23 OCTOBER 2017
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Work is under way in Brussels to turn a part-listed trophy property that has stood vacant for ten years into a new Corinthia hotel, in a move the hospitality company says will inject “true 5-star glamour” back into the city.
What was the Hotel Astoria in Brussels will now be fully refurbished as the Corinthia Grand Hotel Astoria. Due to open in late 2019, it will have 126 bedrooms, including 36 suites, as well as a grand ballroom restored from the original.
There will also be meeting rooms, several dining venues including a lounge restaurant, cigar lounge and brasserie, and a spa with thermal area, treatment rooms and luxury pool.
Set in a prime location on Rue Royale, the hotel was built in 1909 at the request of King Leopold II and was for many years considered to be among the world’s finest. Guests included Winston Churchill and former US president Dwight Eisenhower.
Corinthia says it is committed to restoring the property to its former glory and has allocated €80m (£71m) to the task. Chairman Alfred Pisani said: “We have earned an unparalleled reputation for restoring buildings and this will be no exception.”
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