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We took a train back to Brussels Saturday afternoon which took about an hour and fifteen minutes! I was sad to leave such an adorable town, but still excited for the rest of the trip! Upon arriving in Brussels, Kara and I had no idea where we were going. Neither of us had a map, we only knew that our hotel was near the grand place and of course the …
... through and woke up early and was just watching the planes progress on the Nancy's screen when the Attendant asked if he wanted an orange juice which they promptly bought and along with it a couple of ham rolls.
We landed and went thru passport control and then went to pick up his bags well let me tell you that was funny as ,he was pacing around that bag thingie like a lion on the prowl looking for food but at last the bags started to come out and one bag showed up ...
... with a baby seat, Murphy's Law says that this device would not be fitted, and unfortunately Murphy's law prevailed! This caused us a serious delay, as we had to find a shopping centre, a baby seat and fit it to the car. All the while Brett was adapting to driving on COMPLETELY the wrong side of the road in a fairly busy urban area. And when one drives on THE OTHER side, which way do you give way on roundabouts? Unsure, we are still ...
... is famous, Mussels. It was a lovely dinner of good food and great conversation.
The following morning the three of us head 8 miles south-east of Brussels (actually a 45 minutes bus ride) to Waterloo. I was sooooo excited to visit the place where this historical battle that really was a turning point in European history occurred. Of course this is the European history teacher in me.
In the actual town of Waterloo the first thing to do is ...
... for its unique look and definite sciencey edge. After a few pictures and a quick look around we boarded the bus and made our next stop at the massive Basilica of Sacred Heart which is the biggest art deco building in the world. Boarding the bus one last time we headed back to the center city. Our next stop was the Mannekin Pis statue. This statue is about half a meter tall of a small boy peeing into a pond. The crowd of people trying ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Centrale Hotel Brussels
My husband and I just returned from an Easter break in Brussels and stayed at this hotel. We were initially supposed to book the Marriott, but as we were still doing the online booking, the hotel became unavailable and we settled for the Hesperia.
Very Good but not Fabulous!
The location is very good, near central train station, where you can get the train to the airport, to Bruges, to Antwerp, to Paris, to... almost everywhere in Europe!!!
The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable, although a bit noisy, because of the traffic in the Avenue de colonies.
Breakfast is good, however it as few fruit and replacing is a slow job, if you know what a mean!...
And it brings us to the "dark sheep" of this hotel - service! In Reception or in the breakfast room is the same; they are nice but slow and not very efficient. If you as for something they will do it, but not as quickly as they should and it is boring to need to ask for basic things like bath towels more than once!
This hotel has a small breakfast room with two staff who could not cope with the weekend guests. The rooms are average for this class of hotel. Our bath could not be used as there was no way to stop the water leaving the bath. Reception staff were not very helpful on this and other issues and a favourite phrase was "I don't know!". When we arrived (at 6.10 pm) we were told that our room was not ready and could we wait for 10 minutes - in fact it was almost an hour before we got into our room.
It's not a hotel I would go back to.
One of the best hotels I've stayed at. I arrived very early (around 9am) and readily expected to be asked to leave my bags and come later but the receptionist found me a splendid room with a magnificent view over the city. Sure it was small, but the balcony made it seem bigger and the bathroom was a good size. The breakfast excellent. Wouldn't hesitate to stay here again. Indeed, I would actively make this my first choice for Brussels.
We stayed at Hesperia Grand Place Hotel in July 2005 and just came back from the trip. I felt so great staying at this hotel that I felt that I should put in a review for this hotel.
My 'very small room with a big balcony' was not so very small, in fact it was bigger than most hotel rooms I've stayed in Paris, and the balcony was indeed big but overlooked on a construction zone (when they'll get finished and the weather turns warmer, this balcony will be great for sun bathing!).
Near central station, cosy and clean.
This is a small hotel. Only a 4 minutes walk from central railway station,
which is an important thing in Brussels, the Airport Express train is a practical and reasonably priced alternative for a taxi!
The taxi drivers in Brussels seem to cheat foreigners as much as possible, overcharging is a rule. I have to go to Brussels quite often, I speak French, and even I can't avoid the overcharging if I have to use a taxi. Obviously most of the drivers are "foreigners" and often take the longest possible route from the Airport to the hotel.
Hesperia Grand Place is not brand new, not a trendy or extremely stylish hotel, but it certainly is cosy, clean, reliable and well located. Also breakfast is okay.
Hesperia - Good Choice
Hotel was a great bargain. Clean comfortable room, friendly and helpful staff, great location and a very good full breakfast included in price. Wouldn't hesitate to stay there again.
Hotel was clean and in excellent condition. For 100 euros we had a small suite which included many amentities. This was a real bargain and included a buffet breakfast. The gentleman at the reception desk (Didier) was VERY helpful and able to answer our questions and provide good advice. The hotel was in a good location, 200 yds from the train station and a 10 minute walk to Grand Place. Would definitely stay here again.