Just a short walk from the bustling shops of Rue Neuve/Nieuwstraat is the Espérance bar and hotel, with its eye-catching Art Deco façade. It is said to have been designed by Léon Govaerts, the architect behind the Vanderborght department store in Rue Fossé-aux-Loups/Wolvengracht and the home of David and Alice Van Buuren. The building’s façade, with its rather severe lines and veined marble facing, dates from 1930. Its slightly off-centre entrance is marked by a metal canopy. This supports a vertical illuminated sign, which breaks the continuity of the transoms whose geometric stained glass adds a dash of different colours to the composition. On the inside, the hostelry still looks like a typical 1930s bar: it still has its original period decor, from the doorway, panelling and wrought iron to the herringbone parquet, marble cladding and painted stained glass. Of the hotel’s 12 guest rooms on the upper floors, one retains its original Art Deco decoration. Many regulars and tourists come here to enjoy the hotel’s special ambiance, which has long been appreciated by its loyal clientele. Nowadays, you can even take Charleston lessons here! (Listed 06/03/2008)
Guided tours: Sat. & Sun. at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 (in French); 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30 and 17:30 (in Dutch). In cooperation with Once in Brussels.
sign-languageGuided tours in French Belgian Sign Language: Sat. at 10:30 and Sun. at 11:00. In cooperation with Arts & Culture.
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 18:00
Rue du Finistère/Finisterraestraat 1-3, Brussels
By reservation only
Accessible with assistance