The Dominican Hotel, Brussels

The Dominican hotel is a hotel with a history. Located in central Brussels on the the site of a former 15th century Dominican abbey which later became the home and workplace of famous neoclassicist painter, Jacques-Louis David, from 1816 until 1825. The original facade of his home has remained intact and was integrated into the design of The Dominican hotel. Parts of its medieval architecture can still be seen with beautiful gothic arches, but it has been brought up to date with a design mix of cleverly curated antiques, and design objects to give it a contemporary feel. Everything at The Dominican is inspired by beauty and comfort, uniquely juxtaposing historical elegance and modern design.

The heart of the hotel is its beautiful and serene tree-lined courtyard. Here the Courtyard bistro restaurant offers visitors a lovely escape from the hustle and bustle. It’s the perfect place to unwind and relax with a coffee or a pre-dinner cocktail. Many of the hotel’s rooms and suites are situated around this cloister-like inner garden. The Grand Lounge, too, has doors opening into the inviting courtyard and – weather permitting – outdoor dining is served for lunch or dinner. It feels like it’s a million miles away from the city, but the beauty is, The Dominican is also perfectly placed for exploring the centre of Brussels so affords the best of both worlds.

The elegant and incredibly spacious reception area is a lovely welcome after a tiring journey from England. Another thoughtful and unusual touch is the Gregorian chant music playing in both the lift and in the room. Gregorian chant is the central tradition of Western plainchant, a form of monophonic, unaccompanied sacred song in Latin (and occasionally Greek) of the Roman Catholic Church. It developed mainly in western and central Europe during the 9th and 10th centuries,  and is most fitting and soothing here in such an historic building.

Next to the reception is the chic Lounge Bar decorated in hues of orange and brown with its high ceilings and impressive windows. Here you can enjoy Brussels culinary delights from 9.00 am till 10.00 pm every night. And each Friday night is a celebration of BRUT! Belgian fries and champagne is served, and with the addition of a DJ, it’s the perfect place to round off a hectic week.

Rooms are restful and peaceful Rich browns, plums, oranges and green make up the pallette, coupled with luxurious fabrics. Another nice extra was the little felt basket basket placed on the bed, containing robes and slippers and everything you might need for a comfortable night’s sleep.

If you’re heading to Brussels, and looking for a smart central boutique hotel which feels far from the madding crowd, but is literally right in the heart of town, then look no further than this stylish historical gem.

For further information, please visit: The Dominican Brussels

CELLOPHANELAND* were guest of The Dominican Brussels.