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Hotel Amigo *****

Rue de l'Amigo 1-3 | 1000 Brussels |

"N°8 Hotel in Northern Europe "

Condé Nast Traveler’s 2016, Readers' Choice Awards
From 259€/room

KIDS LOVE

  • The beautiful welcome gift
  • The babies - kids - teens programs
  • The Tintin's decoration objects

PARENTS LOVE

  • The Grand'Place, located just 50 metres away
  • The fitness room
  • The Italian gourmet restaurant Bocconi

 

LOCATION

A luxurious 5-star hotel combining history and modernity, the Amigo opens its doors to traveling families in the heart of historic Brussels.

Located just a few steps from the famous Grand’Place, the establishment offers splendid views of the buildings of the latter, its belfry as well as the streets of Brussels.

From Brussels-Zaventem International Airport, it will only take you 20 minutes to reach Amigo. You can take a train directly from the airport. It will drop you off at Central Station, just a 5-minute walk from the hotel. If you come by car, valet parking is available.

 

DESCRIPTION

The Amigo is a family-owned hotel designed for families. Upon your arrival in the lobby, you will immediately feel its mixture of old prestige and contemporary comfort. Near the reception, comfortable red velvet sofas invite you to sit down. If you let your eyes wander, you can see splendid Flemish tapestries, charcoal sketches on the walls, and especially the majestic stone slabs that adorn the entrance. These stones have survived the centuries and have been part of the building since 1620.

Before being a luxury hotel, the Amigo occupied a very different function. In the 1500s, during the Spanish occupation, the building was bought by the city council to be a prison. This is where the current name of the hotel comes from. Indeed, in Flemish (one of the 3 national languages ​​of Belgium, with French and German) prison is called “vrunt” and “vrunt” rhymes surprisingly with another Flemish word, “vriend” which means “friend” … This confused the Spanish soldiers who, instead of hearing “vrunt”, heard “vriend” and translated it naturally into their language as ‘amigo’! Today, the hotel’s street is called Rue d’Amigo in French, but also Vruntstraat (Street of the Prison) in Flemish! A vestige of the past, a mysterious secret passage still links the Amigo to the nearby town hall…

The Amigo became a hotel in 1957 (in anticipation of the 1958 World Fair), under the impetus of the Blaton family. Since 2000, it has belonged to the luxurious family chain Rocco Forte, a guarantee of quality and excellence, which owns the hotel. The establishment offers 173 rooms (including 19 suites), 1 restaurant, 1 bar, 1 gym, 1 valet parking and several conference rooms.

 

accommodations

The hotel has 9 different types of rooms and suites:

The Classic Chambers (28 sqm – 301 sqft) : from the Carrara marble bathroom, to the Magritte reproductions on the walls, the classic bedroom seduces with its natural chic. The various rooms offer views of the streets of Brussels or the Amigo inner courtyard. The classic rooms can be connected to each other for families.

The Deluxes Rooms (32 sqm – 344 sqft) : deluxes rooms improve on the standards of the classic room by providing more space (they can also be connected to each other).

In the Executive Rooms (36 sqm – 387 sqft), you will discover a new atmosphere. Spanish art objects and African tapestries are reminiscent of Belgium’s colonial past. Executive Rooms feature marble bathrooms, desks, sitting areas and views of the inner courtyard.

Ideal for families, the Junior Suites (60 sqm – 645 sqft) place Magritte at the center of their decoration, with large sculptures of apples and pears, in reference to the most famous works of the painter. They have a large wardrobe for the whole family to store their belongings and a marble bathroom with separate shower. From the suites, you can admire the cobblestone streets, which are typical of Brussels.

The Classic Suites (70 sqm – 753 sqft) offer a more contemporary decoration, revolving around ceramics. Some have a view of the hotel courtyard, others the streets. Strong point: the elegant living area, separate from the bedroom. Some bathrooms offer a separate shower.

The Deluxes Suites (80 sqm – 861 sqft) are colourful and play on gray, orange and red. The separate living area has an office if Mom or Dad needs to spend some time at work. Deluxes suites can be connected to Deluxes Rooms to guarantee maximum space for the whole family.

