I spent part of last week in my homecountry of Belgium on a press trip to Brussels – quite a strange experience for me! Myself and a handful of other UK bloggers had been invited to attend the annual Parcours Modo, which highlights the many local fashion talents and boutiques in Brussels, but more on that in my next post. We stayed at the trendy Hotel Bloom!, the perfect base for the duration of our trip.
The hotel is situated right next to (and overlooking) the beautiful Botanical Gardens. Inside it has a bit of a Sixties futuristic vibe: hanging glass “Bubble” chairs, Sixties prints on the beds and retro chairs. Each of the 305 rooms has its own original artwork on the wall behind the bed, all of them frescos created by young students from art schools all over Europe interpreting the word “Bloom, making each room completely unique.
Hotel Bloom! definitely falls into the Budget Design hotel category, not unlike the Hoxton Hotel in London, the Ace Hotel in NY or Mama Shelter in Paris. It is made for the young urban traveller: free wifi, no room service, but the lobby features a “Foodmaker”, a vending machine of sorts with all kinds of fresh salads, sandwiches and drinks. For bigger cravings, there’s SmoodS, a cool bar and restaurant, whilst in OO! you can find a beautiful buffet-style breakfast. I was too busy to eat my pancakes to actually take pictures of it, but you can take my word for it.
At prices starting from just €69, generous rooms, friendly staff, good location and delicious breakfast, Hotel Bloom offers just about everything you need from a city-break hotel. It gets my stamp of approval for sure.
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