Eurostars Grand Place
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Car 9am Gatwick airport then tube 11.30am St Pancras station on Eurostar Arrive 2.30pm in Paris 18 Place d'italie 75013 Paris, France Citadines d ' italie studio apartment double bed One euro per day tax
An early start to catch the train to Brussels – passing people just getting in on our way out. We'd ended up with first class tickets between Cologne and Brussels - no going back now, this is now the only way I want to travel!
I, perhaps unfairly, wasn't expecting much from Brussels. In fairness I don't know what I was expecting but …
We visited this quaint little museum, within walking distance of our apartment, just off the Grande Place. It was in an old four storey house, and included displays about chocolate and its history, as well as a place where a demonstration of chocolate making took place (downstairs).
... the rest of the day touring the city. Brussels is a very big beer city, so a few of us were really excited about finding the local greats for beer. We stopped at what I previously knew as a bar the Delirium, but now know to be a collection of buildings that hosts the most beers available at one time record at 2,004. We didn't quite get to try each of them, it was unfortunate.
Eventually we happened upon the famous Manneken ...
... zooming across borders: Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, and finally France. With the European Union, frontier checkpoints are a thing of the past and if you blink, you'll miss the small signs informing you of your arrival in such-and-such country. My phone, however, provided a little reminder. Friendly, helpful Verizon sent 3 texts politely welcoming us to whatever country we'd entered, explaining my data and calling plans, and telling how to call back to the US. ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Eurostars Grand Place Brussels
Great hotel, stuffy room
The location, quality of room, staff and cleanliness are all exemplary. The modern, recently renovated rooms feature hardwood floors and marble clad bathrooms. The only complaint we had is that the room was a bit stuffy and warm for sleeping, and the windows opening onto the center hotel atrium didn't provide any fresh air to alleviate the problem.
I booked this hotel based on the reviews posted here, and will gladly stay at the Embassy again on a future visit, as long as I can get a room with sufficient air conditioning.
Good Vaue for money
Excellent location, about 10-15 minute walk from Midi Railroad Station and minutes from the Grand Place. Extremely helpful and personable front desk. Rooms were clean and large enough although the triple could have been a little bigger. Our only complaint really was the level of the breakfast. We arrived at least half an hour before closing and the food was not being replenished. The addition of a hot menu (eggs, sausages, bacon etc.) would have made my review excellent. As it was we can highly recommend the hotel - pity about the breakfast.
This is definitely not a 4-star hotel although the hotel claims it is. The air conditioning was not working in the first room they gave us and the room did not have an outside window - only to the atrium which acted as a hot house. After two nights and promising to fix the air conditioning, they moved our room to the front of the hotel. Again the air conditioning did not work and we had to sleep with the windows open on to the extremely noisy boulevard which gave less than a good night's sleep.
Royal Embassy Hotel, Anspach Boulevard
Hotel was very nice, spotlessly clean, recently refurbished and very modern and minimalist, but no "atmosphere." If you are looking for something traditional this won't suit you. Rooms at the front of the hotel can be very noisy all night as it's on a main road. This was pointed out to us on arrival and we had a choice of a front or rear room so no complaints there. Breakfast was buffet style and quite adequate if rather expensive at 12euro per person. The Grand Place, Sablon and the Fleamarket are all within 10 minutes walking distance. Beds were large and comfy although only one pillow per bed! Take a kettle and adaptor plug as there are no tea or coffee making facilities in the rooms. Staff friendly and helpful.
Nice and helpful staff
I stayed at the Eurostar for two days in early March. The hotel does not provide many extra facilities such as room service or a bar. However, the rooms are nice, clean and the staff very friendly and helpful. To be honest, I did not try the breakfast, so I cannot say something about it. If you just want a nice room for the night with good service, I can recommend the Eurostar.
I booked this hotel because of the pretty good reviews on the internet plus I found a site that gave me an excellent deal on our 4 night stay. We arrived very late (past midnight) in Brussels as our flight from Portugal was delayed twice. As our taxi approached the hotel, I noticed the hotel's neighborhood was a bit shabbier than I expected. We entered the hotel and I was disappointed to find that the lobby was dingy and just plain unattractive. The only thing that kept us from leaving was the fact that all Brussels hotels were fully booked that weekend due to several conferences. I was pleasantly surprised when we got to our room though -- it was sleek, modern and spotlessly clean. We enjoyed a quiet night's rest and got up in time for the delicious breakfast. In the daytime, the hotel's neighborhood is actually quite interesting with lots of little shops and great places to eat. There's also an internet place right across the street in the sketchily called "Biker Video" video store (opens at noon). The Grand Place, the Chocolate Museum and other sights plus the 2 train stations (Central and Midi) are all within short walking distance. The hotel staff also has to be commended for always being cheerful and very helpful. My only complaints are really the general upkeep of the rest of the hotel (the lobby, hallways and elevator), the size of the rooms (on the small side) and the overactive heater (all the guests we were with complained about the sauna-like atmosphere in their rooms). All in all, we had a great time and got our money's worth.
Great rooms, affordable price
Stayed at the Embassy Hotel for 3 nights in October 2004. The room was great--modern-ish, clean, updated, spacious room/bathroom. The dim, dingy lobby doesn't do the rooms justice. Convenient, complimentary breakfast downstairs. We had a room that was at the back of the hotel, away from any street noise, but we could hear the nearby school's children in the morning and afternoon. The hotel is on a relatively busy avenue, and near the Grand Place, but in the opposite direction it's kind of "sketchy." We were a little apprehensive of exploring this area, especially at night. The staff was helpful, if a bit short, with our questions. Overall, a nice hotel we would probably return to if our travels brought us back to Brussels.
Stayed here in Sep 2004. Hotel newly redecorated , very tasteful and spotlessly clean. Beds very comfortable, rooms have minibar and electronic safe. Bathroom clean and functional.
Near metro 'Bourse' and 15 min walk from Gare du Midi or short metro from Bourse. Very close to all attractions, all within an easy walk.
Breakfast usual buffet style but plenty of everything. Local eateries range from fair to very good. Would definately stay again.
Great modern hotel and reasonably priced
Located on the main boulevard that borders the city center with its Grand Place square, the Royal Embassy is a good internet bargain hotel. As with most Brussels hotels, good deals can be found on Fri-Sun nights and the Royal Embassy is no exception, except maybe even cheaper than those. Our room was immaculate with new hardwood floors. You even have to use your card key to turn on the lights (it's an energy saver feature and a great idea). My only advice is to get a room off of the main road. We didn't, and it still wasn't too bad except the night some drunks tried to do some crooning at 2 in the morning (and they were shooed away rather quickly). Brussels Central Station is about 10 minutes walk once you figure out where it is.
Only Saw the Lobby
Had a reservation for one night, Sept 9, 2004. Arrived at the hotel to discover that the keys to the hotel's rooms weren't working and that we couldn't stay there, so cannot comment on the quality of the hotel. They did, however, make arrangements for us at another hotel, Le Dome, and paid for a taxi to take us there. The alternate hotel was not as close to the Grand Place, but still easily within walking distance.