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Not very welcoming
I had a bad time here. The guy on the desk blurted out 'NO' before I had chance to tell him I had a reservation, and the room stunk of smoke.
We have just returned from Brussels. We booked Melia Hotel by its internet site. Price was quite good 80-85 euros per night, buffet breakfast enclosed.
Stayed here as part of a lastminute Eurostar break to Brussels. Although this hotel is a little further from the Grand Place area of the city (the tourist area) than hotels I have stayed in before, it is in the shopping heart of the city, and the area is very nice.
Having read previous reviews I was not sure what to expect of this Hotel. Fortunately within a very short time my fears were allayed and I am really pleased that I stayed there. It has everythng you need from a short stay Hotel. It's clean and presentable throughout. The rooms are large, the bed certainly is and it has all the room extras that you might need; hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities (in the cupboard next to the minibar), a TV, a room safe, a minibar, a comfy chair and a desk! The bath is a tad on the small side but the bathroom itself is as spacious as it needs to be.
All of the Sol Melia hotels I have stayed in have been brilliant and this one is no different. For the person who said they wish theyd never stayed there: had you checked on either Expedia or on the hotel's web site you would have been informed of the distance from the metro/tram stops and 1 km is hardly much of a treck, secondly the vast majority of continental hotels do not provide tea and coffee making facilities in rooms, this is a British thing, and given that this is a spanish hotel chain its not suprising that they weren't available, again, the web site details room amenities.
This is a fantastic hotel, don't stay anywhere else in Brussels
As the name suggests, the Melia Avenue Louise is situated off Avenue Louise (posh shopping district), near the picturesque "Marollen" quarter. It's about 700 meters to the nearest Metro station (Louise/Louiza) and about 500 to the nearest Tram (streetcar) stop (Stefania/Stephanie).
We had booked the Melia Avenue Louise through the web, because it seemed to provide a good balance of cost and quality. We were not disappointed. We stayed there from Dec 6th to 10th.
I wish I had never
There was no faulting of the ambiance and decor - worthy of the four star rating the hotel is billed to be. However, the so called 'superior' room is the basic version and anyone who would like to enjoy the luxury of having a kettle in the room should beware - you need the 'executive' room.
What defied coomon sense was that I had booked the hotel through Expedia and hotel charges were pre-paid. When I realised 'superior' was basic, I offered to pay the difference and upgrade my stay to one of their executive rooms, but oh no I should contact Expedia for any alterations to my booking.
Location was most inconvenient if you do not have a car. I did not enjoy having to trek 1 km to the Metro in the winter and used the taxi more often than I would have liked.
COULDN'T HAVE BEEN LOVELIER!
I just returned from 2 weeks in France, Belgium and the Netherlands and this was the nicest place we stayed during our trip! The hotel is beautiful - very elegantly decorated. The staff couldn't have been more friendly or helpful. They rushed out from behind the desk to help us with our luggage and offered us a map of Brussels, orienting us to where we were and the various places of interest we might want to visit, before we even had the opportunity to open our mouths to ask. The room was gorgeous - large, clean and comfortable. The bathroom was smallish, but beautiful - made of gleaming marble. And considering all the amenities, a steal at only $107/night for two.
Loved the Melia
I went to Brussels on a short, solo trip and felt very pampered at this lovely place. It is very clean, new, wonderful service, parking, good food and very comfortable (large) bed. If you need a large bathroom, you might not be happy - it's a pretty marble one, but not large.
Everything else was perfect