Pullman Brussels Midi

THE HOTEL: This is Belgium’s first Pullman hotel – the upscale international brand of the Accor group – and opened in October 2013 with 237 guest rooms. It is part of Brussels’ redeveloped Gare du Midi station making it convenient for those arriving in the city by Eurostar, Thalys or TGV services from across Europe.

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THE CHECK-IN: I arrived by Eurostar and was pleased to find the hotel was well signposted and just a short walk from the platform. Travelling as part of a large group, our room keys were ready and waiting for us on arrival in the smart, almost futuristic lobby with its curving walls, desks, sofas and sweeping staircase. After a short wait for the lift, I stepped into the eighth floor corridor to the sound of chill-out muzak.

THE ROOM: The room might be too stark for some, but I liked the combination of largely white décor, wooden floorboards and beige highlights. An irregular shaped table, long corner sofa, multiple large, round lampshades and curvy drinks cabinet continued the ultramodern feel. The bathroom had a spacious walk-in shower but, in contrast, the separate toilet cubicle tucked behind the bedroom door was more claustrophobic. Facilities included a Nespresso coffee machine, wallmounted flatscreen TV, iron/ironing board, Bose radio, safe, wardrobe and free wifi.

THE BUSINESS: There are ten meeting rooms with a maximum capacity of 360 theatrestyle. They include a boardroom, two ‘Eurostar’ rooms that look directly on to the station platform, three ‘TGV’ rooms and four ‘Thalys’ rooms. Computers are available for use and there’s free wifi throughout.

THE FACILITIES: A ‘wine wall’ stacked with countless bottles greets guests taking the curving staircase to the first floor Victor Bar and Restaurant. It serves Franco-Italian cuisine and a few Belgian classics too. There’s also the Victor Lounge on the ground floor, plus a fitness room and sauna.

THE VERDICT: This stylish hotel is well located at Brussels’ main transport hub. The décor is apparently influenced by the Belgian hallmarks of chocolate and Flemish paintings, but that might go over the heads of its guests quickly passing through on business.

THE DETAILS: Pullman Brussels Midi, Place Victor Horta 1, 1060 Brussels, Belgium. Rates are from ¤99 per night. See: www.pullmanhotels.com.

Reviewed by Andy Hoskins (2014)