Stayed again last weekend for 1 night including breakfast. We have slept here often over the last 4-5 years so it's easy to compare it to what it used to be.
The hotel was fully booked (because of the long weekend) so check in was a bit slower than usual and an early check in wasn't possible (we were asked to come back at 3 pm).
I requested a king bed (the queen size beds in most rooms are a bit small to our liking) and that is what we got so no complaints there. The hotel often sells rooms at very low prices during the weekends so it's often very busy, especially during breakfast. This was definitely the case on sunday morning! Very very busy and many items weren't replenished in time (the staff was working hard though!). I must say that we were a bit dissapointed with what was on offer compared to our previous stays: no more smoked salmon, no more self-service waffle machine, no more cheese platter (only cheese slices) etc. I do understand that people pay lower prices during the weekends but I think that a hotel should stay consistent in what they offer, regardless of the amount of money that people have paid.
The swimming pool is still a nice touch, as is the gym and sauna; Unfortunately parking isn't free anymore during the weekends (but it's free 2 streets away on saturdays and sundays).
The lobby has changed since our last visit (it had those nice, colorful contemporary furnishings which were now replaced by some slightly shabby looking black leather sofas??
The lobby bar also looks more like a Starbucks now (with Starbucks logos everywhere!), not very stylish I'm afraid.
The hotel is still ok if you can get a decent price (we will most probably return in the future) but the Brussels hotel market is changing rapidly lately so if there are other deals in other hotels, we might try those first...
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