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Brussels had it’s work cut out from the beginning, given the wonderful experience we had in Brugge. In fact, the odds continued to get stacked against the city. To begin with, we missed our stop so had to get off at the next station and find our way back to the initial station. Only to later discover the train we got on went back to the second station anyway! We embraced our inner optimist by ...
... in Belgium. The good thing about Ghent (especially with kiddos) is that most things to see (government buildings and churches) are located within a few minutes walk of each other. I went to see the the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb in St. Bavo's Cathedral. This painting has been stolen and recovered several times throughout history. I believe it was mentioned in the book/movie Monuments Men. Off to the ...
... confirmed by a young lady I spoke to on the return tram ride.
After first going into another church which was absolutely beautiful on the inside, we headed for the Cathedral with the painting I mentioned above. The Cathedral was called St Bavo Cathedral. Massive and beautiful, but the key attraction was the painting entitled "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" by Van Eyck. Cost to get in, 4 Euros, but you get a headset ...
... we ended up leaving at 215.
When we got to Brussels they had lost our luggage, so now we hope it catches us.
The. Hotrl is nice, we went across the street to a spaghetti house for supper and are just settling in for our night. Ohand by the way the overwhelming snow that shut downturn railway all day and the Brussels airport for half a day... about 3 centimeters.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsAlma Hotel Brussels
unfortunately they screwed up and lost my reservation and were EXTREMELY rude about it and therefor I am very turned off by the hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Alma Hotel Brussels
Una ubicación estupenda
Acabo de volver de unas vacaciones de 3 noches en el hotel Alma. Aunque nunca se podría describir su ubicación como pintoresca (está metido en una calle trasera), puede ser una ubicación de primera si, como nosotros, estás buscando un hotel tranquilo y con buena relación calidad-precio cerca de todos los principales puntos de interés, tiendas, restaurantes y bares del Bruselas antiguo.
Las habitaciones están muy limpias, son amplias y están amuebladas sencillas con un estilo moderno. El desayuno contaba con una buena variedad de cosas de comer y lo sirven de 7 a 10 de la mañana.
LLegamos vía Estación Central e hicimos uso de las explicaciones tan magníficas que dio "Maryculter" en su crítica del 4/3/07 para llegar - ¡Mucho más fácil que estar peleándose con el mapa y la maleta!
Sin duda volvería a este hotel.
Trés bon hôtel
Nous avons passé 2 nuits à l'Hôtel Alma Grand Place.
L'hôtel est bien situé dans le vieux quartier de Brussels à 50 m de la Grand Place. Rues piétonnières, trés animées.
Hôtel trés propre, style moderne, sobre, avec de belles chambres spacieuses, lits confortables. Salles de bains lumineuses, parfaitement entretenues. Personnel sympathique et efficase. Petits dejeuners copieux.
Hôtel de trés bon rapport qualité/prix.
Nous le recommendons.
Just spent five nights at the Alma Grand Palace and can definitely recommend it. The previous review covers it well. In short: very clean, conveniently central, rooms spacious, staff very helpful, breakfast relaxed and plentiful. And all at very reasonable rates. We were 77euros a room for the room and breakfasts. What more could you want? We had to ask advice about the heating system and also the TV controls and both times the receptionist was extremely pleasant and helpful. The hotel is very close to the station, if you know where to go! We got lost the first time. The best way: exit the station by the main entrance, use the zebra crossing and go through the archway (between the Meridian Hotel and the Citibank) and continue straight ahead. You'll see the Royal Windsor Hotel on your right. Turn right immediately past the Royal Windsor and down the hill. At the bottom turn left and the Alma is almost immediately on your left.) That way is best as it avoids some of the cobbles if you have trolley luggage and literally takes just minutes. We would certainly return there. It's not plush or flowery but definitely better than basic.
stayed here in a triple room. Instead of folding bed for 3rd person received interconnecting room which was very generous for my daughter. The position was great - walking from the centraal station is easy but the cobblestones eat away at the wheels on the suitcase - but not really much you can do about that"Hotel Alma" so don't look for the advertised name as you won't find it. My only complaint is that the room absolutely stunk of smoke and even with the window open was difficult to get rid of the smell - even the pillows smelt of smoke.
