Being students, my friend and I wanted somewhere comparatively cheap to stay. Obviously with the word "cheap" comes an acceptance of certain conditions, but we were both surprised. The foyer was incredibly impressive, neat, clean and lovely finishing touches. Also able to leave luggage before check-in/after check-out.
Our room also exceeded our expectations. Perhaps a little small but in a city break you're there for the city, not there to stay in the hotel so it certainly never felt too small. Extremely clean and comfortable and if a little hot at night there was a fan provided in the room. Replacement of tea and coffee supplies every morning.
Breakfast we felt was a little steep, but as there were supermarkets on pretty much every corner there was no problem sourcing breakfast elsewhere, and obviously those on a larger budget would have no problem paying for the breakfast.
Staff themselves were extremely helpful, friendly and yet professional. We spoke to them in French but they were also quite fluent and seemed happy to speak in English so no language barriers. Their local knowledge was invaluable; they told us the best places to eat, which bars to go to and where to get away from the main "tourist" sites.
Hotel itself is in an excellent location, about 15 minutes walk from the Eurostar station, and then 10 minutes in the other direction to the Grand Place, and from there anywhere.
I think the only grievance we had the shared toilet facilities, but as these were extremely clean and we had an ensuite shower and sink, it really wasn't a problem.
Overall, an extremely pleasant and comfortable stay, beyond exceeded expectations, perfect location and would thoroughly recommend to someone looking to stay for a few nights in the city.
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