Hotel Le Berger (fully booked)
Behind its Norman-style timber-framed façade, Hotel Le Berger was once pulsating with life. Back in the day, it catered to wealthy guests wanting somewhere private to spend time with their mistresses. Gabriel Duhoux came up with the idea of creating a club to provide a stylish setting for these romantic encounters. He set about realising his plans in 1933 and oversaw the entire project, paying particular attention to the interior design. The venture proved so successful that in 1936 he had a series of suites fitted out. Everything was arranged with discretion in mind, and to ensure that the male clients would not bump into one another. However, prostitution was not allowed here and Duhoux always took care to safeguard the hotel’s reputation. Recently, the hotel has undergone a major facelift, without losing its authenticity. Interior designer Martina Nievergelt has preserved the Art Deco feel by retaining some period details, while also injecting a welcome touch of modernity. With its outdoor seating area, restaurant and cosy bar, Hotel Le Berger has been given a new lease of life, and holds out the promise of many happy times to come.
Guided tours: 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 Pro Velo.
Sun. only, 10:00 to 18:00
Rue du Berger/Herdersstraat 24, Ixelles/Elsene
Guided tours and by reservation only