This would not deter me from staying again. I had a great rate orf 87 Euros including excellent breakfast probably the best value of my trip.
Estuve aquí en una triple. En vez de una cama plegable para una tercera persona, me dieron una habitación interconectada. Fue una generosidad que tuvieron con mi hija. Estaba ubicado fenomenal - es fácil ir andando desde la estación central, pero el adoquinado se carga las ruedas de la maleta - XXXXXpero no hay mucho que puedas hacer por el "Hotel Alma", así que así que no busques su nombre porque no lo encontrarásXXXX. Mi única queja es que la habitación apestaba totalmente a tabaco, y que aun con la ventana abierta era difícil librarse del olor - incluso la almohada olía a humo.
Esto no me disuaría de alojarme allí de nuevo. Conseguí un precio fantástico de 87€ con un desayuno extraordinario incluido, probablemente fue el mejor relación calidad-precio de mi viaje.
Gracias de nuevo.
Modern central hotel - at good price!
I have recently stayed at the Alma Grand Palace Hotel for 4 nights..and I would definitely recommend it.
The location - very central, about 5 mins away on foot from the train station (make that 8 if carrying luggage!), 2 mins away from Grand Place, the restaurants, the chocolate shops! Couldn't be in a better location. The street is not a main one, and views are nothing in particular, but I guess that makes the hotel a quiet one.
The staff - very friendly and helpful. Will try to accommodate you to your wishes. Not "too friendly" though, which is good..will let you mind your own business!
The building - very modern, very practical, very minimalist. If you like grand hotels and lovely lounges and receptions, this is not the hotel for you, no grand entrance. Hotel is lacking in public areas and interior decor, but is practical, clean, neat lines.
The rooms - quite spacious for an inner city hotel.. there is room for the bed, the luggage, you and more! Soundproof rooms, very modern and new (at least when i was there!). Bathrooms are clean and tidy. Rooms are kept very clean btw.
Breakfast - B'fast room is fresh and neat, serving hot drinks, various juices, various types of bread, jams, cheese, English b'fast (but no bacon!), yogurts, cake slices, croissants... and with good variety incl. diabetic.
Quality v Price - very well priced at 75 euros per room per night at peak season!
Loved this hotel
my family and i stayed at this hotel Christmas week. it was just finished in Oct. 2006. i know others that have stayed here earlier mentioned that, being brand new, some kinks needed to be ironed out. well, in our opinion they have been. first of all, you can't beat the location. it is 2 blocks away from the Grand Market. there are resataurants galore up and down every street.
the staff was wonderful. they were very friendly and they would try to help in any way they could. we arrived around 10am and they were nice enough to give us our room early, instead of the usual 2-3pm check in.
and what a room.! we needed a triple. what we got was a nice size room -larger then most European rooms we have stayed in-with a full size bed and private bath with a shower/tub combo that had a spiral staircase in it to the room above that also had a full size bed and private bathroom. with shower only. It could have fit 2 people also, but they gave it to us for our daughter.
the entire hotel was very clean. everyone we met, from the person cleaning the rooms, to the breakfast staff, to the front desk was very friendly. the breakfast room was a good size and had a nice variety of foods: several types of bread which you could toast, several types of cereal, hard boiled eggs, various meats, cheese, and yogurts,and juices. they also had diabetic jams and jellys along witht the regular ones. coffee was already on the table in a sealed container, and there was also a variety of teas to choose from, along with steamed milk.
we stayed for 5 nights, then left for Brugge-since we were returning for one more night before our flight home we asked if we could leave some unnecessary luggage there for the three nights we would be away and they stored it with no problem.
there is always someone at the front desk. they also called a cab for us at 6 am for our ride to the airport for the flight home. we did however take the train in from the airport to the Central station when we arrived. it was less the 3 euros each for the tickets and the trip was 20 minutes or so into town. the hotel is within easy walking distance-maybe a 5 minute walk or so. we would have used the train back to the airport but it was 6am, still dark, and we had more bags coming home then what we started out with! the cab was 45 euros.
so all and all i would higly recommend this hotel. I don't think it could be beat for the price. we paid 87 euros per night.
