Art in Brussels with Eurantica

For centuries, art has been the expression of human creativity and imagination. Painting, sculpture, literature and even fashion. It’s a concept that keeps evolving over time.

Everyone has their own definition of art and it can be perceived and interpreted in many different ways. Every person has their own feelings and hence has a different appreciation of any particular piece of art. The magic of art consists of letting our imagination speak and expressing our feelings, that’s the real essence.

Brussels inhabitants are blessed with a city that offers an array of beautiful architectural works, going from the City-Hall of Brussels to the Horta museum and many other monumental buildings. It is therefore no wonder that multiple exhibitions take place in Brussels on a yearly basis as the city is considered as one of the best-kept places of art nouveau and contemporary art. offering a pleasant moment to the art enthusiasts, and the opportunity to share their passion amongst them.

At The Hotel we want our clients to have the opportunity to experiment this unique feeling of being captured by a piece of art. Therefore art is omnipresent in The Hotel and we recommend to our guests to take the time to explore the ‘universe of art’ through the exhibitions in Brussels.

This month The Hotel recommends the “Fine Art Fair Eurantica” in Mechelen. This fair is heaven for art lovers, vintage design enthusiasts and guests of The Hotel with a passion for all things pretty.

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WHAT ?

Art lovers,

For the second year in a row you can come and enjoy this nine-day exhibition of the “”Fine Art Fair Eurantica ” in Mechelen at which a wide range of pieces of art from more than 95 exhibitors will be displayed.
From pieces of art to jewellery and from vintage furniture to classical works by
Old Masters, marvel in a friendly atmosphere. This fair will not leave the curious and the connoisseurs insensitive and they will be seduced by the variety of art types. At the Fine Art Fair Eurantica the amateurs are not left behind either, they are guided by the exhibitors. To make your visit unforgettable do not hesitate to go back home as an art collector!

Be tempted by the atmosphere and the diversity of the Fine Art Fair Eurantica and have a great day out surrounded by interesting exhibitors while enjoying their pieces of art!

WHEN – WHERE?

The “”Fine Art Fair Eurantica ” is open for the public from Saturday 18th through Sunday 26th March included.

Weekend: from 11 am to 7 pm
Weekdays: from 2 pm to 7 pm
Nekkerhal – Brussels North
Plattebeekstraat 1
BE-2800 Mechelen
Belgium
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MORE INFORMATION?
Official website: Eurantica.be
The Hotel event website: Thehotel.be

Uptown Design 2015

Uptown Design presents talented designers living in Belgium in shops and hotels of Boulevard de Waterloo, Avenue de la Toison d’Or and Avenue Louise [SEPTEMBER 2015].

Uptown Design Logo

Uptown Design

This year the second edition of the Uptown Design, located in the upper part of Brussels, doubled its size and welcomes many new prestigious locations! The challenges, remain the same: present talented designers living in Belgium in shops and hotels of Boulevard de Waterloo, Avenue de la Toison d’Or and Avenue Louise. Those areas, well known to gather famous brands from Belgium or all over the world, must become a discovery place for Belgian creation as well. Once a year, they become privileged partners for belgian design.

A luxury limited edition

Each designer will present a set of a limited edition or new pieces designed in luxurious or precious material: leather, corian, precious woods, metals and stones…

The pieces will be available for sale, on the spot, directly from the designer. Uptown Design’s assets is to offer exceptional Belgian items to target an audience of collectors and lovers of art and design.

Design by Pol Quadens

Paul Quadens

If many people consider the Belgian artist Pol Quadens as a designer in the art market, his creative way is completely sculptural. Every piece is selected for its exclusivity, the choice of material but mostly for its unique character which gives advantage to expressivity rather than to functionality. When a bench is not really a bench anymore, or when a lamp becomes a cinetic piece of art… Then design challenges its own goal and free itself towards a new world.

Paul Quadens - Banc Paul Quadens - BancThe Hotel. Brussels  / Pol Quadens
Boulevard de Waterloo 38 – 1000 Bruxelles
September 2015
www.polquadens.com

BRAFA – Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts Fair 2015

BRAFA is in top form, celebrating its 60th edition! The 126 international exhibitors offer their finest and most recent discoveries in archaeology, tribal art, furniture, paintings, drawings, sculpture, design, jewellery and other objects.
(Brussels, between 24 Jan. and 1 Feb. 2015)

Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts Fair 2015

This very popular annual gathering of aesthetes and antique collectors has become a must: 120 first-rate exhibitors provide an opportunity to see… and buy unique antique, contemporary, ethnic and classic pieces. The valuation sessions held during the event attract a lot of visitors wanting to find out the value of their possessions. All of which in the magnificent setting of Tour & Taxis and in a friendly ambience.

