The Blog spent a few hours at the March EPL in Brussels on Thursday morning, after the ICIS 6th World Olefins Conference on Wednesday.
At breakfast in the Sofitel, across Boulevard de Waterloo from the EPL hotel, it was obvious that a lot of EPL-goers had chosen to stay at the Sofitel and have their morning meetings there.
The renamed Hilton - "The Hotel" - has had its lobby renovated, but that is the only change that could be detected under its new ownership. Truong informed me that the rooms are unchanged and poorly lit. The famously poky and smoky bar is now a non-smoking area, but the Blog hears that the decades of smoke are so deeply ingrained in the carpets that the smell is pretty much unchanged.
The staff on the concierge desk are still as unhelpful as ever, refusing to accept non-residents' suitcases into the left luggage.
EPL members are keen to move to another Brussels hotel, and the summer meeting will be at a Marriott in Copenhagen, on the waterfront and close to the Tivoli Gardens, a committee member tells me. But then it's back to Brussels for the December meeting, then Amsterdam for March 2012.
So far, the EPL committee is holding three options for the June 2012 summer meeting: Istanbul, Nice or Barcelona, in that order, he adds.
(photo: The Hotel, Brussels)