Hotel Review: Made in Louise Brussels – Monkey had an inset day on the Friday before February half term so we took the opportunity to jump in the car for a city break. Having only ever driven through Belgium I was intrigued to visit and Brussels with the promise of chocolate, waffles and beer. Plus with everything that is going on with Brexit part of me wanted to visit while we were still actually part of the EU. Monkey and I have been on a city break before, however we had not taken Kipper. So it was important that the hotel we stayed catered for little people. Visit Brussels arranged for us to stay at Made in Louise. Heres how we got on.

Things we loved: Made in Louise Brussels

  • The hotel has 48 rooms spread over six floors. Our room was number three which is just down a small flight of stairs from the the main reception and bar area. For a city hotel the room was huge. Not only was the bed a Super King (it fitted all four of us in at one point), there was also plenty of room for a cot and another single bed for Monkey. The bathroom was of similar proportions with a large bath we could fit them both in. 
  • The room also had a small empty fridge and a safe. Its amazing how many places you go and have to pay to have access to a safe. The fridge was big enough to store drinks and Kippers milk. The way the room was laid out there as almost like a little entrance hall which meant the coats, shoes and the buggy were all kept out of the way. There was also plenty of storage. With four of you in a room sometimes it can feel like you are all on top of each other but we didn’t struggle at all.

  • There was a good information booklet which told you everything you needed to know about the facilities on offer, plus a list of TV channels laminated next to the bed. Monkey was happy to see they had English kids TV channels. High speed wifi kept me happy.
  • Our room looked out onto a little courtyard with a giant chess set. A city hotel with enclosed outside space is definitely something I have never come across before. 
  • Plus it had parking. Having opted to drive down from Calais parking was essential for us. Enquire when booking though as there was only two spaces so they come at a premium. Access was by a lift which made moving the luggage easy and it was fully secure. There is also on road parking, as the hotel is located in a semi residential road. Although it does look like some of it is metered. 

  • Reception hosts a 24 hour snack shop which also sells soft drinks and beer. There is also complementary tea, coffee and filtered water. Which you have access to throughout your stay. This does mean that there are no coffee facilities in the rooms themselves. 
  • Some of the other little touches I noticed for children included – a mini table and chairs in the bar area, as well as a jigsaw table, enclosed wood burner in the bar area and a seperate room with a pool table. Monkey had fun playing a couple of games with Hubby one night. Also at reception there were little treats to spoil small people including chocolate sweets and mini desserts when we checked in. 
  • In the entrance hall there is a writing area with free postcards and a multiple of guide books in various different languages. For someone who has a tendency to leave guide books at home this in invaluable. Espically if you want to plan you adventures over a glass of wine, Belgian beer or continental breakfast. The other end they have a little photo wall of all of the staff which is a nice touch. When we visited because it had just been Valentines Day there was also a number of red and white helium balloons hanging from the ceiling with little messages written on tags. My initial reaction was that we had walked into someones wedding. Yet I think the hotel is trying to create a very personalised feel to encourage a relationship with its patrons and repeat business. It worked with us. I would much prefer to stay in an establishment like this than a big chain hotel where you are just a number. 

  • Breakfast is served in a bright airy room with the far end being part conservatory. It looks out over the courtyard and gives the opportunity to go outside. Along one side a continental breakfast is laid out.  Our favourites included smoked salmon, warm yourself pancakes, scrambled eggs and bacon. As well as a wide selection of fruit, yogurts and breads. They cater for both gluten free and diary free with soya and almond alternatives. Its the little things that really make a difference though such as the selection of home made jams. Both boys ate well which helped set us up for a day exploring, Monkey also had a soft spot for the hot chocolate. The waiting staff were very understanding of the children which really helps, always ready with a smile. 
  • I really like the decor. The rooms are lovingly designed in neutral colours. The  main areas of the hotel are predominately grey and white which gives a classy feel. Yet I didn’t feel like I needed to watch the children at every turn. 

Things to be aware of: Made in Louise Brussels

  • There is no restaurant within the hotel itself. Instead there is an Italian at the end of the block, which is a couple of minutes walk. Or they offer take out delivery from 150 restaurants across the city. This can be ordered at reception and paid for on check out so convenient when you have been out exploring with little ones. And therefore you have two little people who are too tired to eat out.
  • We only used the Metro, the closest station is Louise and around a fifteen minute walk. I do think the tram links are closer to the hotel but we chose not to use them.

Location: Made in Louise Brussels

  • We travelled out of season but there are still a number of bars and restaurants around the hotel itself. Only a short walk and you are in a busy shopping street with a number of well known designers and brands.
  • There is a Carrefours Express at the end of the road perfect for stocking up on essentials. 
  • This is not a central hotel. If you want to be in the middle of the city then this is probably not for you. However we would much prefer to be a little out with good transport links than to be subject to the crowds and noise of the squares. Peaceful is where its at for us, especially with young children. Depending on what you class as the centre I would suggest you are about 1.5km out. We walked in and out easily and also used the Metro on a couple of occasions without any bother. Compared to some underground systems its very simple to use and understand.

