The more you wander through the streets of Brussels, the more you will discover its many faces, some of which are sure to take you by surprise. Chambres en Ville is one example of the pleasant surprises that await one in Brussels.
Located in a historical 19th-century building, this small bed and breakfast hotel has four artistically ascetic rooms, each with its own personality and style. The doors made of wooden boards, the old wooden floors, the spruced up antique store furniture and the roughly painted walls give the rooms a slightly unhewn appearance, yet their colour palette is finely nuanced, making them look like artworks in themselves, worthy of being hung on a wall. The rooms were designed by the owner himself - Philippe Guilmin, who doubles as an artist, painter and interior designer, and whose own house is located right across the interior courtyard.
The four guest rooms are named La Gustavienne, Le Levant, La Vie d'Artiste and Retour d'Afrique. The last two rooms are on the second floor and can only be reached via a steep wooden staircase (sorry, no elevator). However, the interior décor of each room is worth the climb. In La Vie d'Artistes, the greyish-white wooden table, piled at one end with colourful old coffee cans, looks like it might have served as an inspiration for the small still life painting with tea cans on the wall over the bed. The bathroom of Retour d'Afrique has African woven art adorning its walls.
While there are not too many decorative elements in each room, each has a story to tell. For example, instead of a keychain, the keyholder for La Vie d'Artistes is a well-used artist's paintbrush.
Chambres en Ville lies only a five-minute walk from the European Parliament and a 20-minute stroll from the city's main museums. Keep in mind that since it is a small b & b, the establishment has no restaurant and does not accept credit cards.
Room prices start at 70 EUR
19 Rue de Londres
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