From the Executive Suites lounge (75 sqm – 807 sqft) you will have the chance to have a direct view of the Grand’Place of Brussels! The bathroom has a bath and a shower and these suites can be connected with a Deluxe Room.

With its 110 sqm (1184 sqft), the René Magritte Suite has everything to make your stay a dream. In an elegant style, embellished with bright, painter-specific colors, the suite offers a small bar with a coffee machine, a living-dining room, a bedroom, a dressing room and a marble bathroom. A nod to Magritte is available even in the service of coffee cups with motifs featuring his most beautiful works. The suite can be connected to a Deluxe Room. From the living room window, you will have a direct view of the belfry of the Grand’Place.

Finally, the Armand Blaton Suite (180 sqm – 1937 sqft) is the height of space and luxury. From the name of the hotel’s founder, this unique suite is located on the top floor of the Amigo. From its generous panoramic terrace (60 sqm – 645 sqft) with garden furniture, the whole family will enjoy a splendid view over the roofs of the city. A small apartment, the suite has a private kitchen, a fireplace in the spacious living room and a marble bathroom decorated with red and green mosaics and equipped with a separate shower. The Blaton Suite can also be connected to a Deluxe Room.

All rooms and suites are designed to accommodate 2 adults and can have an extra bed for a baby or a child under 16 years old (with the exception of Classic Rooms and Deluxes). Each bedroom / suite can be furnished with a king-size bed or two twin beds.

 

GASTRONOMY

Ristorante Bocconi invites Amigo guests on a culinary journey to Italy. Tasty and elaborate cuisine, with Mediterranean flavors, is served here for lunch and dinner. The atmosphere is bright and the turquoise walls add a festive note. In summer, you can dine on the pleasant terrace along the streets of old Brussels.

The Bocconi also serves breakfast in the form of a generous buffet with a kids corner dedicated to younger guests. On Sundays, an elegant and gourmet brunch is organized.

For an aperitif or a coffee, the Amigo bar welcomes you in a cozy and sophisticated atmosphere. The bar offers a fine wine list, cocktails and cognacs, as well as special cocktails that are low in calories.

 

FOR THE KIDS

  • Baby-club
  • Kids-club
  • Teens activities
  • Sports activities
  • Kid's excursions
  • Crafts
  • Games and books
  • Connecting rooms
  • Baby-sitting
  • Kid's menu
  • Allergen-free menu
  • Welcome gift
  • Emergency baby bottle
  • Bottle warmers
  • Baby phone
  • Baby cosmetics
  • Baby bath
  • Baby cribs
  • Stroller
  • Baby chair
  • Emergency pacifier
  • Shuttle with baby seat
  • Potty
  • Kid's shop
  • Lifeguard
  • Nearby Hospital
  • Nearby doctor

 

FOR THE children

The family group Rocco Forte gives special importance to its youngest guests. To make each stay unique, children will find a plush mascot in each hotel in the group, as well as a variety of equipment and services for the whole family.

At L’Amigo, it’s René, a mischievous little squirrel, sharing the name of the famous Belgian painter René Magritte, who will welcome the children. Upon their arrival, the youngest will receive their “René”, as well as their passport Rocco Forte (a cute little red notebook, filled with fun activities). Teenagers will be greeted with a delicious fruit cocktail without alcohol.

Rocco Forte understood the importance of pampering families and put a place in a child program that falls into three categories: R-Babies, R-Kids and R-Teens.

The R-Babies programme is for babies and children from 0 to 3 years old. For them, all meals are free! Upon arrival, the room will be equipped with a baby bed and the bathroom with cosmetics, a hooded bath towel and a small plastic duck for fun in the bath. The baby’s fruit and vegetable purées prepared by the Chef are concocted using the finest ingredients. A delight !

R-Kids is designed for children from 4 to 12 years old. Thanks to this programme, children receive a 50% discount on all meals. A welcome letter will be waiting for you in your room as well as a bathrobe, slippers and a bath duck. Many games are also available on request.

The Hotel Amigo is so sumptuous that teens will have enough to warm their social networks #BreakfastOfTheBedroomWithBuildingView! With R-Teens, young people aged 13 to 16 will find a welcome letter upon arrival, as well as a fact sheet on the activities of the Belgian capital. They will also be able to download the iPad app for room service. Game consoles are also available on request.

