At the corner of the Galerie du Roi and Rue des Bouchers, just a stone’s throw from the Brussels Grand’Place and the Manneken-Pis, l’Hôtel des Galeries is now open. A boutique-hotel with classified frontages, registered at the heart of an historic world monument, namely the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, which was built in 1847.
Distributed over 4 floors, the 20 rooms enjoy an exceptional landscape with a view on the Galerie du Roi, the Cathedral or the roofs of the Brussels downtown area. In harmony with the decoration, the spirit of the rooms combines the memory of the Galleries with a contemporary and urban decorative bias.
Atypical, the Hotel’s suites are just beneath the roofs. Three large two-storey suites, all of them spacious and intimate, are organised around some historical frames. One of them enjoys a view over the City Hall at the Grand Place, and another, accessible by a private footbridge, is a true love nest.
Set in the old Hart workshops – suppliers of the Royal Family and authors of the medal of the Belgian Constitution – the place that is now the restaurant Comptoir des Galeries has over 175 years of history of casting and striking medals, decorations, official ribbons and luxury stationery.
Leading this new restaurant is the French chef Julien Burlat, who made his carrer at Pierre Gagnaire, Crillon, Alain Ducasse at The Ambrosia and Bernard Pacaud (3 stars). Along with his companion – Sophie Verbeke – he owns the Dome in Antwerp (1 Michelin star), and the bistro Dome Sur Mer which faces their bakery – Domestic. Bruxellois by heart, he falls in love with the authentic and historical context of the Galeries and creates “a menu of traditional Belgian cuisine while emphasizing in product authenticity”.