We had a great time visiting Brussels and plan on returning, we would definitely stay at Made in Louise again, with and without the children. The staff could not have been more helpful and the hotel has everything we needed for a city break. The ethos is very much home away from home and I think they have achieved this wonderfully. 

You can read about what we got up to over here – 11 things to do in Brussels with a 2 & 6 year old

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We were invited to stay at Made in Louise by Visit Brussels who paid for our stay and a Brussels card for both myself and my husband.

52 Comments

  1. Tracy Nixon Reply

    What an amazing review! I have never considered Brussels as a vacation destination but will definitely look into it now x

  2. Wow, this hotel looks stunning. Great to know they have a small fridge in the room – really handy when you have little ones. And free from options for breakfast – hooray. Hmm, it’s beginning to sound like I’m obsessed with food. Now tell us more about all the Belgian chocolate…😅

  3. Aww I would love to visit Brussels one day and this hotel looks like the ideal base for exploring! The décor is beautiful and the added luxuries make a stay that extra bit special 🙂

  4. Lorna Ledger Reply

    We would love to go to Brussels, this hotel looks awesome, glad you had a great time

  5. A brilliant review and such a wonderful hotel. I adore all of the little touches and the decor.
    Thank you for sharing – I love to read about small independent hotels rather than big chains x

  6. It sounds like a lovely hotel. I’ve never been to Brussels but its a city I’d like to, especially as its one if the few we have direct flights to from Faro. I’d be happy to stay slightly outside of the centre too.

  7. I have not visited Brussels in a long time but you have made me want to return!

  8. oooh I love the look of the rooms and the rest of the hotel – the black and white theme is so super stylish! Great review, you’ve made me want to book!

  9. You had me sold at the reception! Everything about this place is how i’d like my home! It’s gorgeous, homely, and looks so tempting and comfortable

  10. I love all the extra touches for children like small chairs and tables at the bar. You hardly ever find those. Good that they have a safe outside place to play as well.

  11. This hotel looks great fun.I love how diifferent it is.The giant chess set is a lovely idea and so much more fun there for the kids with these extras.

  12. It sounds like a nice hotel. I totally agree with you that I’d much rather stay in a small independent hotel rather than some large impersonal chain.

  13. The hotel looks fantastic, what a generously proportioned room. Shame they didn;t do meals but we usually eat out anyway

  14. It looks nice and cozy. I love the look of the rooms, the big round mirror in the bathroom, and I love the fireplace. I just love fireplaces. They add extra sense of coziness.

  15. I love the monochromatic mostly black and white colour scheme of the hotel. It was nice and simple and not distracting. That homemade jam looked delicious, too.

  16. The hotel looks amazing, so so trendy, love it! Thanks a lot for your great review, will definitely check it out.

  17. I’ve heard amazing things about Brussels, it’s one of my bucket list places to visit. That hotel looks amazing and really comfortable, I’d never want to leave and just move in!

  18. Wow, this is such a beautiful hotel — I’d love to visit here myself one day, and stay in a place that’s so luxurious. I hope you had an amazing time!

  19. What a gorgeous hotel! I love the color scheme and decor so much. If I ever make it to Brussels, I will have to look into staying here.

  20. I love the decor, the color scheme is just beautiful. Made in Louise Brussels looks like the place I need to go to enjoy a peaceful weekend.

  21. What a strange name for a hotel – but that aside, it looks really nice and a great base for seeing Brussels from what you say! We always like to eat out anyway so it wouldn’t bother us not to have a hotel restaurant.

  22. Catherine Santiago Jose Reply

    Such a gorgeous hotel. The colors is so beautiful, the place is so clean and very welcoming. I am sure you and your family really enjoyed your stayed in this hotel.

  23. I love this hotel – especially the giant chess set! I need to make sure I stay there someday!

  24. I’ve visited Brussels but only briefly. This hotel looks absolutely gorgeous and worth a visit.

  25. This hotel looks awesome inside and out but the nook under the stairs is the best part for me.

  26. I’ve never visited Brussels but it’s definitely on my “To Do” list. The hotel looks lovely and I like the little touches such as the free postcards and small table and chairs for the kids.

  27. I love that they cater for different dietary needs. It would be wonderful to visit Brussels.

  28. This looks like a lovely place to stay! I loved the look of the room decor! And, the fact that the hotel staff is friendly and helpful is a huge plus!

  29. What a nice hotel, looks so cozy.. I would love to stay there if ever I had the opportunity to go to Brussels.

  30. sandy lynn ralph Reply

    oh wow the hotel looks amazing , i love all the photos and would love to visit myself someday

  31. Anthea Holloway Reply

    What a lovely hotel. The wallpaper looks particularly interesting!

  32. Natalie Crossan Reply

    Ooh wow what a sleek black and white theme going on here! x

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