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Have stayed here on 3 occassions and have always found it adequet for exploring Brussels.
Rooms are quite small, advantage of inner courtyard rooms is guaranteed peace and quiet,showers are just an attachment to faucet of Bath so you have to kneel to shower! No tea/coffee tray ,complimentary water etc, which seems to be a Belgian thing, (keeps costs down one assumes!).
Breakfast is Buffet only -nothing special at all ,as it is ALL self-service, but nice selection of most necessities.
Staff are o.k. but seem to be just going through the motions. There was a really nice old Gentleman there on our first 2 visits but he was gone last time we were there. Pity, as he was the most human and polite person to grace the place.
We never book ahead. To get really good rates go to the Tourism Info office in the square and book from there. You can get exceptionally good 2-3 nights rates by booking through them. Don't know why but we got a rack-rate room of Eur240.00 for Eur45.00 per night last time we were there.!!
Place is definitely not a 4 star but overall a good and comfortable place to stay.
Sweltering September in Brussels
Having spent many nights studying internet we decided on the Bedford hotel, before coming across the trip advisor. How I wish I had read this before booking. Sweltering September spent sleeping in a small cramped room with no air conditioning was not much fun. No shower curtain which results in the floor becoming wet and slippery. Certainly does not live up to its recommendations, photographs and description on the internet. It is certainly not a 4 star hotel. Apart from the hotel, Brussels is fine for a 2 night break but certainly not anymore than that. I have seen it and will not be back.
I have just a long weekend in Brussels and stayed at the Bedford Hotel, 24th-26th July.
The website for the hotel made it look quite appealing and the pictures they show focus on the nicer rooms etc.
The reality is that the room we were shown to upon our arrival was as dark as a dungeon and furnished in an equally dark and depressing way, to get a room similar to the one featured involved parting with another 100 euro supplement, the room was bigger but was still furnished in the same manner.
The food in the breakfast room was not of a particular good standard and certainly not of a 4 star hotel.
The hotel seemed to be a favourite with coach parties and these were coming and going at all hours in considerable numbers which made it quite noisy.
This hotel is really more for business people as they also have a conference centre, if you are looking for a special place for a romantic weekend choose somewhere else, I personally would not return whatever the price.
I would like to point out that I am very well travelled and have stayed in a wide variety of hotels at all standards in various parts of the world, to me a stay in Brussels is a waste of money as there is only the Grand Plaza worth seeing.
Bruges on the other hand is very pretty and well worth a look, stay there instead and you will not be disapointed.
Bedford is just average
We spent 6 days and nights in Brussels during Spring Break in March, 2004. After much research, we finally decided to stay at the Bedford. The outside of the hotel is nice and the location is decent. The rooms and bathrooms are very SMALL! Yes, we're Americans so our expectations are high, but for a 4 * hotel, we expected better than what we had. The beds were comfortable and the people were friendly. Breakfast was a bit chaotic most mornings and the staff were stressed out from it. I think the hotel gets quite a few business meetings and they seem to all come in at once. The bar is expensive, but you should expect that from any hotel. The hotel is right between both rail stations, so expect a 10 - 15 minute walk to either.
I have stayed at the Bedford at Christmas and had a very enjoyable stay. My room was smartly furnished with patio doors to a balcony. It's only a short walk to the beautiful Grand Place where we had some superb meals, a few drinks and a merry stroll back!
Deserves great praise
I stayed in The Bedford for 3 nights in January.I got a great offer on the net-www.bookings.org.I was delighted that the hotel lived up to and even surpassed my expectations,especially given the cheap price offer we availed of.when we arrived we were shocked to be given a beautiful room on the seventh floor-complete with leather suite,minibar and spotless bathroom.the only thing I didn't like was the high wall outside our balcony-it darkened the room slightly.The gym was also small,but adequate.The buffet breakfast was the best I have ever had in ant hotel worldwide-it suitred every taste possible.Simply couldn't be beaten.The staff were friendly and very efficient.I recommend this hotel without reservation and would love to saty there again.Its location is also ideal,2 mins from the Grande Place.
Adequate Central Choice
Having read some favourable reviews regarding the hotel, we booked the Bedford for 2 nights back in the spring. Good central location and sparkling marble recption area - somewhat spoilt by the loitering smokers. The room was no more than adequate - rather tired and a bit shabby. Having got a cheap deal 85 euros with breakfast, we were happy enough. Breakfast was somewhat chaotic, heaving with people and very difficult to get seated at a weekend. Also smoking was allowed, and it made for a less than pleasant experience. If you can the Bedford cheap then ok, but shop around in possible.
Give me air!
hotel centrally located and has good access to the historic quarter.
Room smallish and overlooked the internal structure of building which was grim! Food fine! Worst part was lack of air in the room. No air conditioning and this was really needed despite going in May. Friends who accompanied us experienced the same.
OK but not Great
We stayed in this hotel for 2 nights. Our room was small even judged according to the European standard. Maybe it was the dim lighting in the room, but the room didn't look very clean. The bathroom was also very small and the shower curtain was no good for keeping water inside of the bathtub. The location was excellent, but overall we would rate it as a "superior 2* rather than an ambitious 3* hotel. Considering merits on value-for-money, we'd probably give it a miss next time in Brussels, despite its covenient location.
The Bedford Hotel in Brussels has the very best coffee (for American tastes) I have ever had anywhere. I have taken new people there twice and said nothing about the breakfast coffee prior to meeting my guests for breakfast. In both cases, the guest took his first sip, looked at me and said, "This is the best coffee I've ever tasted." I agree with them.
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... time to visit, as there was a lengthy wait to get up to the viewing platform. A quick look around, some photos downstairs, and we were back to the train station for the train trip to the city and tram back to the hotel, just in time for tea.
Went to Grimbergen Cafe, a few minutes walk across the canal for a nice relaxing tea, then back to the hotel to practice Oh Valiant Heart for tomorrow's ceremony (not really, we'll save that for the bus trip ...
Day 4 The Final Day
So it was a day for hanging out at home, and the local park - admiring the many native frogs, and wondering the forest paths.
Dinner that evening was a beautiful roast...and Chris and Paul did their best to create an at home Belgium Beer ...
Well I've made it to Belgium.
I think I spent more time at the train station than getting there!
The trip was about 1.5hrs and I finally managed to find the right train - well actually "tram" as trains are considered for "longer trips" after about 1hr. Ok I wasn't in the station longer than the trip but who's counting with you have a heavy ...
... and they made the experience that much better), we were off once more.
Our next stop was to a bar dubbed "Image of Our Lady", which coincidentally was the oldest bar in Belgium, standing for over 400 years and still going strong. While not the busiest pub I've ever seen, it too had the local appeal and rightly so...it's been around forever it seems like. With the ambiance in place, we consumed the following (in order).
-Bourgogne des Flandres: a blueberry beer boasting ...
... being jostled. The people are also much more friendly (eg cheese men). And, of course, the chocolate is a MAJOR perk. I also love how the city is both dense and open. The buildings are all packed together, but the streets aren't too narrow. The prices aren't outrageous, and there are so many cute babies! Also, the city is really into promoting health--we saw lots of gyms, healthy food spots, and exercising locals. All in al, a fantastic introduction and first day in Brussels!