Venue
Tour & Taxis, avenue du Port 86 C / B-1000 Brussels
Click here to view the access map

Dates and opening hours
From Saturday 24 January to Sunday 1 February 2015, daily from 11 am to 7 pm
Late opening on Thursday 29 January 2015 until 10 pm

Entrance fee
Individual: 20 €
Groups (≥ 10 pers.): 10 € per person
≤ 26 year: 10 €
≤ 12 year: free
Online tickets

More information
http://www.brafa.be

Armani Showcase

Armani, one of the world’s leading fashion houses, showcases the new fall / winter collection at The Hotel. Brussels & The Restaurant by Pierre Balthazar.

Showcase at The Hotel & The Restaurant

 

Fall / Winter 2015

The new Giorgio Armani advertising campaign for fall featuring Marikka Juhler and George Alsford photographed by Sølve Sundsbø.

 

Giorgio Armani S.p.A. is one of theworld’s leading fashion houses. Few designers are credited with changing fashion to the same extent as its namesake, Giorgio Armani, who is the firm’s sole shareholder, managing director, and chairman of the board. The group is unique in remaining aloof from waves of consolidation in the luxury goods industry. 

Logo Giorgio Armani

The Hotel nominated for the 2014 European Hotel Design Awards (EHDA)

After a two-year period of renovation The Hotel on the Boulevard de Waterloo in Brussels can definitely be called the premium landmark hotel of the European capital.

Reception - The Hotel. Brussels

The renovation of The Hotel by GCA Arquitectos is nominated for the The European Hotel Design Awards (EHDA), which will be held on Tuesday 25th November 2014.

Architecture – Renovation
• Ace Hotel London, UK – By EPR Architects
• Aman Canal Grande, Venice, Italy – By Denniston
• Parkhotel Holzner, Oberboson, Italy – By Bergmeisterwolf Architekten / Künstler Manfred Alois Mayr
• Rosewood London, UK – By EPR Architects
The Hotel Brussels, Belgium – By GCA Arquitectos

The full EHDA 2014 shortlist can be found here: 
http://www.europeanhoteldesignawards.com

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.

A touch of Snow White Glamour at The Hotel. Brussels

Sparkling Hanne, from the blog Snow White Glamour, recently organized a competition with beauty brand Kiehl’s. Both she and the winner of the contest spend a night in style at The Hotel. We asked Hanne for her feedback, and are delighted to share her guest blog post with you.

Deluxe Panorama Corner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It came as a lovely surprise, when I heard that not only the winner of my “The Hotel Brussels & Kiehl’s Contest” was invited for a stay at The Hotel, but that I could also enjoy a night in a beautiful Deluxe Panorama Corner room.

I must say that I already visited quite some hotels, in Belgium and abroad. My most expensive stay was without a doubt the one in Plaza Athénée in Paris, and the most memorable one in Belgium, until now, was at Hotel Julien in Antwerp. However The Hotel Brussels really impressed me with the level of service they offer, and their eye for detail.
I’m incredibly proud that we have a hotel of that high :) quality in Belgium. I never felt more at home in Brussels. The Hotel is the highest building in the area, and in almost every space they made very good use of their magnificent view. I think I probably said WOW more than 10 times, talking to myself :-).
When I’m impressed I take a lot of pictures, so maybe grab yourself a hot drink…;)

Deluxe Panorama Corner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As soon as I entered The Hotel I felt at home. The staff is incredibly friendly, and everything is so nicely decorated. They also thought about something for which I’m very sensitive: everywhere it smelled delicious! In every corridor and elevator I enjoyed their lovely home fragrance. My daddy says that I have a smell phobia, so a pleasant smell in a hotel is very important to me. :) Speaking of elevators, boy they go fast! I was on the 22nd floor before I knew it.

