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      The Royal Snail

      Namur, Belgium

      Member since 11/2013   Rooms 30   Architecture OLIVIER SIMON & JULIE VALETTE, BURO5   Interior Design OLIVIER SIMON & JULIE VALETTE, BURO5
      The Original Vincent Dardenne

      An intimate hotel, influenced, crafted and served by locals, The Royal Snail wholeheartedly combines thoughtful design with local history.

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      April 27, 2014 – April 29, 2014

      • Standard with Pool & Garden View

        • 20sqm (215sqft)
        • Queen Bed
        • Garden View
        • Balcony (2sqm/21sqft)
        USD 131 /night
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      • Deluxe Pool View

        add only USD 14 /night
        • 22sqm (236sqft)
        • King Bed
        • Garden View
        • Terrace (2sqm/21sqft)
        USD 145 /night
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      • Deluxe River View

        add only USD 90 /night
        • 22sqm (236sqft)
        • King Bed
        • River View
        • Terrace (2sqm/21sqft)
        USD 221 /night
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      About Your Stay

      Crafted and served by locals, Namur’s Royal Snail offers guests an authentic impression of this corner of Wallonia. Featuring 30 unusually decorated rooms and suites — some framed by views of the Meuse — the intimate bolthole is as much a place to relax as it is a springboard to explore the rest of southern Belgium. Inspired by folklore and the historic characters who have made the story of Namur, every facet of the hotel — from the name of the restaurant to the hotel logo — is wholeheartedly steeped in the area’s past and present. A vertical garden featuring 600 plants blankets the hotel’s façade; a small taste of the innovative design that lies beyond, masterminded by local firm BURO 5 and Parisian studio Muzeo, whose 10 unique themes permeate the rooms. Use of the multifaceted spa, outdoor pool and manicured gardens is encouraged all year round, and the landmark restaurant, L’Agathopede, entices guests and locals alike with an innovative menu.

      A Performed Utopia

      All components of the hotel remain true to their origins and, most importantly, do not dominate the residential properties on either side. “This hotel can be called a heterotopia”, says Valette, “a special place outside the world where you can be extracted from your everyday life. Where you can be timeless and be able to feel something else…a performed utopia”. 

      Masterminded by Julie Valette and Olivier Simon of local agency BURO 5 in close collaboration with owner Vincent Dardenne, the architectural plan for The Royal Snail emerged somewhat organically. Four of the hotel’s buildings were acquired successively during the development of the project, introducing the additional task of allowing them to blend harmoniously without undertaking any major structural alterations.

      Ecological Thinking & Local Integration

      The Royal Snail is proudly entrenched in its locale. Inspired by Namur in every way, the design of the hotel reflects the city’s past and present; from the adoption of Namur’s symbol — the snail — in its branding, to the influence of artist Félicien Rops paintings in the restaurant. The result is a convenient blend of ecological thinking and regional integration.

      Vincent Dardenne

      Prior to The Royal Snail, owner Vincent Dardenne’s primary focus was the development of his chain of convenience stores throughout Belgium – Night&Day. Inspired by his stays at boutique hotels, the Namur native thought he had a firm idea of what he envisioned for this, his first, property. However, the local entrepreneur’s plans for a six-room B&B were pleasantly thwarted when the opportunity arose to acquire the entire building in which the hotel sits (as opposed to the two floors he initially purchased). Working closely with BURO 5 and Muzeo, he subsequently transformed his modest plans into a blueprint for the 30-room Royal Snail, infusing each corner with his personal interpretation of Namur.

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