Maltese group Corinthia Hotels has purchased the Hotel Astoria on Rue Royale in Brussels, Belgium, for an undisclosed sum. The hotel, which dates from 1909, has stood vacant for the past ten years. Corinthia will now carry out an extensive refurbishment of the property; work is due to start following the completion of the new designs for the hotel, which will emerge from its transformation as the 121-room Corinthia Grand Hotel Astoria. “We have earned an unparalleled reputation for restoring buildings of historical value and turning them into luxury hotels. The Corinthia Grand Hotel Astoria will be no exception,” said Corinthia’s chairman, Alfred Pisani. “We aim to make this hotel the best in Brussels – committing the same passion and attention to detail as we have done with our hotel redevelopments in London, Budapest, St Petersburg and other major cities. We have full confidence in the city and are proud to have acquired such a gem in the heart of Europe,” he added.