Belgium’s Crowne Plaza, Liège
The 126-bedroom dog-friendly Crowne Plaza Liege is the city’s only five star hotel. The hotel incorporates two former town houses from the 16th century the Selys Longchamps, and the Comtes de Mean on the Mont Saint-Martin. The Sélys Longchamps is a listed Wallonia heritage site built in Gothic style and renovated in the 17th and 18th centuries. The house was designed around two courtyards with, on its ground floor, their gastronomic restaurant Le Sélys. This is made up of two dining rooms one of which is particularly beautiful the Lovinfosse named after a Liège artist, and listed as an outstanding Walloon heritage with ancient wooden flooring, Chinese frescos and paintings from the 18th century in shades of green, blue-green and gold. The restaurant has a south-facing terrace with views of the city.
Chef Samuel Blanc has a Michelin star. Diners have the choice of a three, four or five course menu with the option for their sommelier Catherine Warbinet to choose suitable accompanying wines. Catherine persuaded us, it wasn’t hard, that this was a good way to taste wines that we would perhaps not have otherwise picked – three courses €55.00 per person plus €22.00 for accompanying wines.
We were given a palatial suite in the Sélys Longchamps stylishly decorated with high, exposed timbered ceilings. Our bathroom was incorporated in the bedroom but fortunately included a walk-in shower, and separate toilet! The hotel has a wellness centre with a 50m swimming pool, and treatment rooms. Parking is a short distance from the hotel but there is valet service so we were able to drive up to the door, unload, and have the car whisked away, and parked for us.
A bonus, Poppy my white fluffy dog, was allowed everywhere in the hotel except Le Sélys Restaurant. She was even allowed to join us for breakfast usually served in their brasserie. As there are jazz lunches on Sundays, it was moved to their magnificent ballroom, allowing us the opportunity of seeing the room. Part of the Comtes de Méan townhouse, the room is decorated in the style of Napoleon lll with a nine-metre high glass roof, crystal chandeliers, and frescoes.
Liège is small enough and the hotel centrally placed for us not to need the car while in the city. On the one occasion we did, we used a taxi. Prices are set so you know exactly how much it is going to be. A bonus too is that there is no need to tip anywhere except when you have exceptional service and wish to, although rounding up is standard practise.
http://www.crowneplazaliege.be T. 0032 4222 9494