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Great value, couldnt fault it
Stayed here for three nights on a eurostar break, totally impressed with the hotel and the staff who were friendly and helped with any questions put to them.
Breakfast was great also with a wide range of buffet items and also cooked eggs, bacon etc.
Room was all you could ask for with a huge comfortable bed and a smart bathroom with a powerfull shower, booked with railbookers and thought the whole weekend was fantastic value from money which left my companion and I feeling totally spoilt, great hotel would recommend to anyone.
Highly recommended quality hotel
An excellent hotel located in the fashionable Avenue Louise area of the city.
We would reiterate what many of the previous reviewers have said. The hotel is well located with 15-20 minutes walk of the centre of the city. The rooms are large and well appointed (except for a lack of tea/coffee making facilities). Reception staff were friendly and knowledgable. The hotel bar overlooks the Avenue Toison d'Or and whilst being very pleasant is a little expensive.
Breakfast included a choice of cereals, juices, pastries, fresh fruit, cooked food, crepes and waffles. Great if included in the price of your package - as ours was - but perhaps a little expensive otherwise.
Outside of the hotel there are many top label stores. Close-by - around the corner - were more high street branded shops. The hotel is actually located above a shopping precinct. There are also a number of restaurants and bars nearby.
If you wish to go further afield, the Metro Station Louise is located about 100m from the hotel. At weekends 2 people can buy an all day ticket for just 4 Euros. This includes the metro, trams and buses - outstanding value. We found the local transport safe and easy to use.
We would certainly stay in this hotel again and recommend it to anyone looking for good quality accommodation.
Great hotel, great location! All of the high-street shops are situated around the hotel, so shopping is an easy (albeit expensive) find.
While Brussels is a walk-able city, this hotel is not exactly close to the main tourist city centers. However, one of the most entertaining things to do is walk the streets - there are FABULOUS antique shops and art houses to stroll by - so don't be afraid if the hotel feels a bit more "outside" the city center.
Bottomline: This hotel has THE BEST BEDS!!! After nearly 3 weeks in Europe, The Sofitel beds made my last few nights rest ever so enjoyable!
Breakfast is a rip-off, though, I can name 20 other places (in and around the hotel) where 20 euros can get you a whole lot more!
Nothing but praise for this hotel.
We stayed for a long weekend arriving on Friday at 10am, were given our room (plus a welcome complementary coffee) straight away and allowed to keep it until way after normal check-out time the following Monday. It was just as we had requested - quiet, on a high floor with good view (of the garden), spacious and non-smoking.
Our room was a good size for 2, restful, pleasing decor with watercolours of Brussels' old buildings, rather fun curtains with hot-air balloon pattern, plently of storage space and a safe. The very clean bathroom was white and terracotta with a good shower and large bath.
The bed was the most comfortable we have ever had in a hotel: firm and supportive with a soft feather overlay to sink into, four plump down pillows and duvet and all encased in fine pure white cotton. Bliss! Breakfast (luckily for us included in the price) was high quality and prettily served in very pleasant surroundings.
The lack of a restaurant in the hotel was no problem; there are dozens within 10 minutes' walk to suit all budgets from Quick hamburgers to extremely upmarket places. Our personal favorite was the brasserie L'Ultime Atom, rue St Boniface, for its inventive Belgian menu (main courses around 12 euros) and relaxed atmosphere - Belgo Belge close by was also good.
The hotel's position was ideal for us: 3 stops on the Metro from the Eurostar terminal then 3 minutes' walk. It's a very enjoyable 20 minutes' walk to the Grand Place passing beautiful buildings, little parks and squares and about 10 minutes to major art galleries and museums.
The reception staff were always pleasant, very helpful and attentive without being at all intrusive. We shall certainly return, if not earlier, then to do more shopping in the excellent January sales again next year!
Stayed here over New Year and would definately stay there again. Well located hotel, really handy for the Brussels underground.
Very friendly staff, hotel was quiet when we were there which made it very relaxed.
Rooms were very large and comfortable for a city hotel.
Breakfast was great, but would probably only recommend it if it was part of your room rate as 25 Euros is a lot.
The bar was nice, particularly if you get one of the sofas overlooking the street (which was covered in snow when we were there which added to the atmosphere). Just a word of caution - check the prices before ordering drinks. Two gin and tonics and two Baileys came to a huge 40 Euros!
We stayed at the Sofitel for three nights (Oct. 10 -13). We loved it. The room was well appointed. We had a king size bed. Very comfortable. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The lounge was particularly nice. We had a nightcap there each night overlooking the avenue. The area is very upscale. High-end shops and resterants. We enjoyed many resterants in the neighborhood and found them much better and less hectic than those near Grand Place. The only draw back is that its quite a walk (for some more of a taxi ride) away, however the walk is very nice and you can pass a number of sights on the way...but it was rather hilly, so if walking is not your thing or you are not fit, then take a taxi.
