Friday, 18 March 2011

Booking a Room at the Pantone Hotel in Brussels

Pantone’s standardised colour-matching system is used by designers and printers the world over, but this is the first time the concept has ever been applied to a hotel. And what a success it’s been: the 61-room Pantone Hotel has won several awards — including Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2011 Best Design Hotel (with fewer than 100 rooms) Award — since opening its doors in May 2010.

The once-decrepit building was bought by Israeli brothers Avi and Ilan Haim, who brought in designer Michel Penneman and architect Olivier Hannaert — who together came up with the concept. It’s bright, breezy and exciting to say you've stayed in a world first!

The basic premise is that all the rooms are a blank canvas of white walls and linen, with long-haired black carpet (beware asthma sufferers), in order to draw attention to the panel photograph mounted above each bed - which lights up at night. Taken by Belgian photographer Victor Levy, these photographs feature an obscure Brussels’ site magnified many times to emphasise the pure pantone colours — arty, eh? All the bedrooms on the same floor feature the same subject taken in a slightly different way.For example, on the ‘red’ floor the photos feature different details of a railway bridge near Bruxelles Midi train station.

Each floor has its own colour (1= blue, 2=green, 3=purple, 4=yellow, 5= orange, 6 = red, 7 = bronze) and they keep bookings as flexible as possible, so when you check in they can ask you what colour/mood you’re in and assign you to a floor accordingly. Notice the Pantone-coloured lights in the halls!

Rooms ending in six (ie: 106, 206, 306, 406, 506 and 606) all sit at the corner of the building and, as a result, have panoramic views and a small terrace. Room 606, however, is a special one: the bathroom is small and only has a shower, but unlike the others it has an enormous terrace with superb views.

Meanwhile, the rooms on the top floor — 801 and 802 — are different. They don’t follow the pantone theme; instead, the side walls slide open and you have rooftop views across the Lower Town. Depending on demand, these rooms aren’t offered in summer and, instead, the area is converted into a rooftop bar for all the clients.

Follow the link for more information on booking a room at the Pantone Hotel in Brussels

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