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... exhausting the streets of Brugges we decided that it was time today goodbye and headed back to collect our bags form the Aragon. We refilled water bottles, did toilets stops and headed to the bus stop as the walk in had been difficult across the cobblestones. The girl at the hotel had said that the bus fare was €2 so we decided that it was worth the cost. And it was. We actually got more than we bargained for as the driver thought he was in a Formula 1 racing car ...
... visited the city. As we were finishing our laundry the doors of the laundromat close down automatically and half of the lights turned off. We were stuck in the laundromat for the night! Bruno ran from the back to the front door to hold it open, but it was too late, thankfully the door opened from the inside, so we made it back safely to the hotel and had a good night ...
... without hops in some weird natural fermentation process and then stuffed with cherries so that it kind of tastes almost like a heavy champagne and followed up with hot chips and mayonnaise (not my favourite - but apparently a national pastime here in Belgium).
There is also an unhealthy obsession with the Manneken Pis the statue of a small boy peeing (truly odd). What is also bizarre is ...
... exhibit was created believed Iguanadons would have stood. However, research on spines now indicates that Iguanadons probably stood on all four legs. One of the later skeletons was posed in this way, and the museum display explained that the other skeletons were not changed because their bones are too fragile to readjust.
The museum also has an awesome temporary exhibit about animal babies. This area also had ...
... showed the guys and they all agreed there was something inside, so the next step was to figure out how it actually got inside my jacket. Maybe whoever made the jacket put it inside as a surprise?
I began poking around in every pocket and guess what? Inside my pocket with the zipper there was a small hole in the top corner! It all suddenly made sense, and after feeling around in the lining of the jacket I could feel two small pointy pins; the LFC pins.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Room service
- Pets allowed
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Chambord Brussels
Dirty carpets, mouldy bathroom with peeling laminated fitted furniture, greasy bed cover, stained corridors, hot rooms. Cheapest possible ingredients for breakfast (tinned fruit salad, industrial croissants, prepackaged cheese spreads, fatty sausage, cold scrambled egg and fat-soaked streaky bacon...but it is included in the room rate, so what can you expect?). Common areas are quite acceptable but limited in what they do - the breakfast room is nicest, open and light and on the first floor with picture windows - but only pictures of roads. On the positive side, the hotel is cheap and it's very near the metro. There is a good bar/restaurant round the corner (the Copenhagen Tavern). I found the hotel staff friendly and cooperative but I made few demands. I booked the hotel through Eurostar because it was an easy walk to my conference and the package was cheap as a whole . But I won't stay there again.
What's in my mattress?
The entrance looks promising, but the rooms are terrible. You can smell the dirt on the carpet, the windows "once-white" curtains are dirty, the shower curtains are black at the bottom from humidity. The bed was soft and lumpy and the pillows possibly made out of cement. The general feeling was one of filth.
The breakfast was ok and you can park for free outside the hotel.
Booked this hotel through Eurostar for a very very reasonable price for a 3 night stay - less than £50 each for 3 nights!!! And did not expect much from this place (I was actually worried after my trip to Paris where we had booked a similar rated hotel, more expensive but quite pathetic).
The pictures they post on their website and brochures are not what you get when you book a room. I wish I had found this website before I stayed at this hotel. The staff are rude and anti-american, the rooms, especially the bathrooms, are dirty, Multiple times we had to wait over 5 minutes from someone to let us to the front door at night since they lock it. (the guy was sleeping in the back) Yes, there's no keycard. It's an old fashioned key tied to a 3 lbs weight. There's no lock on the inside of the door to keep houskeeping out, not to mention the lack of a "do not disturb" sign. Housekeeping walked right in even without knocking.
I'm putting this review up so that you can save yourself the torture we endured by not staying in this hotel.
Didn't really expect too much from the price but an elevator ride and two flights of stairs later, we were put in a room with the air conditioning units and the lighted hotel sign outside our window. I asked to be moved but was told it was full.
The location is great adjacent to a metro station and across the road from shops and restaurants. Desk was not really that helpfull and couldn't provide any recommendations. Great on a budget. Private Bathroom was good.
The Chambord is in a great location near the Royal Place, just around the corner from the Brussels Park and a short 15 min walk to the Grand Place.
I did a fair bit of research to find somewhere medium-priced and in a nice part of Brussels and this hotel didn't disappoint. It is right by a metro station, so you can literally walk out of the station and into the hotel. It's in an area in the nicer side of Brussels, the upper part of the city, (as opposed to the lower area around the main railway station where the Eurostar terminates, which is really seedy and not pleasant to walk through even in daylight), near to the music museum and a large art gallery, and a 15-20 min walk to the Grand Place. The Chambord is also in a street with plenty of places to eat, including a supermarket which is open late, and a very nice American/Mexican restaurant, which is handy if you are vegetarian as it's generally hard to find vegetarian food in Brussels, though many of the Belgian restaurants do offer vegetarian options.
Average hotel, no A/C
We stayed in Hotel Chambord for two nights in August 2004. We were three couples, stayed in three rooms. The breakfast buffet was very good. Rooms were clean, but had no air-conditioning or even a fan. Two of the rooms faced an internal corridor / yard, meaning that if you left the window open to get some fresh air, then other tenants can (and did) look into your room from within 10 feet away. A third room faced the outside street, but faced the east side -- meaning that the sun wakes you up early (if you leave the window open for fresh air).