The Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo in Brussels is the Hotel where celebrities and the high ranking military and European Union officials stay. Tauck Tours uses this hotel for the last night of its Amsterdam to Brussels River Cruises. This is the hotel where the farewell dinner is held.
“In a city full of stories, our hotel has one all of its own. In 1522, the city council bought the building and turned it into a prison. The Spanish rulers mistook its Flemish name ‘Vrunt’ to mean ‘Vriend’ or ‘amigo’ and the name stuck. In 1957, the building became a hotel. Today it’s the finest of all the 5-star hotels in Brussels. A place where traditional tapestries sit alongside Tintin memorabilia, and where you can sip the perfect Martini overlooking the classic cobbled streets of the city. Although much has changed, we remain true to our name — our team are friendly, warm and waiting to greet you.”
The hotel is located a block away from the Grand Place which is the main square of the city. It is two blocks from the Galleria Mall and two blocks from the Manneken Pis Fountain.
There are classic rooms and suites of various sizes. Rooms are large and well appointed. Suites come with a variety of special amenities. Linens are top quality and the beds are very comfortable. The décor is updated. The bathrooms are large with heated towel bars and bidets. The tub does have high sides, so anyone with a mobility issue might want to check on a shower only or accessible room.
The Amigo has a lovely restaurant which serves a full breakfast buffet and the menu makes you want to be there for lunch and/or dinner. There is a lounge bar off the lobby with a wall of signed celebrity pictures.
The staff at the Amigo could train hotel employees world wide.
Written by Toby Snyder