One of the biggest downsides of staying in a big city is finding a hotel in the right area. It can be really challenging. That’s why we wanted to check out what Brussels has to offer. I had heard of Hotel Bloom! from their art events and it seemed like the perfect choice to test this hotel. They invited Jelena and me to sleep for one night in Brussels and feel like a tourist for once.
When they renewed the hotel to turn it into Hotel Bloom!, they invited artists to paint on the walls of all of their rooms. The only briefing they got was “Be inspired by the word ‘bloom’. You can have a look at all the 287 different murals here. We stayed in room 332 with a mural by Joseph Kung Kit Wong, he painted a flower as if it was pixelated. This collaboration with young artists is probably one of the things I like the most. Hotel Bloom! kept working together with artists and that’s when Art ‘n Bloom was founded. The hotel opens it’s doors to artists and they use their rooms as an exhibition room. Besides that they also have an artist residence where they do smaller exhibitions from time to time. Especially during Brussels Design Week Month.
The rooms are more than what you need, they are bright, spacious and have big windows. They kept a lot of the 50’s design elements from the previous hotel, for example the marble bathroom sinks and the lamp stands. The bathroom is basic but they have a tub, which is a big plus if you ask me, and they use great bathroom products with funny ingredients such as rum. Both Jelena and I slept like a baby in the beds. We even did a little nap before heading into town. Another plus is probably the free WIFI throughout the entire hotel. Yes, we know you are all close to your phone and the internet. It’s ok, so are we.
After a good night’s rest we headed to the breakfast bar. A wide selection of fresh fruit and vegetables first caught our eye, but then we saw the waffle truck. Yes, they have a Belgian waffle truck in their breakfast room. You can make your own waffles in the morning and put all sorts of toppings on them. Even whipped cream. This sure made our day. It’s fair to say that breakfast is approved! For those who want to work off those extra calories, they have a full-equipped gym on the top floor with a view over Brussels. Work it!
The location of the hotel is pretty good. It’s not too far from the north station of Brussels and next to the beautiful Jardin Botanique where you can go for a morning walk. Music lovers might want to check the calendar of Botanique before booking, because next to the hotel is one of the best music venues of Brussels. If you haven’t been to Brussels before, this hotel is especially at a good location. You can get in the old part of town by foot, around 20 minutes give or take. There is also a tram stop that takes you to Elsene where a lot of the cool restaurants are. Tram 22 passes by the Royal Palace, so you can also get off there and it also takes you all the way to Rue de Livourne where there are a lot of great spots for coffee and food.
Hotel Bloom! in 4 words: artists, location, music and waffles. One other thing, it is really affordable. Which makes it a good choice of hotel, if you ask us!
Julie & Jelena