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Dolce La Hulpe Brussels, a Hotel, Resort&Conference Destination

( Dolce La Hulpe Brussels is a unique conference destination in Belgium, with an area of nearly 30,000 m2 set far from the hubbub of city life and surrounded by 72 hectares of woodland in the heart of the forest of Soignes. However, it is easily accessible: it is close to Brussels Zaventem International Airport (15 km/9 miles), Charleroi Airport, Brussels South (40 km/25 miles), 15 km/9 miles from the city centre and 25 minutes from Brussels Midi railway station, from where high speed Thalys and Eurostar trains link Brussels with Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne and London.

With 25 conference rooms providing over 4,000 m2 of dedicated conference and meeting space equipped with all the latest high-tech audiovisual technology (WiFi, video-conferencing, etc.), Dolce La Hulpe Brussels is the ideal environment for delegates to concentrate on priorities and make the right decisions.

The facilities at Dolce La Hulpe Brussels are also perfect for anyone wanting to get away for a weekend break or a holiday. Non-residents can also use the hotel facilities, including the indoor swimming pool with chaises longues and outdoor terrace, the sauna, Turkish bath and fitness suite. Guests can also relax on a terrace adjacent to the Feng Shui garden, while the more active might be tempted to a game of tennis on one of 2 outdoor courts, or to make use of the volleyball court or the jogging trails and mountain bike tracks in the surrounding forest. It is also possible to arrange a game of golf or horse riding nearby.

At Dolce La Hulpe Brussels Executive Head Chef Pascal Marcin welcomes his guests either in the main "Argan" restaurant, which seats up to 320 people (including an a la carte area for 50 diners), or in the gourmet "Tree O" restaurant, which seats up to 54 diners. A 750 m2 multifunctional room is available for private or corporate functions. At the heart of the hotel there are two bars - the "Badian" lobby bar, which has a library, an open fireplace and a TV room, and the "Oak Bar" where you can play billiards, darts and pinball, watch flat screen TV or dance.

Background history of the Dolce la Hulpe Brussels complex
Dolce La Hulpe Brussels was previously an IBM training complex, built in two phases during the 1970s. It consists of 14 buildings covering a floor area of approximately 50,000 m2. In 1973 the giant computer company IBM moved to La Hulpe onto the 70 hectare site adjacent to the Solvay estate, where they built a large conference centre which cost, at that time, one and a half billion Belgian francs. This property, together with the IBM office tower at the Botanics in Brussels, was purchased by Fortis in October 1997. These purchases were made through the issue of a Finest property certificate. Some reconstruction work was required and in July 2002 IBM announced that they were moving away from La Hulpe. In August 2005 Dolce International signed a management contract for the ex-IBM Centre at La Hulpe, which had been purchased by the Belgian investment company Banimmo Real Estate.

The Dolce Difference
Dolce La Hulpe Brussels specialises in hosting and organising meetings, conferences and incentive events. As well as having the latest technology, the establishment benefits from Dolce International's experience in organising business packages, and aims to promote the group's corporate identity, known as "The Dolce Difference".

The Dolce conference concept brings together the most advanced audiovisual technology with made-to-measure service in a four-star superior hotel complex, so that it can ensure that all the client's expectations of restaurant service, accommodation and after-work leisure activities will be fulfilled.

Thanks to Dolce International's professional savoir-faire in organising and hosting conferences, Dolce La Hulpe Brussels is now the leading Hotel, Resort & Conference Destination not only in the Brussels area, but in the Walloon region and the whole of Flanders.

The 4,000 m2 conference space at the Dolce La Hulpe Brussels comprises 25 meeting rooms, all with natural daylight. This includes two auditoria seating 500 and 150 respectively and a large multifunctional room with a floor area of 750 m2 that can also be used for exhibitions.

As in all destinations managed by Dolce International, there is no need to worry about material details, nor waste time on logistics. All the tools required to ensure the success of any corporate event or meeting, from the most basic to the most sophisticated, are gathered together in one place.

All meeting rooms are equipped with:
natural daylight and air-conditioning
ergonomic seating
the most up-to-date technology
free high-speed wireless internet access

The "E-coffee" buffet is permanently available and constantly replenished for tea and coffee breaks; high speed wireless or modem internet connections are available and there is a terrace affording a magnificent view over the forest. In addition, there are numerous networking areas, a business centre with work stations and internet access, as well as secretarial services. Finally, a specialised team provides assistance to all groups throughout their stay and co-ordinates every detail of their programme. This includes a named conference planner assigned to each meeting or event. This personal adviser takes care of the event, from the time of booking through to its conclusion, while a specialised technician handles audiovisual and high tech equipment.

