The Hotel Amigo, Brussels (review and video below) is part of Rocco Forte, a luxury hotel brand that is a Virtuoso member and also has its own Sir Rocco's Knights preferred partner program. The building itself is over 500 years old, and it became a hotel in 1957, to host royal and celebrity guests during the 1958 World Expo in Brussels.
TravelSort Clients enjoy Virtuoso or Sir Rocco's Knights benefits:
- Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
- Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests, or Continental in room
- $85 EUR Food & Beverage Credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
Here's my Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo Brussels Video Review:
Hotel Amigo, Brussels Location, Lobby and Check-In
The Hotel Amigo is located at Rue de l'Amigo 1-3 in the center of Brussels, just a minute's walk from the Grand Place, where the gothic town hall is located, and where there's an annual Sound and Light show in the month or so leading up until Christmas and even into the New Year (see the video above for a taste of it). The hotel is also just a 6 minute walk to Brussels Central train station, so it was easy for us to walk there and take a train to Brussels Airport the next morning for our flight, and not have to deal with taxis or road traffic.
Check-in was swift, and we were personally escorted upstairs to our upgraded Deluxe Suite on the 2nd floor.
Hotel Amigo Brussels: Deluxe Suite
Our Deluxe Suite had an entry foyer that opened into a living room with a sofa, armchairs, TV and desk. Deluxe Suites can accommodate an extra bed for a child or 3rd adult, for a fee.
Under the TV was a drawer that pulled out and contained a Nespresso machine with capsules and bottled water.
The bedroom was a corner room, with windows on two sides, which I loved. Sadly we were only at the hotel overnight, so I didn't get to see the room during the day, but it would enjoy excellent natural light from the dual exposure.
Between the bedroom and bathroom was a good sized dressing area with a large closet–no worries about storage space here, if you're on an extended stay. Since there was a dressing table, I ended up using this to do some work.
Hotel Amigo's bathrooms feature Carrara marble; rooms have a bathtub, but Junior Suites and all Suites have a separate bathtub and shower (although note that the shower is a regular shower, not a rain shower).
Bath products are Forte Organics:
While I had my own toothbrush and toiletries with me, I also appreciated that there was a dental kit already in the bathroom. Many times, outside of Asia or Asian luxury hotels, you'll have to ring Housekeeping if you've forgotten your toothbrush.
Don't miss the cute Tintin figurines that adorn the bathroom–my son got a kick out of this, since he and his classmates sometimes get to watch Tintin cartoons as a special treat in French class.
The Presidential Suite at the hotel is named in honor of Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritte, and is over 1180 square feet. It can also be interconnected with a Deluxe Room, making it the perfect base for a family visit to Brussels.
The Rene Magritte and other top suites at the hotel enjoy beautiful views of Brussels' gothic Town Hall:
Hotel Amigo Breakfast at Ristorante Bocconi
TravelSort Clients enjoy a full daily buffet breakfast at Ristorante Bocconi, which serves breakfast daily from 6:30-10:30am on weekdays and until 11am on weekends.
The buffet had a great selection of fruit juices, and I mixed my own concoction of strawberry and pineapple juice.
There were also sliced and whole fresh fruits, cereals, yogurt, fresh pastries, and cheeses and cold cuts.
It took awhile to actually get our less than helpful server to take our order, but when I finally managed to get her to take down an order I chose a Belgian waffle, figuring it was high time I tried the real thing, and my son chose pancakes. My son's pancakes came without the fruit we'd requested, so I had to flag someone else down to get the fruit, which was brought on the side.
Hotel Amigo is an excellent luxury hotel choice in Brussels, with its great central location just steps from the Grand Place, restaurants and shopping, its comfortable rooms and suites, and friendly and helpful Concierge and front desk team. I especially enjoyed the whimsical touches of Tintin in the bathroom, and the corner position of our Deluxe Suite; a pity we weren't there for a longer visit to enjoy the great natural light it would have during the day.
Breakfast offered a comprehensive cold buffet, with many types of fresh fruit juices, breads, pastries and cheeses. The Belgian waffle was fantastic, very crispy and light. While I wasn't thrilled with the slow and mediocre service from our server, she was the only flaw in the otherwise very good service at the hotel.
If you've stayed at Hotel Amigo, what was your experience?
Disclosure: We paid a travel professional rate for our stay. The opinions expressed in this post are mine.
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