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The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Brussels

By alison - June 6, 2014 (Updated: February 13, 2016)

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series BluBloggers.

The Radisson Blu Royal, Brussels, Belgium - Our Review

Fine dining, great gin cocktails and luxurious rooms await you at the Radisson Blu Royal hotel in central Brussels.

You may recall, back in February, I was invited to Paris to visit several Radisson hotels to become a brand ambassador and one of the #BluBloggers. A few weekends ago, Andrew and I were able to visit one of the Radisson properties right here in Brussels – The Radisson Blu Royal.

We arrived on a Saturday afternoon to maximize the amount of time we’d have to enjoy the property and were immediately greeted by a warm and friendly host at the reception. We were then whisked to our room by the lovely sales and marketing coordinator, Maëlle, who made our visit possible.

I use the term room loosely here. We were actually shown to a space almost as large as our flat. We had a bedroom separate from a vast living room and dining area.

Our Executive Suite at the Radisson Blu Royal, Brussels

Our Executive Suite at the Radisson Blu Royal, Brussels
Our Executive Suite at the Radisson Blu Royal, Brussels

Our Executive Suite at the Radisson Blu Royal, Brussels

Our bathroom(s) contained a huge tub and large rain shower, in addition to acres of counter space and plenty of toiletries.

Our bathroom suite (check out that tub!)

Our bathroom suite (check out that tub!)

Our Executive Suite isn’t even the largest of the rooms in the hotel. If you really need elbow room, you can opt for the Ambassador Suite or treat yourself to the ultimate stay in the Royal Suite.

If you don’t need quite so much space, even the Standard and Business Class rooms are spacious (26m2) and include free wifi, coffee and tea service, air conditioning, a safe, and flat screen TVs. Business class will also give you access to the Fitness Club and include the giant buffet breakfast.

Our room was very comfortable and quiet. I loved soaking in the enormous tub (once I figured out how to work it!) and when we called down to the front desk for some sheets of paper to make notes on (yes, we’re working even when we’re not supposed to be), it was delivered within 5 minutes.

The view from our floor

The view from our floor

In fact, our only hiccup was Sunday morning before checkout. To make a long story short we had a customer service issue, we found disappointing, especially since everyone had been so friendly up until that point (and no, the rest of the staff didn’t know we were there as bloggers.)

What is great about the Radisson brand however, is their commitment to customer satisfaction. Radisson has a 100% Guest Satisfaction Guarantee – they will make it right, or you don’t pay. When I expressed my concern to the management, it was dealt with swiftly and the problem was rectified. Things sometimes go wrong, that’s unavoidable. It’s how a company deals with issues that is crucial.

But on to the most important part – the food and drink!

The Ginothèque

We are big gin and tonic fans, so when we heard the Radisson Blu Royal has recently launched a Ginothèque, we had to give it a try (for research purposes of course!) The bar is located in the bright and open atrium (conveniently located beside the Atrium Restaurant) so we opted for a pre-dinner cocktail.

The bar has a good variety of high-end gins and half a dozen kinds of tonic (including two of my favourites). You can mix and match your own or ask the bartender to create something to your taste.

Mmm, delicious gin and tonics!

Mmm, delicious gin and tonics!

We left ourselves in the mixologist’s hands and were definitely happy with the result!

It’s also possible to order a variety of tapas and snacks with your drinks, or just cozy up on the sofa-style seats with a coffee and enjoy the atmosphere.

Tasty tapas

Tasty tapas

The Atrium Restaurant

The Radisson Blu Royal is home to two restaurants: the famous Michelin two-starred Sea Grill (which is privately owned and leases space from the hotel) and the Radisson owned and operated Atrium Restaurant. While I’m still saving my pennies to dine at the Sea Grill someday, I’ve had the opportunity to dine at the Atrium twice and both were positive experiences.

My first visit was with Andrew, directly after our Ginothèque experience. We moved into the dining area, beside the remains of part of the old Brussels city wall. I loved how they saved this piece of history and incorporated into the design.

The Atrium Restaurant

The Atrium Restaurant (you can see a hint of the wall to the left).

I started with a duo of smoked quail breast and seared foie gras with a cream of sweet potatoes and crisp of apple. Delicious!

