Sofitel Brussels Le Louise
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I have been to Belgium before and really liked Brussels and Bruges. However, this is just a stopover on the way to the Netherlands because we will drive through Belgium again on our way back to Geneva to return the car. We got an excellent rate on the Sofitel and we are very excited to have a rest after our 5 hour drive. We head out to explore …
We arrived Brussels from Hong Kong via Helsinki on Sunday evening, and checked ourselves into the Sofitel le Louise hotel which is very modern and very comfortable.
Up relatively early on Monday we caught the train to Leuven and spent the day with my friend Kevin Lenehan who is undertaking a PhD at KU Leuven (3 years into it). Leuven is …
... inch. The conductors must be driven quite insane by the no. of passengers who have no idea where they are supposed to be & try to sit wherever they want!! Had to place our suitcases in the luggage compartment at the end of our carriage which wasn't our first choice but couldn't really do anything else. The train itself is very quiet & smooth (no screaming kids this time either) & once it leaves the suburbs it really does ...
... at the outset I had narrowed it down to either Moules Frites or Carbonnade Flamanade (a Beef stew cooked in beer). The centre of Brussels was a mass of restaurants, all with waiters trying to entice you in. After resisting quite a few (mostly because I find that all a bit unpleasant) we took a punt on a restaurant with one of the slightly less insistent chaps out front. Eventually, after much deliberation, I went for the Carbonnade Flamanade ...
Had breakfast with Gerry. Muesli and Croissants. Went for Drive to Leuven. About 20 km away. Had coffe cream and little cake in cafe in Square listened to golden nam strike the ging nip of they church. sr printer skirt. Amazing wooden pulpit. Had lunch in Pub. Tried to see Irish institution in Leuven. Founded by Franciscan monks in16 century in Leuven lovely day. Had curry for dinner watch Pelican Brief on TV lovely ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sofitel Brussels Le Louise Ixelles
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.
An excellent hotel located in the fashionable Avenue Louise area of the city.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Was here in business at EU and NATO in late Sept. '04.
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).
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.