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... 2 which was on tv and then called it a night because we had walked miles for a number of hours and were buggered. It was quite funny!
The next morning, we slept in and then watched some of the Winter Olympics which was the jumps and then headed out to the other part of Brussels where the Grand Place area is and was very beautiful! Some really nice architecture and surroundings and the weather was nice which is always good when you travel places and want ...
... Pis (the statue of a little boy peeing into a fountain pool) and then meandering around a few churches and up the main drag until I reached the hostel at which I had eventually decided to stay. After sitting in the lobby, cheekily using the wifi, I booked into what was my most expensive hostel of the trip at 18 euros/night - still just about the cheapest in town. I chatted briefly to a French girl who was sharing my dorm; originally from near Bordeaux, she’d hitched ...
... up, I was all over it. I decided to splurge and ordered the waterzooi, a hearty creamy chicken stew full of little potatoes and vegetables. It came with bread and delicious butter, and I washed it down with a glass of Gentse Strop ("Ghent Noose" - the nickname for Ghent residences is "Stroppendrager" - noosebearer). Refreshed and warmed up, I wandered around the rest of the city until I came to the Patershol. The area wasn't very nice, but was refurbished ...
... Europeans are very rich......and some of them could be...as we've just stopped off in Brussels.....some very new shiny buildings bearing the EU logo...the rest of it was either graffitied or looks as if the Soviets had built it...which is probably something the EU approves of.
I put a symbolic two fingers toward their glistening towers as we move on out of the station.
... in the jacket pocket and forgotten about it when it was lost inside the lining, and as it was small and light enough not to notice it had been sitting there the whole time.
As a hilarious prank, the guys decided to stockpile a handful of coins in my pocket with the hole, which ended up with me having a massive heavy lump of coins in one corner of my jacket. Those coins took a lot longer to extract, and I'm pretty sure there are still one or two coins in there somewhere.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- 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).