In order to give its clients complete peace of mind and make it as easy as possible for them to organise their meetings Dolce La Hulpe Brussels offers an all-inclusive residential conference package called the "Complete Meeting Package". This all-inclusive daily tariff covers all services, meals and refreshments:

- Accommodation in single or double guest rooms
- A fully equipped plenary conference room, available 24 hours a day
- Full breakfast and buffet lunch
- Selection of dinner menus
- Dolce refreshment buffets permanently available for breaks and constantly replenished with tea, coffee, juices, fruit baskets, pastries and confectionary
- The services of a conference planner and an audiovisual technician throughout the duration of the conference
- Access to sports facilities

Hotel facilities at Dolce La Hulpe Brussels

Dolce La Hulpe Brussels has 264 guest rooms and ****suites, including 70 executive guest rooms, 12 conference suites and the grand Segoya Suite. All guest rooms and suites have views either onto the greenery of the forest of Soignes or the Feng Shui garden and are fully equipped to provide every comfort for our guests:
Individually controlled air conditioning
Flat screen television
Free high-speed wireless internet access (WiFi)
Work desk
Telephone equipped with "Voice over IP" technology
Safe to accommodate a laptop computer

Hotel services and activities
Dry cleaning
Secretarial services, fax, etc.
Indoor swimming pool
Fitness centre
Sauna, Turkish bath
Sports facilities (tennis court and volleyball)
Jogging tracks, Mountain bike track
Golf and horse riding available nearby

Restaurants and bars
The “Argan” (buffet for 320 persons and a la carte for 50 persons)
The “Tree O” (gourmet restaurant for 54 persons)
750 m2 multifunctional function room - banquets, exhibitions, receptions
The “Badian” Lobby Bar (library, open fire and TV room)
The “Oak Bar” (lounge bar)
Gastronomic Pride

At all its destinations, Dolce is proud to serve its guests truly gastronomic cuisine with a local touch. At Dolce La Hulpe Brussels Pascal Marcin welcomes guests either to the main "l'Argan" restaurant which seats up to 320, including a 50-seater a la carte section, or to the gourmet "Tree O" restaurant. There is also a multifunctional 750 m2 room for private and corporate functions. At the heart of the hotel there are two bars - the "Badian" lobby bar, which has a library, an open fire and a TV room, and the "Oak Bar" where guests can play billiards, darts or pinball, watch flat screen TV or dance.

The "Tree O" restaurant seats up to 54 diners. Here, chef Pascal Marcin aims to delight his clientele with an original style of fusion cuisine using delicious, natural ingredients. He loves to use fresh local produce to create dishes that bring out all their flavours, thus achieving the Dolce ideal of serving refined food with a local touch, as in all Dolce destinations.

Pascal Marcin cooks each meat or fish in three different ways, and presents the three dishes on a single platter which can be ordered as a starter or a main course. Desserts are also served in this way. Thus, the restaurant's name "Tree O" not only continues the arboreal theme used in all the bars, restaurants and conference rooms at the Dolce La Hulpe Brussels, but is also a pun on the word "Trio" to reflect the restaurant concept.

The Dolce La Hulpe Brussels team have added an artistic dimension to the conference and hotel centre by displaying works by renowned Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon, whose Folon Foundation is a close neighbour. The hotel has a bronze sculpture by the artist as well as 5 of his series of silkscreen prints inspired by post cards, which hang in the gourmet restaurant. Taking his inspiration from these works, Pascal Marcin has created a Folon Discovery Menu, a culinary interpretation which invites you to travel into the beautiful world of Jean-Michel Folon's landscapes.

Our team at your service
Managing Director Paul C. van Wijk
Director of Sales & Marketing Philippe Visette
Director of Conferences Xavier Vierstraete
Director of Operations Nicolas Benazeraf
Director of Human Resources Francoise Boulanger
Executive Chef Pascal Marcin

Destination Opera

Wishing to play an active part in local life and to make use of its outstanding facilities for cultural purposes, Dolce La Hulpe Brussels has collaborated with Idee Fixe in the launch of a new opera venue for the French Community. This will live up to all public expectations and give young lyric singers a scenic springboard for their careers.

