Novotel Brussels Centre
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left Cologne with 150 miles to cover to Brussels. I took the back roads....
As I had plenty of time I hit www.atlasobscura.com, its a website that shows you "Interesting" things to see. On the route for me was a Carrot museum & a Coal Mine. The carrot museum is "in" an old electricity distribution tower, it's about 4 foot square. It's so small ...
... words were prophetic: "Lord! Open the eyes of the King of England."
Within two years, King Henry VIII had divorced his first wife, split with the Catholic Church, started the Church of England and had 5000 copies of Tyndale's Bible printed. Pretty amazing story.
So, no one in town knew where I was talking about. Finally with the help of man at a bar (Sandy stayed behind in the bar drinking a Coke!) and a kindly ...
... and even I find little fault with the decor. We have one of the new 'loft' rooms', a bed and bath on one level and a sitting area with a table and two chairs five steps up. This arrangement allows for a large window on a lower deck; Tauck encouraged us to try this layout when we signed up and I am glad we did. It looks and feels less cluttered than a typical stateroom, almost like a suite. Our bed is comfortable and the bathroom is roomy enough. I like ...
Waffles, sea food, museums and beautiful gardens.... Brussels was so incredibly welcoming!! Remember from my blog in Luxembourg that I mentioned that past trip would be my last before final exams? Well, I guess I lied.
Harlea and I were in class last week when randomly, we decided it was the perfect opportunity to go on a weekend trip to another country - one of the perks of living in Europe. We had a long weekend, so on the same day we decided to go ...
... out for our first proper bought meal since really arriving over here. We went all out at some French restaurant and it was soooo good. It was really more of a seafood/shellfish restaurant but had a small menu with other stuff. I got the steak and Jason got a sort of beer stew. So, so good. Simple French cuisine done perfect. My steak was exactly what I needed. What was funny though was no matter how fancy and expensive the place over here, you get a ...
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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.
Excellent city hotel to visit with the kids!
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.
Everything is 5-10 minutes walking distance from the hotel and if you're looking for a wonderful area to have a coffee or lunch outside, then go to the St. Gery. There are 3 -5 bars on the corners and they're all good.
Also, we highly recommend a visit to the Comic Strip Museum. Not much to see for the very young, but kids between 8 and 16 should like it very much. The War museum in the Jubelpark is also very interesting with lots of tanks, swords and stuff. The boys loved it and admission was free!
We're definitely going to back to Brussels for another weekend, with or without the boys.
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.
Spacious room, good location, great value
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.