Top of the range Radisson hotel in Liège

Tim Harrup

The fortunes of the hotel sector have been much in the news since the start of the pandemic. Forced closures due to confinement, the unwillingness of travelers to return to their previous habits… A sign of more optimism has just been announced by the Radisson group, however. And it comes with a perhaps unexpected twist in terms of its location.

The upmarket brand of the Radisson group, Radisson outre-Quiévrain, has in fact elected to open its first hotel in Belgium not in the capital, but in Liège, the third highest population centre of the kingdom (after Brussels and Antwerp). While Liège may not be as attractive in terms of business travel as these two cities, it is extremely central in European terms just a short drive from both the Dutch and German borders. It is also of course only a little to the north of the main Ardennes tourist region and of the Spa-Francorchamps race-course.

The Radisson Hotel Liège City Centre is located in the hyper-centre of the city, close to the Cathedral and to the famous ‘Carré’ in the Sainte-Marguerite district. It is therefore also alongside the principal shopping district (Vinave d’Ile is the most expensive street in Liège, and therefore one of the most expensive in Belgium, in terms of renting retail space). The 99-room hotel (including some suites) also provides a meeting room and a bar.

This may be the first hotel in Belgium under the upmarket brand, but Radisson already has fifteen other hotels in the country, notably including the Radisson Collection Hotel Grand Place Brussels and Radisson Blu Hotel Bruges, along with two establishments in Spa, one of which has a private external elevator to the Thermes de Spa.