Nice Hotel, Shady Neighborhood A review of Floris Avenue Hotel
My wife and I stayed here for three days during mid-April 2006. The hotel is clean and spacious. The rooms and bathrooms are large and the furniture also struck me as IKEA like. The staff was friendly and helpful. The desk attendant arranged for a taxi for us the night before our departure. The breakfast was very good. It was quite a buffet: cereals, several juices, eggs, bacon, sausage, pasteries, coffee, and tea. Sadly the bar is not open. An all-night corner store is about a block from the hotel and it sells beer, wine, soda, snacks, and tobacco. Be sure and bring a travel alarm clock, since the room does not have a clock or wake-up setting on the TV. Also Americans looking for ice will be out of luck, it is not available.
The biggest negative about the hotel is the neighborhood it is in. Stalingrad Avenue is a main road. The hotel is about a 5 to 7 minute walk from Gare Du Midi (you can see it from the sidewalk in front of the hotel). It is also about an 8 minute walk from Grand Place and Mannekin Pis. I would be hesitant to walk on the side streets immediately adjacent to the hotel at night. A few blocks closer to the city center and that feeling was gone. But from the hotel down to the train station, I was hesitant to leave the main avenue. In fact the neighborhood is the main reason why I rated this hotel a 3 instead of a 4.
I think this hotel is good for business travelers and travelers on budget or those looking for a clean hotel within in walking distance to trains and shopping.