the receptionists, porters and car valets.

ROOM SERVICE

Our Room Service is available 24 hours a day. It offers you a menu including:

  • A breakfast selection (continental breakfast, English, ‘Royal’). The room service breakfast is available from 06:.30 until 11:00.
  • A selection of our menus : starters, main courses, desserts.
  • Drinks selection (mineral water, beer, wine, Champagne, spirits, hot drink)


LAUNDRY

The hotel offers an in-house traditional laundry service everyday, except on weekends and during holidays. Items received before 09:00 will be returned on the same day. If you need express ironing, we can arrange it for you in a short period, between 08:00 and 10:00.

HAIRDRESSER

The hairdresser Jean-Louis David is located in the hotel and is opened from Monday to Saturday, from 09:00 until 19:00.

FITNESS CENTRE

You can find the Fitness centre on the first floor. It is fully equipped with steps, weights, exercises bikes and other fitness machines. Admission is free during your stay. Open from Monday to Sunday from 06:.30 until 10:00 .

BUSINESS CENTER

Located in the hotel Lobby, the Business Center provides facilities such as internet access, photocopying, computers, fax machines, telephone for your work sessions while staying at the hotel. Complimentary newspapers and a seating area are available for your convenience. Our staff will ensure your every business need is met.

PETS POLICY

Pets are welcome for € 50,00 per night and per animal less than twenty kilos. Guide dogs can stay free. However, animals are not allowed in the Café Métropole.

ROOMS & SUITES

Some of our rooms are furnished with furniture designed specially for the Hotel Metropole by Cartisane Décor Cy (interior decoration office). 

We can offer you a large selection of rooms decorated in different styles and colours. The photos shown are for illustration purposes and are no contractual.

All our rooms are non-smoking.


Superior Rooms

Single/Twin/Double

Area of approximately 26 m²

 


Privilege Rooms

Area of approximately 30 m²


Junior Suites

Area of approximately 40 m²

A VIP treatment is included and consists of VIP guest amenities, slippers, bathrobe.


Suites

Between 40 and 152 m²

A VIP treatment is available and includes VIP guest amenities, slippers, bathrobe, turn-down service.

We offer a nightly turn-down service, including bathroom linen change.

Some suites have a balcony


SERVICES

Each room is equipped with:

  • Trouser press.
  • Satellite TV.
  • Free Wi-Fi high speed fiber optic.
  • Minibar (with a selection of 6 free drinks).
  • In-room safe.

And bathrooms are equipped with:

  • Hairdryer
  • Face mirror.

MEETINGS & EVENTS

With its 11 fully equipped meeting rooms, Hotel Metropole can accommodate events and meetings for up to 500 participants.

ROOMS CAPACITY CHART

Venue

Type

Dimension (s)

Height (m)

Surface

Surface Feet

Theater Style

School Style

U Shape

Boardroom

Cocktail 1

Standing Buffet

Dinner

Daylight

Excelsior Historic 21,7 x 14,7 4,21  318 3422 350 185 64/100 50 350 300 250 No
Ambassadeur Historic 14,7 x 10,0 4,21 147 1582 100 80 0 35 180 120 120 No
Excelsior/Ambassadeur Historic 31,7 x 14,7 6,55 464 4994 450 240 145 50 500 420 380 Yes
Rubinstein Historic 11,0 x 10,7 4,43 118 1270 70 48 - 20 150 80 80 Yes
Langevin Historic 12.8x6.5 4.43 83 893 60 40 32 30 80 70 60  
Einstein Historic 11.32 x 4.6 4,28  53 567 30 20 21 25 40 25 20 Yes
Marie Curie Historic 6.2 x6.0 4,19  38 409 20 18 16 10 30 25 18 Yes
Bourgmestres Historic 12.7 x6.5 4,27  83 888 60 40 32 30 80 70 50 Yes
Jean Marais Historic 7.2 x4.3  2,97  31 333 - - - 10 - - - Yes
Caruso Historic 7,2 x 4,3 2,95  31 333 - - - 10 - - - Yes
L’Alban Chambon Historic 15.64 x 9.9 5,50 155 1668 100 60 48 27 150 80 70 Yes

Banquets

The Hotel Metropole offers a large range of cocktail formulas, banqueting menus, buffets and wines.

We offer truly memorable and inspirational events in an authentic setting. With a total of 11 function rooms, it is the perfect venue for an exclusive cocktail reception, a themed party or a fashion show for up to 500 guests.

 

BRASSERIE-RESTAURANT "CAFÉ MÉTROPOLE"

Café Metropole, located on the vibrant Place de Brouckère, offers high-end brasserie cuisine in line with Brussels’ tradition. The Café’s new menu revives the history of this building, which was founded by the Wielemans-Ceuppens brewer’s family in 1890. You can discover a superb selection of Belgian craft beers, have a cup of tea or enjoy our refined cuisine.

This luxurious brasserie welcomes its guests in an Art Nouveau environment in which the original decor has been kept; both the building’s interior and exterior have been classified. Guests can choose to sit either inside, in the intimate yet lavish interior of the Café, or outside on the heated terrace, which is open all year round, to be closer to the city’s hustle and bustle. Café Metropole has 80 seats inside and 150 outside, split into two separate terraces in summer.

Particular care is taken to ensure the great reception and service for our clients, as well as the quality of the products offered, which is a genuine reason not to fail the standard excellence of Hotel Metropole to which the Café belongs.

