Travelled from St Pancras on 30.12.12 to Gare du Midi. On arriving decided to go by underground to Hotel, taking either Line 3 or 4. There are 4 stops to De Brouckere, which is the nearest station. The hotel is two minutes walk from there, passing Chi Chi, a great Tex Mex.
Hotel is very central with Christmas markets at rear with a large big wheel and ice skating. The prices at the markets were very cheap and well worth a visit.The markets were lovely with many food, wine and christmas goodies on sale. The shots & hotwine a favourite.
The hotel itself is modern looking, but clinical. Breakfast buffet provided good options and the food was hot. The rooms were a good size, however the bed a little uncomfotable. The showers were lovely and hot.Staff reasonably friendly but quite direct. The pool area was a little disapointing, however, nice to have somewhere to cool off after a days walking. Free wifi and games area for children. I would recommend this hotel for short city breaks, being right in the centre,although can be noisy from outside,
The Grand Place was 5 minutes walk from the hotel and on the way we found the hop on hop off bus at the stock exchange. 22e for 24 hours takes two different routes round the city. 48 hours also available.
A trip to the Autonium was worthwhile, however, queue's are long, so suggest arrive early.
New Years eve in Brussels was buzzing around the Grand Place and there was a laser show near the Gare du Nord with fireworks. Fireworks also set off in street by revellers with car horns at midnight making it a great atmosphere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Novotel Brussels Centre Tour Noire is a 4 star hotel offering 217 rooms located in the lively Place Ste Catherine area, 800 m from the Grand Place. Ideal for seminars meetings and conferences, the hotel offers 11 modular function rooms with a break area. Guests on a business trip to Brussels can unwind in our fitness center, jet-stream pool, hammam and soak up the atmosphere in our bar brasserie perfect for exploring a typical Belgian meal or sampling delicious beers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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