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the hotel and the Peyo’s “Smurfs” comic, Amigo offers families a special offer. On the program: a meeting at the top with Jean, Amigo family concierge and expert in Belgian comics, who later provided the disguise of blue little men to your toddlers, will offer you tickets for the Smurfs Experience at Brussels Expo. The Amigo is also honoring the comic designer Hergé with his package “Tintin”. Armed with a simplified and mysterious map, browse the most famous places of the capital as the Place du Jeu de Balle or the concert hall inspired by the Hippodrome des 7 Crystal Balls, like real detectives. During your absence, Jean installs in your room some memories of your adventure: a snowy plush for your little one, a biography of Hergé for Mom and Dad, but also two Tintin comics for all the family. Discover the conditions of these two original packages alongside your Little Guest booking agent!

The Amigo offers its youngest guests strollers, cribs, baby crockery, high chairs, cosmetics, bibs, sterilizers, anti-slip bath mats , baby baths, changing tables, soothing creams for the exchange, thermometers and many games for all ages (toys, play mats, game consoles, …).

With the Teddy Turdown service, the youngest can get milk, fresh fruit and cupcakes in the room … What a luxury at bedtime!

For children from 4 years old, many personalized activities can be organized by the hotel’s concierge at a surcharge. All you have to do is contact the reception and the team will make every effort to ensure that your little one has an unforgettable time.

A babysitting service is also available 24 hours a day. Count on 10-15€ per hour depending on the schedule (travel expenses/taxi will also be charged).

When booking, consider the family packages offered by Amigo, such as the Family 2-Rooms package (up to 50% discount on connecting or adjacent rooms for 2 children up to 16 years old) or the Family Suite Package ( a connecting room or adjacent offered for 2 children), this second package offers you, in addition, the ironing of an evening dress on the evening of your arrival.

 

family EXPERIENCES

The Amigo offers its guests an exceptional location to explore Brussels. It will not take you 2 minutes on foot to find yourself in the middle of the famous Grand Place and admire its impressive buildings with golden moldings. Take the opportunity to visit the Manneken Pis, a little bronze boy, symbol of the city, or to stop in one of the many shops of chocolates and biscuits.

The Avenue Louise, located a ten-minute drive from the Amigo, is home to many luxury shops where to do a bit of shopping. Family stop: the Serneels toy store (Avenue Louise, 69, 1050 Brussels). This splendid shop has been dreaming children since 1959. Once the doors are past, you will enter a world of lint more soft than the other, wooden toys of old, board games and dolls.

To continue your shopping, the Place Brugmann district is full of designer boutiques, including lovely children’s shops. At Les Casse Pieds (Chaussée de Waterloo, 571, 1050 Brussels) the little bits will find shoes to their feet. Boucle d’or (Rue de Tabellion, 12, 1050 Brussels) offers a wide selection of unique brands for the youngest (children and teenagers) as well as toys, books and decorative items that will melt young and old. The store Claude Hontoir welcomes 0 to 8 years in his shop at 14 Rue Brugmann (1050 Brussels) and 10-18 years in a second store at 130 Berkendael Street (1050 Brussels). Children of all ages will find happiness in these colorful boutiques, offering a wide variety of styles.

Children are sometimes unenthusiastic about their science textbooks … One thing is certain, after a visit to the Museum of Natural Sciences (rue Vautier 29, 1000 Brussels), they will see things differently! Located about fifteen minutes from the hotel, this educational and entertaining museum will immerse young and old in a journey in the footsteps of our ancestors: life in prehistoric times, giant skeletons of dinosaurs, fossils and colorful stones are not only a tiny facet of the museum’s collection

Who of Dad or son will be the most excited about the visit of AutoWorld (Parc du Cinquantenaire 11, 1000 Brussels)? This museum dedicated to the automobile offers a magnificent collection of ancestors and traces the history of the technical and aesthetic progress of the different models (from ancient horse-drawn carriages to today’s sports-coupe). The museum enjoys an exceptional location in the heart of the Parc du Cinquantenaire, just at the foot of its famous Arc de Triomphe. This urban space combining green space and colossal monument was thought in 1880 for the fiftieth anniversary of the independence of Belgium. Not far away are also the Army Museum and the Royal Museums of Art and History.

