There’s more to Europe’s capital than MEPs and triple-cooked chips – set foot inside Be Manos hotel in Brussels and you could be forgiven for thinking you’d arrived in Carnaby Street’s hippest hangout during peak Sixties swing…
Why this week? For culture, baby. If Be Manos’ interiors have you coming over all Austin Powers, then the return of Nocturnes (18 September to 18 December, pictured below) can help you live out your Night at the Museum fantasies. Each Thursday, Brussels’ best cultural institutions are opening late to lay on special guided tours, one-off events, live music and, yes, the odd free drink for curious nighthawks – leaving you a whole day to overindulge on moules frites and lambic beer by way of a warm up. Feeding your mind and your stomach? That’s our kind of long weekend. And if Brussels’ abundance of artisan chocolate isn’t sweetener enough, Smith are currently offering 20 per cent off three-night stays from 24 September until the end of the year.
Our favourite bits Barbarella-style mirrored disc ‘curtains’, retro furniture, monochrome visuals – Be Manos might not have been there in the Sixties, man, but it remembers them. This is no mere throwback, though; the restaurant is all pared-back chic and shimmering chandeliers; the sizeable bedrooms boast bespoke photography and slick slate bathrooms; and the timber-decked terrace gives great skyline.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘Packing is an art. Walking into Be Manos, I wished I’d packed a white skin-tight velvet trouser-suit, à la Bianca Jagger, because if Studio 54 were ever planning a relaunch in Belgium, this’d be the after-party venue. Sleek black floors and white walls form the backdrop to the biggest collection of glittery baubles I’ve seen since Elton John was in short trousers… Really, all that’s needed to complete the mood would be some spaced-out Courrèges-clad supermodels draped over the tubular furniture.’
Read the full Be Manos hotel review.
You say… ‘We liked the very welcoming and accommodating staff, and the easy access to the metro for getting around. We’d definitely stay again – to take advantage of the spa’ Pierre and Regina, GoldSmiths, stayed on 4 March 2014
Book Be Manos now to get 20 per cent off three night stays before the end of the year, or browse the rest of Smith’s Eurostar collection.