Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre
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... the Brewer's Guild maintain their purpose, while others have been repurposed over time. The different crafts are reflected in the architecture of each buildings. For instance, the Baker's Guild has six statues at the top, representing the six things necessary to make bread: wind, water, salt, flour, yeast...and...something else :)
From the Grand-Place, we headed around the corner to see an icon of Brussels--the Mannekin Pis, or little peeing man. ...
... had a few artifacts in the building that even included entire dresses that were made out of chocolate. I have no idea how they kept them from melting. Afterwards we walked down a few of the shopping streets. They make up most of the streets near the Grand Place. We saw a famous statue called Manneken Pis, which essentially is just a little naked boy peeing. I have no idea how it got to be famous, but they dress him up in different uniforms every so often. We walked over to ...
Oh Dios Mio. Well we made it to Brussels (and we're actually in Spain now) but we just barely made it. The night before we left for Brussels I tried to check in for my flight only to learn I had been issued a ticket for a flight that had left seven days earlier. (The person who booked this ticket shall remain nameless...) So...it was about 18 hours before I had to fly to Brussels and my mom had a ticket but I didn't. PANIC! ...
... we (I) planned out our itinerary for the next day.
This weekend taught me that traveling is actually pretty tiring, walking is a great excuse for eating as much chocolate and waffles as possible, and I should probably get a bigger memory card for my camera. I split this trip into this intro, then our day trip to Bruges on Saturday, and our time sightseeing in Brussels as separate entries...so read on!
... Pis', which is a tiny statue hidden on a small street corner by some houses and shops. It originally was not meant to be a monument of great importance, but apparently has become the most well known symbol for Brussels. Apparently this little guy's costume is changed quite regularly, and word is that when he gets changed, he pees ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre Saint-Josse-ten-Noode
Would not stay here again
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.
Great for everyone!!
My partner and I travelled to this hotel on 15Feb05 for, unfortunatly, only one night.
We were looking for a budget hotel to explore the city from so were pleasently surprised when we arrived at this great hotel. The lobby was lovely, large, airy, marble and spotlessly clean. Check- in staff were fantastic and very helpfull. The room was quite small but perfect for us with a lovely full bathroom and comfortable bed and good heating (being feb it was freezing outside!).
We didnt use the gym but the sauna and relaxation room on floor 29 were great, the sauna is huge and we were lucky enough to be the only people in it. The sun was just setting as we went in so the view over the city was fantastic as it became to light up. There are lots of showers just outside of the sauna and single sex changing rooms with showers and lockers too.
The bar in the hotel was busy untill late and has lovely comfy sofas, the beer isn't too expensive but spirits are, gin and lemonade cost over £7. (10 euro)
Breakfast was the best I've had in Europe, so much choice. I'm a vegetarian and found lots from scrambled egg and cheese on toast to bread rolls waffles, pastries, yogurt ,fruit , cereal etc and my partner had mainly sausage, bacon and egg in french stick. Also plenty of orange juice hot chocolate and various tea's and coffees.
The road the hotel is on is a little dissapointing but you litteraly cross the road and your in a great shopping area and also right near the Grand Place which is beautifull, where there are lovely cosy bars and restaurants. We travelled around the whole city so easily from this hotel. Next to the hotel on the left there is a building called metropolitan plaza or shopping? if you go in and head down it leads you to the correct underground tram system which runs through the city right down to the Eurostar station which only takes about 10-15 minutes max. On departure day we left our luggage at the hotel and went off to explore as it's so quick to get back to from anywhere. Get off at 'bours' for the grand place and st gily where there are some trendy bars open allday 'till late. The metro is also very good and brings you out directly opposite the hotel or in the same shopping plaza depending which exit you take. Whether you are using the tram or the metro the stop you need for the hotel is 'Rogier'. A day ticket to use all transport only cost 6.50 euro (£4.50) for both of us! Just get a map of the city and underground system and explore!!! Would stay at this hotel anytime I was in brussels whether for leisure or bussiness as had a great time. would say it's more of a 4star than a three.
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.