Hotel des Galeries — Brussels, Belgium
The latest hotel to join entrepreneur and art collector Nadine Flammarion’s growing portfolio is a 23-room gem, which can be found within the grand confines of the celebrated Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert in Brussels. The building was formerly a shopping arcade built for King Leopold I by architect Jean-Pierre Cluysenaer in 1847 and frequented by such intellectuals as poets Victor Hugo and Paul Verlaine. Set over four floors, with romantic views of the city’s rooftops, the hotel has been designed by Fleur Delesalle – past India Madhavi collaborator – and architect and ceramicist Camille Flammarion, who embraced the building’s history, while delivering a distinct and vibrant aesthetic with pieces by local outfits such as Sylvain Zillenz and Zangra as well as Flammarion’s own ceramics which can be found dotted throughout the property. There is also a streetside restaurant which, helmed by star-chef Julien Burlat, serves a casual menu with local dishes such as pigs’ trotters with comté.