Scents of summer at Hotel Amigo
Brussels – From 13 until 15 August, Hotel Amigo – part of Rocco Forte Hotels – is teaming up with prestigious labels Laurent-Perrier, Kenzo perfume and renowned Belgian chocolatier Wittamer to celebrate Brussels’ bi-annual Flower Carpet.
With the Grand Place only a stone’s throw away, the hotel makes for the ideal base to explore this stunning colourful display. Granted VIP access to a private balcony at the Town Hall, guests of Hotel Amigo will be privy to the best seats in the house from where they can take in the carpet in all its floral glory.
Highlighting the Belgian Presidency of the European Union, this year’s Flower Carpet is the creation of 23 year old local designer Antoine Durieux. Stretching over 2,000 square metres, more than a hundred gardeners will spend several days composing this giant horticultural jigsaw, using no less than 800,000 flowers.
The flower theme continues at Hotel Amigo, where Durieux has also taken to creating a floral entrance arch while a striking poppy carpet designed by Kenzo can be admired in the lobby.
Once in their room, guests will be able to sip on Laurent Perrier rosé from floral glasses and enjoy the Wittamer miniature chocolate hat, decorated with colourful flowers and created by Belgian milliner to the stars, Elvis Pompillo. A complimentary Kenzo perfume set will serve as flower-themed souvenir.
The Summer Scents package is valid from 13 until 15 August 2010 is available at Hotel Amigo for the preferred rate of €470 for a classic room, €530 for a Deluxe Room and €1530 for a Classic Suite (also available in other room categories)
- Children - Special conditions for children available on request
- Extra Bed - Upon request and depending on room category
- Extra Night - Upon request and availability
For further information:
Delphine de Kinder
PR & Media Communication Manager
+32 2 547 47 03
Notes to Editors
History of Rocco Forte’s Hotel Amigo
The original building predates 1522 when it was bought by the city council from a wealthy merchant family and turned into a prison. The Spanish rulers at the time mistook the Flemish for prison to mean "friend" and translated this into their own language as "Amigo". The irony of this misunderstanding seems to have pleased the people of Brussels and the name has been retained. The building was re-build as a hotel by the Blaton family in 1957 for the Universal Exhibition in 1958.
Following the purchase of the Hotel by Sir Rocco Forte in 2000, it has undergone a complete refurbishment followed by the stylish eye of Olga Polizzi, Rocco Forte Collection’s Director of Design. Rocco Forte’s Hotel Amigo has been restored to its former glory, with fresh modern interiors whilst retaining its character and charm, making it the best luxury hotel in the city.
The architecture and welcoming atmosphere of the Amigo, together with its privileged position right in the heart of Brussels, places it firmly in the great tradition of the “hotel industry”, where the great of this world, notables, stars, businessmen and informed tourists have been hosted. Just one step from the famous “Grand-Place” and Lace Museum, not to mention Brussels oldest citizen “Manneken Pis”, the red brick façade of the hotel built in Spanish Renaissance style, fits perfectly into the architectural past and present of its surroundings.