Great location for the Alma A review of Alma Hotel
Our two night stay at the Alma Grand Place Hotel in Brussels could be summed up by emphasizing location, newness, modern and very clean. Breasfast room open from 7-10AM. No restaurant on the premises.
Positives include very comfortable beds, flat screen TV, large modern-decorated rooms with great showers and easy access to shops, restaurants, and sites around the Grand Place. Both desk staff persons we encountered spoke English well and tried to be as helpful as possible. As we checked in we received a lovely box of Belgian chocolates as a welcome gift. At checkout we were able to leave our luggage for the day in a locked closet in the lobby since our train didn't depart until late afternoon.
Negatives include that the hotel is still being worked on in some rooms since it just opened on October 2, 2006. So we heard electric tools overhead come Monday morning. Also, the lobby is small with only one couch in front of the desk so don't expect to hang out there. The furnishings are modern and utilitarian so look elsewhere for fancy decorations. Be sure to have the address handy as you walk toward the hotel since it is not conspicuous and easily missed if you don't look up at the building and sign. The walls may allow noise from outside if your room is located on the street side, but utilizing the air conditioning/heating remote control may be useful in blocking out some of it. There is no wall unit so air blows from above.
The breakfast room is very comfortable and roomy although the buffet is not elaborate. It consisted of croissants, a few cereals, orange juice, bread to toast, some cold meats and chesses, canned fruits and coffee and tea selection. No food was allowed to leave the area or go to the rooms.
The hotel is conveniently located on the Rue des Eperonniers which turned out to be only a couple of blocks from the Central Train/Metro Station. If taking the Eurostar from London, you will arrive at Brussels Midi which is south of the Grand Place. An information booth attendant instructed us in English that our Eurostar tickets for the day could be used to take the train to the Central Station which was only one stop. Since we had no directions from the Alma website, we found that most individuals were willing to help if they spoke English since French and Dutch/Flemish are the predominent languages. Leaving the train station and walking toward the Meridian Hotel and proceeding down the hill towards the Gaufres de Bruxelles (Waffles of Brussels) helped us locate the hotel which was not depicted on any of the signage. The streets and sidewalks are original stone-constructed so be prepared fo a bumpy walk.
Brussels and especially the Grand Place is quite a lovely location for a short weekend so enjoy the Belgian chocolates, waffles, mussels, lace, art and beer!