The unique verdant setting of Dolce La Hulpe Brussels, its ideal geographic location and its exceptional facilities provide the perfect environment in which to develop this artistic project.

Starting in April 2007, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday opera lovers will be offered a number of "Opera Destinations", each more tempting than the last. A meeting with Carmen in Seville will inaugurate the season, and in September four new destinations will be added to the first season's programme. We hope you will join us on the journey …

The Dolce International Group

The Dolce International concept is based on creating Hotel, Resort & Conference Destinations, with an emphasis on quality of service, infrastructure and high tech equipment.

√ **** hotels with 100 to 264 guest rooms
√ The best locations, close to international airports and away from noisy city centres
√ Establishments equipped with numerous conference rooms and high tech equipment
√ A variety of leisure facilities, such as golf, spa, fitness suites, etc - either on the hotel premises or nearby
Client satisfaction is our principle objective

Dolce International is one of the few hotel/conference centre groups all of whose establishments are approved by the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC). Andy Dolce has created a company with a corporate culture based on optimum client satisfaction. Dolce International is the leading international hospitality company specialising on the meetings experience. Dolce presently has 23 Hotel, Resort & Conference Destinations throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, employing over 3000 associates. Hosting meetings is its main activity and this governs all decisions, whether they concern the type of staff to be employed, the architecture and design of infrastructure, or the products and programmes on offer - everything is geared towards improving the productivity of conferences. Anyone who has experienced a stay at a Dolce Destination will be instantly aware how the staff are perfectly in harmony with each stage of a meeting. The Dolce International portfolio comprises a variety of locations, styles and types of building, but all Dolce properties offer the same Dolce brand of service. The Dolce spirit is just as present in our contemporary hotel near Brussels specially designed to accommodate conferences, as it is in France in our charming conference resort nestling among the old villages and vineyards of Provence, or in our rustic inn in the North-West Pacific region.

For longer training courses Dolce offers more traditional style training centres. The conference-related services and facilities in each property together provide the best conference experience in the world - that is The Dolce Difference.
Dolce International throughout the world

Dolce International currently has 23 Hotel, Resort & Conference Destinations in the USA, Canada and Europe, of which 7 are in Europe. For several years, American Airlines, General Electric, IBM and Bank of Montreal have entrusted Dolce International with the management of their training centres.

Dolce Bad Nauheim, Bad Nauheim - Frankfurt / Germany
Dolce Chantilly, Chantilly - Paris / France
Dolce Fregate, Bandol - Provence / France
Dolce Sitges, Sitges - Barcelona/ Spain
Dolce La Hulpe Brussels, La Hulpe - Brussels / Belgium
BallhausForum Munich, Unterschleisheim - Munich / Germany
Dolce Munich, Unterschleisheim - Munich / Germany (opening: winter 2008)

American Airlines Training & Conference Center, Fort Worth / Texas
Ashman Court Conference Center & Hotel, Midland / Michigan
Aspen Meadows Resort, Aspen / Colorado
Bedford Glen, Bedford / Massachusetts
Bolger Center, Potomac / Maryland
Dolce Hayes Mansion, San Jose / California
Dolce Norwalk, Norwalk / Connecticut
Dolce Tetherow, Bend / Oregon (opening: spring 2009)
IBM Palisades, Palisades / New York
Lakeway Resort & Spa, Austin / Texas
Oak Ridge, Chaska / Minnesota
Zermatt Resort & Spa, Midway / Utah
GE Crotonville, Ossining / New York *
The IBM Learning Center, Armonk / New York *

Spencer Leadership Centre, London / Ontario
BMO Financial Group Institute for Learning, Scarborough / Ontario *
* Corporate centres, not open to the public


Dolce La Hulpe Brussels
Chaussee de Bruxelles 135 - 1310 La Hulpe, Belgium
(T) + 32(0)2 290 98 00
(F) +32(0)2 290 99 00
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Press Contact in Belgium for Dolce La Hulpe Brussels
Aurélie Chardome & Jan De Ceuster
Woluwedal 28 b6 – 1932 Sint-Stevens-Woluwe
Tél. +32 2 713 09 00 (05) – Fax +32 2 721 01 01
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