NH Hotel Du Grand Sablon
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After an amazing weekend we left Gembloux by train and headed back to Brussels. We spent 2 days drinking beer and wine, walking the streets and touring around the capital of the European Union. The first day we made our way down to the Grand Place- an amazing market square in the middle of the city centre. Can't say the shopping was very …
So this is another entry that, from the title obviously, that I'm publishing solo - as it was a girls weekend! And it involved a plane. But aside from that, the ball got rolling a few weeks previous when we decided that some of us females on staff should plan a girls' weekend away - mostly becuase Georgina is going to be leaving us at the end of …
... organized so we stopped to wait for them to start marching and playing. I was expecting some serious marching music when they broke out into Louie, Louie by the Kingsmen from the 1960's, it was hilarious but they were actually pretty good.
Of course, we had to do the tourist thing and see the manneken pis, a statue of a little boy who according to legend saved Brussels by urinating to extinguish a fire (must have had quite a stream). Over the years ...
... if he spent a week there....he was in beer heaven.....the place basically takes up a whole side lane, and has four separate buildings which specialise on distinct alcohols....the first building focused on tequilas.....over 400 different types of tequila from around the world.....the next place...specialised in vodkas and had over 600 varieties of vodka from around the world....then the last two were beer focused....with over 2800 beers from around the world.....they even have a ...
A final farewell to France today and off to Brussels to catch up with Paula and Karl and their boys.
There was just enough time for a trip around the Musee d'Orsay before heading off. This was a good call as far as art galleries go for the kids (thanks Anna D. for the recommendation). Having visited Arles and St. Remy (van Goghs haunts) and seen ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews NH Hotel Du Grand Sablon Brussels
Stayed at the Jolly on a Eurostar short break. Fantastic hotel- so central -we walked to the Grand Place in 10 minutes. The rooms were spotless, well equipped and spacious. Very quiet (we were at the back of the hotel). The breakfast had a great selection of food with lots of fresh food. The service was always courteous and helpful. The area the hotel is situated in is extremely attractive with designer shops all around. There are many lovely places to eat nearby as we didnt try the hotel restaurant. Will return.
Just stayed at the Jolly Hotel du Grand Sablon on the recommendation of a friend and this website. Having lived in Brussels for a couple of years I knew the location would be great and I was reminded of how nice the Sablon area is, arguably much nicer, quieter and upmarket than the Grand Place area. However it only takes 5-10 minutes to walk to the Grand Place. The Jolly hotel was lovely-very friendly and helpful staff, nice rooms although older style (with small touches like chocolates on your pillow at night) and a very generous and varied breakfast. In and around the square are some good restaurants and chocolate shops. Le Pain Quotidien opposite the hotel is great for lunch! The hotel reminded us of Italian hotels we have stayed in and the Jolly chain is Italian. We went first class eurostar and can recommend this too! We'd stay there again wihout hesitation.
Hotel is located about 10 mins walk from Louise, the closest metro station.
Great for the right rate!
Just stayed there over New Year's Eve. Got a great rate of 110 Euros a night including the buffet breakfast which is copious and varied. The room was quite comfortable with a good bathroom and adequate hot water.Hotel is superbly situated in one of the prettiest squares in Brussels,full of fantastic shopping and minutes away by foot from the Grand Place,The Avenue Louise...etc. At night it is blissfully quiet for a good sleep.Staff are professional if a little cheerless. If you can get as good a rate, as we did, go for it as it is as good if not better than the gone to seed Meridien which was twice the price and certainly as good as the super inflated Amigo at thrice the price and noisy to boot!
Nice location, Hotel OK
Nice hotel which looks nicer from the outside. Rooms are spacious (I got one with 3 beds for some reason) but the fittings are dated. Located on Brussel's 2nd square with some good restaurants nearby. If you can, pass up the hotel breakfast and go across the street to Pain Quotidien. Shower takes quite some time to get hot.
We got a Eurostar package deal and stayed in this hotel for 2 nights (12-14 November). The room was great and the staff were very friendly. The breakfast was included in the price and was very good. The hotel is central but we spent a lot of time walking as we couldn't quite work out the transport system.
If you travel by Eurostar you can take the 27 bus from the station (Midi) to the hotel (the stop is called Petit Sablon) - it takes about 10-15 minutes.
I would definitely recommend this hotel.
A real find
Really good hotel, a real find. I loved the location- about 10 mins walk from the Grand Place, but all the quieter for it. The Place du Grand Sablon itself is great. There are loads of excellent cafes and restuarants close by and there is a good antiques market at the weekend.Shops are not tourist tacky at all- quality chocolate and fine art.Really classy.
The hotel itself is modern, clean and efficient, albeit with maybe not a lot of character.Breakfast was excellent though, the best i have had for ages. The half price cherry beer at the hotel happy hour is an added bonus! Overall, well worth a visit. Or two.
This hotel was pre-selected as part of a 5 country Europe tour I went on. I had no choice in the matter but this hotel was better than expected. Actually, it was the best out of the 5 hotels we stayed at during the entire European trip. The hotel lobby is modern and updated with nice flooring and appeal. The staff were nice to deal with. There was a business center with free internet access. There were 2 computers, one with a U.S. keyboard and the other was a Dutch or French keyboard. When I was there, only the Dutch/French computer worked so that was difficult to type on. There was no pay phone to make a call in the lobby. I told the staff that I wanted to make a toll free call (to use my calling card) and they allowed me to use the lobby phone without charge. I did not confirm if there was a charge to use the phone in the room or not. The continental breakfast that was part of the tour package was good. I don't know if it's available to regular guests not part of a tour. The breakfast included cold cuts, croissants, rolls, pear cake, and other sweets that I would usually reserve for dinner were available. The one thing that I enjoyed was the cherry jam/jelly that was offered. It was the best I had ever tasted. Thanks to the other review telling us about Whittamir that was close by. We had exactly 15 minutes to find it and we went the wrong direction but we found it. The escorted tour did not leave us with much free time to wander on our own so the review was very helpful.
Wonderful surroundings, dated rooms
I spent several nights at this Jolly du Grand Sablon which is in a lovely and convenient location right in the Antiques stores area, just a short walk to the turistic attraction.Well, apart from the kind and polite staff at reception, this is all that you can expect from this hotel. The rooms are dated and the hotel doesn't offer any extra features like spa or a simple gymnasium. The best appeal is definetly just the great location.