Hotel Intel: Room Tintin at Brussels’ Hotel Amigo

- Mary Gostelow, arguably the most-traveled, and most-traveling, lady of the 21st century. She is owner and president of The Gostelow Report, essential monthly market intelligence briefing for the top levels of the hospitality industry. She is also contributing editor to Elite Traveler, The Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine and EnRoute.

The new Tintin movie has inspired themed rooms at Hotel Amigo, Brussels.

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn stars Bond hero Daniel Craig. The movie, based on comic books by Hergé (Belgian artist Georges Prosper Remi, 1907-1983) is directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson. It is released in North America December 21, 2011 and in Australia five days later.

With a two-bedroom suite and two additional bedrooms themed for the Brussels-based character, Hotel Amigo offers the Tintin Collector Experience. It includes one night accommodation with breakfast, tickets to Hergé Museum, a Tintin map of Brussels and a Tintin themed gift on arrival.

For those sojourners with a love of the surreal, Hotel Amigo also has a 1,100 square foot Magritte Suite, for artist René Magritte. The décor, overseen by Sir Rocco Forte’s sister, Olga Polizzi, includes a copy of Magritte’s famous bowler-hatted man with an apple in front of his face, and the cups for the espresso machine are Magritte. It is worth, by the way, taking time to visit the nearby Musée Magritte (Koningsplein in Place Royale, closed Mondays)—some of the exhibits really challenge preconditioned perceptions of reality.

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