Van Belle Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Van Belle Hotel Anderlecht
Better than expected
I stayed here with my parents in May 2004. We booked through Hostelworld and did not really have high hopes for a hotel so cheap in Brussels. The neighborhood is slightly unsavory (to say the least), but the room we had was very clean and SUNNY. There was tons of light- especially with the huge picture window in the bathroom! It's not the Ritz, but it's not a terrible place for what you pay. Their breakfast was one of the best I have *ever* had anywhere in Europe. The staff were pleasant. Overall, we were very pleased with our experience here.
Not a Resort!
Not one of those hotels where you want to kick back and relax. It's spotlessly clean, but hardly luxurious- and there's no a/c. The staff seem hardworking, but bar service is terrible. The area is very poor, which can be offputting, but the hotel does provide a bus into and out of the city centre. If you just want a clean, comfortable place to stay, close to the station, it's not bad.
Reasonable hotel for price
I stayed here 2-4 July 2004 with 7 others. The reason we stayed here was the price. The rooms do vary in appearance. All 4 rooms were clean and had powerful showers. However another room had mosquitos in which feasted on 2 of my friends! The location is not as bad as other reviewers make out. Yes its shabbier than other areas but I wouldn't say its unsafe. Its only 15 min walk into the centre. The breakfast is o.k. Boiled eggs cold, bacon had seen better days but choice of cereal, breads, hot and cold drinks. No pastries. The shuttle service to/from town/train station is a good idea but has set timings. They will make repeat trips if more than 8 people are waiting. Overall a decent hotel for the price.
Man what a night
Stayed for one night in Dec 2003.
Yes it is true what the other reviewers are saying about it being in a shaddy location. Street is very dirty with cracked sidewalks and a nasty lot nextdoor. Hotel is pretty close to the train station (15-20min walk) just make sure you can read the map right.
Interior is pleasing for that kind of a price. Nice dining room and sitting area. Staff was somewhat friendly but it could have been better.
Unfortunately our room was at the top floor which is basically like an attic. First off you have to take like 3 flights of stairs and the last one is so steep it feels like a ladder (kind of hard with a big ol' suitcase). Room was nice with a vanity, sink, and skylight window (what else would you expect in an attic). At night, the room was the coldest I had ever been in and this is with all my clothes and the 4 extra blankets on.
The shuttle is a nice feature, but the 'bus' is a toyota minivan from like the 1980s. It felt as if the van was gonna die. There are scheduled pick up times from grand place which was bad because more people showed up then could fit ins. We could not fit so it was either wait 1hr for next van or walk (~30min).
We walked :-( One of the scariest and worst decisions ever. Using the BAD hotel map, we missed our turn and walked down the wrong street. Next thing you know, we are having to cut back through the ghetto with projects on the right side and empty buildings on the left. Yet after that, we took another wrong turn and actually walked for over an hour AWAY from Brussels. In the end, it took us over 2.5 hrs to get back in 10degree weather.
I would stay here again as long as i get a room on a lower level and learn to squish in a van.
I have stayed at the Van Belle before and liked the place, but on my last trip, a lot of money was stolen from my room. Management of course would not accept liability, so I won't be returning there.
Did not like
i booked the van belle as a valentines surprise for my partner as i have never been to brussels the price seemed okay bet on arrival the area was like a gheto we were informed it was safer to take a taxi everywhere as it was quite a rough neibourhood it was full of litter and shady lookin people i will go back to brussels but i will try and find a hotel in the centre rather than stay quite a distance out the room was clean and tv had loads of channels breakfast good plenty of it but it was just the area that let it down i would not recomend it thanks JAMES MUIRHEAD.......
Wouldn't stay there again
We stayed for two nights last March, it was in a very rundown part of the city, while downstairs was nicely furnished, our room hadnt seen a lick of paint in a while and while not dirty just seemed grotty. We felt that the staff were unfriendly. While not the worst place I've stayed I wouldn't stay there againor recommend it to anyone.
