Pullman, Accors upscale international brand, announces the opening of its 80th hotel, the Pullman Brussels Midi.
The Pullman Brussels Midi: a cosmopolitan hotel at the center of Europe
The Gare du Midi is Belgium’s first high speed train station and a busy communication hub at the heart of Europe. Hundreds of thousands of travelers journey through this station every day on their way to neighboring countries and Europe’s major capitals. The station’s vast renovation project has injected new life into the Midi district. The Pullman Brussels Midi, the first hotel to open on the site, allows guests travelling by Eurostar, Thalys or TGV, to set down their suitcases, just minutes after getting off the train.
The hotel’s interior is entirely the work of designer Jean-Philippe Nuel and features a setting in which work and relaxation are definitely not incompatible.
“The location of the Pullman Brussels Midi was a real inspiration in itself. I designed a calm, peaceful environment through the choice of both the tones and the materials I used, so guests could escape the station’s bustling atmosphere and perpetual movement. It’s a return to the spirit of the 19th century, when upscale hotels were located inside stations. It’s a way of harking back to the brand’s origins, while instilling modernity through a contemporary style,” explains Jean-Philippe Nuel.
The design and architectural choices made for the Pullman Brussels Midi, its lobby, rooms and restaurant areas, were intended to create a sense of peace, tranquility and easy living. The color schemes used in the various spaces are inspired by chocolate and Flemish still-life paintings. The use of wooden parquet flooring in some rooms further enhances the restful atmosphere.
The hotel layout is designed around a magnificent staircase that links the lobby to the areas located on the floors above. “This staircase, which is intended as a hallmark feature of the Pullman Brussels Midi, connects all the hotel’s key areas – the lobby, meeting rooms, bar and restaurant. It allows the customer to take a vertical walk through the hotel, as it were,” explains Jean-Philippe Nuel.
The Pullman Brussels Midi : a hotel where guests work hard and play hard
The Pullman Brussels Midi offers the brand’s best signature services: the Welcomer, the Pullman bed, optimal connectivity thanks to the Connectivity by Pullman concept (high-speed fiber optic Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, Quadriga’s Personal Media NetworkTM mobile application), the Pullman Co-Meeting offer for business event organization, the Nespresso® services, Vinoteca by Pullman, and the Fit Lounge.
“As the brand’s first address in Belgium, the Pullman Brussels Midi reflects Pullman’s drive to set up emblematic, upscale hotels in the world’s prime tourist destinations and major capital cities. We still see potential for growth in Europe in capitals like Amsterdam and Istanbul as well as in secondary cities through which we will strengthen our networks in some countries, for example the United Kingdom,” comments Christophe Vanswieten – Chief Operating Officer Pullman Europe
Elegant, connected, bright rooms inspired by the world of railway travel
The Pullman Brussels Midi’s 237 cocoon-like rooms are stylish and bathed in soft light. The railway theme is echoed in the sofas and the luggage stand. The rooms offer a high level of comfort and all the technological equipment required to work or relax. The Pullman bed concept ensures a restful sleep and notably features memory foam pillows that help relieve tension in the neck.
Guests will find a selection of free drinks in the mini bar as well as a courtesy tray featuring Dammam Frères teas. Superior and Deluxe rooms also include a Nespresso® coffee machine and a selection of free soft drinks. A Bose docking station allows guest to listen to their own music from their smartphone.
Bathroom amenities include Roger&Gallet toiletries and a spacious rain shower.
All the rooms have free WI-FI as well as Quadriga’s Personal Media NetworkTM solution. Pullman is the first hotel brand to have adopted this revolutionary technology which facilitates seamless use of both the hotel’s and the guest’s technologies and makes the room an integrated environment where the TV, smartphone and tablet are synchronized to offer an unlimited range of services and content. This solution is a key feature of the Connectivity by Pullman concept. It allows guests to order room service or choose from a selection of free films, for example. Deluxe rooms and Deluxe Suites also feature a mini i-Pad.
Original food and drinks offerings in friendly, sociable settings…
The “Victor Lounge” located in the lobby, is open to all visitors, whether they are staying at the hotel or not. This welcoming venue within the station is a perfect setting where travelers can decompress, take a break in between two trains. Here, guests can enjoy Nespresso® Grands Crus coffees and a selection of Dammann Frères teas at any hour of the day.
On the first floor, the “Victor Bar & Restaurant” and its Chef, Michael Bastin, offer Franco-Italian cuisine as well as a few timeless Belgian classics (such as duck breast with a Liege syrup glaze and braised endives), in a resolutely contemporary setting. Power Lunch by Pullman, allows guests to enjoy a tasty business lunch in a maximum of 45 minutes (from the moment the order is placed to the moment the bill is received) for €24. Vinoteca by Pullman offers a selection of international vintage wines, but also features noteworthy local discoveries. 19 wines are served by the glass.
The “Victor Bar & Restaurant” is also the perfect setting for convivial after work gatherings and features a range of tapas prepared in front of the customers at a “live station” in the bar, as well as Pullman’s signature cocktails, for example the White Chocolate Mojito.
In the evening, the atmosphere is more hushed and guests can dine à la carte.