Hotel Silken Berlaymont Brussels
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The people are very friendly and hospitable. And while nearly everyone can speak some English, Gigi is having fun brushing up on her French and using it whenever she can. The boys are adjusting to the fact that smoking is acceptable everywhere here, and everyone does so happily and frequently - a far cry from California.
Overall we are having a great time in Brussels and look forward to another full day ...
... coming to the hotel from the airport, but back to the airport is 7.5 Euros per person. Could have walked the 4 blocks to the train station (Hoofddort), but schleping bags, we chose the shuttle.
After arriving at the airport/train station, told a man at a train information desk that we wanted to take the fast train to Antwerp. He said, I think you need a reservation. Check at the international train desk. We did. Yep, need ...
... at her boyfriends all weekend so we had the entire apartment to ourselves! Speechless and so happy we could have cried, we thanked her and then left to spend the rest of the day/night exploring around Brussels. We went out the first night we got there to a bar called Delirium and had an absolute blast with some of the people we met there, who were celebrating a friends birthday. The next morning we met Uncle Scotty, who is a family friend ...
... the centre of Brussels is pretty small and it’s certainly not Paris, I think the poor city has to endure a bit of an exaggerated reputation, and I’ve come to peace with it. In fact, I tend to stick up for it now in conversations. As I was saying to a friend yesterday: maybe it’s a blessing that my office wasn’t in Paris or London. Being in a city the size of Brussels has allowed me to explore more. The great irony of course, is that I’ve ...
... And than we caught the metro which took us to the train (all really confusing) and we have three stops where we get off and switch trains and than Amsterdam. We actually asked a girl who looked nice which train to take next, and she ended up being from Montreal and just moved to Belgium and told us to come with her and she would show us our hostel. There's lovely people in the world. Were about an hour away from Amsterdam and I can't wait to see the beautiful ...
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They wanted us to pay twice for one room
We stayed at the hotel for one night. The hotel seems to be right but rooms are quite small. Breakfast is delicious and worth every penny (not included in room price). My room was already payed by the company inviting me but they wanted me to pay anyway! And after I get back and check my account, I realized they've made the transaction twice!!! So I payed double price for already payed room, horrible! Stay away from this hotel...
Location is the key
Im frequently staying at this hotel only because of its location. It is next to the european commission. The staff is extremely slow, reception and room service rarely answer the phone, and its very expensive comprared to its facilities. On the good side, apart from location the food is very good, SOME of the rooms are comfortable and newly decoraded. Thats about it. If you have a choice prefer a hotel down town.
Flocks of dust / 3 course dinner = snack
Airo humms all night.
The bedlinnen was only flattened.
(I left a memo under it, so perhaps you are lucky to find it)
Dust, rubbish and spiderwebs.
The Natali / 2 others at the reception speak only French (what to expect in Brussel). However a blond girl, is very pleasant and speaks also German.
The dinner. Take my advice better go left around the courner and 20 meters is a little restaurant. Breakfast 07-12 thats very good.
I had free parking (24Euro/ day). But not mentioned, max car 1,95 hight 2 m width. However my car was 2m high and it fitted.
Due to businesscentre activities, in the midday there was no spot.
It is not 4 stars, so we would not recomment it.
I recently stayed at the Dorint for a business trip. Initially i was given a room two floors below the ground floor. the room was dull and dank and when i pulled back the duvet on the bed, the sheet, although look clean, was quite crumpled. I returned to reception to change rooms and was offered a room on the 5th floor. Again, the room was very dull and dark. Although on the surface the room looked clean, on closer expection, i discovered that the bathroom was not cleaned to a good enough standard. I had room service breakfast and again, not impressed. The hotel is owned by the Silken group. I recently stayed at their Bilbao hotel. It was amazing and am, therfore, very disapointed by my experience in their Brussels hotel. Although I found the staff on reception very helpful, I will not be returning.
Modern, stylish hotel
I stayed here for two nights when in Brussels for business. It was certainly one of the better hotels I've stayed in in Brussels.
Quick check-in in a stylish open lobby, lovely spacious and nicely decorated bedrooms, with great photographs both in the room and in the corridors. Thumbs up for the "first drink free" from the mini bar!
Very pleasant buffet breakfasts and lunches served in a nice space.
One complaint is the attempt to overcharge for wine bought from room service.
Overall, in comparison to other hotels in the area (very good for EU institutions, not so good for being in town) it's very nice.
My personal view of this hotel is that it is too reliant on its modern stylish entrance/reception but can't seem to get the basic components of good service right (except for the staff who were very helpful and polite).
Modern stylish hotel - lots of interesting photography in the long hallways and in the room. My room was comfortable and modern in design. I visited the spa one morning (I believe it was an extra 9 euros) and found the jacuzzi and the spa were nice and enjoyable but the water in the jaccuzzi was not very "hot". The spa also has a cold plunge, steam room, sauna, showers and sun tanning bed.
Couldnt ask for more
When you first arrive and compare the Dorint with its neigbouring hotels, you realise youve made the right choice. It is modern and welcoming with very friendly staff. The rooms are well designed and while containing all the usuals, it boasts a full size desk, seating area and balcony, while still feeling spacious. There is nothing more you could ask for from the hotel although prehaps for the business user and being such a new hotel, you would have thought wireless Internet access would be available. A great choice.
We just returned from Brussels where spent two nights in Dorint hotel. The first night was great ? large comfortable room and extremely nice reception girls. On second night at 4 a.m. the ceiling fell down in entry space ? large heavy peace of wood, about 2 meter long. Terrible noise was really scary. It was our luck we were in bed, not near the bathroom . We could not get out by ourselves and called the reception. Soon they helped us to move to other room, but we did not get any apologises from staff. So, be careful ? something is wrong with the construction of ceilings in this hotel.