I usually stay in this neighborhood when in Brussels because both my club and the offices of my NGO are close by, and since the former was booked out this time, I for the first time stayed at the Stanhope for a work week. I am very glad I did.
It's quirky, it's old-school, it's very expensive and singles are small.
But I need no pompous lobby, I'm old-school myself, it was a business trip and my single was easily big enough, including the bed.
And then come the really cool parts. The room was really exquisite and not just fenzi - well-designed, friendly, great spaces, mirrors really well done, light, curtains. The breakfast was not over the top but who wants this? all ingredients fresh and delicious, and the best-working waffle iron I've ever had at a buffet (too bad no whipped cream) - perfect for Brussels. The reception has small (free) candies on offer by its own patissier, and the candied orange slices in chocolate were world class, way better than anything Marcolini or Wittamer. Room cleaning works, and it works when you want it (unheard of usually in Brussels). Friendly staff! I got a late (not bizarrely late but convenient) checkout.
In sum, this was the perfect relaxing base for a very strenuous week in Brussels. I'll sure be back, and I recommend then Stanhope without reservation.