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The Radisson Blu EU Hotel and Willards Restaurant in Brussels, Belgium

By alison - October 21, 2014 (Updated: November 30, 2015)

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series BluBloggers.

Radisson Blu EU Hotel in Brussels, Belgium

In the heart of Brussels’ EU quarter, the Radisson Blu EU Hotel, with its designer rooms, friendly service, and excellent Belgian cuisine in Willards Restaurant, is more than a typical business hotel.

Back in June, we had the opportunity to visit the Radisson Blu Royal hotel in Brussels and dine in their Atrium restaurant. But the Royal isn’t the only Radisson in town. The Radisson Blu EU Hotel, beside the European Parliament, is another great accommodation option for visitors to Brussels.

This summer, I had the opportunity to tour the hotel and dine in the excellent Willards Restaurant, as part of my year as a Radisson #Blubloggers Ambassador.

Tucked next-door to the European Parliament building, in Brussels’ Luxembourg quarter, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Radisson Blu EU is another stuffy business hotel. While it’s a popular choice for visiting eurocrats, this hotel has more up its sleeves than generic business hotel rooms.

In fact, guests can choose from three different styles of rooms, designed by Italian designer Matteo Thun: Fresh, Chic, and Fashion. The 149 rooms are bold, colourful, and very spacious. Each room has a shower and bathtub, free wifi, and many have a great view, overlooking the Parliament.

Inside one of the colourful guest rooms of the Radisson Blu EU Hotel

Inside one of the colourful guest rooms of the Radisson Blu EU Hotel
The 'Fresh' business class room at the Radisson Blu EU Hotel in Brussels

The ‘Fresh’ business class room at the Radisson Blu EU Hotel in Brussels

Like the Radisson Blu Royal, the Radisson EU offers all of Radisson’s service concepts, including the ‘super breakfast,’ express checkout, and the 100% guest satisfaction guarantee. The Radisson EU also provides a fitness center and sauna, in case exploring Brussels isn’t enough exercise.

Speaking of exercise, the hotel is conveniently located within a 15-20 minute walk of Brussels’ Grand Place and many of the city’s major museums. If the Belgian weather isn’t co-operating, Luxembourg train station, the Troon Metro station and a bus stop, are just steps from the hotel.

It should come as no surprise; I was primarily interested in checking out the food at the Radisson EU’s restaurant, Willards.

Having stayed in my fair share of business hotels around the world, I know the restaurants typically offer standard, unsurprising food. But, just like the hotel rooms, I’m happy to report Willards restaurant goes above and beyond standard hotel restaurant fare.

I began my meal with a selection of nibbles. While they were all delicious, the biggest surprise was the scallop parcel – crispy, light pastry batter surrounding a fresh and juicy scallop. It was the perfect bite.

A selection of nibbles at Willards Restaurant in Brussels

A selection of nibbles at Willards Restaurant in Brussels

I selected the goat cheese salad as my first course. The cheese was particularly flavourful and the salad was just the right size.

My fresh and cheesy salad at Willards Restaurant

My fresh and cheesy salad at Willards Restaurant

One of my dining companions opted for the risotto, which, while heavier than my salad, also looked like a great option.

Tasty risotto at Willards Restaurant

Tasty risotto at Willards Restaurant

Since Willards touts themselves as serving Belgian cuisine, I ordered my favourite Belgian dish, Carbonnade a la Flamand or Stoofvlees, to see how it stacked up.

My authentic and delicious carbonnade at Willards

My authentic and delicious carbonnade at Willards
Potatoes and applesauce round out a great Belgian dish

Potatoes and applesauce round out a great Belgian dish

The meat was meltingly tender and the sauce wasn’t too thick and gloopy and had a great flavour. It was served with potatoes and applesauce, which rounded out the dish perfectly. It was definitely one of the better carbonnades I’ve had in Brussels.

After such a rich meal, I wasn’t up to more than coffee for dessert, but, as it was presented with macarons and chocolate, I still was able to finish on a sweet note.

Coffee and sweet treats to round out my meal at Willards Restaurant

Coffee and sweet treats to round out my meal at Willards Restaurant

My final verdict – I was impressed by the Radisson Blu EU Hotel and I would recommend it to visitors to Brussels. Although I’ve not yet had the opportunity to spend a night there, the service I received in the restaurant and while touring the facilities was excellent. I loved the bold, funky designs of the rooms I saw, and I was impressed by the spacious and efficiently designed rooms.

I would also definitely return to Willards Restaurant for its authentic Belgian cuisine, friendly service, and convenient location.

Radisson Blu EU Hotel & Willards Restaurant
Rue d´Idalie, 35
1050 Brussels

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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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