Diverse and Bohemian Ixelles is just to the south of the 'Petite Ceinture' (the historical centre is known as the petite ring) and has long attracted artists and intellectuals. Boutiques line nearby Avenue Louise, and there are restaurants aplenty. The area is especially noted for its spectacular Art Nouveau buildings, whose master craftsman Victor Horta has an eponymous museum that's well worth visiting just a few streets away.
- Immaculately maintained and very professionally run; careful attention to detail and excellent, friendly service
- A perfect boutique hotel for couples, business travellers or families alike to relax and feel at home in
- We loved the breakfast buffet: lots of choice and very nice fare
- Great value for the space and style
- Quiet location yet close to good shops, transport and restaurants
- No meals other than breakfast (and the extensive honesty bar), so you'll have to dine out - no hardship in Brussels
- Not in the very heart of the city - you'll need to walk/take the tram to reach most sights (about 30 minutes' walk to the Grand Place)
- No twin rooms in the cheaper categories
- We heard the occupants of the room above walking around
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- 48 rooms
- Breakfast only (restaurants nearby)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Beach Nearby
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Car not necessary
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Concierge Service
- Pool Table
- Laundry 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 Clarins 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. Black-out blinds behind smart louvered windows along with the excellent bed meant we slept soundly in our Charming room.
- Safe box
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 fresh orange juice. A hot option of scrambled eggs, bacon and tomato 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 24 hours), 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 Rue Américaine is a small pedestrian street with a wide range of cuisines down its length - we ate at La Quincaillerie. We also devoured a fabulous pile of moules-frites (from the 30 variations on the menu) at quintessentially Belgian Le Chou de Bruxelles, just a minute walk from Made in Louise.
- Kids' meals
- Restaurants nearby
- Brussels has some great architecture to discover. There's the UNESCO-listed Grand Place, whose buildings date from the 15th century. And Made in Louise is close to many notable Art Nouveau buildings, including some by famed architect Victor Horta
- There's good vintage and antique shopping around the Place de Jeu de Balle (which holds a Sunday flea market)
- As in any city there are museums and galleries to browse through. Check out the Royal Museum of Fine Art downtown, which has over 20,000 drawings, paintings and sculptures from the early 15th century. Next door is the newer Magritte Museum
- There's an impressive Gothic cathedral near the Central Station
- No trip to Brussels would be complete without sampling its gourmet wares. The Grand Place is surrounded by eateries of varying quality, plus enticing emporiums of delicately constructed chocolate. Some of the artisan beers are still brewed by monks. And don't leave without sampling moules-frites
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Pool table
- Shopping / markets
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.
Family friendly accommodation:
There are 3 family Executive rooms with an additional single bed, so they sleep 3 in total. 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.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available, Family Rooms
Available on request
- Baby cots
- High chairs
- Black-out blinds behind shutters in each room
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
Kids Activities on site:
- Pool table
- Puzzle in the lobby
Kids Activities nearby:
- Children's Museum in Ixelles
- Belgian Comic Strip Centre and the Museum of Original Figurines provide an insight into Belgium's long cartoon history
- Natural Sciences Museum in the European Quarter
- Playground 10 minutes' walk away
- Parks and gardens; the nearest large one is Parc de Bruxelles, next to the Royal Palace
- Atomium (a 102m-tall collection of silver spheres) and Mini-Europe (miniature park with 350 European monuments) on the site of the 1958 World's Fair
- The excellent Musee Hergé, which celebrates the genius of Tintin's creator, is an hour by train or 45 minutes by shuttle bus in the summer
Families Should Know:
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
- Airport: 25 minutes
- Hospital: 5 minutes
- Shops: 1 minute
Made in Louise is located in the Ixelles district of Brussels, close to Place Stéphanie. It's a 30-minute walk from the Grand Place, and tram lines 92 and 97 stop at the end of the road.
Fly into Brussels, which is only about half an hour from the hotel, or Brussels South Charleroi, which is an hour away. Click on the links below for a list of airlines which serve these airports. It is straightforward to head into the city via the metro system. You can also take a taxi, or the hotel can arrange a transfer – see Rates.
Many clients arrive via the Eurostar, which comes into the Gare du Midi. From here take the metro (lines 2 or 6), alighting at stop Louise; from there it is a 5-10 minute walk to the hotel.
7 parking spots are available in a garage 2 min from the hotel – see Rates.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.
More on getting to Belgium and getting around
- Brussels 13.0 km BRU
- Brussels South Charleroi 53.0 km CRL
- Beach 100.0 km
- Shops 0.1 km
- Restaurant 0.1 km