BARGAIN LUXURY TRAVEL - BELGIUM
DOMINICAN – BRUSSELS
Tucked behind Brussels’ famous opera house La Monnaie, on a small side street, the Rue Leopold, surrounded by the guild houses of the Grand Place, the hotel called simply “The Dominican” makes use of its historical roots with a modern and evocative eclectic design. Taking its theme from a 15th Century Dominican Abbey which once stood on the spot. From the outside, unimposing, but arriving in The Dominican with a first step into the lobby you’re surrounded by the atmosphere of intimate elegance recognizing a design of unique flair. The monastery hasn’t existed for a several hundred years and the hotel itself is a new construction built where a 19th century house was home to the famous French painter, Jacques-Louis David, but the Carlton Group who operates the hotel, has created a sanctuary in the heart of Brussels which feels rather like a cloister of luxury. Gregorian style calming music plays in the halls and from the wide screen HD TV as you step into your room. It’s almost a shame to break the mood to watch anything on it.
The Dominican’s Grand Lounge and Lounge Bar are the perfect places to relax with a drink under the soaring ceilings infused with indirect sunlight or refresh with a nibble. The Monastery Corridor, the only actual remnant of the location’s historical past is incorporated into the restaurant lounge and lobby. The restaurant and bar are often filled with locals who come for the special atmosphere as the twilight softens to the glamour of evening. The historic district of Brussels with its pedestrian zone restaurants and the Galleries Royales are just out the door, with the underground at De Brouckère a block away, the central train station an easy walk and the Grand Place, a five minute stroll.
Set around an inner courtyard, the hotel has 150 rooms and suites of rich elegance in warm muted tones of deep browns and natural woods with cosmopolitan furnishings. Large beds with feather duvets, especially designed carpets featuring pattern inspired by the Dominican Abbey Order, and spacious bathrooms with a choice of either walk in rain showers or deep bath, made to seem even larger with infinity mirrors. Wind down with a workout or sedate your soul with a meditative sauna in the Gym , which unlike most hotels with a spa in the bowels of the basement, requiring an walk across the public lobby with provided robes and slipper, the Dominican’s Gym with the most modern equipment and soothing surroundings is on one of the upper floors, allowing just a walk down hall from your room. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel, with a very helpful and friendly staff available 24 hours. Parking for the Dominican is available by a bit of an exercise, with private parking arranged at a nearby garage with city prices. As a Brussels luxury hotel, The Dominican offers some quite reasonable prices in comparison to other upscale properties in central Brussels. © Bargain Luxury Travel
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