Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre
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One of my good friends here in Barcelona, Lindsey, has another friend studying in Belgium, so when she suggested going to visit, we decided to make a girl's weekend out of it! So Lindsey, Rachel and I headed off to Brussels for a few days!
Our plane touched down, and all we could see was fog and rain, but it cleared off as we entered the city of Brussels! We met up with Mady and immediately had our first ...
... lot to help us! Her apartment is on the 8th floor of a building that overlooks the city & has a view of the tower in the main square. Its also a HUGE apartment compared to the one in Paris- her living room is the size of the entire Paris apartment! We were able to wash clothes & spread out, since we had the place to ourselves.
We ate dinner at an Italian restaurant on ...
... we found our accom, a b&b just out of town, easily enough. Once at 'A taste of Belgium’ Francois, the lovely owner, showed to our room and our basket of welcome chocolates, told us to help ourselves to any beers we wanted and then gave us a run-down on all the Belgian beers, where they come from and what type of beer they are. A country obsessed with beer and chocolate, what a place. The house we stayed in was a lovely traditional style house. It was sort of strange ...
... much, but my speaking skills really need some work. Good news is english is still the common language default for most people, but I've already had to work to be understood. I used to be fluent, so this is a sad situation. By Paris I'd better be back on my game.
Yes, we drank a lot of beer. We hunted down and found the Delirium Café (of Delirium Tremens fame – beer fanatics will know what it is) tucked away within the labyrinth of alleys. This is Mecca if ...
... Hmmm, again, in a language I do not understand. From context clues, I surmise, the parking is 2.60 euro per hour. They only take euro coins. I have enough coins to park 2 hours. I try to decide to park outside the old city and walk or inside the old city. I am thinking, I am going to be doing a lot of walking once I get into the old city, so I decide to get back in my car and drive into the old city, knowing full well, that could be a huge mistake. I can see from a distant, ...
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Stayed here with a business group in March. Even before trip Hotel would not return calls regarding the details of rooms etc. They ignored written communication also. Also dinner was booked for our group on one night. The night before the one of the group went to clarify the numbers for dinner only to be told that they had no record of our booking for the restaurant!! When he produced a faxed confirmation of this booking they were still very reluctant to take the booking and suggest that we make alternative arrangements. After much persuasion we had our dinner on the night. The food was quite good and you could eat as much as you wanted. However when we went to settle bill they tried to overcharge and only conceded the correct price when the written confirmation of the price was shown again to them! The rooms I had was quite large and had a decent bathroom. The airconditioning was a godsend. Although at least 10 of the group was very disatisfied with air con. as it was not working in their rooms. The cleaning staff did a good job but would not leave much toilet rolls in bathrooms. In fact on day they actually took all the toilet rolls out of my room and did not replace them. When I asked the front desk for some they were very reluctant to give me any as they didn't believe me! On final day we all locked our luggage into the Lock-Up storage area of the hotel. Upon return to hotel one of our group's baggage had gone missing. To date it still has not been found - the only people who had access to this area was the staff. The breakfast looked promising but I found the scrambled egg not cooked properly and the sausages the bacon were terrible. All I could eat were the croissants. Phoning from this hotel is a complete rip off. I made 3 phone calls to Ireland each lasting approximately 3 minutes. It cost me almost 70 euro. All in all I would not stay here nor would I recommend it to anyone else.
My partner and I travelled to this hotel on 15Feb05 for, unfortunatly, only one night.
Stayed at this hotle in march 2004 with my mother for mothers day weekend. I could not have asked for more. The food,staff,room & gym were all great. An excelent view of the whole city. Would go again in a minute!
We stayed here for 2 nights in December 2004, in what we thought was a great hotel. Everything was spotlessly clean, my main priority, and it had a lovely warm atmosphere. Breakfast each morning was delicious - crepes, sausages, bacon, eggs, muffins, etc, etc, etc and changed on both mornings we were there. The staff were all multilingual adn we had no hassles. i don't know about the internet usage as we were there on pleasure but i did see other people using it so it must have been working. It's in a great central location for exploring the city, only a couple of minutes walk to the nearest Metro station. i don't understand the problem these other people had with this hotel - i thought it was great, adn great value too. Better than many of the places i've stayed in Europe which cost a lot more!!
Not great, esp for business travelers
Hotel was clean and very well located (near subway and walking distance to Grand Place). However, rooms were small. Internet access was digital which required a different adaptor than what is normally used in Belgium - hotel had only about 5 or so adaptors for several hundred rooms! Had to put name on a waiting list to get one!
Although buffet breakfast was included, they ran out of juice every day (and didn't replenish), some of the cheeses looked as though they had been out for several days and the eggs were barely cooked.
Front desk very inefficient - never received wake-up calls and they called me a day earlier than requested (at 6:15am) notifying me that my taxi for the airport had arrived! No concierge service.
Would not go back again.
For Europe...An OK Value
My wife & I spent 3 nights here in late June. We ran into an initial wrinkle at check-in. After being told via prior e-mail correspondence that we could check in at Noon, the desk personnel on-duty told us that advice was inaccurate (and we would have to wait until closer to 2 PM). When I showed them a copy of the e-mail, they simply stated that it was a mistake. ??? Even including that irritating issue (plus a consistently non-chalant front-desk staff), the overall value of the stay was OK. Room & bathroom were decent, and there was a nice breakfast selection (although it varied little-if-at-all over our 3 mornings).
Tulip Inn - Adequate Only
We stayed here April 2004, 89 Euro for a double and full breakfast. The rooms are very small but the bathroom actually had a full sized tub (rare in Europe). The location was excellent, close to the train and a short walk into the main area in town. It was a quiet. The desk was less than helpful, largely due to inexperience. We got shorted on breakfast our first day as they maintain 2 separate breakfast areas - one for tour groups and one for individual-stays. The difference in the breakfast fare was significant.
The room did have a refrigerator and a hot pot to boil water for tea or coffee. Its a 2 star hotel by American standards, but it was the best deal in town at the time that we were there.
Ok- not great
Room was not very clean, no blankets on beds (even though we asked for them twice- gave up after that), menu on website is misleading they only have 1/4 of that available at any time and the waiter was not pleasant. Bathroom is great. Won't stay there again .
Good location, close to railway & metro stations. Rooms small, but have A/C, nice bathroom & ammenities. Breakfast good, but dominated by bus tours. Staff very helpful & friendly. Good price. Low street noise. Shops & restaurants easily within walking distance. Grand Place a few stops on metro, or you can walk there - we did!Would highly recommend. We had a freat time.
Check in was efficient, the rooms in the hotel were clean and the air condiditioning was very welcome with temperatures in the 30s. Tea and coffee making facilities were also well received. Breakfast on the first morning was very good. Unfortunately the organisation on the second day, when there were more groups in the hotel, was poor. There was no milk, water, fresh fruit or croissants and no staff in attendance. This improved following our complaint.The main other problem our group encountered was with the lifts. It took some of our group 45 minutes to get down from the 17th floor with their luggage which caused us to be severely delayed at departure.