Yesterday evening I had a chance to visit the Vintage Hotel thanks to a little party hosted by Yelp, the restaurant and service review site. Yelp is relatively new on the Brussels scene, but the enthusiastic community manager Christoph has come up with the great idea to organize gatherings at unique locations around town providing an opportunity to discover something new while enjoying an after-work drink. If you want a chance to join, get onto Yelp and start posting reviews. Here is a recap on the Yelp blog of the evening.
So back to the topic on hand. Already open since 2009, I’ve heard about this modern, funky hotel a number of times but never had the chance to check it out in person until now. Let’s start with the location. It’s tucked away on a small back street just off Chaussée de Charleroiand a five minute walk from Place Louise. The entrance is through a nice, little courtyard that has a few outdoor tables and chairs for enjoying an early evening drink (exactly what I did yesterday).
Next the lobby. The wine bar is the first thing you see upon entering (this is already my kind of place!). There are a few tables and a good selection of wines on offer. The reception is off to the right, in a cozy nook decorated with retro furniture. My favorite was the display of room keys, each on a Rubik’s cube key chain. There’s also an interesting collection of design items on display.
Now on to the rooms. I had the chance to have a sneak peek at a couple. Each is decorated differently from the next, all with fun wall paper, art and modern sleek furnishings. There are 30 rooms in total, some including large bathtubs and small terraces. Although renovated a few years ago, everything is still in very good condition. The overall aesthetic is a bit retro, with a nice selection of mid-century furnishings and lighting. Weekend rates start at around €75 for a single, €90 for a double.
Back out in the courtyard is the most unusual room – a converted old Airstream camper. Kitted out with a large bed, shower, toilet and small sitting area, this would make for a unique night’s stay. I’m not sure how quiet it would be (right next to the street) but “Glamping” as they call it would give you something to write home about!
I’m definitely adding the Vintage Hotel to the list of recommended places for friends to stay when visiting Brussels (see previous suggestions here). The location can’t be beat, the price is right, there’s free wifi and the whole place has a good vibe. Thanks to friendly staff and Yelp for hosting us last night and the introduction to a great hotel. I’ll be sending some people your way soon!
45 Rue Dejoncker, 1060 Saint Gilles
Tel: + 32 2 533 99 80
Images via Asia Rooms, Booked, Travels of Adam and The Perfect Hotels.