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Historical Traveler Reviews Floris Avenue Hotel Brussels
My wife and I stayed here for three days during mid-April 2006. The hotel is clean and spacious. The rooms and bathrooms are large and the furniture also struck me as IKEA like. The staff was friendly and helpful. The desk attendant arranged for a taxi for us the night before our departure. The breakfast was very good. It was quite a buffet: cereals, several juices, eggs, bacon, sausage, pasteries, coffee, and tea. Sadly the bar is not open. An all-night corner store is about a block from the hotel and it sells beer, wine, soda, snacks, and tobacco. Be sure and bring a travel alarm clock, since the room does not have a clock or wake-up setting on the TV. Also Americans looking for ice will be out of luck, it is not available.
Hotel is really good
Stayed at this hotel for one night en route to Bruges. Really nice and modern. Rooms and bathrooms quite large. Breakfast was very nice. All in all I think this was a quite good 4* hotel and I would recommend it to anyone.
We flew Ryanair to Brussels and then got the connecting bus from the airport straight to the Train station. We decided to walk to the hotel which took about ten minutes. We were a little dubious as we walked there as it seemed to be the rougher area of Brussels. The hotel was on the edge of this and the centre of the city with a ten minute walk to the shops & museums. The hotel was clean with pleasent decor and we got a huge room (almost too big for the amount of furniture- not very cosy!) But it was clean and the bathroom was lovely. After eating dinner in town we decided to come back to the hotel and have a drink in the bar- bad idea! There was no bar! We took the elevator down the basement where we were told it was and the lights were off, what looked like where the bar was meant to be was empty of all alcohol- just a few glasses on the shelf! I am not sure as it was in January it was out of season but we ended up breaking into the mini bar in the room. The breakfast was a let down- nice croissants and pastries but the bacon and sausages were stomach turning- sweetcorn fell out my sausage. And there was no milk for the tea/coffee or cereal for that matter and there was no staff at all so I settled for the raspberry tea where no milk was required.
Not 4 star
This is definitely NOT a 4 star hotel! The good points - it is clean, new. The bad points: I asked for quiet room and ended up at ground floor on the street near the entrance. One couldn't imagine worse. The room is OK but again it is 3 star furnuture (kind of IKEA, the armchairs are not comfortable, the desk is very small). the bathroom is very good. The worst thing and definitely not 4 star feature is the heating stops at 10 in the evening. So if you are late bird or need to work on your lap top prepare to be frosen!!! The breakfast is ok but again not standard 4 star, rather 3.5. The area is rather dreadful even if not dangerous but rather gloomy.
Conclusion: three stars - yes, 4 -no, sorry
Excellent, modern hotel for business and lesiure
An unexpected pleasure, after being relocated from the Floris Grand Place due to a power and water failure on the floor I was booked into. This was a happy accident, as the Floris Avenue is a brand new hotel with spacious air conditioned rooms and very attractive modern decor.
Breakfast is in an attractive, atrium style lower floor; though the service and choice and quality of some dishes could have been better. Location is excellent, on a quiet wide boulevard 10 minutes pleasant walk from the Grande Place and the Gare du Midi - great for arriving by Eurostar and Thalys.
Strongly recommended for a business or leisure stay
It is newly refurbished to very good standards. Very clean and tastefully decorated. It is within walking distance of Grand Place, Cathedral, Manneken-Piss, museums, sightseeing tours for hop-on hop-off and most attractions.
If arriving by train it is a good idea to go to Brussels Central instead of Brussels Midi, even though it may take additional 5 minutes walking. The area is safer and gives a superb first impression of some historic buildings. The bus from Charleroi airport stops at Gare du Midi, but there is a local bus connecting Charleroi airport to the train station. The cost and travel times are almost identical.
It was a fantastic stay. I will be back soon and recommend Floris Avenue to my friends.
Very nice and hipe !!!
what a wonderful place !
Before my journey in brussel i see on trip advisor somme good review on this hotel and i choose to take a reservation for 2 days.
It was really a good time. The room was very nice and big, the front desk really efficient and always smiling...and the breakfast buffet was really good.
I'm sure it s a good 5 star hotel in fact and for the price 70 euros ... really a good plan
This hotel was within easy reach of the station (Midi Eurostar) we walked it in 10minutes. average fitness and all central tourist spots(Mannequin Pis and Grand Place etc.)
The hotel was very clean and comfortable and the staff were all very friendly and helpful. Good buffet breakfast.
We would definately stay here again in the future.
We stayed at the Floris Stalingrad for four nights and couldn't have been happier. The hotel is only 10-15 minutes walk from the Grand'Place and all the sights in the beautiful Old Town of Brussels. The hotel rooms were large and very clean. The breakfast buffet was also very good, with a nice choice of foods. We would definitely stay there again!
Great hotel really clean
We went to brussels on our christmas party. The hotel we had booked and i will not name and shame it cancelled our booking and then booked rooms for us in a dive a filthy dive, luckily we found the Stalingrad and even though we were on the top floor 92 steps and we full of belgian beer that night, it was clean fresh and the beds were perfect, really clean and very friendly top marks for a great hotel
the redlad december 2004