History

Grand Hotel Belle Vue was designed in 1912 by architect Alexis Dumont on a triangular floor plan of which the three angles were accentuated by a tower. The continuous porches with crowning balconies above the ground and the first floor provide a horizontalizing effect. The pseudo-craftwork on the top floor and gables suggest an Anglo-Norman influence.

The hotel dates from a period in which the upcoming tourism thoroughly changed De Haan. Definitely, at that time, there was no mass tourism as we know it today; travelling indeed was the privilege of the very rich. Initially, the hotel guests were mainly British and had made fortune in colonial India. They travelled with their personal staff to the nearby tramway station of De Haan, where they were picked up by the porters of the hotel, dressed in their typical red suits.

Nice to know that the Jewish scientist Albert Einstein, on the run for the Nazi regime, stayed in De Haan in 1933 for six months and enjoyed the sunny terrace of Grand Hotel Belle Vue with a cup of tea and some biscuits.

Until 2006 the hotel was run without interruption by the same family which, for several generations and thanks to their professional hospitality, succeeded in developing the Grand Hotel Belle Vue into one of the places-to-be at the Belgian coast.

Since the De Groote family took over the hotel in September 2006, the Grand Hotel Belle Vue is undergoing a step-by-step, but thorough renovation. Under the enthusiastic leadership of this family the awakening of the glory and high standing look of this magnificent architecural masterpiece is made top priority. At the same time, much attention is given to the spacious interior, which is entirely refurbished in a contemporary, yet timeless way.

Moreover, guests will be welcome all year long, both at the hotel as at the completely renovated Bistro Place Royal. 

The Grand Hotel Belle Vue was rewarded in 2011 with the Q-label and in 2013 with a fourth star.