“Delightful and well-priced hotel in a turn-of-the-century building in the Ixelles district, with lovely rooms and superb service”
The turn-of-the-century exterior belies the space within: 3 buildings form an L-shape with common areas at its apex. All 48 rooms are individually decorated - recycled train-sleeper headboards, refurbished vintage furniture, feature wallpaper and period details (including 10 original fireplaces). A handsome curving staircase takes you up 5 floors in the main building; to the rear is the 'cottage', whose rooms overlook the courtyard. Rooms here and in the 'lift building' (named for its elevator) have air-con.
Bathrooms are spick and span: 4 Executive rooms have double walk-in showers, and most Charmings and Executives have tubs. Refillable toiletries are by Nuxe and the Belgian-made bed linen is 100% cotton. Charmings and Executives can be configured as twins; Cosy rooms are ideal for single travellers. Families stay in the Executive rooms, which can sleep 3-4. Black-out blinds behind smart louvered windows along with the excellent bed meant we slept soundly in our Charming room.
Breakfast is taken in the light-filled conservatory on the first floor. An extensive buffet is laid out along a purpose-built dresser: fruit salad, home-made cake and waffles, toast and brioche, proper preserves and the most delicious pineapple, ginger and lemon juice. A hot option of scrambled eggs, bacon, tomato and mushrooms sits beside a Continental selection of smoked Ardennes ham and Maredsous cheese.
No other meals are served, although the useful honesty bar, Made in Bar & Market (open until 11pm), has a large selection of beers, wines, soft drinks and hot beverages, plus snacks such as crisps, biscuits and Belgian chocolates.
You've plenty of places for eating out nearby. Just off Avenue Louise is a small pedestrian street with a wide range of cuisines down its length - we ate Italian there. We also devoured a fabulous pile of moules-frites (from the 30 variations on the menu) at quintessentially Belgian Le Chou de Bruxelles round the corner.
Brussels is an easy city to navigate and there's enough to keep restless kids occupied for a long weekend, from museums to parks to the famous Manneken Pis statue. And of course there are frites, chocolat and waffle vans on every street corner…
Made in Louise has few specific facilities for families, but it's so comfortable and well organised that staying here with children is a breeze. The Made in Bar & Market is very handy, too.
There are 3 family Executive rooms (5 and 65), which have an additional single bed and space for a further rollaway bed; all other Executive rooms sleep 3 easily. Split-level Room 65 is the largest in the hotel and its single bed is in a separate little room under the eaves. A baby cot can be added to all Charming and Executive rooms, and nearly all Charming and Executive rooms have bathtubs.
Available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The breakfast buffet has options kids like (yoghurt, fruit salad, home-made cake, scrambled eggs, bacon, cereals). The honesty bar is open until 11pm, though snacks are limited to crisps, biscuits and chocolates. You can also order takeaway pizzas and other dishes from the Italian restaurant nearby
There's a big staircase which may be tricky for smaller kids to navigate; there is a lift in one wing of the hotel. The hotel does open straight onto the road outside, but it's pretty quiet. There's a tram stop at the end of the road. You are just 10 minutes from the Eurostar terminal if you take a taxi