Chambres en Ville
19 Rue de Londres, Brussels, Belgium
Doubles from: $107 to $120
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Don’t judge bed and breakfast Chambres en Ville by its cover. Behind the soulless façade of a townhouse hide six rustic-chic rooms that give designer boutique hotels a run for their money. Situated near the Trône Metro stop on a quiet side street, the property combines countryside serenity with cosmopolitan style.
The four B&B rooms and two rental studios are all spacious by European standards, with soaring ceilings and large windows that cast plenty of light on the scrubbed hardwood flooring. Instead of safe, neutral choices, proprietor Philippe Guilman makes a bold design statement with each space. “Retour d’Afrique,” an earthy-toned double room, showcases artworks from the namesake continent, like a dozen woven hats on the wall. “Le Levant,” in cinnamon and coffee, is an understated Ottoman fantasy with rich fabrics. Take note that Mr. Guilman went heavy on charm and light on amenities—rooms are sans television and air conditioning.
From copper vases to an impeccably restored claw-foot tub, Mr. Guilmin’s taste is impeccable. The bathrooms, with tubs, showers and big mirrors, are so pretty and spacious that you might be tempted to spend too much time pampering yourself.
Mr. Guilmin left his 25 year career as an ad executive to create this refined space, and his attention to detail is evident everywhere. The bright breakfast room looks like something out of an haute-couture editorial, with stylishly shabby antique cupboards and impressive wooden masks.
The immediate vicinity is quiet, but you’re just minutes away from restaurants and bars, as well as public transport. No wonder this bed and breakfast is often full. (You should reserve well in advance.)
Breakfast is included.
Reviewed by: C H Kwak, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: Limited Hours
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
19 Rue de Londres
Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium
About the Chambres en Ville neighborhood
Eclectic Ixelles has everything it needs to be a microcosm of all that is Brussels. The neighborhood is divided by the lovely Avenue Louise, the "Rodeo Drive" of Brussels, which is packed with boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. During the day, it’s abuzz with traffic and trams, but the area becomes much quieter at night.