Your hidden garden in Brussels
TEXT: ANNA VILLELEGER | PHOTOS © ANTOINE DECKERS
For business or leisure trips in the heart of Europe, The President Brussels Hotel offers a superb location, spacious rooms and well-equipped conference rooms — not to mention one of the city’s most covetable private gardens.
Having just opened after renovation works that were completed in April, the hotel has consolidated its reputation as one of the city’s slickest meeting places. Guests will immediately be impressed as they enter the stylish lobby, conceived by award-winning hotel designer Saar Zafrir. An array of fascinating artworks adorn the walls, adding to the cosmopolitan, classy vibe.
The President Brussels Hotel could not be better placed in terms of accessibility. It is only 500 metres from Bruxelles-Nord railway station — where you can catch a direct train to the airport in ten minutes. Meanwhile, the Bruxelles-Midi station, which is served by Eurostar, is just a 15-minute drive away, or ten minutes away by train.
Travellers arriving by car will be pleased to know the hotel has a private car park complete with two Tesla chargers. “We’re located right at the entrance of the city, so you avoid all the traffic in the centre,” explains Nicoletta Kostis, director of sales and marketing.
The city’s many business and exhibition centres are in close proximity of the ho-tel, while metro stations are within walking distance. For those looking to explore Brussels’ many tourist attractions, hotspots such as the world-famous Grand Place, the Atomium and BOZAR are within easy reach, as is the Tour & Taxis cultural area.
Stylish and spacious
The hotel offers 296 comfortable, stylish and spacious rooms and suites, all equipped with modern amenities and comfortable bedding. Particularly sought-after are the deluxe garden view rooms, while business travellers will appreciate the business rooms with their integrated workspace.
Meanwhile, families can enjoy the space and comfort of a family suite. “We welcome a lot of business travellers during the week, while at the weekends we are popular with families and leisure travellers,” points out Nicoletta.
Haven of peace
A real highlight of the hotel is its private garden, a 3,000 square metre haven of peace and tranquility. “It’s a green eden in the city centre,” enthuses Nicoletta. “That’s really rather unique in Brussels and ideal now that the warmer weather has arrived.”
The hotel’s elegant bar and restaurant have also had a total makeover, and have been attracting visitors and locals alike. Head to restaurant Elissa for delicious Mediterranean dishes and sharing plates — perfect for a meal amongst friends or colleagues.
Events of all sizes
The President Hotel is a perfect venue for hosting business events and special occasions. Whether you are organising a meeting, conference, exhibition or personal event such as a wedding, you are bound to find the right room for you amid the hotel’s 2,000 square metres of space.
The hotel offers 16 well-equipped function rooms spread over three floors. There are different spaces to accommodate groups as small as ten all the way up to 400 people for a banquet, or 630 for a cocktail reception. The largest space covers 585 square metres and offers a beautiful view over the gardens.
“Whatever you are looking for, we’re sure to have a package to meet your needs,” smiles Nicoletta, adding that the hotel’s dedicated events team are always on hand to ensure everything runs smoothly. A separate catering team are also available to take care of all your event’s culinary requirements.
Whether organising an event, staying at the hotel, or simply visiting for a meal at the restaurant, you can always expect warm, professional service from the hotel’s friendly team. “Our top priority is to make sure our clients are happy,” concludes Nicoletta.
DO NOT MISS
This July, the 106th edition of the Tour de France will be starting in Brussels (6 – 7 July). This marks the 50th anniversary of Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx’s first victory in 1969. In honour of this special occasion, The President will be organising a special Tour de France themed event in its beautiful garden.