Discover Brussels Ice Magic & spend a night in style at The Hotel.

Brussels Ice Magic from 20/12/2013 until 09/02/2014

For the first time the International Festival of Ice Sculptures “Ice Magic” is hosted in Brussels, in the sumptious setting of the Place des Palais. This year the theme or inspiration for the ice sculptures is comic strips. Though you will also discover a room of The Hotel entirely made out of ice.

Brussels Ice Magic including a room of The Hotel made out of ice

About 20 artist-sculptors from across the globe have reproduced dozens of famous characters and scens taken from the world of comic strips, but set in a typically Brussels’ setting…

420 tonnes of natural ice have been transformed, creating the worlds of TinTin, Quick & Flupke, the Smurfs, Gaston Lagaffe, Asterix, Boule et Bill, Thor, Spiderman, Lucky Luke, Thorgal and many others. Some of the sculptures and scenes are up to six meters high!

Especially for this occasion The Hotel has created a special offer – the Brussels Ice Magic Package – wich includes your entry for the Ice Magic Festival as well as a stay in The Hotel for one night, breakfast included!

 

 

Giveaway – BVLGARI Fashion Book

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Entertaining and didactic at the same time, this book is the essential complement to any jewelry lover’s collection.

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A kaleidoscopic, colorful, and dazzlingly illustrated history of Bulgari jewelry, this engaging book showcases more than three hundred objects from the late-nineteenth century to the present day.

The color illustrations are of such high fidelity that one can almost caress the pieces that for more than one hundred years have emerged from the firm’s design workshops.

The catalogue highlights Bulgari’s signature use of gold coins and serpent motifs. And an entire section is devoted to Bulgari and the film industry of the fifties and sixties. Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren are among the house’s star-studded list of fans.

Living the High Life at The Hotel

 

“Well that was the best Check-In I’ve every experienced,” my husband stated as the elevator whisked us up to the twentieth floor of The Hotel and that was only the beginning.

We were fortunate enough to win a stay at The Hotel through my participation in a weekly #SeeTheWorld twitter chat and while we had already visited Brussels last year, I certainly am not one to turn down a stay in a luxury hotel.  Upon arrival, being told we were staying in the Panorama Suite was the icing on the cake.  From the moment we stepped foot in that suite, I knew we were in for something special.

I’ve been known to indulge in nice hotels from time to time but that didn’t stop my jaw from hitting the floor while wandering from window to bathroom to window to bar to window to couch letting all of the details seep in.  As a whole, the room was stunning but it was clear that there was attention to detail.  The ginormous shower invited us to spend a little extra time under the rainfall shower head; the numerous fashion books around the room had us ogling over luxury goods; the well-stocked bar made us wish we had friends in the area to entertain and the handheld telescope encouraged us to take a closer look the city from high above.

The 180 degree views are certainly a highlight and they kept drawing both my husband and I to the corner couch, pointing out different landmarks we had seen up close and drawing our attention to others we hoped to find later on in our exploration.  While we had a city to discover, I couldn’t help but linger a little longer, make one more Nespresso or pour one more complimentary beer and gaze out over the land.

After a busy day pounding the Brussels’ pavement, we’d retreat to The Hotel, pour a nightcap and talk about our day eventually crawling between those luxurious, white sheets and nestling amongst the pillows drifting into a well-deserved and peaceful slumber.  The best part – waking up, leaning over to the electronic keypad above the bedside table and raising the blinds just enough to catch a glimpse of the gold dome perched atop of the law courts of Brussels.  If that isn’t bliss, I’m not sure what is.

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Jay is a Canadian expatriate who after spending two years in Gabon on the West coast of Africa, now calls Norway home.  When she’s not traveling, she’s writing for her expat-travel blog, From There To Here.

Tea Time with Lovisa

Tea Time with Lovisa at The Hotel.

As of November 20, The Hotel. offers shoppers on the fashionable Waterloolaan in Brussels “Tea Time with Lovisa”- take your time to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with a selection of homemade Cube Cakes by Claudio Renzi, The Hotel’s pastry chef.

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Tea Time with Lovisa’s tea set
Lovisa Burfitt, the internationally renowned illustrator, has illustrated a unique porcelain Villeroy & Boch tea set for The Hotel’s “tea or coffee moment”. The Swedish artist has previously created illustrations for a.o. Guerlain, Selfridges and the Liberty Department Store in London as well as for magazines such as Vogue and ELLE.

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Especially for The Hotel, Lovisa Burfitt created the “Tea Time with Lovisa” collection, which is a Villeroy & Boch tea set illustrated with details from a fashionista’s mysterious life.

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“Heart-shaped keys, high-heeled shoes, open toe sandals, pastry boxes and pearl necklaces bring Holly Golighty’s ghost from Breakfast in Tiffany’s back to life. And who is this elegant gentleman with his hat and black tie who walks by in a carefree and irresistible way?” In Lovisa’s mind, The Hotel has been transformed into a wonderland in which the king and queen of hearts are preparing themselves for a special occasion.

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Pastry chef Claudio Renzi’s signature Cube Cakes
Claudio Renzi, pastry chef at The Hotel, has created a selection of Cube Cakes for “Tea Time with Lovisa”. These cakes will be freshly baked every single day. The coloured Cube Cakes are cube-shaped, are made of cake or bavarois and will be stuffed with fresh fruits such as passion fruit, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blood orange and green apple.
Claudio Renzi explains: “I have intentionally not made the cakes too big, so you can try more than one at the same time!”.

More information:
Tea-Time with Lovisa is served in the Lobby Lounge, every day from 11:00 to 18:00
Tea or coffee € 7
Cube Cakes € 3,5 each
Reservations for Tea Time with Lovisa +32 2 504 13 33
http://www.therestaurant.be/the-lounge