We had a great stay here for two nights. It was close to the Central station which was an easy train ride from the airport. The cobblestones are a little hard on the wheels of the luggage but that is what is expected to have the atmosphere of the centre of an old city.
We had a map with us and went straight there, plenty of street signs in both French and Flemish.
We were given a smoking room which was disappointing since we'd requested a non smoking, but a quick trip down to the desk had us in an even better (non smelly) room on the top floor. We found the breakfast had plenty of choice, great to be able to cook your own boiled eggs, although we do love bacon which was not offered. Quite enough for a continental breakfast.
We had one very quiet night on but the second a group of men decided that the narrow street below was the best place for an all night party.
We loved the position of the hotel, only one street away from the Grand Place and with an expanse of great streets to wander through for hours.
We were very happy with our choice.
Ok. stay there when it's been built.
Arrived behind a couple who were re-located across the street to another hotel. A cheerful man on the front desk in slightly chaotic surroundings. Lobby still being decorated, Lifts had paint still sticky on outside. I read reviews of this hotel from a couple of months ago saying the lobby was being worked on.
Our room temperature was cold and functionally decorated. The air-con controller soon helped get us warm. The shower was cold in the morning, but because we had booked a triple room, there was another shower; which worked. Breakfast was again functional, but absolutely fine.
After a great stay in Bruges, where hotels are cheaper, much nicer and have far better reviews, this brought us back down to earth with a mild bump.
Les Marolles markets are fun though + 'obligitory' waffles.
Great location for the Alma
Our two night stay at the Alma Grand Place Hotel in Brussels could be summed up by emphasizing location, newness, modern and very clean. Breasfast room open from 7-10AM. No restaurant on the premises.
Positives include very comfortable beds, flat screen TV, large modern-decorated rooms with great showers and easy access to shops, restaurants, and sites around the Grand Place. Both desk staff persons we encountered spoke English well and tried to be as helpful as possible. As we checked in we received a lovely box of Belgian chocolates as a welcome gift. At checkout we were able to leave our luggage for the day in a locked closet in the lobby since our train didn't depart until late afternoon.
Negatives include that the hotel is still being worked on in some rooms since it just opened on October 2, 2006. So we heard electric tools overhead come Monday morning. Also, the lobby is small with only one couch in front of the desk so don't expect to hang out there. The furnishings are modern and utilitarian so look elsewhere for fancy decorations. Be sure to have the address handy as you walk toward the hotel since it is not conspicuous and easily missed if you don't look up at the building and sign. The walls may allow noise from outside if your room is located on the street side, but utilizing the air conditioning/heating remote control may be useful in blocking out some of it. There is no wall unit so air blows from above.
The breakfast room is very comfortable and roomy although the buffet is not elaborate. It consisted of croissants, a few cereals, orange juice, bread to toast, some cold meats and chesses, canned fruits and coffee and tea selection. No food was allowed to leave the area or go to the rooms.
The hotel is conveniently located on the Rue des Eperonniers which turned out to be only a couple of blocks from the Central Train/Metro Station. If taking the Eurostar from London, you will arrive at Brussels Midi which is south of the Grand Place. An information booth attendant instructed us in English that our Eurostar tickets for the day could be used to take the train to the Central Station which was only one stop. Since we had no directions from the Alma website, we found that most individuals were willing to help if they spoke English since French and Dutch/Flemish are the predominent languages. Leaving the train station and walking toward the Meridian Hotel and proceeding down the hill towards the Gaufres de Bruxelles (Waffles of Brussels) helped us locate the hotel which was not depicted on any of the signage. The streets and sidewalks are original stone-constructed so be prepared fo a bumpy walk.
Brussels and especially the Grand Place is quite a lovely location for a short weekend so enjoy the Belgian chocolates, waffles, mussels, lace, art and beer!