Affordable Classy Hotel
I have actually stayed in this hotel on two occasions- firstly in November 2003 and then last year in July. On both occasions I felt like I should be in that hotel, it's very classy and you are well looked after by the staff.
The rooms are well furnised, modern, yet with a classical feel. The bed is one of the biggest beds I have ever seen in my life! The room has all the usual facilities, mini bar, cupboard space, a very large wardrobe and safe.
If you have any problems with the safe, the staff are very willing to help y ou out! The bathroom is large, with bath and shower - and very clean, with lovely warm, fluffy towels!
The hotel's bar has a lovely atmosphere and setting, and the bay windows are a fantastic place to watch the world go by on Avenue Louise. Drinks may be pricey- but it's well worth trying the Bellevue Kriek - Cherry Beer!!
The dining room for breakfast is a lovely, large airy room with plenty to choose from. Cold meats and cheese, a selection of pasteries and fruit. Staff will ask if you would like a warm breakfast and tea and coffee.
On my first visit the hotel arranged an organised trip to Brugges for myself and my partner, getting picked up from the door!
Avenue Louise is out of this world, most of the shops I could see from my hotel room I could not even begin to afford to even window shop in! However Avenue Louise is ideally located for a visitor, the metro is a few hundred meters down from the hotel, and it's a short walk down to attractions like Grand Place, Mannekin Pis and the Chocolate Museuem.
On the second first I was in Brussels for the start of the Tour de France and staff were very helpful in advising me of the best routes and how to get to the locations I was planning on visiting.
The metro is efficient and easy to use, and their are plenty of tourist buses which can be taken from around the train stations.
However if shopping is your thing, their are plenty of shops around Avenue Louise and their are plenty of shopping malls.
Chi-Chi locale, Good service
Was here in business at EU and NATO in late Sept. '04.
I first thought the location was a little out of the way from the EU sector up the hill but the Brussels Metro was just a few blocks away, either down or up the hill, take your pick. Either way there were toney shops to gawk at and the Louse Mall right next to the hotel.
This is the chic address in Brussels so if that is your thing, then you are at home at the Sofitel. Staff was attentive and the hotel bar was clubby without seeming stuffy. A bit of a hike to the Grand Place but it was an easy Metro transfer to the Gare Central and then just a ten minute walk down the hill. Breakfast was good but not included in the price of the room so if you want to save money, skip it, hit the excellent fresh fruit and baguette stands in the Louise Metro station down the street, and start your wandering of Brussels. Would stay here again for business or pleasure.
Indeed: excellent weekend hotel!
Indeed, this is an excellent hotel for weekend trips. The rooms are spacious and clean, but some of them need to be freshened up. The hotel is located at a busy road, right in the business/juridicial district (the palace of justice is on the other side of the road). It's not really in the city centre. The breakfast is superb! An oasis of fresh food & drinks. Don't hesitate if you have the budget (it's not that cheap). The hotel (as all Sofitel hotels) offers very attractive last minute deals online (often discounts up to 60% for the same double room).
Great weekend hotel
We wanted a weekend break somewhere easy to get to and without a lot of pressure to "see the sights". Just a bit of shopping and eating and Brussels and the Sofitel were brilliant for this purpose. The hotel is situated above the Avenue Louise shopping mall just 2 mins from the Louise metro which is 3 stops from Gare du Midi where the Eurostar comes into. From our window on the 4th floor we could see the Louis Vuitton, Versace, Feregamo, Chanel and Gucci shops all in a row!! Just around the corner on Rue Jordan was a row of eateries, La Maison du pescher (sp?) was our favourite (try the lamb!!!). Very handy as the hotel doesn't have its own dining room for dinner (only breakfast) and the room service is limited - enough for a snack and it is 24 hrs. Its also a nice walk down to the Grand Place which is the very touristy bit with all the pavement cafes for lunch and a wander. But we were glad to be staying a little away from that.
The room itself was very comfortable, soft beige and sage tones and a good size for a couple. A good sized bed which was quite firm but comfortable, and a reasonable selection of TV channels including BBC1 and 2! The bathroom was terracotta marble, well propportioned and well lit. Great shower too.
The bar area has 2 bay windows overlooking the street below and was excellent for passing the time of day reading and people watching. Great service and never crowded.
And the breakfasts.... a beautiful room well laid out, relaxing colours, big windows overlooking the central garden area and an excellent choice of food. And they are open till 10.3am which was brilliant as we like to have a lie in on the weekend. The waiting staff were always courteous and efficient, but not intrusive.
All in all we had a great weekend, its a fab hotel in a great location and I would thoroughly recommend it.
Would also very much like to go back.