Hotel Continental temporarily opened for cultural project
Hotel Continental, the iconic hotel in central Brussels, will be temporarily opened for a cultural project, as the City of Brussels has been unable to find a private investor. The non-profit organisation Bruxselair will take up residence there in the coming months.
Bruxelair will operate Hotel Continental for 18 months for various commercial activities. The ground floor and mezzanine will house temporary catering facilities, while sustainable designers will use the first floor. The upper floors will be reserved for hairdressers, tattoo parlours and creative entrepreneurs.
Brussels By Night Federation, the umbrella organisation for Brussels nightclubs, will move into the building and a large co-working space will be available.
"Hotel Continental, which opens up the pedestrian zone, offers our city an exceptional commercial opportunity"
"The idea is that they come up with the best plan for the future of the building in the light of a dynamic commercial redevelopment of this side of the pedestrian zone," says Lydia Mutyebele Ngoi (PS), Brussels city councillor for housing and public heritage.
"Hotel Continental, which opens up the pedestrian zone, offers our city an exceptional commercial opportunity," adds councillor for economic affairs Fabian Maingain (Défi). "It also benefits the Brussels centre's identity. We hope this will allow us to offer many economic partners and entrepreneurs more opportunities.
Meanwhile, the City of Brussels continues to look for a private investor for the 1974 hotel, with a long-term lease for the next 50 to 99 years.
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