Unthinkable to visit Brussels without passing by the Atomium (Atomium Square, 1020 Brussels)! This imposing iron atom was built for the 1958 World’s Fair. For an exceptional culinary experience, one of the boules houses a gourmet restaurant with breathtaking views of the capital.

In the heart of the Bois de la Cambre, the green lung of Brussels, nestles the Chalet Robinson (path of the Embarcadère 1, 1000 Brussels). This atypical restaurant promises a pleasant family time for a meal or a snack. To reach this unusual place, you will have to cross a lake by means of a boat, since the chalet is on a real small wild island.

And outside the capital? Only twenty minutes from the city, history buffs will meet at the site of the famous Napoleonic battle of Waterloo. A mound adorned with an imposing stone lion commemorates the history of the place and offers visitors a splendid view of the surrounding countryside. Since the bicentenary of the battle in 2015, a brand new museum has been inaugurated at the foot of the lion (Lion Road 1815, 1420 Braine-l’Alleud).

The interior decoration of the Amigo pays homage to two famous Belgian artists: the painter René Magritte and the cartoonist Hergé. The Magritte Museum (rue de la Regence 3, 1000 Brussels) is located 10 minutes walk from the hotel and opens the doors of the surreal world of the painter. A little outside Brussels (around 30 minutes drive), in Louvain-La-Neuve, you will find the new Hergé Museum (Labrador street 26, 1348 Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve), retracing the life of the author and presenting many boards of his most famous comic: the adventures of Tintin.

Belgium is a small country, 4 hours are enough to cross from north to south, so do not hesitate to venture into the Ardennes forests (located 2 hours from the hotel), in Bruges (45 minutes from the hotel). hotel) or to visit the very posh seaside resort of Knokke-le-Zoute (located 1h30 from the hotel).

Hergé, Franquin, Peyo … Belgium is a land rich in comic book authors. The Belgian Comic Strip Center, better known as the Comic Strip Museum (rue des Sables 20, 1000 Brussels), showcases the 9th art through a very visual scenography that will appeal to young people as well as adults. A 15 minute walk will take you to the museum from the hotel.

 

FOR THE PARENTS

After a fitness session in the hotel’s gym, Mom and Dad can enjoy a facial treatment, the ultimate for a day of relaxation.

Brussels reveals wonders to those who can take the time to walk its narrow streets. The area surrounding the Grand Sablon area (located 10 minutes walk from the hotel) is full of antique shops and vintage shops, where you can browse for hours. For lovers of contemporary art, MIMA opened its doors in 2016, along the Brussels Canal. Art 2.0, original works, variety of styles… More than just a museum, the MIMA wants to represent THE definition of contemporary art.

The capital offers many opportunities for festive and cultural outings. The theatres of La Monnaie and Galleries (both located near the Amigo) offer, throughout the year, a rich and varied programme. The opportunity to leave the children in the care of the babysitter and offer a dinner alone, with a play, a ballet or an operatic aria.

Golfers will be delighted to learn that two of the finest golf courses on the outskirts of Brussels are within a 30-minute drive of the Amigo. The 7 fountains (Braine l’Alleud) and the Ravenstein (Tervuren) offer splendid 18 holes with impeccable greens and a unique green setting.

 

 

  • 24/24 check-in
  • Animations
  • Bar
  • Business center
  • Concierge
  • Conference room
  • Fitness room
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Valet parking
  • Wheelchair access
  • WiFi

 

INTERVIEW WITH JEAN:

family CONCIERGE OF HOTEL AMIGO

 

 

Jean has been the hotel’s concierge for 10 years. His speciality? The well-being of families with children. Father of three children, Jean is also a connoisseur of Belgian culture. He holds all the secrets and good plans of the Brussels capital that he communicates to you with as much enthusiasm as he bends over backwards to answer each of your requests. Meeting with a miracle worker…

 

Why did you choose to work at Amigo?

