Crown Plaza Brussels - Le Palace
Tunify in an art nouveau setting
Crowne Plaza Brussels – Le Palace, built in 1908, was the first ‘grand hotel’ in Belgium. More than 100 years later, Tunify came to stay. Chief Engineer Miguel Pena tells us about before and after this event, as well as the hotel’s plans for the future.
This majestic hotel, located close to Brussels North Station, was once called Le Palace. When it was taken over Pandox AB, the brand changed to Crowne Plaza. Inside, you still taste the atmosphere from the days of old; marble is still found throughout the lobby and the halls, with art nouveau decoration a true highlight. Nonetheless, Crowne Plaza Brussels – Le Palace is a genuine conference hotel, with 18 meeting rooms and all the associated services. It meets the needs of up to 700 congress guests at once.
As Chief Engineer, Miguel Pena is responsible for the maintenance of the building and all its facets. Think about all the possible repairs, replacements and checks, from the water softener or the fire alarms to the electrical installation. They’re no laughing matter. And especially not on such a historic site.
History and service
The past of this hotel still forms an important part of its attraction, says Miguel: ‘The architecture and the decoration are unique. You simply won’t find something like this in other, much newer hotels. Of course, in an old building, you still need to meet modern demands. And so there are a lot more technical challenges.’ ‘