And then I entered my room… It is amazing how much thinking they put in the design of their rooms. They really made clever use of space. Near the windows offering a breathtaking view you will find a comfortable sofa and a desk. The flexible black table in front of the sofa is brilliant: you can use it to put your drink on while sitting on the sofa, to have dinner, as a desk, and last but not least you can also place it above your bed:) I need to have one!

Window Sofa at The Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open Bathroom at The Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bathroom isn’t that big but again, really thought through! When you are standing at the sink you can look at your room, AND you get to see the unique view. You can also move the mirror so that you can even enjoy the view while standing under the rainshower.

CO Bigelow bath amenities at The Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The amenities at The Hotel are from C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries. They smell lovely, but unfortunately they are not easy to get in Belgium. So this beautyblogger was very excited with such exclusive beauties. ;)

rainshower at The Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awesome rainshower & massage button: check!

flexible mirror in open bathroom at The Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lot of mirror moves, and tryouts to get the picture that I wanted ;)

Pierre Marcolini chocolate at The Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delicious attention: entering your room and enjoying Pierre Marcolini chocolates, also from Brussels ;)

Panorama Lounge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you book a room of a higher category than the standard room you will automatically have access to the Panorama Lounge. This beautiful lounge on the 24st floor also comes with a breathtaking view.

Panorama Lounge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panorama Lounge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A great place to stay, and drinks and snacks are comlimentary in this lounge. Whenever you want your keycard gives you access to for example a fresh gin-tonic and a nice snack. Of course I went for the GT ;)

snacks in the Panorama Lounge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All day you will find delicious snacks, and they are regularly refilled. Another sign which shows the excellent service they offer: the manager had to leave the lounge for a moment, and he immediately left a message accompanied by a phone and his number, just in case we needed him. Wow!

Panorama Lounge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion Library in the Panorama Lounge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hotel Brussels is located on the Boulevard de Waterloo, only a few steps from Avenue Louise. Meaning a lot of fashionable neighbours. I think it is really awesome that they made the connection with fashion in their hotel. In your room you will find beautiful
fashion coffeetable books, and the Panorama Lounge is also filled with real gems. In The Bar there was btw an exhibition with Louis Vuitton treasures. This hotel is perfect for a couple, or for a mother & daughter that want to plan a fashiontrip to Brussels.

candy at The Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s really all in the little details: in the lobby you can take delicious flavoured water & candies and little bags so you can fill yourself a bag to take some candy with you to your room :). How great is that!

view from The Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I enjoyed every hour in my luxurious room with a view. Every change in light, and every moment in time gave the view another dimension and feeling. Wonderful!

Who gives you fantastic skyline views? The Hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They weren’t kidding ;)

complimentary minibar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another great thing: the minibar in your room is complimentary! Mine was filled with different kinds of water, white & red whine, fancy lemonade, beer & soft drinks & this bottle of Piper. Though I think that the champagne was a little extra offered by the very friendly manager ;) I enjoyed it!

Room Service at The Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you enter a room like this, you don’t want to leave it. My initial plan was to try out The Restaurant, but having dinner on your own is not all that so I wanted to stay in my room :D and ordered Room Service!

Tasty Hamburger at The Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I ordered a cheese burger. It arrived with french fries, and plenty of mayonaise, luckily :D This was probably one of the most expensive hamburgers I ever ordered, but boy it was good!

lemonade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had the feeling that they know me very well in The Hotel…When I opened the minibar I immediately noticed the fancy schmancy lemonade, one of my soft spots! ;)

Dammam Tea at The Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was also a box containing delicious tea flavours, and a water boiler by Bodum. The glasses were also very classy. My little cup of tea was really tasty!

Nespresso

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did I already say that they know me very well? A Nespresso machine in the room, and some capsules to go with it. Bliss ;)

Deluxe Panorama Corner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I could have stayed there all day in my corner…

The Urban Spa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the minibar perks, and the Panorama Lounge I discovered The Urban Spa! A spa with a sauna and a steam room on the 23rd floor, I just had to see that :) To access it you just open it with the keycard of your room et voilà;) A seperate dressing room for ladies & gentlemen including a shower, a toilet, fresh towels and lockers to put away your stuff. Afterwards prepare yourself for an extraordinary view from the spa! I recommend to everybody to visit it when it is already dark outside ;)

The Urban Spa by night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Without a doubt best sauna-visit ever: check out that view!!!

