Floris Avenue Hotel
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... workers in "huge" winter coats, chainsaws and a lot of vodka I'm thinking..The sculptures bring a magical world of snow, ice and light Over 300 tonnes of ice and 400 tonnes of snow are cut, shaped, carved and polished into amazingly detailed figures inspired by Harry Potter.The sheer size of them is amazing, the details and imagination amazing.. for the kid in us all..one could sit at the "ice table" lay on the "pelt covered" bed or slide down the "castle ...
... s nothing like and having high expectations only to be let down at every corner.
It’s big draw for visitors is a replica statue of mannequin pis or little peeing boy. It’s so tiny and not really all that different than anything you’ve seen before. What caught my eye were the colorful chocolate mannequins in windows and the Neon green mannequin outside a waffle shop. Now that was cool. Although my first night was a ...
... our bike tour and the beginning of the beer quest. Needless to say, Nick and I were pretty excited and my excitement only increased upon meeting our guide, Alberto, who quickly became one of my favorite people ever. Belgians are very polite and friendly, but at the same time they are honest, opinionated, and somewhat brusque. Alberto embodies this well and he tells it like it is. His underlying theme of the day, reflected in my title, is that there is ...
... at all on the street we were walking- only men hanging outside the shops smoking.
We are getting ready to take a train to Gembloux- a small town outside of Brussels. It will take about an hour on the train. We will meet up with the other Canadians there that have come for the weekend memorial activities. May 6 is Liberation Day here.
... that tour is that, in a brewery no one is to ever kill a spider. This is because spiders eat insects which will try to eat the sweet beer. And because of this, there are spider webs everywhere! It only added to the old fashioned look of this brewery and gave it more character.
When the tour was complete, we were able to try two different types of true Belgian beers. The first was Gueuze. Gueuze is a very unique Belgian beer which is a blend of 1, 2 and 3 year ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Floris Avenue Hotel Brussels
Nice Hotel, Shady Neighborhood
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.
The biggest negative about the hotel is the neighborhood it is in. Stalingrad Avenue is a main road. The hotel is about a 5 to 7 minute walk from Gare Du Midi (you can see it from the sidewalk in front of the hotel). It is also about an 8 minute walk from Grand Place and Mannekin Pis. I would be hesitant to walk on the side streets immediately adjacent to the hotel at night. A few blocks closer to the city center and that feeling was gone. But from the hotel down to the train station, I was hesitant to leave the main avenue. In fact the neighborhood is the main reason why I rated this hotel a 3 instead of a 4.
I think this hotel is good for business travelers and travelers on budget or those looking for a clean hotel within in walking distance to trains and shopping.
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.
Let down for a 4 star
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.
For Ryanair travellers beware- the bus to the airport never turned up!! Along with 10 other people stranded we ended up having to give into the taxi drivers that had been hussling us and pay 100euros to get to the airport- only to be told it was too late! We couldnt get on the plane and they refused to believe that the bus hadnt turned up! So we ended up having to stay a night in a local hotel and pay for another flight the next day! They accepted no responsibilty and ended up spending an extra £250 to get home!
We will NOT be returning to Brussels! But if you do want to go the Floris Avenue is a nice place to rest your head but dont expect any other facilities.
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