The Fourth, also written compactly as the TH4TH, is a 21st century meeting-place that brings together different generations and people from all walks of life. The hotel juxtaposes old and new, connects poetry and cutting-edge technology, and sets the future against a backdrop of history. The name The Fourth is a reference to the building’s rich and chequered history: it began life as a guildhall in 1479, became a theatre in 1817, a national bank in 1930, and has now embarked on its fourth incarnation as a beautiful hotel.
Restaurant Tafelrond, the adjacent private dining room, the orangery and the lounge offer impeccable service in a great atmosphere, and the dishes created by chef Kwinten De Paepe are superb. At the hotel, you can opt to stay in a Deluxe or Executive Room, either with or without a private terrace, or one of the two fabulous suites with mezzanines on the top floor.
For video conferences, meetings, presentations, livestream concerts or interactive courses, there is Studio Jan. This ultramodern, versatile multimedia space is equipped with an immense touch-screen video wall.
The contemporary interior juxtaposed with elements of the building’s history is enchanting. The polished marble floors mirror the former bank’s dignified atmosphere. The restaurant overlooks the courtyard and ‘Studio Jan’ beyond.
Chef Kwinten De Paepe prepares classic dishes using pure ingredients of the finest quality, from house-made vol-au-vent and horse steak, to hand-cut steak tartare with fries crisped in beef dripping, or ray with capers.
The restaurant is open seven days a week from 12.00 to 9.30pm.
Sitting in the sheltered courtyard surrounded by lush greenery you are able to enjoy the magnificent historical as well as contemporary architecture, such as The Fourth’s monumental tower or Restaurant Tafelrond’s crisp interior.
Hotel The Fourth is situated right next to Leuven’s City Hall, one of most renowned gothic buildings in the world. Another impressive building is the characteristic neo-renaissance University Library with its 87m tower. Well worth a visit is Museum M designed by Belgian top architect Stéphane Beel, housing historical and contemporary art. The Large Beguinage, recongnized by UNESCO as a world heritage site, is within walking distance of the hotel. Leuven is also known for its beer culture. Many famous breweries are open to visitors.