I stayed here with my student travel group of 28 on the road between Amsterdam and Paris. The hotel is located behind a home improvement center and a few fast food restaurants. It's a residential area with loads of grassy spots and trees.
The lobby is large enough with a bar and lounge area where guests can watch television and eat breakfast in the morning. The bar was nice, but the service was sketchy. The staff didn't speak English very well, which wasn't surprising since this isn't a big tourist area. This was only an issue when I tried to communicate that I needed ice to bring down the swelling on my bad ankle. They claimed that they had no ice. No ice. So, not even for cocktails? Anyway, the manager ended up bringing out a bar rag wrapped around a small chunk of ice to use on my ankle propped up on a table in the lobby. Hmm. He was very nice about it, but it was kind of awkward, especially while other student tour groups were checking in throughout the night. Strange.
The breakfast was very good. They offered hot and cold food, and plenty of it. The breakfast room/lounge was large and inviting.
The rooms are smallish, but fine for Europe. The outlets are sparse though, so I had to charge my phone, camera and other items at different times. Fortunately, the outlet was near the bed, so I could use my phone as my alarm while it charged.
The hotel has no air-conditioning, so you have to open the window to get fresh air. Unfortunately, there are no screens, so moths and other little flying critters will visit you in the night. Also, they had some modern art on the wall that scared me to death in the middle of the night. The prints are of a shadow man in a bowler hat, so in the dark it looks as if an actual man in a bowler hat is in the room. It was like a villian out of Doctor Who. Creepy. I asked the others in my group, and they had the same art in their rooms.
Overall, I didn't have a negative experience at this hotel. It also wasn't positive. If you're on the road, it's not a bad place to stop for the night. Be aware though that loads of student group tours use this hotel, so teenagers will be scattered throughout the hotel, and depending on how well-managed they are, might be noisy. Ours were fine, but you never know.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ibis Wavre is ideally located in the heart of the French-speaking Brabant, only 15 minutes from Brussels. Nested in a green landscape and at a walking distance from the city centre of Wavre, you will find all the services you need for a pleasant stay in Belgium. The hotel offers 75 rooms, is easily accessible via the highway E411 and offers a private car and coach parking. Welcome to Wavre! What you should not miss here: Walibi amusement park, Aqualibi water park, Herge Museum, Wavre's historic town center with great shops. Are you here for work? The GSK offices and the university campuses of UCL are only 10 minutes away! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wavre Best Western
- Best Western Wavre