Average hotel in really noisy street A review of Floris Arlequin Grand'Place
We stayed in the Arlequin in March 2005 and, having read previous reviews, requested a room on a high floor because of noise from the street and bar in the basement of the hotel.
Our room was plain, but reasonably sized and very clean, with a huge television with two BBC channels. The en-suite bathroom was also clean, with a powerful shower and good-sized bath, as well as complementary toiletries.
The breakfast room on the top floor is lovely and bright with wonderful views over the city which really help you get your bearings. The buffet breakfast was good with a nice selection of breads and cereals as well as cold meats and cheese.
The hotel itself was fine, but my main problem with our stay here was the noise. The hotel is on what seemed to me quite a seedy side street with lots of cheap restaurants whose owners stood on the pavement trying to get people to go in. There are also a lot of bars which stay open late and even though we were on the 6th floor we were kept awake for ages by shouting and loud music from the street. Although none of that is the hotel's fault, it did make our stay a lot less pleasant than it might have been. If you value a good night's sleep I would recommend staying somewhere else, possibly a bit further out of the town centre.
On the plus side, the hotel was really close to the main square and within easy walking distance of museums and the cathedral.
Overall, the hotel itself wasn't bad, but let down by its location and the lack of adequate sound-proofing.