Just returned from a 2 night, midweek stay here. Stay was pleasant. Had no problems with the room, service from staff or noise issues from bar underneath.
We were a party of 3 and so had been allocated the attic room. As previous reviews state, there are no lifts so carried our suitcase up 5 narrow flights. Cannot recommend this if you suffer heart problems or are not able bodied. No concierge service and offered no help with baggage, but we managed.
Room itself was large, clean and well laid out. We found the room especially hot and slept both nights with windows open and radiators off. We stayed in February, so possibly an extremely HOT room in summer. The facilities in the room included hair dryer, kettle, fridge and microwave. No mini bar so fridge is excellent alternative. Of course the bar below will serve drinks that can be carried up the 5 flights if you wish. Chiming church nearby does mean you get woken up at 8 each morning whether you like it or not, part of the experience of staying in a European city.
We did not have breakfast at the hotel, but walked into town (5mins) to a cafe for breakfast. Food in Brussels is not the cheapest, but again what you expect to pay in a city.
We did use the bar downstairs for drinks. Bar shuts at 11. Music is turned off dead on and you're stared at until you drink up and leave. Oh dear!
Location of hotel means you are in walking distance of shops, cafes and stations. This meant we were able to catch a train to Bruges easily and were able to access most of the sights by foot. However, the side street the hotel is on is not particularly pretty, but to be fair you don't got to Brussels for a Mountain view.
Clearly this is not a large chain hotel, so don't expect the little touches, but it's not the worst.Would we stay here again? Probably, yes.
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