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Hey Guys, So I was off on my first mini trip since Christmas which was exciting!
Marie and I found cheap Eurostar tickets to Brussels, Belgium so I was pumped to head there and see what Belgium was like as I had never been before.
We were taking a 9am train to Brussels from King's Cross which would get us in at lunchtime with …
... up in English that lists the
buses for the weekend. Easily finding my bus I can see the lit up sign that
also shows that the bus will arrive in eight minutes. Feeling a little lost at how simple and
effortless it all is I lean against a wall to wait. A couple that were clearly
tourists (taking photos of the bus timetables and signs) came over and asked me
in broken English if I knew what time the buses came. Acting like it was the
easiest thing in the world I led ...
... great they look in the summer? Not only is it artistic, unique and clean looking but also provides shade for the passer-byes in the park. Well done!!
I finally found my way to La Grande Place. It was stunning. One of the buildings was being restored or cleaned. They often do that with old buildings because pollution builds up on them and the don't look like they should. The detail was quite remarkable. Gargoyles and statue ...
... for lunch the next day, before reading this particular section. Oh, great! Nothing I could really do about that other than hope for the best. Sometimes prepared foods seem to be the quickest, easiest, and cheapest options. We arrived back in London around the scheduled time. Since Belgium time was an hour later, I think it was around 9:00 local time. We were tired from the long day and headed back to the hotel. It is hard to recall right now, but ...
... it we had a great time and met loads of people and watched the game. Unfortunately Germany lost :( but the evening was still a success.
It's about noonish and Ashleys birthday.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASHLEY
And we're doing some logistics stuff about planning for Bruges and Greece later on in the trip. I think we just decided to go back to Mr Falafel for dinner and then we're gonna get some Belgian waffles to celebrate!
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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