My career at Amigo is rather atypical. I was not really predestined for the world of hospitality and the family. I started my career at Amigo 20 years ago as a parking valet. Subsequently, I became a garage valet, before being graded in the post of caretaker. I felt honored by this assignment which was entrusted to me to take care of the well-being of the families. The fact of being a father to my own family reinforced the idea that this was my path. It’s a wonderful job…

 

What is your role with families staying at Amigo?

My job is to make it easier for families at Amigo. I always pledge to find the solution to any urgent requests and difficult situation. That may sound easy, but to ensure the comfort and happiness of an entire family, it is truly a matter of passion, dedication and loyalty. Sometimes it takes a smile or a gesture, sometimes the request takes me in the middle of the night to the manager of an upscale Avenue Louise boutique for the dad who had forgotten to bring the suit he was supposed to wear the next day at his board meeting. It is a function that requires a certain empathy, patience, proactive and, above all, determined.

« I felt honored by this assignment which was entrusted to me to take care of the well-being of the families. »

 

In your opinion, why is Brussels such a good family destination?

Simply because of its culture. The cultural heritage of Brussels is perfectly designed to meet the expectations of young and old alike. Think of the famous Belgian cartoonists who still make Tintin or Smurfs for toddlers, the same joys that we as children adored with our parents and grandparents. Even in terms of gastronomy, Brussels excels and surprises. We are the country’s capital of chocolate, french fries and waffles, with many delicacies that children and their parents can enjoy during their stay. The family activities of Brussels are also numerous: Mini Europe, a walk in the parks with a playground, the Hergé museum and the comic strips organized in the streets of the city centre, chocolate workshops, etc. For a child, discovering all these different worlds in a city on a human scale is simply extraordinary. Family activities and culture mingle a lot in Brussels and this is exactly what Amigo promotes in its children’s facilities and services.

 

« The cultural heritage of Brussels is perfectly designed to meet the expectations of young and old alike. »

 

What are the Amigo children’s services?

At Amigo, we organize activities for the children so that they can enjoy them, so that Mom and Dad go about their own business. But our vision is also to reconcile the expectations of children and the demands of parents in a common activity, an experience to share together. The child is a full member of the family at Amigo and benefits from all kinds of exclusivity because, obviously, he or she remains a privileged customer, so mus be included in all the activities of our programme.

Our kids’ programme is divided into three groups: the benefits of babies from 0 to 3 years old, activities for toddlers from 4 to 12 years old and finally, bonuses and excursions for teenagers from 13 to 16 years old. Among these privileges, there is a high-quality baby-sitting service available 24 hours a day, free baby meals and also bib rental, high chair, baby bath, play mat, night light, bath ducks bathrobes and bottle warmers, a sweet little snack every night in the room, some cosmetics adapted to their sensitive skin, children’s menus in the restaurant, a welcome letter or the gift of a mini passport, a teddy bear and René, our squirrel mascot plush named in tribute to René Magritte, the famous Belgian surrealist painter. We also have “family” offers that, for example, offer up to 50% discounts on connecting or adjoining rooms and meals and drinks for children staying in one of our suites.

We want children to evolve from an early age in the world of luxury hotels. No adult should give up high-end accommodations on the grounds that he or she is a parent. These are the hotels to adapt to the needs of all members of the family. And when it does, these children, once grown up, remain faithful to these addresses. This is our aim and we are very proud of it.

 

« No adult should give up high-end accommodations on the grounds that he or she is a parent. »

Do you have an anecdote to share with us to conclude this interview?

A few years ago, we received a great American actress whose name I will not mention. The star was in Brussels and stayed in our Royal Suite with her two children aged 7 and 11. In the middle of the night, the bodyguard of our VIP warned us that his elder was complaining of severe ear pain and that it was therefore necessary to cancel the programme of activities that had been carefully concocted to them. In less than two hours, I managed to get an appointment at the private office of a renowned specialist the next day, early. After the auscultation, the doctor contacted me by phone, crazy with joy, because not only had she treated the ills of the child but in addition, she had met her idol! I was so happy for her and for this relieved family to be able to continue their trip in Europe with peace of mind. There is nothing better than making people happy. It’s my job and what a pleasure!