Crowne Plaza Hotel, Liège, Belgium
Thursday 10 Jan 2013
After five years of renovation, the first and only five-star hotel in Liège, Belgium, opened on September 2011. The 125-bedrooms and 13000m2 Crowne Plaza hotel, also known as Les Comtes de Méan or L'hôtel de Sélys, is located in the historic, cultural and commercial city center.
The interiors of the hotel were designed by Belgian designer Eric Goffin. The design of the hotel provides harmony and coherence between the two hitorical mansions which, are joined by a seven-storey new building in which the VIP and classic bedrooms are situated.
Eric's vision was to develop designs that encourage smooth flow and circulation between the old and new parts of the hotel. The designer also wanted the hotel was reknowned for its creativity, its strong identity as well as its side very warm.
This was achieved thanks to the choice of textures, materials (steel and crystal), lightings and to the known of the town's history which brings touch in the decoration.
A wooden wall in which are embedded crystal bullions draws our eye as soon as one enters the lobby. There are three reception desks and a large sofa.
At left is the gastronomic restaurant Le Selys.
Arrived at the bar of 14m, we can discover, above, a lace-like lampshade (Corian).
At right, let yourself be charmed by the library, in front of the open fire, glancing over to the outside terrace.
A faded purple velvet banquette symbolise the Ô Cocotte Restaurant. Three colors net curtains filter daylight. There is also a terrace overlooking the city and the Sélys mansion with its own terrace.
The ballroom with its glass roof culminating 9 metres above the floor,has a capacity for up to 350 persons.
At the heart of the old Méan town house, this sumptuous premises (Napoleon III era) have been identically restored by artisans who have scrupulously respected the creative genius of their predecessors.
This place is also completed by a lovely room and a large,open terrace.
The "La Cave" bar is located in an old 16th century arms room, beneath subtly lit vaults and preserved arcades located below the Méan and SélysLongschamps town houses.
A wellness is built on wood and stone. From the pool, the view is superb, giving onto the old fort walls that date back to the 10th century.
The hotel has 116 bedrooms and nine suites, with the combined charm of their originality and authenticity.