NH Hotel Du Grand Sablon
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... with a 5:05 train from Darmstadt to Frankfurt. In Frankfurt, we boarded the train to Brussels, Belgium. We arrived in Brussels at 9:30 so we had a full day. We dropped our bags at our hotel and then boarded another train that took us to Bruges, Belguim.
They refer to Bruges as Little Venice. It is a small adorable little town. Many tourist and tour groups were everywhere on this day. The rain held off until our ...
Location : On the shores of Senne between Brughes and Ghent
Language : Dutch- French
Currency : Euro
Sites to visit: Grand Place, Manneken Pis, Atomium
Gastronomy: Moules frites, waffle, great desserts
Cities near: Antwerp, Gent, ...
... encountering large groups of males in the formof construction workers - who were more than happy to assist in providing directions. Some time later I reached my accommodation, ditched my bags and braved the winter cold as I had very limited time tosee Belgium's capital.
Nothing beats Belgian chocolate and lucky for visitors, there is
certainly no shortage of chocolatiers. This can however act as a ...
... options were met with distain and I was given a plate of cheese cubes with celery salt. Mum got cutlery, I was toothpicks. Undeterred, we stayed on for a pitcher of sweet lambic beer before rolling on to our final destination.
This time is was an impromptu taste of home as we both clamped eyes on the Australian Ice Creamery. Mum had pistachio and I, keeping in theme, had speckle-****, I mean, speculaas. So ended our tour and our time in ...
We decided to have dinner at our hotel, they have a very swanky restaurant called Smoods. They had a special Champagne menu which may have been the best meal of my life (or it could have been the 6 different beers I have before hand that made it so tasty?) We had fresh seared scallops followed by wild boar fillets finished with some wild mushrooms then dessert was a lychee's cocktail with a pink champagne mousse. HOLY **** it ...
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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.
Loved the Jolly Hotel
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.
Loved the location, standard of facilities good.
Hotel is located about 10 mins walk from Louise, the closest metro station.
Its right in the middle of Grand Sablon, a beautiful square which hosts antique markets on the weekend and has 3 of the best chocolatiers around, Godiva, Wittamer, and by far the best Pierre Marcolini. It also booasts lots of bars/ Caffe Leffe for beer and loads of cute little restaurants.
Go to Wittamer to sit in the square and order a pain au chocolat and one of the most delcious hot chocolates i have ever drank.
The hotel is part of an italian chain i think, its 4 star and does a good breakfast. The hotel staff speak a host of languages including english, french and italian.
The hotel is about 10-15 minutes walk from the main touristy area, Grand Market where you will find most of tourists congregating and the majority of tourist restaurants.
Tried one of the tourist restaurants on Rue du Bouchere, and one of the more established restaurants on the same road, Chez Leon and found the tourist restaurant to be a lot better and alot cheaper.. The tourist restaurant is right at the end of Rue du Bouchere at the bottom end, away from the Gallery on the left hand side if walking down it.
Brussels may seem like an unlikely location, but it was highly relaxing, food lovely, and hotel good...
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.
Better than expected.
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.
Calling all chocolate lovers
If you love Belgium chocolates, then this is the place to stay in Brussels. There are 3 great chocolate houses in the Grand Sablon block: Pierre Marcolini, Godiva and Wittamers. Sample them all before you buy it by the kilos!
Out of the 3, I felt Godiva's was a bit too franchised out. Wittamers & Pierre M retained their own unique feel with fantastic chocloate display windows that made many a passers by stop & drool. Especially, Pierre M's - each of his choc. (brulee) cakes on display are a piece of art. But get there early, cos by early afternoon they're all gone! Sold out for the day...luckily we stayed at the Jolly, which is right across the road from this chocolatier. Wittamers has 2 shops on the same side as the Jolly, a cake/pastry cafe & a chocolate shop a little further down. If the sun is out, a nice coffee break on their out door tables would've been nice....but alas...you can't have everything!
The Jolly is also convenient for those travelling by the Eurostar, there's a bus service which will take you directly back to the Brussels Gard du Midi. I think its #24...ask the friendly guys at the reception. For 1.50 its not worth walking, we passed thru some dodgy areas to reach the Grand Sablon from Gard du Midi.
Overall, we really enjoyed our weekend in Brussels. We got our Eurostar package with ... for abt £129 inclusive.
Definitely worth a second turn. Enjoy!