Pigeon and foie gras

Quail and foie gras

Andrew tested the Ostend Grey Shrimp croquettes. Crispy outside, gooey inside!

Shrimp Croquettes

Shrimp Croquettes

I chose my main course from the seasonal asparagus menu: Slowly cooked lamb filet, stuffed with asparagus. I could have handled my meat slightly less done, but it was still very tasty and a great combination of flavours. I also loved the potato gratin that came on the side – give me cheese and potatoes any day!

Lamb stuffed with asparagus

Lamb stuffed with asparagus
Potato gratin

Potato gratin

Andrew ordered the oven roasted ‘Piétrain’ pork filet and crawfish tails and enjoyed the flavour combinations. We both felt the portion sizes were ample and our wine suggestion was excellent as well.

pork filet

pork filet

There wasn’t much room left for dessert, but I couldn’t pass up the creamy chocolate with cherries and cinnamon. It was rich and delicious.

Chocolate with cherries

Chocolate with cherries

Andrew is never one to pass up a good crème brulée and this was indeed a good one.

Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee

Overall, our service was excellent and our food was very good indeed. We loved the open atmosphere of the Atrium and the prices were fair, especially for a hotel restaurant.

My second experience at the Atrium was over lunch with Maëlle from Radisson, and my fellow #BluBlogger Emma.

This time, I started with the Asparagus “velouté” with sliced Dublin bay prawn. It was creamy and wonderful and the prawns were a nice addition.

Asparagus velouté

Asparagus “velouté”

My main course came on the recommendation of the Restaurant Manager: Belgian pigeon breast and crispy sweetbreads with roasted endives and truffle sauce. I love pigeon but I have to say sweetbreads are not normally my favourite thing. This dish definitely won me over though. The coating on the sweetbreads was very crispy and almost had a popcorn-like quality. The pigeon was perfectly cooked and the colourful vegetables complemented the proteins perfectly.

Pigeon and Sweetbreads

Pigeon and Sweetbreads

For dessert, I went with a simple gratin of local strawberries, vanilla from Madagascar and almonds milk ice cream – a classic combination well executed.

Strawberries and cream

Strawberries and cream

While I choose my dishes a la carte, the three service chef’s selection menu is a great value at 35€ or 49.50€ with wines included.

My recommendation – start with a custom gin at the Ginothèque and then head to the Atrium for a lovely meal in a beautiful location.

Tempted by our review? Book your table at The Atrium online now

 Book your table at The Atrium online now

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Brussels
Rue du Fosse-aux-Loups 47

We visited the Radisson Blu Royal in Brussels as part of the #BluBlogger program sponsored by Radisson Hotels. As always, all opinions remain our own.

Looking for more of our favourite hotels in Belgium and beyond? Visit our Hotel Reviews page to find out where we’ve been sleeping. For more great restaurants in Belgium and beyond, check out our Restaurant Review page.

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Alison

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of Cheeseweb.eu. She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She is currently slow travelling through Europe in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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3 comments

  1. Comment by Ashley

    Ashley June 6, 2014 at 15:54

    Wow, your room looks AMAZING. Shame that you had a problem on your last day, but glad that they managed to fix it.

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison June 6, 2014 at 16:07

      The room was spectacular! Indeed it was a pity to have something happen at the very end of our stay, but things happen. That’s inevitable. It’s how they are handled that matters.

  2. Comment by Someone

    Someone June 7, 2014 at 10:07

    Not related to michelin star dining but I’m adding it here since it’s your latest article.

    Say Alison,
    I was in delhaize yesterday and noticed they expanded their international aisle from oriental to “worldly”. I knew they had some US products at carrefour but I’m happy to see delhaize is picking up on the trend as well. I’m not sure it will last though , but American expats now have a few more articles of “comfort food” they can go for which is a good thing I would say. Make use of it while it lasts I would say ../shrug. Here’s some pictures I took , but I’m sure a branch in Brussels or something is going to include more.

    http://i.imgur.com/UGCukxl.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/y3ECqGm.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/GbmyVCO.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/ZLsq3uo.jpg

    That “fluff” is used to make the famous “fluffernutter” sandwich I presume. For now I only bought a box of UK “PG tips” though.

    Friendly Regards
    Someone.

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