The Steigenberger Wiltcher’s is in the suburb of Ixelles and lies a mile to the south of the Grand Place, so it is not right in the center. But much of what visitors want to see – such as the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, the Musical Instruments Museum, the Horta Museum and the Cathedral – are within easy reach on foot, and certainly by tram or taxi.

The Avenue Louise is a busy street, but the hotel is set well back from it, and calm reigns within. Outdoor terraces overlook a large public shopping-court from an upper level.

Its five-star ranking delivers all that one might expect: the professionalism of its staff, 24-hour room service, restaurants and bars and a fully equipped fitness room, and direct access to the adjoining Aspria spa, which has an infinity-style swimming pool, sauna, steam bath and fitness facilities.