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I got into Brussels in the late afternoon due to the time zone change. I found the hotel easily enough and was quite surprised at the quality of the hotel. When I checked in the hotel clerk gave me a room upgrade for no apparent reason. I ended up in a very nice suite with a bedroom, living room, shower, separate bathtub, and a toilet room. It was …
So the #1 place I wanted to visit during our time over here was Brussels, Belgium. Mike had been there years before and described it as a wonderland of waffles, chocolate, and beauty. In my head, I built up such an image of the place, it's no wonder I was a little disappointed...
My parents were able to come into town for the Thanksgiving …
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... put a name to all of the buildings that we thought were really pretty but had no idea what they were. After walking around for about an hour, we met up with Scotty's husband Rui. They then took us to this buffet restaurant for breakfast where they had everything imaginable to eat. We stocked up big time on food because we weren't sure when we would eat next, and it was safe to say we were both in food comas after that meal. It was so nice to sit with ...
... and I spent it visiting with family and friends. My sincere apologies to those I didn’t call; I just ran out of time but will for sure see you in April. Less than two weeks after I arrived in Victoria, I got to do the whole thing in reverse, and as the flight lifted out off from Victoria airport, I felt just as emotional as I had in Brussels airport 13 days earlier. We cruised over familiar islands as the setting sun bathed the sky in ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Stanhope Hotel Brussels
Recently I played the tourist in my own city and stayed a week-end at the Stanhope.
I have just returned from a stay at The Stanhope (30 Jan - 1 Feb 2005). I booked it on expedia because it was close to where I needed to be for business, the trip advisor reviews and web images. I was very impressed. I was lucky enough to get a suite, which was beautiful. I really would recommend the hotel. It was very clean, friendly, helpful and nicely decorated. I am only sorry that I did not get a chance to experience the bar or restaurant. I would definitely return.
Our favorite Brussels Hotel
We stay at the Satnhope everytime we are in Brussels. The staff had our same suite prepared for us. The front desk service is helfpul. The location is great for business or pleasure. The separate bathroom with shower and tub/shower is luxurious. The bed is comfortable. Our 6th floor room was very quiet. My only wish for an addition was a front door person to help with cabs/luggage.
What a find!!! We have just spent two nights at The Stanhope and what a pleasant surprise. Ok, it is a 5* hotel but from my experience that doesn't say all. In our week's stay in Belgium we have stayed only in 4* hotels and they have, in reality, ranged from a 2* to a passable 4*. And if you consider the prices of these stars, well it's always a surprise, but a negative one. I had read that prices were greatly reduced during the weekend in Brussels but even so, to pay Euros 89 with breakfast for this hotel is a treat!!! It is small, elegant, tastefully decorated, and the breakfast is excellent. Ah yes, and so relaxingly quiet always with nice soft classical music in the background. You have to love it! The distance to the Grand Place is manageable if you want to walk, and it is quite near Avenue Louise and even closer to the Parc de Bruxelles and to the Palais Royal.
Just spent 4 nights at the stanhope. The hotel i cant fault and the room was great, it is in a quite location but thats good and yes, as another reviewer pointed out it was also very quite inside - again not a bad thing. Here comes the moan. We were not informed that breakfast was extra or how much it was - therefore upon checking out we found or bill for breakfast alone was 150 euros - thats £100 in real money. No breakfast is worth this! Also a word of warning, i dont know if this applies to all hotels or just hotels in belgium, but we were chargeded for making phone calls which were not answered at the other end - we only made 4 calls which connected but got charged for 11, i did bring this up at reception but only manged to reduce it by 2 calls - great ! ;-)
We stayed last weekend in this wonderful hotel and town, and we loved it.
The week before, I was worried after having read these reviews, but I think they are wrong to say that it is too far from the centre, it is not 5 stars etc...
Yes, you have to walk 10mn to Sablon (my favourite place), yes to have to walk a bit more for the Grand Place, and so? It is actually fantastic to be somewhere calm and walk after a nice visit or a nice meal. I would discourage people to choose an hotel right in the centre, especially around the Grand Place. It is too noisy and too touristy!
I definitely recommend this hotel. You will have a wonderful time.
Bit like Marie Celeste
Recently spent long weekend at the Stanhope which is a very comfortable hotel with attentive staff when you can find them. I guess they cater more for the week long trade (businessmen etc) aas at the weekends the staff seemed to vanish. I do not think that at a 5 star hotel one should be asked if one wants a porter to bring in ones luggage - that should happen seamlessly. I suspect that when we wanted a drink at the Library Bar (at 10pm) someone had to hauled out of bed to serve us.
Certainly the people on duty on the Monday were more alert. But it is comfortable.
Excellent hotel in quiet location Upper Town.
Stayed at the "Stanhope" for a weekend in September 2003, an excellent hotel even more so if you can negotiate a special Friday to Monday stay. Rooms and service excellent, breakfast adequate but please note the "Brighton" restaurant is not open for dinner Sat/Sun. Trone metro five minutes walk as is the Royal Palace. Grand Sablon and Avenue Louise 10 minutes. The Grand Place is a 20 minute downhill walk. There are a couple of decent restaurants in Rue Jordan, first right on Avenue Louise. We can recommend this Hotel
Luxury I've never seen before
Had a great time in this wonderful hotel. I had not expected such a luxurious ambiente. And also the staff is very kindly and charming. It's a must to stay there.
Good but ailing
I spent 4 nights here in April 2003. Though rated 5 stars don't expect it to meet that high level (especially when compared to "American" 5 star properties. The breakfast was nice and the rooms were well decorated. The location in actually decent if you don't mind walking a bit - though at night there is nothing nearby that would entertain you - but then there's the rest of Brussels! The water was not working when I was there and was switched to a nicer room after a day. Overall they were very accomadating but I would never pay the full asking rate - it isn't worth it!