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Cardo's second venture offers contemporary design, vibrant gathering spaces and mesmerizing wellness facilities.


Cardo's second venture offers contemporary design, vibrant gathering spaces and mesmerizing wellness facilities.

Catégorie : Europe - Belgique - Économie du secteur - Ouvertures d'hôtels
Article rédigé par la rédaction le 05-06-2024

Cardo Brussels, Autograph Collection: Hotel Entrance

Cardo Brussels, Autograph Collection: Hotel Entrance
Crédit photo © Autograph Collection Hotels & Resorts

At the same time, it pays homage to ‘Belgitude’, the rich and often whimsical cultural heritage of Brussels.

Here, guests do not need to choose between business and pleasure; they can have it all.

Opening: Summer 2024

Cardo Hotels, the new lifestyle hospitality brand, is excited to be opening its second hotel, this time in Brussels.

Just like its sister property in Rome, the new hotel joins the Autograph Collection, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s global portfolio of over 31 extraordinary hotel brands.

Located at the buzzing Place Rogier, Cardo Brussels offers a new landmark destination, ideally situated between the city center and business district.

It is housed in a majestic 30-storey building with stunning views of the city.

Its unique blend of lifestyle and business spaces appeal to the modern nomads who want everything: playful design and spacious bedrooms, work meetings that transition into leisurely swims in rooftop pools, and immersive experiences that deepen their connection to the city's culture.

“We are thrilled to be introducing the next chapter of Cardo hotels, selecting Brussels as our second destination. Each Cardo hotel is distinct, mirroring the aesthetic and cultural essence of its city, offering an unparalleled experience,” says Nicolas Romero Oneto, Head of Cardo Hotels. “Cardo Brussels exemplifies this vision: a distinctive destination where personal well-being and corporate culture merge effortlessly. We envision this blend as the future of hotel experiences — a sophisticated, eclectic combination of the public and private spheres, balancing professional needs with personal leisure.”

A room with a view, a meeting with a heart

Cardo’s embrace of playful ‘Belgitude’ starts from its striking exterior, where René Magritte’s worldfamous self-portrait ‘Le fils de l'homme’ covers the entire facade of the building.

“In true Cardo style, we are offering signature experiences such as caricature artist meets and sightseeing jogging sessions, as well as fascinating talks and workshops,” says Duco Heijbroek, the hotel’s General Manager.

Upon entering, guests walk past a huge screen that transforms them into cartoon avatars. This design approach is evident throughout the 532 spacious rooms (starting from 28sqm) that span 24 floors.

“What happens when you mix Tintin, the Smurfs, and Magritte? We wanted to translate all these essential Belgian art and pop culture elements into a visually attractive, contemporary experience where guests can sit back and relax,says Saar Zafrir, whose firm is responsible for the whimsical interior design.

Zafrir created bespoke furniture inspired by comic books and their text balloons, such as umbrella-shaped coffee tables.

Rooms come with curated mini-libraries and unique local artworks, ideal for art lovers.

Among the hotel’s highlights is the versatility of the suites. Each one offers different elements to the design mix, such as the ZEN Suite with private spa facilities (sauna and treatment room) or the BIG Suite with a smart meeting room and the TOP Suite of 175m2 that comes with a fully equipped kitchen space and double bedrooms.

As a true business hub, and with events at Cardo’s heart, the hotel has fifteen spacious meeting spaces with distinctive designs, set up with flexible walls, state-of-the-art technology and playful libraries.

Drenched in natural daylight, some with jaw-dropping views over the city, these spaces make ‘workations’ into attractive and creative environments rather than stuffy afterthoughts. In addition, there’s an immense ballroom and an elegant pre-function space that accommodates up to 700 people for any type of event.

Belgian gastronomy and the art of wellness

Showcasing a creative mix of local and global flavours, the hotel is set to become a culinary destination with its exceptional array of bars and restaurants, including a majestic restaurant on the 30th floor.

Gritto’s Restaurant, inspired by Magritte’s nickname, offers a fresh and extensive daily breakfast and honours Belgian cuisine with a creative twist.

At the colourful Doodles Bar with its comics-inspired décor, guests can experience high-spirited ambience with all-day dining and curated mixology.

Akai takes things to a higher level — quite literally, as it’s located near the top of the hotel.A vibrant restaurant and cocktail bar, it features an eclectic mix of Asian and Mediterranean cuisine, signature cocktails, stunning panoramic views of Brussels, and opulent design.

Wellbeing is also at the core of Cardo’s concept. Breathtaking views are guaranteed with fitness and spa facilities located at the top of the hotel. For an energizing work-out there is the 160sqm gym with innovative Technogym weights and cardio equipment, open 24/7.

Wellness seekers can visit the ultrarelaxing Contour Spa with five treatment rooms, sauna and relaxation area, while the exceptionally large indoor rooftop pool of 70sqm, covered and surrounded by glass windows, is open year-round.

At Cardo Brussels, guests can immerse themselves in a whole new hotel experience. Its unique proposition is a breath of fresh air in a city where classic design and mundane corporate hotels ruled – until now.

About Cardo Hotels

Cardo Hotels combines business and pleasure in a pioneering lifestyle concept, offering luxurious meeting spaces, advanced wellness facilities, and vibrant dining in one location. Each hotel celebrates the local heritage, reflecting the city’s culture and aesthetics. Inspired by the ‘cardo’ ancient Rome’s lively main street, the brand reimagines hotel experiences as a blend of professional and personal life, while emphasising creativity. Cardo Hotels’ debut property in Rome is followed by Cardo Brussels, Autograph Collection.

Cardo Brussels, Autograph Collection: ART & SKY Room

Cardo Brussels, Autograph Collection: ART & SKY Room
Crédit photo © Autograph Collection Hotels & Resorts

Cardo Brussels, Autograph Collection: Lobby - Doodles Bar
Crédit photo © Autograph Collection Hotels & Resorts

Cardo Brussels, Autograph Collection: ZEN Suite - Living Room
Crédit photo © Autograph Collection Hotels & Resorts

Cardo Brussels, Autograph Collection: Rooftop Swimming Pool
Crédit photo © Autograph Collection Hotels & Resorts

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