Hotel Review: Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Brussels
The Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Brussels is known to be one of the most famous hotels in the city. It used to be a Conrad back in the days and is now even a Virtuoso property. Nevertheless, I personally wasn’t amazed as you’ll read in this review!
If you are looking for a hotel in Brussels, things aren’t that easy. There are hardly any luxury hotels and the chain hotels in the city, including the likes of the Hilton Brussels City or the Radisson RED Brussels, are not really inspiring. Thus, giving the Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Brussels, which looks stunning from the outside, was on my list for a long time. The location in the important shopping district Louise is quite good as well as the hotel is neither far away from the city center nor the European Quarter.
Standard Room at the Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Brussels
As I booked the stay trought a special offer and no special rate with benefits, I didn’t get an upgrade this time around. The Standard Rooms at the Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Brussels have a decent size though.
The room is dominated by a comfortable King Bed with two nightstands.
Right in front of the bed, there are two armchairs and a coffee table.
On the other side, you can find a flat-screen television, a dresser and a working desk as well as a luggage rag. Weirdly though, the television is an angle in which you can’t really watch anyway.
The working desk is round-shaped and comes with a fairly comfortable armchair. It’s one of the better working desks I had in hotels, but I’d appreciate a proper working chair.
Other than a minibar and a wardrobe in the entrance area, there’s not much else worth speaking of. The room felt a bit dark despite a fairly big window, which faced the inner courtyard.
The bathroom is the most luxurious part of the Standard Rooms at the Steigenberger Wiltcher’s.
There’s a single sink with a lot of storage, a toilet, a very nice deep-soaking tub and an also really nice walk-in shower, which I very much enjoyed.
The whole design with lots of marble and high-quality fittings is really nice as well and reminded me of great luxury hotels like the Adlon Kempinski Berlin or the Le Bristol Paris. To sum it up, I’d say that the rooms are fairly nice without standing out.
Breakfast at the Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Brussels
One of the highlights of a stay at the Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Brussels definitely is breakfast. The selection as such is good, but the quality is particularly high.
There’s a really nice choice of cheeses, cold cuts, salmon and other cold options, for example.
The bakery goods, including bread, bread rolls and pastries, are very good, too.
Then there’s even some international food, including Arabic mezze.
Besides a couple of hot options, there are smoothies, freshly squeezed juices and even sparkling wine available at the buffet.
Last but not least, you can order freshly made omelettes from the kitchen.
While I had more elaborate breakfast spreads elsewhere, I really enjoyed breakfast at the Steigenberger Brussels thanks to the really high quality of the food available.
Gym at the Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Brussels
While the hotel is connected to a large public gym, which comes with a pool, a sauna area and a gym, usage of this comes with a hefty charge of 20 Euro per person. Thus, I decided to stick with the hotel’s own gym, which offers no daylight and is fairly small.
There are a few strength machines, a rowing machine and other cardio machines, but the gym lacks any free weights or such, making it relatively weak for a luxury hotel.
Overall impressions of the Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Brussels
While I enjoyed my stay at the Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Brussels, I was hardly impressed. The staff was nice enough, the rooms are alright and breakfast offers a high quality, but that’s about it. I’d say that the Steigenberger Brussels is a good four star hotel, but besides the good location and the impressive building, I wouldn’t say that there’s anything particularly great about this hotel. This is also the reason why I’ll be looking for another hotel the next time I’m in town.