LA MAISON HAUTE
It is in the Quartier des Marolles (often likened to the Marais district of Paris) and more particularly, rue Haute, that you will find the discreet entrance of the guest house "Maison Haute". This popular Brussels neighbourhood is full of trendy bars, shops selling antiques and decoration, fashion and second-hand goods. We enter the hotel through a soap factory, and our first thought is: how good it smells! We have the impression to be in the wrong place until we see Sebastien, the owner and manager of the hotel, who welcomes you and takes you to the breakfast room located just behind the shop's counter. You feel like you are sitting in a small café, the room is entirely covered with white tiles on the walls, original granite on the floor and nice white tables made of lemon wood from Morocco. Sébastien will then tell you the history of this Maison Haute.
Opened since 2013, the Maison Haute has 4 rooms including 3 of similar size and a duplex. Each of them occupies a floor of the typical high and narrow Brussels townhouse. The rooms are nicely decorated, with lemon wood furniture in the dining room, original white painted floor, black interior shutters, a nice bathroom in coloured mortex and of course, a large double bed with 100% cotton sheets. The only difference between the rooms are the colours of the walls and the wallpaper used: Hermès and Vivienne Westwood. Scattered throughout the house are brown wooden pieces of furniture that Sébastien has fun hunting for in the antique shops in the surrounding area.
Experienced in the restaurant business and passionate about cooking, Sebastien prepares breakfast (included in the price) himself in his kitchen in the basement. On the menu, he serves pastries, bread and cramique from the Renard bakery at Place Fernand Coq, organic syrup and jams from Aubel, eggs in all forms, French toast,... you get the idea, Sébastien takes care of you. Especially known for his coffee, Sebastien dreams one day of becoming a barista, he recommends using the Corica coffee, the one he serves for breakfast.
Sebastien is a charming host and above all passionate about the hotel and catering industry. He tells us about all the adventures that led to the opening of his hotel and his soap factory, which is named after his eldest daughter. It was during a family visit to Saint-Rémy that he discovered one of the last soap factories in Marseille. For him, it was decided that the Haute Maison would also offer quality soaps. Since then, other mainly French handcrafted products have been added. Its ecological and bulk products are a real success, and the shop was constantly in action during our visit.
Sébastien seems to us to have an awareness in the origin and the quality of the products of the breakfast. Indeed, he notably goes shopping at the ecological market of the Tanner's (two streets away) that we know well.
THE LITTLE EXTRA
There is plenty to do, plenty to see
Where and when
Rue Haute 101, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
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Open all year long
Walking distance from the train station,
bike, tram, metro, car (Paid Parking available)