Hotel Amigo sits adjacent to Grand Place, one of Europe’s most beautiful squares. Paved cobblestone streets laid circa 620 lead to the hotel. It’s a charming arrival to one of Brussels’s premier luxury hotels that welcomes guests to experience the city’s world-class contemporary art, cultural, and historic sites. Built in the 1950s ahead of the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels, the building makes use of original 17th-century flagstones from the former prison on the site. While the hotel’s historic building is over 500 years old, hotelier Sir Rocco Forte’s sister and longtime collaborator Olga Polizzi made use of clean lines, bright colors, fine Belgian linens, and embroidered silks to create a cheerful interior that feels fresh and new.

The chic 154 rooms and 19 suites embody the city’s vibrant arts scene with rich colors, contemporary Flemish furnishings, and fine art, showcasing works from Belgian artists like Courtens, Broodthaers, and Magritte. Generously sized and elegant, each room feels like a home away from home, especially with special touches like Pierre Marcolini chocolates delivered straight to your room with the turn down service. Marble bathrooms are light and airy and feature Forte Organics bath amenities. For the best view, book the Royal Suite which looks over the tower of Town Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ristorante Bocconi’s menu of traditional Italian dishes with fresh seasonal produce has earned it the honor of the city’s best Italian restaurant. When the weather is nice, take your dinner outside on the cobblestone terrace. Enjoy Afternoon Tea or sip cocktails by candlelight and listen to live music in the evenings at Bar Amigo. The past comes to life on its walls, decked with images and quotes from the famous writers who have stayed in the hotel.

Hotel Amigo is within easy walking distance of the Le Sablon antiques district and a number of excellent restaurants. Don’t miss a visit to the Magritte Museum or the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate, once of Belgium’s most beloved cultural contributions.