Hotel Review: Sofitel Brussels Europe
Sofitel Brussels Europe is the only luxury hotel which is located in the European Quarter in Brussels. The hotel comes with luxurious rooms, a fully equipped gym, a bar and a restaurant. While Sofitel Brussels Europe mainly hosts business guests, we also spotted several tourists in the hotel. So, is the Sofitel a good choice for tourists as well? We answer this question in our extensive hotel review!
Located just a few steps away from the European Parliament through a beautiful park, you rarely can sleep at any better location when you have to work in the European Quarter of Brussels.
- Classification: Five Stars
- Room Category: Luxury Room
- Month of Stay: September
However, that’s just one of many more arguments why Sofitel Brussels Europe is a good choice for staying in the Belgian capital.
We especially found the rooms very comfortable and the staff very friendly and helpful!
Luxury Room at Sofitel Brussels Europe
Even though the Sofitel Brussels Europe looks rather small from the outside, it actually has way more than 100 rooms.
The three normal room categories don’t differ too much, but we were happier to get a double upgrade to a Luxury Room nevertheless.
These rooms are especially comfortable as they got views of the inner courtyard which is not spectacular, but makes the rooms extremely quiet.
The Luxury Room itself came with a large King Bed, a working table, a comfortable lounging chair, two bedside tables and a little wardrobe in the entrance area.
While not very spacious, we found the décor to be very fresh and inviting.
The coziness was one of the things which made the room feel like a small home away for us.
Additional amenities include a complimentary Nespresso machine and a fully stocked minibar which is a little overpriced for my taste.
Bathroom of the Luxury Room
As Sofitel usually offers rather small rooms, the bathrooms are not too spectacular as well.
At Sofitel Brussels Europe, our Luxury Room also came with a rather small version of a bathroom. However, the single sink, the toilet and the shower-tub combo all looked very luxurious.
The shower pressure was totally decent, there was enough storage room next to the sink and the high quality toiletries by Hermes added a special touch. So while not being big, we found the bathroom of the Luxury Room totally sufficient.
Gym at Sofitel Brussels Europe
Usually I expect luxury hotels to have a decent gym, especially when staying at a business hotel. Yet, Sofitel Brussels Europe totally disappointed me in this regard.
The “So Fit” gym consisted of nothing but a few machines for cardio training and a selection of small free weights (1 to 10 kilogram).
Even though located in the basement, the atmosphere was fairly okay as you were looking at an artificial waterfall. Additionally, you can find a steam bath in the luxurious changing rooms next to the gym.
This one definitely is very enjoyable, but on the small side, too. In total, I was surprised to find so small fitness and leisure facilities at Sofitel Brussels Europe.
Breakfast at Sofitel Brussels Europe
As we were not very hungry in the evening, we decided to just enjoy our welcome drink which was absolutely great.
Breakfast in contrast was a little disappointing at first.
As it was Sunday, there were many guests at breakfast which seemed to overstrain the staff. After the problems with the tables were sorted out, we actually enjoyed the breakfast to a very high degree.
The choice on the buffet is totally decent and the quality was especially great. There’s a big selection of cold cuts, cheeses, fruits, yoghurts, bread and much more as well as a small corner with hot items.
There’s also an option to order freshly cooked eggs and other warm dishes which we didn’t opt for this time.
Taking into account that it was Sunday and the breakfast is most likely way less crowded on other days, I’m sure it is usually an enjoyable experience to have breakfast at Sofitel Brussels Europe.
Overall impressions of Sofitel Brussels Europe
I’m not really sure how to end this hotel review of Sofitel Brussels Europe. While we liked the décor and the comfort of our Luxury Room, we found it to be a little small.
The staff was extremely friendly on the reception and at the bar, but overstrained at breakfast. The gym has high quality machines, but is badly equipped. The location is great for the European Quarter, but rather average for everything else in Brussels.
As I’ll spend more time in the European Quarter in the future, Sofitel Brussels Europe will definitely be a hotel I’ll return, too. At the same time, I’d recommend a different hotel if you are in Brussels for purely touristic purposes or business in other parts of the city.
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