Hotel BLOOM! is a truly modern hotel in central Brussels, Belgium
Enjoy the brightest accommodation and a truly relaxing and refreshing stay at our Brussels Hotel.
This unique place is located next to the Brussels 'inner ring' road and adjacent to the beautiful Botanic GardensCafe Bota and Le Botanique
As the name itself suggests, the Botanique was originally the new botanical garden of Brussels. After the annexation of Belgium to France in 1795, the first botanical garden was constructed around the oldest city wall of Brussels. The collection of domestic and exotic plants soon got many people interested. Because of a lack of space, the gardens were to be enlarged elsewhere.
Five notables, all obsessed with plants, acquired a beautiful patch land in 1826. There was enough fresh air and a good water system at hand, and it became the place where a large part of the plant collection was brought under.
De gardens were dear to the Brussels people, because it was the place to take a healthy stroll or throw an extraordinary party. Thus grew its popularity as a "public garden". As a scientific institution, the gardens belonged to the most reputed in the world. All this was celebrated in grand style at the 40th anniversary of the take-over by the state in 1910.
In 1935 the gardens suffered heavily under the construction works of the North-South Axe: again it was suggested to move the gardens to another, bigger space. But there was the problem of the accommodation of the buildings and the gardens, and soon a different project was added: the construction of a big public library in Brussels.
The gardens escaped an unneeded and unwanted destruction, but it was not completely saved yet.
In October 1938, the decision was made to move the botanical gardens. A good thing, because the urbanisation of the city continued. Finally the building was saved by the Ministery of the French Community, who would use it as a Cultural Center.
Café Bota welcomes you for a relaxing moment. A seasonal menu in the breathtaking environment of the Botanique.An Italian kitchen, serving antipasti, grills, salads... Mediterranean style.