Discover Benelux, Issue 54, June 2018

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Discover Benelux  |  Culture  |  Province de Namur

Feel the ‘wow factor’ at Château de Namur TEXT: EDDI FIEGEL  |  PHOTOS: CHÂTEAU DE NAMUR

The historic town of Namur in Belgium’s Wallonia region may be best known for its medieval castle, but less than a stone’s throw away you will find the stunning Château de Namur hotel and restaurant. The haute-cuisine restaurant, incorporating Belgium’s top school for chefs, is a destination experience in itself whilst the hotel has recently undergone a lavish one and a half million euro renovation. The 29 newly refurbished rooms feature a glamorous, highly contemporary mix of golds, chocolate browns and damask motifs combined with designer furnishings and bedding, whilst retaining the original period features of the château – such as high ceilings and cornicing. The lighting system is also state-of-theart. Whether guests are feeling ready for love and romance, geared up for a day of business or simply looking for relaxation, they can choose their own ambience according to their mood. “We want guests to feel the ‘wow’ factor in our rooms,” says hotel manager Cédric

Vandervaeren, “and to remember their time here for the quality of their experiences, not just how big the bathrooms are or whether the room was spacious.”

Belgian produce, the menu features innovative interpretations of classic French cuisine with an emphasis on nutritional balance, well-being and sustainability.

The creative wizardry continues with a screen in each room which designs your own personalised work of psychedelic, op-art-style abstract art, complete with changing colours. No two works of art are ever the same and if guests would like to keep their design, this can be arranged.

There is also an added attraction. Alongside the expert professional staff, students from the high-level, in-house catering school are busy learning their trade. As tantalisingly sweet, citrusy crêpes suzettes are flambéed at your table, you can enjoy the fact that your chef for today may well be the superstar of tomorrow.

Another quirky touch is the surreally decadent gilt frame on the wall of each room. Like a 21st century take on a work by Duchamp, behind the glass there is a bottle of champagne and two glasses. A door in the glass – which is specially refrigerated, can be opened and a small message in the frame reads: “In case of emotional emergency, open the door and drink this champagne.” The elegant hotel restaurant meanwhile, with its spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, is equally memorable. Using the freshest, seasonal, local


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