We drove there and, WOW, was it hard to find! The neighborhood is a little worn, but they had secure parking. The web site states they are 500 meters from the Train station Gare du Midi, but I don't believe it for a second. I felt the front desk staff was not friendly, no smiles, kinda gruff, almost like you were bothering them from other things they could be doing. The decor inside was nice. The bar area always had friendly people relaxing in it, possibly waiting for the free shuttle to the Grand Place. Grand Place is about a 10 min. walk from the hotel, no big. They have a lift. I felt the rooms to be a little grubby and when I first went in they had no towels, but I just called the front desk and they sent some. the TV had several English speaking channels (not just CNN). View from small window was awful, a roof and side of a building. Breakfast was very nice and they offered scrambled eggs and the usual european assortment. The coffee was heaven! They serve breakfast until 10:30, which is nice. We only paid 60 eruos so it was well worth the money.
Nice Hotel, bad location
I booked and paid for the reservation in full on hotels. The Van Belle is a three star hotel and basically lived up to its promise.First, we decided to take a cab from the train station to the hotel. For people thinking of doing the same, don't. Just walk. We were taken advantage of by the cab driver. We had to pay 15 Euros for a two second ride.The outside of the hotel is warn, but the inside is nice. The staff greated us very nicely and spoke great English. We had no problems in at check in. The bar area was fairly nice and the breakfast room served a fairly good breakfast.The rooms were basic, but were very clean. Our room had two twin beds, a small tv, small desk, and a bathroom. The bathroom was very clean and included personal products and a hairdryer.The rooms were a little dark. The carpet was brown, the bedspreads were brown, and the chair was brown. The dark colors just added to the "darkness" feel.However, the location of the hotel is in a bad area. Lots of trash were in the streets and people begging for money. Little kids were running up and down asking for money and other items. The phone booth windows were shattered all over the ground. My overall impression was not to go out at night. However, we did not really encounter anything bad while walking around at night.If I had to, I would stay at the Van Belle again. If you can't get a hotel that is close to the Brussels city center, then try the Van Belle.
A nice hotel with excellent food
Hotel van belle was a really nice place. The hotel was very clean and the staff were excellent and very helpful. The bedrooms were basic but nice and also very clean. The resturant was absolutely amazing! Excellent choice and stunning presentation - all for a very reasonable price. The area surrounding the hotel was not particularly nice but the hotel provided a shuttle service to the center (grand place) and would arrange to pick you up too!! It was not far but definately a nice touch.
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... all, while she was balanced upon his head he sat down, did the splits, rolled onto his stomach (cobra pose for those who know yoga) and stood up again. Amazing. The most impressive act was the girl got up into a hand stand position on top of the mans hands, he was standing on a hair, then while she was still balanced he lent right back over the chair so his head touched the ground then pulled himself upright again. He was only just strong enough to do it. You ...
... for lunch to have Belgium frites (french fries) which are a Belgium specialty. They use a starchy potato cut intermediately thick, cooked once in oil at 130°C and again at 180ºC to make them nice and crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. We liked them so much that we had them again for dinner. I brought the best box of chocolates ever from Galler Chocolatier! Yum. Belgium chocolate is ...
... town through a single car archway. Good thing we had a small car! We would never have fit our big truck back home. It's amazing how fast the cars travel down the streets we would call a walkway. There were even parked cars squeezed against the side. We noticed that they folded their mirrors in so they wouldn't stick out and get hit. ...
... frits. I understand from what I saw that these came with every meal.
On the way home we bought a wee box of chocolates which were divine and these lasted us our whole stay. I am still a fan of the waffles over the chocolates though. I'm sure we could have found even better ones but they are just so expensive. It was pretty crazy to watch how much Euro's were dropped in those chocolate shops. Anyway, Brussels was a good start to our Belgium escape.
Well, that is it, I am back! I left Singapore yesterday 23:50hr, arrived in Schiphol airport this morning 5:40hr, could get the intercity train to Brussels at 07:01hr, and was here around 10:30hr, local time. I am tired of course, for me it is now almost 20hr, and not 13 hr! It will be a long day ;-)