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Reviewed 1 May 2007

When staying at Le Dixseptieme you would never know that you were two blocks from both the Central Train Station and the Grand Place. An oasis in the middle of a storm. Le Dixseptieme is wonderfully located for access to the heart of Brussels. Almost everything you would want to see is within a 15-20 minute walk.

A hotel for those who want the charm and quiet of an 'older world' European hotel. This is not a full service hotel (e.g., there is no turndown service at night and refresh of towels). The front desk is quite helpful (when asked) but limited is knowing the ins and outs of the city. If you are expecting modern conveniences, this is not the hotel for you.

We found our rooms charming (stayed two separate times in two different rooms). The old section of the hotel has rooms with varying sizes and lots of nooks and crannies. From the elevator, your room is likely to be up or down steps (therefore not easily handicapped accessible or for those less steady on their feet). It's nice that breakfast is included in the room rate. That said, there is nothing special about the breakfast bar and after a few days the repetition becomes a bit boring.

We would definitely stay here again. For readers you need to manage your expectations for your stay.

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled with family
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6  Thank EAWinNYC
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Reviewed 10 April 2007

Le Dixseptieme is a wonderful hotel. My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights in March 2007 and had a very nice stay. This is a perfect place if you have high standards and want to avoid the ubiquitous hotel chains in favor of character and charm.

Pros:

1. **Perfect location.** 2 blocks from Gare Centrale makes for easy airport transfers. 5 minutes walk from Grand Place, 5 minutes from Palais Royal, 10 minutes from Sablon. If you're unfortunate enough to be driving a car in Brussels, the Grand Place car park is 100 meters away, on the nearby square.

2. Classy. Gorgeous hotel with character, tastefully appointed and well-maintained.

3. Deals are out there. We booked 3 weeknights for 160 Euro each via Travelocity, less than half the cost quoted directly by the hotel. No problems with check in or payment.

4. Character. This is a stylish hotel with a smart artistic theme. We're told the suites in the older part of the hotel are especially nice, but we were perfectly happy with our more modest room in the back building.

5. Service. Consistently excellent service from hotel staff, who speak French, Flemish and English flawlessly. They were a great help to us during our stay.

Cons:

1. Like other Brussels hotels, breakfast isn't cheap. Since it wasn't in our package (and we weren't on an expense account), we ditched it in favor of a nice cafe a block away (several nearby are open for breakfast). We ate for about 5-7 Euro per person instead of 15 Euro pp at the hotel.

2. If your room is on the top floor of the back building (Spillaert or Evenepoel rooms), you will need to lug your bags up a narrow flight of stairs. You'll wish your bags were lighter.

3. Le Dixseptieme does discount its rates a little on the weekends, but not as much as the competition.

4. Rooms in the back building are smallish, albeit comfortable and well maintained.

We stayed in another hotel in Brussels in April and were disappointed... wish we'd returned to Le Dixseptieme. The price, location and character are a winning combination. This is truly a hidden gem.

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Doug R
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Reviewed 24 November 2006

This is a charming hotel, elegant, calm and with considerably more character than some of its better known counterparts.

It is an interesting mix of the old and the new. We had a huge room/suite on the top floor with its own little balcony.

In terms of size the room was extraordinary although in deference to say the L'Amigo the furnishings were good but unspectacular. This however is being picky. Anybody checking in to this suite,"cortes" could not fail to be impressed.

The staff (when you can actually find anyone !) are courteous,very helpful and charming.

Breakfast is generous and the choice varied.

The location is outstanding being very close to the Grand Place but is quiet.

To call this hotel a "boutique" hotel is fair in relation to its relative smallness but where it succeeds is that it is an interesting hotel. Not just a white chair, one piece of furniture and a homage to minimilism !

I would glady return this hotel and indeed intend to do just that.

The only negative point is that the staff are not always apparent. Its nice to keep a low profile but I get the impression that someone could walk in from the street, take a drink from the bar, have a sleep in a small corner somewhere, have breakfast and then walk out without anyone noticing.

OK so I am exagerating a bit !

A great hotel, a serene little gem..give it a try.

Paul,
Southend-On-Sea
England

  • Stayed: August 2006, travelled with family
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9  Thank rzzoom
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Reviewed 24 October 2006

My husband and I stayed at this hotel in spring 2000 at the beginning and end of a trip to Brussels and Amsterdam. On the first leg of the stay we were in the main, older part of the hotel, and we were extremely pleased with the room. Not only was it enormous (almost as large as the apartment we lived in at the time) but it was luxurious and beautifully decorated in old-fashioned style. I'm not sure, but I think each room is different, so we might have gotten the luck of the draw. (Unfortunately, I don't remember the room number.) At the end of our trip, we stayed in the annex, since the main hotel was all booked. This modern room was pleasant, but a completely different feeling from the first room. The dining room was excellent and the staff were helpful.

  • Stayed: September 2002, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Julie R
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Reviewed 12 August 2006

We visited Brussels for four days in May and stayed at the Le Dixseptieme. We found it on line using Trip Advisor and we were impressed with the reviews that we read. We wanted a different experience than a traditional hotel. We made our reservation online directly with the hotel and everything worked just fine and we received prompt answers to all questions. The hotel was very comfortable and quiet. The location was fine, a short walk to the Grand Place and lots of restaurants. We would certainly stay there again.

  • Stayed: May 2006, travelled with friends
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4  Thank Richard H
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