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Tuesday, 17th September Woke up early and got ready to board the Eurostar to Brussels. Was looking forward to this train as I'd heard it was pretty fast. It didn't disappoint. By the open fields the scenery was starting to look like a blur and took only about 20 minutes to cross the channel!. We reached Brussels around 2pm that afternoon and wound …
Up and at it folks, an early start with a wake up call at 6am. Happy hour. Then on the coach to Pancras Station where you catch the Eurostar train to Brussels. Like catching an aeroplane but you never leave the ground. Had luggage check and customs but not really serious and onto an ordinary looking train that goes very fast and under the channel. …
French movies always seem to have a scene shot at the train station. These photos are from the Gard de Nord Train Station. We took the train from Paris to Brussels to catch our flight. We spent the night at the Hilton Brussels City.
... soft with a light crunch on the outside and general topped with sugar or chocolate. Katie and I tend to eat a cheap meal of a sandwich to split then a traditional meal of the country we are in. So we had waffles and fries one day (and sometimes as treats) because French fries were created in Belgium (as well as waffles). There fries are eaten with mayonnaise generally...so that's weird.
We were feeling a little homesick during our stay so we went to an English bookstore and ...
... let us stay in a small apt where her sister used to live in Bruxelles. (Bruxellex is the French for Brussels) so that we could directly go from Bruxelles to Bruges the next day.
We first visited the "Bourse" (stock exchange) where is the meeting place of Belgian financial world. The foundation stone was laid in 1871. There was a few small tunnels in front of the building. When people passed the tunnels, there was sounds (like water drops) ...
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We stayed here for the weekend - 2 nights. The hotel is in a great position to explore the city from. We had a standard double room which was very clean, comfortable and well maintained. Bathroom was clean, stocked with good toiletries and a great shower. The views from the rooms are fantastic -we had a corner room and could see so much of the city. Breakfast was served on the 27th floor which meant more wonderful views. Breakfast was included in our rate and there was plenty of it - a good start to the day - mix of continental and British / American foods. Not sure what the price was if it wasn't included in our room rate. The gym was small but the machinery was new and all in working order. It's about 5 minute cab drive from the Eurostar station and very pleasant 10/15 minute walk from the Grand Place, I wouldn't have liked to stay at one of the hotels near this as it's very busy/noisy down there. Staff were very pleasant and check out very quick and efficient.
My husband and I stayed one night here. It was our romantic getaway, so we booked an Executive Room (122 euros per night for a couple, not bad at all). Hotel location was very good, only 4 metro stops from the main train station. Shopoholics be aware: this hotel is right next to designer boutiques.
Beware of the EXTRAS! Staying at a Hilton hotel you expect that certain amenities are included in the price...not true at this Hilton hotel. In the room they provide you with a coffee/tea hot water boiler but when you call Housekeeping for the tea bags and instant coffee they inform you that there is a 5 Euro per day surcharge. While the hotel publicizes their state of the art gym -- they also have you sign a liability waiver and inform you that there is a 10 Euro daily surcharge for the use of the gym. Forget room service. The cheapest dish on the menu is about 40 Euros PLUS a 16% service charge and a 5 Euro delivery fee. Continental breakfast costs 25 Euros while an American breakfast (difference being you get eggs and bacon) costs 30 Euros. Upon check out they had "mistakenly" charged my account for two beers, one Red Bull and two bottles of mineral water. Incredible! Lesson learned - give yourself enough time at check out to review the bill BEFORE handing over your credit card!!
Very poor... five star?!
I do not expect to pay €5 for a tea bag in a five star hotel.
My "deluxe room" had a single bed and was very small - I've had better rooms in a B&B. Furniture was chipped
Bathroom was shabby
...and all this at five star prices (€195/night), with breakfast not included.
Beautiful hotel, great breakfast, helpful at front desk
Just got back from a three-day package deal to Brussels and stayed at the Hilton just off the Louiza metro stop. The hotel is beautifully decorated and the rooms clean and well-stocked. They did not have complimentary tea in the room which would've been very nice to have, however, and we used our own mobile phone rather than pay their prices for use of their phone. We used the metro to get around and were greatly disappointed that the metro ticket cashiers said they did not speak English - all signs are in Flemish and French, so get any directions you need from the Hilton desk before venturing out.
Have just enjoyed a most wonderful weekend at the Hilton Brussels. The hotel was superb, staff very friendly and the room was very luxurious. We stayed in an Executive Room on the 22nd floor and the extra cost of this was more than justified. The room was clean, light, modern, spacious and had a wonderful view. While we were out at dinner one evening, housekeeping came in, turned down the bed duvet, replenished the toiletries and tidied the room....only a small thing but it really made us feel at home and looked after. The Executive Lounge (on the 24th floor) with complimentary beverages, continental breakfast and canapes in the evening was superb and the staff couldnt do enough for you (though the staff were wonderful throughout the hotel). I have stayed at Hilton's all over the world and this definitely ranks as the best I have been to.
I stayed in the Hilton Brussels from 4-8 September. It is some distance from the Grand Place area, but it can easily be reached by subway (especially at night since I wasn't sure of the neighborhood at night between GP and the hotel). There is a Metro station that is a few blocks away (2-3 minutes by foot), and that also easily connects you to the Gare Midi (convenient if you take the train from the airport and have only one or two bags). It would have been great if it were more central so that it was easy to stay out when the subways closed at midnite. But I like that the hotel was in a generally quiet neighborhood. I too was disappointed that there was no complimentary coffee or tea (EUR 5, if you use the package in the minibar). American breakfast at EUR 22 was outrageous. But the room and bathroom were spacious and clean.
Stayed in this hotel between 27-30 August and had a room on the 7th Floor.
Good five-star hotel in one of the most prosperous areas of Brussels, close to the Place Louise and its trams and underground. Busy road in front but a small, quiet park lies directly behind the hotel, providing a handy short-cut to the Sablons area.The executive floors are nice, at the top of the tallest building in the area with extensive views across Brussels (its not the Hiltons fault that there is nothing worth seeing) and access to the executive lounge, which has a ready supply of complimentary drinks and nibbles on tap.Rooms and facilities are what you would expect.