Corinthia Hotels has purchased a new property in Brussels – its first hotel in the Belgian capital.

The Malta-based upmarket chain has acquired the former Hotel Astoria in central Brussels, which dates back to 1909 but has been left vacant for 10 years.

The new acquisition will be rebranded as the Corinthia Grand Hotel Astoria when it reopens in 2019 following restoration. The hotel will have 121 rooms and suites, plus banqueting, dining and spa facilities.

Corinthia chairman Alfred Pisani said: “We aim to make this hotel the best in Brussels – committing the same passion and attention to detail as we have done with our hotel redevelopments in London, Budapest, St Petersburg and other major cities.

“We have full confidence in the city and are proud to have acquired such a gem in the heart of Europe.”

Corinthia said it was planning to make further announcements about other new hotel projects in the next few weeks.

Currently there are nine hotels in the Corinthia portfolio including its central London property.

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