Travel Blogs from Saint-Josse-ten-Noode
So we are back to reality in Brussels, we managed to survive Munich, We caught an easy train ride from Munich and arrived in Brussels mid afternoon.
Brussels was freezing, no snow but -3.5 degrees at 5 in the afternoon just as it was getting dark, it was cold, wet and a little depressing. But we were in a new country …
Today was an easy day, the skies were clear blue with a cool, shining sun. We toured the Brussels Museum on Le Grand-Place – on the ground level is a collection of objects including porcelain dinnerware, goldsmith work, silver urns, wall tapestries and altar pieces. The 2nd floor includes a collection of documents and miniature scale models …
I am convinced that the train is the best way to travel for short-to-medium length journeys. 120 minutes after boarding at St. Pancras we were in Brussels with our tickets in hand to travel to Gare du Nord on Friday morning. So we arrived to light rain and grey skies but as my father says, we are on vacation so we will enjoy the travels no matter …
... residence of the Canadian ambassador to the European Union. I just about passed out. I started talking with a French Canadian lady and her Italian husband, and a hostess brought around a tray of shrimp and avocado appetizers. I was in heaven. We went out to the garden for a little bit, and then came back in and sat on the couch. We sat on the ambassador's official couch! I struck up conversations with other attendees, including an embassy worker ...
... five minutes….think of this with either the Benny Hill or Child’s Christmas in Wales music playing. We were stuffed, and content, and our stomachs hurt from so much laughter. The owner approached again. “You working here in Brussels? If you need anything at all, let me know. Any time, you come by and we help you. If you need to know an address or find a doctor, we help. You want some aperitifs? It’s on me.” Well, of course we ...
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This hotel rates itself as a 4-star, however, the true rating is closer to 2.5-3 star, at best. Although very clean, the room was in dire need of a renovation as it looked like a throwback to 1978. Although a non-smoking room, it did smell of old cigarette smoke throughout. That being said, the hotel staff were very friendly and attentive. Overall, I would not return to this hotel on a subsequent trip to Brussels.
Suprised at the other reviews this hotel has had.
I agree it's not 4star but we had a v comfortable stay here. Our room was spotless and large, nice and warm which was great as the weather was cold. Staff were very helpful and pleasant and all spoke excellent English. Had a great night in the hotel bar drinking cocktails. 20 min walk to the grand place but that was okay too. Would stay here again.
Like previous reviews have mentioned, this hotel seemed somewhat outdated and slightly run-down (especially the lobby, which looked to have been designed in the 70's).
Good Hotel with Seventies Kitch Glitz
I am puzzled by some other reviews and I wonder if it has been renovated, at least in part. In December 2004, We stayed on the 6th floor, the room was both spacious and spotless, decor was fresh, with good quality fixtures, bathroom clean and more than adequate. Bar was comfortable (great armchairs) Breakfast is as much as you can eat, typical hotel buffet, fine, but not exactly the highlight of the trip.
The area is a bit bleak, but close to metro, only about 12 minutes walk to main shopping street, and if you walk via adjacent Botanic gardens a pleasant walk - but not otherwise, though perfectly safe.
Shabby, but kitsch.
Most definitely not a 5, or even a 4 star hotel. The decor is old and in desperate need of a refurb. The lobby is a symphony of 70's kitsch, though, sadly, not intentionally! Some people may find it amusing. i know i did. The setting is not so good. A slightly seedy feel and quite a way from the centre. Overall, caution is advised. you could do much better and cheaper elsewhere in Brussels. But go for a look at the lighting in reception. Fantastic!!
NO WAY THIS RATES A 4-STAR!
This hotel does not come close to a 4-star rating. Needs refurbishment and the rooms have seen plenty of use! Breakfast buffet over-priced for the contents.
Hotel offers a queen bed but this is two-double beds pushed together. Uncomfortable hump in the middle!
Staff was very curtious.
I was told this hotel is of four-star quality and standing, but it is most definitely not. The hotel looked like it had been built 25 years ago and the carpeting had not been replaced once. On the walk to our room, we noticed stains everywhere in the hallway and it smelled like old smoke. Our room was not nice at all. Our bathroom was dirty, with mold in the grout and hair still in the bathtub and there were also stains all over our room on the carpet. Scuff marks up and down the halls and our room as well. The bedspread was discolored when we turned back our bed. My husband was in a hurry to get out of there and usually he doesn't say much! The hotel is in kind of a shady neighborhood. It's about a 10 block walk to Grand Place, but you may want to take a cab on the way back. We really didn't receive a cheerful greeting when we arrived either. Hope this review helps your decision. If you are looking for a really nice stay in Europe please treat yourself and don't stay here! There are much nicer hotels very close to Grand Place.
First of all don't be fooled this is NOT a five star hotel. I stayed at the ?Royal Crown? for one night while in Brussels on business. The hotel is located outside the city centre, and the neighbourhood is not pleasant at all. The room was quite large but very warn down and not clean at all. One good thing about the hotel though, the buffet breakfast was excellent!I will not recommend this hotel to others and the next time I?m in Brussels I will stay at the ?Royal Windsor? instead.
This Hotel is a mess. Our room was dirty, not worth one star! It was old too. The service is crap! Some guy at the desk didn't speak english or dutch, only french. The neighbourhood is absolutely rotten, we drove thru a street with hookers and dealers just behind the hotel. I was glad i could leave this place...
Nice, but old
- 10mins. walk to main shopping street, public transportation nearby, seedy sidestreet nextby
- Rooms are old but spacious
- Large breakfast buffet
- Very helpful staff
Conclusion: Not worth 5th star, I'd rather rate it 4-* First Class