Renaissance Brussels Hotel
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... train ride. After I changed trains in Frankfurt, I boarded a high-speed train for the rest of the journey.
I introduced myself to my fellow travelers in my train cabin and we struck up a great conversation! I talked with Freddy from Brussels and Jenny from England (an older couple), then Claudia from Kolon and Christina from Queens. We talked about everything from things to do in Brussels to Russian alcoholism, German cars, and more! It certainly was one ...
... drunk like a wine. Lambic, unlike other beers, must be aged for around 3 years, and then if additional flavors are added (Cantillon makes an incredible Cherry beer) that takes an additional 6 months. The beer is very smooth, has no carbonation, but is sour. But it was very good. If you are interested in learning more their website is http://www.cantillon.be/br/3_14. You can also link through that to their US distributer where you can then track ...
... with a mission of finding Jeanneke Pis, the female version of the Mannaken Pis, so it's a statue of a girl peeing. Also nearby was Delirium, which is a pub that apparently holds the Guinness record for most beers served--over 2000. I made a lame attempt to find both of these tourist attractions the day before, but didn't find them. And there was a good reason! ...
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The staff at this hotel are totally rude as well as not being very smart. At check-in, the lady was not even paying attention. It took me 25 minutes to check-in. I requested for an upgrade (usually free for Marriott Gold card holders) and she said there would be a charge. After a further 10mins of discussions and excuses from her, I settled for a standard room....what a mistake! The carpet had burn marks. The mirror had marks and stains all over. The room (non-smoking) stunk of cigarettes and coffee. Yuk! Was too tired to change rooms. Anyway, took pictures to send to Marriott customer services. At checkout, I was again treated rudely. I politely, said "thank-you!" three times to the lady, and she did not reply even once!!
Best of europe
The Renaissance Brussels is a superb hotel, completely renovated. A few minutes walk to the Royal palace and shops. Great breakfast, what a selection!!!! and friendly staff. The fitness is the biggest I've ever seen in a hotel, with a pool, sauna, and large workout area. The concierge (Ben?) best in town. Yes, I'll be back and oh great rates.
Although we (my wife and I) thought the hotel very good, was extremely surprised to find how quiet Brussels is....Even for the first weekend in the New Year. We travelled on the Friday via First Class Eurostar and the taxi to the hotel proved to be simple enough. The room was nice, with a queen-size bed and all the usual facilities. The pay channels on the TV proved somewhat interesting as my wife pressed a few buttons and hey presto 13euros lighter for pure sex! Still what the hell, you only paid the once for all-day entertainment. We found a nice restaurant very close in situ called Le Sel et Poivre, but for some reason this is closed on Saturday and Sunday. Is this a Belgium thing? Got hopelessly lost on the Brussels Metro the following day, but had a laugh anyway, especially when we discovered that everywhere is only about 20 minutes walk anyway. Enjoyed the Sablon area and Avenue Louisa and found the Fisherman's alley quite by accident..Great weekend, including the train, but next time I will hit Lille as I found Belgium a tad too dull for my liking...
Stayed in the Renaissance past weekend and quite liked it. The best feature was the rate - Euro 69 including breakfast. And breakfast was very good with excellent service. Restaurant is expensive, but food is good ,and business lunch on weekdays is a very good value.
4 star American Hotel
This is a 4 star American Style hotel. Location is not particularly good for tourists. There are few nearby restaurants, no shops, no close markets or bakeries and not particularly close to a metro stop. It is a business hotel and does have a large number of tours staying here. Hotel restaurant is costly, but rooms over Christmas were a great deal at $82. It is in the EU Quarter (formerly called the Leopold Quarter) which is no where near the tourist destinations.
Recently spent a weekend there because we got a good rate of Euros 89 with breakfast per night. The hotel is located in a quiet and quite pleasant part of town just around from the European Parliament, but is in no way in the center of things. The neighborhood is pretty much dead during the weekend.
Great Value for the Money!
My sister and I stayed at the Renaissance Hotel in Brussels. The hotel is a great value for the money. The staff was helpful and couteous to us. The location is ok. You can take a bus to locations in the city.
There is a train station about one block away. You can book all tours from the hotel. I would reccommend this hotel if you don't want to be located in city centre. I would stay there again!
Good value for money
Stayed at the Renaissance for a weekend in August 2003. Parts of their restaurant currently under renovation/refurbishment, therefore breakfast took place in a conference room (work should be finished in a few days).
Located close to the E.U. in a pleasant, quiet neighborhood. 10 minute walk to Avenue Louise. Multiple bus lines right in front of the hotel take you in 10 minutes to Grand Place.
We had a junior suite on the 6th floor. Room was in very good condition.
Good overall quality of food and drinks (remember, you're eating in a hotel, not in a gourmet restaurant). Reasonably priced.
Staff was very helpful. Minor issues (e.g. missing bathrobe) were resolved immediately.
If chain hotels are o.k. for you, I can recommend the Renaissance Brussels.
Let down by poor service
Have recently stayed at this hotel for four nights and was disapointed. The location near the European Parliament is good, and the health club and pool were a bonus, but this hotel was let down by poor service. Sunday breakfast was chaotic - guests waiting for half an hour. Tables weren't cleared and we had to eat amongst the previous diners left overs - not a five star experience!
I paid $75.00 in June on Priceline.Com, and got what was one of the most highly ranked hotels of my guidebook. Renaissance is owned by the same chain as Marriott (where I also stayed in Brussels) and I can highly recommend them both--and have.