Novotel Brussels Centre
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Well...I am finally here. My flight was fine, although I did not sleep much at all. I was so tired by the time that I reached the hotel. The Novotel where we stayed was less than a block away from the Grande Place, so it was a good point of orientation. The city is so quaint....exactly what you would imagine. The 21st when I first arrived, I …
... city, because the train split off. We also weren't sure if there would actually be a train to Maastricht out of Liege since it was so late. We made it to Liege and the last train to Maastricht left in an hour, so we wandered around the city for a while. Not all that impressive, but the train station was really cool. According to a German girl in on of my classes today, it was built when Liege hosted the World Expo back in the 1980's. ...
... the culture.. I love it all!
Well, I apologize for the length of this blog friends! But I feel like every detail is necessary and I cannot imagine how rewarding it is going to be to look back on all these memories!! I can't wait to share the rest of my adventure with you and I know it's only going to get better from here on out! I'll include some pictures from the past few days but the rest of them will be on my Facebook page! I guess that is all for now! Have a wonderful ...
... today, my supervisor remarked that I’d been more places in this country than she had.
Several people have asked me if I would consider staying in Europe, all citing various reasons why I could and/or should. I’ve been asked to submit resumes to establishments in Austria and Italy, and for a time was eyeing another internship program in London for that fabled time after graduation.
I suppose is, the truth ...
... sailed overhead, I found myself saying to an American couple, "hey, it's Belgium. Sometimes you just have to roll with it." When I said that I enjoyed living in Brussels, I actually meant it. In the space of a few days, I opened up to the beauty that surrounds me. Yes, there's dog poop all over the streets. Sure, things don't run on time, ever. There's a language tension that I don't understand, the cuisine of the streets near me is more doner ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Novotel Brussels Centre
Let down by careless cleaning
We, 2 adults and one teenager, stayed here for two nights, Dec 28-29, 05. The location was good - close to shopping in Rue Neuve, close to Restaurants and tourist areas. The hotel was typical Novotel. I thought cleaning could have been better - the drain hole in the wash hand basin was grimy and the design made this very visible. Also there was visible grime where the bath joined the shower cubicle. Most of the staff were very good but we came across one who didn't seem to care.
It was good value (€ 75 per night w/o breakfast) and I would have gone back but a flight cancellation meant we stayed one night in Novotel off Grand Place and while it was dearer (105 per night including breakfast) it is in a much better location and it was cleaner.
Nice Place, but
I would recommend people to stay at the Grand Place branch instead just because that location is fantastic. I do not have any specific complaints for this hotel, in fact it was very comfortable and the breakfast was good.
"A Bargain for Brussels"
Great city center hotel for the price. Close walking distance to restaraunts, sightseeing and shopping. We stayed here for 75 euros for a family of four. The hotel staff is very nice and helpful. The pool in the hotel is cool and the kids will love it. There are two sauna's in the pool area that have got to be the hottest in the world. Get ready to have fun finding this hotel if you are driving, the street names change about every block in the city and so does the direction. Parking for the hotel is about 15 euros a night and is located across the street. Have a great visit, Brussels is beautiful. Try a hot Belgian waffle with melted chocolate, they are awesome.
If you go to Brussels, go to this hotel
This hotel was the best choice of a seven days trip around France, Belgium and the Netherlands. It was extremely cheap and well located in Brussels in a quiet area. The room was spacious and very very clean with a great view. People in the reception desk were very friendly and helpful.
I must recommend it for any kind of traveller.
This was a great weekend stay. We went with our boys (9 & 4) and were constantly surprised at just how central the hotel was. There is absolutely no shabbiness to be found anywhere in the hotel, a definite plus in Europe, and the rock swimming pool, steamroom(s) (haman's) were a great touch as we were out the door by 9a.m. and didn't return until around 4 or 5 p.m. each day. The staff was very friendly and the breakfast was more than enough if you're into great breads, cheeses, fresh fruit etc. The english breakfast, or their version of it, I don't think I'd recommend as very good.
Ideal for family
The location is very central, between the Grand-Place and the place Sainte-Catherine with very good restaurants. The indoor swimming-pool is very pleasant, the room is spacious and the breakfast is good.
Five minutes walk from the city centre and although it is on a busy road the triple-glazing which is a feature of modern Novotels works a treat. We went for a pre-Christmas break when the Grand Place, surely Europe's finest square, was sensationally illuminated and there were 200 and more Christmas market stalls dotted around the city centre. Much livelier than London or our nearest city Oxford at this time of year. Brussels is also perfect for day trips to Bruges, Antwerp and Ghent - all an hour or less on the train. Our 12-year-old went ice-skating daily on the outdoor rinks which are a seasonal feature of all these cities. Excellent buffet breakfast at the Novotel, although British guests might be surprised to see both smokers and dog owners imposing their addictions and pets on other breakfast guests. A couple of drawbacks: The so-called swimming pool is miniscule .... and the 3-bedded room which we specifically booked turned out to be a double and a couple of rickety sofa beds.
This hotel is very modern but has been constructed with a sympathetic regard to the environs. We got a very good deal from HotelClub, 100 Euros for a double room with full breakfast. The room was very spacious with a large double bed plus a sofa. There is a nice little gym & swimming pool in the basement. Centrally situated so in easy walking distance of the marvellous Grand Place. Lots of restaurants nearby - if you are a fish connoisseur, then head for nearby Place St Catherine which is full of restaurants advertising lobster & mussels. The best restaurant we found was Raphael, on Rue Marche Aux Herbes. We ate there two nights in a row & received complimentary aperitifs on the second occasion which was a nice touch. I have no problem in recommending both the hotel & the restaurant.
Great place. good value
Nice hotel. It is a business hotel, so don?t expect too much charm, but it is a very well rum place, with lots of nice features. It has steam bath, pool, a spa (but the spa is the same temperature as the pool) and sauna. The rooms are very large. Make sure you ask for a room facing the square by the church, since the other side faces a parking building. The weekend rates are much cheaper than during the week. We paid 100 euro inclusive their large and well-equipped breakfast buffet. It is located close to most things, and is about 500 meter from Grand Place. I can highly recommend it, both with and without children, next time we will bring ours.
Perfect Family hotel, Fab location
For around 100 Euro, direct from the Novotel website, we got a quad room, full buffet breakfast, use of the new fitness center, 2 small clean sauna (hammas), and the fun rock-garden indoor pool which the kids loved, plus a kiddie play area with legos and playstation in the room. 2 blocks from the Grand Place and good Vietnamese cafe around the corner. Our new favorite in Brussels, passing the Sheraton Towers on every level.