Travel Blogs from Brussels
... tour thru Bruges, money well spent, it was great. Lunch, more walking, a little shopping and we had to hit the road to Brussels. En route we were rapidly passed by a Tesla - car nuts will know it as the 'next big thing'
Had a great cafe late in Brussels...but it was quite big! Sandy has excelled with the apartment here, it is huge and beautiful garden views. We are looking forward to two nights in one place ...
... the flamboyant civic architecture, Bob is glad to see the College of Europe looks like he remembers, and we are able to visit the the first-class Groenigen Museum, home to several masterpieces including Jan Van Eyk's magnificent 'Madonna with Canon Joris van der Paele.'
As most of the Europeans are sitting outside enjoying the rare sun, we have no trouble finding a seat indoors at an attractive corner tea room. Our lunch, carbonnades a ...
... een school en winkel bezoeken. De tweede stop is in Knysna, een mooi kuststadje (bekend voor de lekkere oesters) Dan rijden we via George naar ...
... we headed to Brussels for the rest of the day. Now on our own, we explored Brussels on foot. We indulged in hot chocolate, walked around the snow covered streets, taking in the scenery of beautiful buildings, and of course went in pursuit of the famous peeing statues. Peeing statues you may ask? Well in Brussels there are three peeing statues that are tourist attractions. A boy peeing is the most famous, followed by a girl peeing, and a dog peeing. We found all ...
... fridge full of food.
And, perhaps, no, definitely, the most astonishing thing to happen was to find out that Todd, a friend from diving Utila, was going to be in Brussels during the 6 days I was there! Incredible. I showed him round, brought him to stay art my parents' house, we even went out drinking in Delirium! Todd I hope you enjoyed my city!!!
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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.
Central and quiet location near the royal palace and within walking distance of all the main sights and shopping.
The area is very quiet during the week-end, which is relaxing. The hotel consists of a few connected stately houses with one garden and a second smaller courtyard.
Very friendly welcome, and, as others have pointed out, the staff is a great asset of this hotel. Minus point for five stars: no doorman.
My room, freshly decorated in French style, overlooked square de Meeus, one of the few London-style squares in central Brussels. Small but comfortable bathroom with separate shower and Molton Brown products. Separate toilet near the entrance.
The hotel has a small fitness area and sauna and guests have access (for 15 euro per day) to a sports club nearby (good fitness, crowded sauna and indoor pool). The day pass can be bought neither at the hotel nor at the club. Guests must go to the reception of a nearby residence to buy the pass before going to the club, which is inconvenient.
The hotel slows down during the week-end and the restaurant is closed except for breakfast (a small room service menu is available). The pleasant library-bar is open.
Breakfast is a very uninspiring buffet (far from five stars) served in a beautiful dining room with chinoiserie wallpaper and overlooking the garden. The quality of the breakfast should be reviewed completely by the hotel's chef (the restaurant has a very good reputation): how about good-quality bread, home-made jams or some of the excellent local products? Understaffed: a single waiter running from the kitchen to the dining room and offering minimal service to all the guests.
I give the hotel five stars because of the friendly staff, nice decoration, quiet atmosphere and location, and because the reduced week-end rates represent good value for money.
With a few improvements (doorman, better breakfast, less understaffing during week-ends), the Stanhope would be even better.
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.
Elegance and style for a great price!
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.
Very good hotel, Very expensive breakfast
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 ! ;-)
apart from the breakfast bill, a good hotel, if i were you and dont wont to spend £100, buy breakfast at a cafe or store some breakfast in your mini bar. There is a good little super market around the corner so you can do this - also by the water from here (40 cents) cost 2.50 euros from mini-bar
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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!