Hotel a la Grande Cloche
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel a la Grande Cloche Brussels
location is amazing. Hotel is clean, central and the price is right. No complaints.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel a la Grande Cloche Brussels
Great place for the money!
Very nice hotel. My family and I enjoyed our stay here very much. The room was very nice and comfortable. The bathroom was very clean and was in the room which is difficult to find in a value hotel. The location is great as it's only a 5 minunte walk to the Mannikin Pis and the Grand Place. We would recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice hotel at a good price.
Great location in Place Rouppe
We spent 3 nights at this hotel in May and loved the location in Brussels. It was close to the bus and metro (Anneessens station nearby), plus within easy walking distance of the Grand Place.
The breakfast choices were terrific, with a great selection of food (cereals, cheese, boiled eggs, cold meat, pastries, bread, buns etc.) and fabulous service from the ladies who served juice, tea and coffee, plus made sure that the buffet was kept well supplied.
Our room was very clean and comfortable, with nice linens and towels. (It took a little while to get used to having a separate toilet, but it never was a problem as the shared one was always spotlessly clean.)
The hotel front desk service was friendly and efficient and we would recommend this hotel for anyone seeking a comfortable room, that is well located and very reasonably priced.
Our room overlooked the square and it was quite impressive to see the city workers out early each morning, collecting recycling and garbage, plus road sweepers with a crew cleaning up too, after those that seem to have trouble using the readily available garbage cans!
Great value, great location
We only stayed for a night in this hotel, but it was just perfect. Great value, nice clean rooms, very friendly and helpfull staff and the breakfast was OK too.
For this price you cannot expect anything fancy, but this hotel beats the **** out of every big midrange commercial hotel chain on every aspect. I mean, breakfast is served at your table. What a difference with all these places where you have to queue for a buffet and fight for the last croissant...
In Brussels, I think that location is everything. If you're too far north or south of the Grand Place area, you'll waste time with trying to find transport from say the north station to the flea market in the Marolles. And also if you wanna go out at night and don't want to waiste any money on taxis, location is everything.
And La Grande Cloche has the perfect location I think. Just a ten minute walk from the Grand Place (enough to get away from the masses), a ten minute walk from the café-district of St. Géry/St. Goriks, a ten minute walk to the Marolles, a ten minute walk to the Gr. Sablon/Zavel, etc. And the Rouppe square itself is nice & quiet and recently renovated.
You can park in front of the hotel (free parking on sundays and in fact also on saturday afternoons/evening - no one will check your ticket after say 15.00hrs on saturday). Just choose one of the four small parking lots on the square and wait... Usually, someone else will leave in 5-10 minutes.
Oh, and the café and the restaurant opposite from the hotel make a beautiful contrast. On saturday night, I just lookes outside my hotelroom window for a few minutes. While the upperclass of Brussels arrives for lunch or dinner in the infamous Comme Chez Soi, I enjoyed two Marolliens singing in mixed French/Dutch Brussels dialect on the street terrace of the corner café right next to the restaurant.
Thumbs up for the Grande Cloche
My wife and I really enjoyed staying at the Hotel A La Grande Cloche. We paid EUR 90 per room, per night for a double room (w/shower and toilet), breakfast included.
The Grande Cloche is situated at Place Rouppe/Rouppeplein, on the Avenue de Stalingrad.
It is a ten minute walk from the Midi/Zuid railroad station. The nearest Metro is Anneessens. The neighborhood is a bit seedy but definitely not dangerous. The "Comme Chez Soi" (*famous* restaurant) is just opposite the hotel.
Rooms are clean and room service is fine. Our bedroom was smaller than our bathroom but that is just about as odd as it gets. Really nice for a two-star hotel, at least cleaner than many four-star ones that I've stayed at.
Don't expect American style King or Queen size beds in the double rooms. I suppose they might rate as 'Princess' or even 'Duchess' size. So if you're much of a night-time revolver, I suggest that you book a twin (which they are supposed to have according to their website).
I understand that the hotel has undergone extensive renovation/refurbishment and this really shows.
Since breakfast is included don't expect lavish buffet landscapes but there's a variety of cold cuts, cheese, various jams, cereal, tea, coffee, toast, rolls, etc. which will keep you going until lunch time.
We certainly will choose the Grand Cloche again when we return to Brussels.
Very nice hotel
We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in December 2005.
This is really a very competitive priced hotel. The rate was 65 euros per night for 2 (double room) including the breakfast. Rooms are small but renovated & clean. The breakfast was great with hot croissant & fresh orange juice & fruits every morning. There is no however hot dishes. Please note the rates are the following: 65 euros for a double room with shower but wc in the corridor (be prepared for that)& 77 euros with shower & wc in the room. The hotel is 5/10 mn walk from the Grand Place & 15 mn walk from Gare du Midi (quite run down area!) We would go back to this hotel without any hesitation.
What a great buget find, it felt like we were staying in an expensive hotel. Everything was brand new, a good sized TV and a wonderful view out on to Place Rouppe (room #45). We saved a good bit of money too by booking a room with only a shower and used the immaculately clean toilet down the hall (which never seemed to be occupied) Breakfast was included and the pastries and cold cuts were a good value, the breakfast room was pretty cool, very turn of the century. Had a scary little incident one afternoon outside the hotel with a Gypsy lady and her baby and daughter that tried to swarm us for money (out on Rue Midi) and followed my wife and I to the front of the hotel, but the man at the front counter assured us that this is very unusual and we never encountered this again for the rest of our stay.
There was some contruction on Rue Midi on the other side of Place Rouppe, but one block past that was a neat Middle Eastern neighbourhood with lots of great bakeries and sandwich shops. We enjoyed a really good baklava and coffee out there one day, definitely a good place to walk and grab a bite.
A Good Value on Place Rouppe
After booking on the internet we were pleasantly surprised and relieved to find Hotel A La Grande Place a very clean and comfortable hotel. It is just a few blocks from Grande Place and other sites of interest.
There is much construction and roadwork going on in the nearby street which will bring better public transportation to the area.
The rooms are modest yet very comfortable and the newly remodeled bathroom was very well appointed. Breakfast is included in the price and was fair at best though the coffee was great. All in all, this hotel is a good value and I would definitely chhose it again. The lobby is small but charming.
Good for the price and location
we found the grande cloche to be clean, central and cheap, the room was not large but sufficient and breakfast was very good. it is not particularly pretty but then most of the hotels in brussels are similar functional type rooms. reccomended overall.
Great place to stay
I stayed at this hotel many times, and will continue to do so. The rooms a great, clean, and quiet. The hotel is close to the center of city, and La Grande Place, all within walking distance. The owner is very friendly, and so is the personel. The breakfast, all you can eat is just great with good selection. I highly recommend this hotel.
Grande Cloche friendly, clean, & affordable!
We were pleasantly surprised when we got to Hotel Grande Cloche! It's closer to the South Station than it is to Centraal - but it's still within walking distance (as long as you don't have a ton of luggage). The location is a little bit off the beaten track...but it's certainly still within walking distance of all the major attractions. Particularly if you are departing Brussels from the South Station - or Chaleroi Airport -- this hotel is a friendly, very clean, modest choice of accommodation.