The exchange of the traditional and excellent know-how between the interior of the Hotel, the exterior and the Café contribute to the magnetism of this mythical place where the inhabitants of Brussels have met actors, scientists, journalists and politicians for a long time. In the heart of Brussels, Café Metropole is the ideal spot to meet up with clients, take a break from shopping or simply meet other people.

Animals are not allowed.

Our brasserie-restaurant Café Métropole is open:

Monday to Friday, 09.00 - 01.00*
Saturday, Sunday and holiday, 11.00 - 01.00*

*Kitchen open until 23.00 

DAILY CHEF'S SPECIAL MENUS:

2-course menu at €18.00/pers*
Served at lunchtime, from Monday to Friday.
* Drinks excluded

MENU 37:

3-course menu at €37.00/pers*
Served at lunchtime and dinner, from Monday to Sunday.
* Drinks excluded

CHEF'S TAPAS

From Monday to Sunday, discover the tapas of our chef.

AFTERNOON BREAK

Every day, from 15:00 – 18:00
Salty and Sweet

TEA TIME

Every day, from 15:00 – 17:00
Hot drink + slice of cake : € 9.50

EARLY COFFEE - EXPRESS BREAKFAST

Monday to Friday, 09:00 - 11:30.
Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 - 11:30

Hot drink, 2 croissants, orange juice : € 9,50/pers.

BAR "LE 31"

Located in the majestic lobby of the Hotel Metropole, the Bar "Le 31" is more than just a bar in Brussels. It is the place to be downtown.

Re-decorated in 2011 in a "End of 19th century" style, you will enjoy relaxing and comfortable moments in a new and prestigious decor.

The colourful frescoes, the new furniture designed by Ms Sandrine Saint Hilaire from the Cartisane Decor S.A., the Belle Époque lamps will fascinate guests seeking comfort, luxury and privacy.

A new name, a new decor, a new drinks menu, cocktails, whiskies and champagnes, new musical styles, everything has been designed to accommodate the businessman, the tourist or the regulars visiting the place de Brouckère.

Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 17:00 - 01:00.

Closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

HAPPY HOUR:

From Tuesday to Thursday, from 18:00 -19:00
1 + 1 free.

THE JARDIN INDIEN

Begin your day in grand style at Le Jardin Indien.

The Hotel Metropole is proud to welcome you into "Le Jardin Indien", a delightful breakfast room inspired by the mysteries of the Indian gardens. Bursting with brilliant colours and filled with natural sunlight, this exotic salon and restaurant in Brussels sets an exhilarating tone for the rest of your day. Choose from a sumptuous dining menu of fresh fruits, cereals, and yogurts along with a steaming breakfast buffet or eggs "à la carte". Or just sit back and sip your coffee or tea. "Le Jardin Indien" can accommodate private events for up to 180 people.

The breakfast room is open every day from 06:30 - 10:30.

If you would like our breakfast ordered up to your room, simply review our Breakfast Menu and call to place your order.

NO CREDIT CARD NECESSARY


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LUXURY LIVING AND URBAN STYLE, IN THE HEART OF BRUSSELS

Hôtel Métropole lies at the heart of the historic centre in the capital of Europe, just 12 kilometres from Brussels international airport. It stands in place de Brouckère, just a short distance from the famous Grand-Place and very near attractions such as the City Hall, the Centre for Fine Arts and Royal Museum of Arts.

A pedestrian area has been under development since 29 June 2015. However, Hôtel Métropole remains directly accessible on both sides, via rue Fossé aux Loups and via boulevard Emile Jacqmain.

Our valet parking service is at your disposal to park your vehicle in one of the nearby car parks.

ACCESS: CITY CENTRE - PLACE DE BROUCKÈRE:

By car: follow signs for "centre / de Brouckère", rue Fossé aux loups.
By train: the Midi-Zuid (TGV, Thalys et Eurostar), central and north stations are less than 1 km away.
By plane: Brussels national airport located 12 km away.
Public transport: "de Brouckère" metro station is in front of the hotel.

CLOSEST CITIES:

  • Antwerpen.
  • Namur.
  • Liège.

NEARBY TRAIN STATIONS:

Central station at +/- 500 metres.
Noord/Nord station at +/- 10 minutes.
Midi / Zuid station: Thalys, TGV, Eurostar.

METRO:

"de Brouckère" station is 50 metres from the hotel entrance.

WEATHER:

The climate in Belgium is maritime temperate, with significant precipitation in all seasons: The average temperature is lowest in January at 3 °C (37 °F), and highest in July at 18 °C (64 °F). The average precipitation per month varies between 54 millimetres (2.1 in) in February or April, to 78 millimetres (3.1 in) in July.

PARKING

A hotel with a prestigious downtown address for business and leisure travelers in Brussels, Belgium.

Situated only a short walk from the “de Brouckère” metro station and the Central train station, the Hotel Metropole is a commuter’s dream. This Brussels hotel near Grand Place is situated in the Place de Brouckère, just a few steps away from famous attractions, including the Hotel de Ville, the Palais des Beaux Arts, and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts. For our guests arriving by car, upon your arrival at our hotel in Brussels, Belgium, the valet service will be pleased to park your car at the Alhambra parking garage. The cost for this service is € 25,00 per 24 hours. Additionally, there are several convenient nearby parking options.

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