The Hôtel Métropole was opened in 1895 by the Weilemans brothers. The two brewers from the nearby suburb of Forest bought the Café Métropole with the aim of promoting their beers. Due to their tremendous success, they purchased the neighboring building and created the Hôtel Métropole. It is now the only 19th century hotel still in operation in Brussels. French architect, Alban Chambon, was appointed by the owners to design the interior of the hotel. It has been, since the beginning, a glowing example of modern comfort and luxury. It was the first luxury hotel in Brussels to be endowed with electricity and central heating on every floor.