Over in Brussels on business I had to book a hotel at short notice. Usual hotels near Grand Place were either unavailable or at exorbitant prices, so I looked further afield and found this hotel, which was well priced but had some bad reviews, which I thought unusual for a Mariott. In any case I booked the hotel which is in a great area, directly beside the European Parliament and walking distance from Avenue Louise. Furthermore you can get a 30 min bus to the airport for €3.50, as I found later.
Room was large and well equipped, with a desk to work at (not usually available). Bed was comfortable and room had air conditioning. So it was actually an excellent hotel room.
Breakfast was expensive at €17 for the Continental and quality was OK - tinned pineapple vs fresh.
There is a very trendy set of open air pubs opposite the European Parliament where the stagaires drink after work, with a great buzz.
Good Italian restaurant a short distance from the hotel.
I found the staff in the hotel helpful and friendly e.g. I wanted something to read whilst having a drink at the bar and was given free the FT, Herald Tribune, USA Today, as it was late. Also very helpful with good maps showing where I needed to go.
So all in all I got good value from the hotel and would probably stay in it again when visiting Brussels - so my review is good!
As an aside, I find that the Tripadvisor system for selecting hotels has become very cumbersome and practically impossible to use. It takes ages to refresh every time you use the map, and has very limited selectivity e.g. if you want best Reviewed at cheapest price you can't get it. Unless this feature improves I won't continue using Tripadvisor in selecting hotels.
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- Also Known As:
- Brussels Renaissance
- Renaissance Hotel Brussels
- Renaissance Brussels Hotel Belgium