Review: Silken Berlaymont, Brussels

European Commission Headquarters

Le Berlaymont Building, Brussels. Image by Eoghan OLionnain.

Taking as it’s namesake the nearby European Commission Headquarters, the Berlaymont Brussels Hotel from International hotel group Silken, is situated in the most vibrant part of the city’s European District. Nicknamed the ‘heart Silken Berlaymont Brusselsof Europe’, this neighbourhood is just twenty minute’s from the city centre, and yet it seems like a very different world: modern, cosmopolitan and very trendy, and this is exactly what the area’s most striking hotel, the Silken Berlaymont Brussels, strives to emulate.

Combining exciting contemporary architecture with just a hint of classic grandeur, the façade of the Silken Berlaymont Brussels was particularly striking; all smooth curved lines and twinkling glass. Inside, the circular lobby was sleek and modern, with curving walls echoed by the granite pillars and cylindrical lift shaft at the centre of the room, and throughout the hotel a cool, blue colour scheme set a peaceful, yet sophisticated tone. If all that sounds a little too cold for comfort, it isn’t; the Silken Berlaymont Brussels had plenty of soft touches and a wonderfully tranquil atmosphere – particularly in the beautifully landscaped rear garden, of which my room had a wonderful view out of the fabulously large window.

Silken Berlaymont Brussels

My room, a Comfort Business Ladies room exclusively designed for female travellers, had similarly bold and modern décor, with light colours and complemented by contemporary furnishings in dark wood and black leather. As well as supreme comfort – in the clean and cosy bed, or in the spacious and well equipped bathroom with it’s range of sumptuous toiletries – there were also a few small touches designed to turn the room into a luxurious setting ideal for the most discerning of female guests. An extra secure lock system on the door set my mind at ease, while a make up mirror with independent lighting in the bathroom made getting ready that little bit easier. Touches like that took the hotel from a comfortable one to a decadent one, and really made a huge difference.

Silken Berlaymont Brussels

Like all rooms, mine came complete with an exclusive photograph to complete the decoration. The whole of the Silken Berlaymont Brussels is home to a permanent collection of over 450 pieces of art, in the rooms, meeting rooms and public arSilken Berlaymont Brusselseas – as well as temporary exhibitions housed in the Zoom Gallery. The permanent exhibition’s theme is in “The Art of Photography: a vision of European culture“, echoing the hotel’s home in the European quarter; my favourite part was found in a hallway between the reception area and the spa, filled with fantastic black and white portraits which I thought was really good.

Speaking of the spa – this was absolutely fantastic. As Silken say, “a busy day should be followed by a bit of a rest and relaxation” – so after my long day of sightseeing I did exactly that. I spent an incredible evening unwinding in the blissfully tranquil spa, which – complete with sauna, Turkish bath, steam bath, infrared sauna, jacuzzi, terrace, and massage room – was the height of luxury. The jacuzzi was truly fabulous, and after an hour or so of lounging in the warmth of the contemporary, chic spa I felt incredible.

Spa at Silken Berlaymont

Spa

The next morning, breakfast was an equally decadent affair. Served in the stunning L’Objectif restaurant, overlooking the peaceful garden, this was a wonderful buffet with a huge array of hot food, cold meats and cheeses, breads and pastries, fruit, juice, and cereals – the ideal way to fuel up for the day with something to suit all tastes. Everything was well prepared, fresh and very tasty – and the service was attentive and fantastically polite.

After such a night of bliss relaxation in such a gorgeously chic and modern hotel, it was all I could do to bring myself to leave. Sleek and contemporary, but also supremely comfortable, peaceful and fabulously luxurious, this hotel reflected it’s vibrant, trendy home in Brussels’ gorgeous European district beautifully.

Information

Silken Berlaymont Brussels  –  11-19 Boulevard Charlemagne, Brussels

Call + 32 (0)2-2310909, email silken@hoteles-silken.com or visit the website to book.

NB – except where otherwise stated, all images are courtesy of Silken Berlaymont Brussels.

About Emily Luxton

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