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Historical Traveler Reviews Astrid Centre Hotel Brussels
Excellent value hotel
The Astrid hotel is in a great position in Brussels. Just a short walk away from St. Catherine's Metro station, and an easy stroll to the Grand Place and other sights and amenities. We went there on 26th December 2004 for three nights, having booked it on the internet and got a very good rate. Room was spotlessly clean and very well serviced daily. Breakfast was more than adequate and the staff were very helpful and friendly. We asked for a quiet room when booking and indeed our room was very quiet indeed.
Food in Brussels is very good and reasonably priced, and I would recommend Le Petrus restaurant, just across from the hotel, where we had a really excellent meal for 28.50 euro, they had two other menus available, one at 18.50 and one for 21.00, also an extensive a la carte.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel, for its great position in Brussels and the good value it offers.
Very Nice But A Bit Noisy
Stayed in 2001 for the Formula 1. Very nice room with good view. Early breakfast was provided and enjoyed! close to the city centre - never had to take a bus or metro. Unfortunately, as another user said, the sound-proofing isnt the best - not much of a problem for us, but if you were a light sleeper...? Overall a nice hotel in a good location
Nice Stay at Astrid
We had a nice 3-day stay at Astrid in August 2004. We got a good deal on hotels--- at $90 U.S. per night for a double, including tax and breakfast. Our room was spacious and comfortable, with a modern bathroom (although the shower head tended to spray outward instead of downward which made it somewhat difficult). The breakfast was good and abundant.
The hotel is a 5 minute walk from the Grand Place and close to lots of restaurants. There is also a metro stop a block away. Staff were friendly and helpful, including calling taxis for us. The hotel was a good value for the price we paid.
Make sure you ask to change your room!!
Booked the Asdrid due to the good reviews on tripadvisor and the good price offered online through hotels.com
When we arrived at 12:00 - the hotel staff kept us waiting for 10 minutes even though there were only two parties and there were two receptionists. After confirming we had booked we were told to come back as check in was not till 3pm. This was a little disappointing as the hotel did not seem busy and check out was at 11:00. How long does it take them to get a room ready???
We duly obliged and came back at 3pm only to be told that our room was not ready. After 10 minutes we checked in although this was a task in itself and took ages. Be prepared because the Belgians are not fast and service be it in hotels or bars is always slow.
We were led through the breakfast room, a conference room, up some dingy stairs to a room on the 1st floor. This room was small, dark, had a view onto a wall and a fire escape and worst of all stunk of cigarettes. This was not on as not only do we not smoke but my fiancÚ is asthmatic. We complained and were told there were no more rooms - after some time the staff obliged and gave us a room on the top floor (6th floor). This room was much better - it had a view which gave the room light and it did not smell. Overall a much better room.
I give this hotel 2 stars because I thought the staff at reception were rude and slow and they tried to give us a rubbish room - however if I had been given the room on the top floor to begin with I would have given this hotel 4 stars as it is a good 3/3 and a half star hotel and is in a good location with good breakfast.
So go there but be prepared to make a fuss and change rooms.
Avoid the basement
I spent a couple of weeks in Europe recently and this hotel on a price comparison basis was the worst. Perhaps if I had stayed in a different room it would have been a totally different experience, but as it was, I had to take an elevator to the basement parking lot, walk through a dimly lit garage, enter an access code to get into another building and take an elevator to get to my ground floor room that was drab and dark. Queen Astrid wouldn't approve.
I stayed in this hotel in July 2004. This hotel is in excellent location in terms of Metro station, attractions, restaurants, etc.
Breaksfast offerred by this hotel is excellent.
Room was had a nice view and was spacious.
One of the reception staff was rude when we needed the key to our room in the evening but other than that we had a good experience.
A minus for Astrid
Good hotel near Catherine Square, easy walking distance to the Grand Place and the main bus links.
Good breakfast and good service by the staff.
Although old it has an elevator.
Main complaint was the street noise. If you're going in summer there is no air conditioning. Astrid is in a heavy traffic area and you hear lots of road noise til the wee hours. I was up at 0400 most days due to the beginning of the morning bustle. Good but there are more comfortable places.
I'd definitely stay here again the next time I visit Brussels.
Convenient location, reasonable rates, great rooms, excellent service and a satisfying breakfast... what more could you ask for? Pleasantly surprised with hotel standards. Highly recommended if you want a comfortable stay in Brussels without having to fork out too much.
Very central and very nic
Went to stay there for a couple of days right after New Year.The location of the hotel is *very* central, which is great if you go out in the evening and don't want to spend a lot of time getting back to the hotel. The room was spacious enough (you don't want to spend your days in that room, anyway, do you?) and clean. The only thing was that our "double" bed consisted of two single beds pushed against eachother, with the result that, at night, you start falling through in the middle. But that's a minor detail, I suppose. Staff was very friendly, and breakfast was very nice. Price certainly was okay (118 for two nights in a double room), even tho I have to admit I think it was some kind of winterpromotion.Best feature for me was the location, really, A ten to fifteen minute walk from the Central Station. I'll definately go back there whenever I want to stay in Brussels.
A good bargain it is! Although the place is a bit way too far to walk from Gare Du Nord station, you can take the tram and exit at the second tram stop, a 5 minutes walk you will be in the hotel. Another 5 mins walk you will be at the Grand Place Brussels to start your day walk in Brussels! Room was big, nice and clean. Receptionist was a nice man too, who allow us to check in the room eventhough it was only 7.30am! A great buffet breakfast..and yes we will go back to this hotel if we ever vist Brussels again!