Monika reviews Brussels’ newest luxury hotel experience, Tangla, featuring Asian-inspired elegance in the heart of Belgium.
What makes a high-end hotel stay a ‘feel good experience?’ For me, service, comfort, food and drink quality, and, above all, personalization make staying in a luxury hotel a truly splendid experience.
I was invited to the opening of Tangla, a new luxury hotel in Brussels, located conveniently near Brussels airport and city centre, in Woluwe Saint Lambert, and I came away entirely impressed on all counts.
Tangla is owned by the HNA group, the same group that owns Hainan Airlines, and other ventures in the hospitality, real estate, and infrastructure industry worldwide.
The hotel is designed aesthetically and incorporates the five natural elements in an elegant and functional manner.
The lobby has been designed with a lot of thought and is both expansive and welcoming at the same time with colours reflecting a relaxed sophistication. The lobby leads to the lounge where you can choose from a good selection of drinks. The lounge also offers unique teas sourced from China, India, and Sri Lanka. I loved the lounge’s unhurried and the comfortable, plush chairs. Sit back and enjoy a drink or sip your tea; and if you happen to be still in work-mode, there is good wifi access.
The hotel has impressive ballrooms with magnificent and awe-inspiring chandeliers made of exclusive Zonka crystals. The chandeliers complement the carpets which represent clouds, considered auspicious in Chinese mythology. Hence their presence in the meeting and event spaces. The hotel has a bigger Imperial Ballroom and a smaller Royal Ballroom, which can be divided into smaller sections depending on the clients’ needs – practicality and luxury at one go!
The idea of having Chinese hospitality and culture in Brussels was the brainchild of a Belgian native, David T’ Kint. It is reflected in the guest rooms and suites, called Fang and Taofang respectively. There are 150 rooms and 37 suites, including the Presidential and Duplex suites. The rooms incorporate elegance and design perfectly, providing comforts like air conditioning, mini bars, coffee machines and interactive televisions amongst other things. All the rooms and suites have luxurious Trussardi bathroom amenities. With their calming colour pallet and panelled walls, the rooms and suites evoke a restful atmosphere.
The hotel has two restaurants, Le Cinq, an all-day dining restaurant, and Tang Dynasty, which will be Belgium’s first gastronomic Cantonese restaurant. We dined at Le Cinq, and the buffet was a good mix of meat, fish, and vegetable dishes with desserts and patisseries. The menu changes every day, and ingredients are locally sourced wherever possible. The buffet starts at 35 euros and also includes soups, salads, and a variety of antipasti and cheese. I enjoyed the sushi, which was fresh and flavourful. It was also a delight creating my own special meat preparation at the Teppanyaki counter. Restaurant Le Cinq also has an extension of its fresh produce in a little takeaway shop, called My Basket, located near the lobby.
The hotel has ample parking and will soon be opening a spa and wellness centre, with an indoor swimming pool and fitness room. Tangla will also feature boutiques, like luxury watch store, Tollet and The Diamond Factory. The hotel Tangla and its brand focus not only on luxury in aesthetics, craftsmanship, and materials but also in service. This attention to detail makes Tangla unique. The focus on quality and customer service is what makes this new luxury hotel in Brussels a winner!
Tangla Hotel, Brussels
Avenue E Mounier
Woluwe Saint Lambert
1200 Brussels, Belgium