The Urban Spa - relaxation area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Spa was just perfect. A few relax sofas, the walls decorated with fabrics, soft relaxing music in the background and a lovely smell.

The Urban Spa - snacks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also present for you: mineral and sparkling water, tissues and green apples. Do you understand that I wanted to stay there forever? ;) Next to the Spa there is also a gym, and it is also possible to request treatments in the Spa.

The Hotel Sunrise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I opened the curtains (via remote control of course) early in the morning, I was spoiled with this stunning view. WOW. After 2 weeks of seeing the North Station, I didn’t like Brussels that much anymore, but after a stay at The Hotel I can see the beauty of our capital city again. ;)

Related to the remote control: what an amount of technology in the rooms! Besides both sides next to the bed there was a panel allowing you to control all lights in the room and the curtains. The TV was a real beauty, and next to the sofa there were different plugs to connect for example your computer to the TV. Very convenient!

Breakfast at The Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m really a breakfast person so I was very curious to what they had to offer :D
Normally it costs 19 euro, but once you book a room category higher than the standard room, breakfast is included. The buffet looked very nice, and again with a touch of design ;) It was filled with goodies: croissants, cornflakes, bread & deli, fruit and yummy sweet stuff. The coffee machines offered different options, and I went for a latte macchiato.

Breakfast at The Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delicious sweet stuff, my favourite tea from their collection and a trio of juices ;)
I especially liked the raspberry and the mango juice. The cakes & cookies were really a surprise, cause normally they don’t taste that good in a buffet, but at The Hotel they offered top quality.

Breakfast at The Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next to the breakfast buffet it is possible to order eggs. I went for the Eggs Benedict with black truffle. That was 8 euro’s very well spend! I’m secretly still dreaming about the delicious taste :D

View from The Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After some shopping it was unfortunately time for me to say goodbye to The Hotel Brussels, and my wonderful room. It was with a lot of regrets that I closed the door behind me, but I’m sure they will see me again ;)

After my stay I looked up their prices, and I was pleasantly surprised. I would have thought that it wouldn’t be payable, but that’s not the case at all. The Hotel is mainly targeted to
business guests, so Friday night the prices are lower.
For example: for a Deluxe Panorama room (without the additional side window) you would pay around € 170 for a Friday Night in October for 2 persons. Okay, that’s not cheap either, but take into account that your breakfast is included, as well as access to the Panorama Lounge, drinks in your minibar, and The Urban Spa. Ideally to celebrate a special occasion, or a very nice gift. I’m already thinking about reasons to visit The Hotel again :D

 

 

 

 

Brussels Design Market 2013

BDM1The 15th Edition of the famous Brussels Design Market will open its doors on the 20th and the 21st of April, a not to miss event with something interesting for everybody.

What may you expect:

A bubbly event located in the magnificent, historic setting of the old harbour station at Tour & Taxis.

Exceptional furniture and design objects from the 50ies until early 80ies  exhibited by professionals as well as dedicated amateurs mainly coming from Europe. However you might also discover some Scandinavian and American treasures.

This year there will also be luxurious antique dealers present, and the organisation has foreseen a special exhibition “Adjugé”. During this exhibition some unique pieces of Belgian postwar designs will be showcased.Last but not least, the Brussels Oldtimer Market, an official partner of Brussels Design Market 2013 will show and sell about 100 beautiful oldtimers.

Details:

Saturday, April 20: Entry 20 €
Preview day: dealers, dedicated amateurs and collectors
from 14h00 – 17h00

Sunday, April 21 : Entry 5 €
Open to general public from 9h00 – 17h00

Where:
Tour & Taxis, avenue due Port, 86c, 1000 Brussels

Register and get a free entrance for April 21st, 2013!

For more information:

Delphine Vercauteren
+32(0) 2 349 35 95
delphine@best.be

 

Retimer glasses that can cure Jet Lag…

Called the Re-Timer, it is a wearable green light device that emits a soft green light onto the eyes.These spectacles developed by a team of sleep psychologists at Australia’s Flinders University were developed through 25 years of research, and is said to help reduce jet lag, increase energy in the winter months, overcome sleeplessness, and manage fatigue, especially for shift workers!

The glasses have a lightweight design, rechargeable battery, and a USB cable for charging. The Retimer also comes with a carrying case and a frequent flyer calculator that calculates when to use the device for optimal results to counter jet lag.