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From sugar refinery to grand hôtel

The history of Martin’s Grand Hotel is interwoven with the thriving industry of the beginning of the 19th century. In 1863, the Raffinerie Nationale de Sucre Indigène et Exotique (National Refinery for Indigenous and Exotic Sugar) was founded. This new undertaking purchased the current La Sucrerie site, just outside Waterloo’s town centre, to cultivate sugar beet and to make sugar.

During the 19th century and a large part of the 20th century, La Sucrerie was mortgaged and resold more than once – so the site changed owner and activity several times. It was once a plant in which condensed milk was produced. After that, a lamb nursery and even a demolition company took up residence. At one time, the French-language Belgian Radio and Television company established a film studio there. Thereafter, the buildings housed various municipal services. 

In 1989, La Sucrerie started a new chapter in its history: the Louis de Waele holding company rebuilt the site entirely into a business centre with leisure possibilities. Martin’s Grand Hotel and its La Sucrerie restaurant were born in 1992. The hotel, with its 79 prestige guest rooms and four meeting rooms, soon began attracting businesspeople, as well as numerous tourists seeking the luxury of a prestigious grand hôtel in Waterloo. 

Our guest rooms

Cosy, Charming or Great.
Choose the luxury
that suits you best.

The bar

“Le Club” welcomes you
into a neo-colonial atmosphere,
every day from 4 pm to 1 am,
except Sunday.

The restaurant

La Sucrerie receives you
in a stylish, pleasant
atmosphere, beneath vaulted
ceilings that date from 1836.
All dishes are prepared
in-house, from foie gras
to Waterloo truffles.

The fitness room

During your stay,
you can easily continue
taking care of your body.
Martin’s Grand Hotel’s fitness
facility is available
around the clock.