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In 1907, the urban visionaries, King Leopold II, asked Monsieur Devillers to replace the old hotel Mengelle by a modern and very elegant hotel to accommodate the crowned heads who will visit the L’exposition universelle in 1910. A magnificent sweeping staircase, Corinthian pillars, authentic furniture and objets d'arts transport you back to the early 20th century. 

Our team researches the hotel's past, from the very beginning, verifying its exact opening date and providing an overview of its history up to the present day. If you have any useful information and would like to share it, please send it to [email protected] Thank you  

HISTORY IN BRIEF 1910: the year of the Brussels World's Fair, the Astoria opened. Belgian King Leopold II had inspired (and in fact "ordered") a grand hotel to put up visiting diginataries.

1939-45: During World War II the hotel was occupied by German forces.

Guests enjoyed a drink at the 'Pullman Bar', kitted out in the style of a 1930's luxury train carriage.

2007: the hotel is managed by Sofitel.

2009: the hotel closed.

2016: the hotel is purchased by the Maltese hotel group Corinthia; and set to be reopened as the Corinthia Grand Hotel Astoria in 2019.

Illustrious guests include Winston Churchill, Salvador Dalí, and the wife of the Aga Khan.

Alain Destombes
Jean-Pierre Kaspar

104 rooms + 14 suites; 2 non smoking floors. Rooms
14 Suites

Located in the heart of the historic & cultural city of Brussels and at a short distance from the business area and the European Institutions.

Restaurant Le Palais Royal, inspired by Louis XVI, a true gourmet restaurant with chef Laurent Gauze. Pullman Bar '2B in Brussels', decor inspired by the Orient Express, Belgium's premium Champagne Bar, preview exhibition venue for young Belgian artists.

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Country: Belgium
City: Brussels
Opening date: 2 July 1910
Architects: Henri-Joseph-Léon Van Dievoet (1869–1931)

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103, Koningsstraat, rue Royale
1000 Belgium, Brussels

Tel: +32 2 2270505
Fax: +32 2 217 1150

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