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A-XL Flathotel
Ranked #12 of 16 Hotels in Ixelles
Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“decent stay”
Reviewed 10 July 2012

This long stay flathotel's bonus is the location in a nice are of Ixelles, close to Fernand Cocq square with a lot of nice café's and restaurants. Flageyplein is also in walking distance and adds an additional option for a night out or a nice dinner.

The nice neighbourhoods of Ixelles and Louizalaan/Kasteleinsstraat areas are close by and recommended areas in greater Brussels. However, this being said, the connection to other parts of the city are rather poor. The EU quarter is a longer (although pleasant) walk, the city centre is rather poorly served with an always crowded and delayed bus service nr 71.

Underground system access is also a longer and rather steep walk or a complicated wait and transfer with bus or tram. Therefore, if easy access to Zuidstation, the city centre or the EU area is important to you, this hotel is not recommended.

Except the location, the positive aspect of this hotel is its rather new condition with cleaning being very professionally done. Toilets, surfaces and towels are all clean and in good shape. Only points of criticism may be the rather dusty air, bed sheets and the sofa, although this might be generally acceptable. If you're an asthmatic you might not be too pleased though.

One major down point is the bureaucratic handling of internet passwords. A password is handed out per device, not per person. This means that in these modern times only your laptop computer, for example, will be connected to the internet, not your smartphone or your ipad. Do not make the mistake of accidentally using your password for your phone and then trying to access the internet on your computer. The front desk will only offer you a new password for a ridiculous amount of money. For people being away from home and searching for a job or long-term apartment internet access is particularly important and therefore this aspect should be considered. Also, the fact that any customer can use McDonald's or Starbucks wifi as much as he likes, makes this strict one password regime look rather petty. Otherwise, service and staff are competent, friendly and efficient.

Room Tip: there are roadworks infrot of the building (summer 2012). This should not bother you if you are gone...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

the room was great. we didn't need any service but the receptionist was friendly. lots of nice places to eat in walking distance.
the hotel itself is on a side street with not much going on but everything is walking distance.
great for budget travellers

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 April 2012 via mobile

Our apartment was large & well equipped. Staying here is a bit like being in a residential block of flats-pretty nondescript. Little garden nice if yr on ground floor. But if you need tourist info, maps, guides, etc, this does not have it.

that is all.

  • Stayed April 2012
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

In my opinion, AXL Flathotel offer the best short-term, serviced apartments in Brussels.

The rooms are big, clean and modern, there's free wi-fi, great location in a cool neighbourhood, and the staff are really helpful and friendly.

It's the only place I stay when I have to visit Brussels and I always recommend it to friends and colleagues.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled on business
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

I stayed at the AXL for 8 days in November 2011, and have only good things to say about this place. Well maintained rooms, with a daily cleanup and free wifi. Rooms have all the basic amenities, kitchenware was more than adequate too - with a microwave and a refrigerator.

The location is brilliant - two market streets (the high profile avenue louise, and the budget shopping Matonge area) run parallel to the hotel. Fernand Cocq is the nearest bus stop, and this served as the landmark for us for cab instructions. The central station is only about 5-7 min away by bus.

The hotel is run by a Bulgarian lady, and the staff was very polite and helpful.

I think it would be difficult to get a better value for money stay in this location. Recommended.

PS: call the hotel and bargain for the rate, you may be able to get a better deal than booking straight off the internet (we did!).

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 October 2011

Hotel was much better than I expected.

I had a street facing studio that most hotels would describe as a "suite"! Room had large comfortable warm double bed and separated by a wall was a living area with couch, desk and large flat TV. A little kitchenette and bathroom rounded it off.

I was in Brussels for a conference at the EU and it was a short, easy to find, 15 minute walk. There is an express bus to and from the airport (30min/€3 each way) which was very handy.

Staff at the hotel were most friendly and accommodating and really I can't say a bad word about the place. I'd definitely stay again and recommend to friends.

Room Tip: There is a lovely garden at the hotel and I'm sure a room facing it would be quieter. I had a...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed 7 October 2011

I must say that it is difficult to find a clean and not so expensive hotel in the heart of Brussels but we were really surprised when we discovered AXL Flathotel! Clean, specious, comfortable rooms, nice garden view, excellent location and above all very kind, ready to help staff. I highly recommend this hotel!!!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Property: A-XL Flathotel
Address: Rue de la Croix 45, Ixelles, Brussels 1050, Belgium
Region: Belgium > Brussels > Ixelles
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Ixelles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — A-XL Flathotel 3*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally located in a green and quiet setting and yet very close to Avenue Louise – fine restaurants, trendy bars and fashionable boutiques – AXL Flathotel offers a wide choice of studios, flats and apartments (from 25 sqm to 90 sqm) fully equipped and designed to make your stay enjoyable, with reduced prices for stays of longer duration.For one night, a few days or several months, enjoy the comfort of our apartments. ... more   less 
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