In the heart of Liège on the lovely Square Saint-Etienne, a five-minute walk from the party neighborhood of Carré and close to the tranquil botanical gardens, Amosa does industrial design well. Exposed piping and chrome details in the common areas are contrasted with plush, comfortable bedrooms. Savan. Its South African restaurant treats you to an authentic meal in equally stylish décor.
For those preferring a homier approach to their travels, Smartflats has decorated apartments all over Liège available for you to move in to for a couple of days or even weeks. With locations named for their proximity to the Royal Opera House, the Prince-Bishops’ Palace and St. Paul’s Cathedral, you can pick and choose the Liège neighborhood you’d most like to live in for a while.
The blend of industrial-cool and chic comfort continues in the Liège sister to the Pentahotel we mentioned in our Leuven list. With pool tables, wooden bookcases, gentlemanly chairs and a bar stocked with a great selection of Belgian beer, you might even be tempted to stay in for the night.
Only barely outside the city center, yet somehow an oasis of peace, the Crowne Plaza lives up to its royal name. The old digs of the La Marck family (the household which would give Liège one of its prince-bishops) that was later bought up and restored by baron Maurice de Sélys Longchamps, the exceptional mansion makes for quite the luxurious stay. A number of cozy terraces and an impeccably kept internal garden provide south of France atmospheres on sunny days.
Also in possession of a grand garden is the classic Ramada Plaza. Distinguishing it from other hotels is its pet-friendly policy and its 17th century wing, which used to be a convent. Returning on foot from an excursion to the city becomes rather romantic in the evening, with the nearby river reflecting the city’s many lights.