We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“superb location, warm ambience”

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 3 more sites!
Carmelites Guesthouse
Ranked #10 of 212 Brussels B&B and Inns
Reviewed 10 June 2014

All of the good reviews are true. The hosts, Pascal and Akemi, are lovely people and very knowledgeable about Brussels and other cities. Pascal chatted with us at breakfast about our plans for the day, and if he couldn't answer a question (which was rare), he would look up the answer. We also appreciate that he called in French to confirm some bookings (taxi service, music club). His restaurant suggestions were excellent--most likely we would not have found, on our own, some of the eateries he recommended.

At breakfast we enjoyed the super-fresh croissants, fruit jam, bread, cheese, yogurt, coffee, and tea. As someone who drinks only tea, I was thrilled to have Twinings and water kept piping hot.

The location is literally 100 steps from the Mannekin Pis statue (I counted the steps :-) Fortunately it is one block away and around a corner, so you are not right on top of this crowded attraction. I would compare the neighborhood to New York City's Greenwich Village. There are dozens of good restaurants and several music clubs within walking distance. The Grand Place is nearby, but not too near (it also attracts large crowds). Metro stop Annessens is a few blocks away, but the city is so compact that we only used the Metro and tram system once, choosing instead to walk up Mont des Arts to the big museums. En route we checked out neighborhoods with high concentrations of hotels, e.g., Rue Madeleine, and were happy we chose the Carmelites location instead.

Speaking of steps, it is a 40-step climb to the top floor. We had no problem with that (and Pascal kindly helped to carry the luggage), but you should be aware in case you don't like stair-climbing.

This is an old and historic house, and naturally its charms are accompanied by a few "old house" quirks. The floors creak. The bathroom sometimes has an earthy smell. While the tub is modern and large, the shower is hand-held. We have found this to be standard in other European countries as well. Rue de Moineaux is generally quiet, but on weekends some street noise drifted in. Pascal told us that he has applied to the city to install double-glazed windows, but the process is bureaucratic because of restrictions that limit exterior renovation in historic districts. Also, the bedroom windows are opposite two bright street lights, so the room is never quite dark. I wore a sleep mask.

The bed is very comfortable and there are reading lamps. We set up wi-fi once and used our laptop to check email every day from our room, with no problems (just remember to bring a converter).

My husband and I heartily recommend Carmelites to independent travelers who want an authentic Brussels experience. We did not see the next-door apartment that has recently been added (there were guests staying there already), but if it's anything like the main house, you should consider it.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
2  Thank jerseyjazz
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (107)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

53 - 59 of 107 reviews

Reviewed 10 June 2014

First off, let me make clear that this is not a hotel, it is a guest house, so do not expect a hotel. The experience is like staying at a friend's house, which for me was a very pleasant surprise! The room was very spacious and very clean. It did not have a TV but that did not bother me at all since i very rarely watch TV when i travel. The owner was extremely helpful and friendly. He provided breakfast in the morning, excellent suggestions for dinner and activities, and even walked me to the metro station in the morning to make sure that I made it on time for an early appointment. Finally, the location of this place is UNBEATABLE!!! In the center of Brussels, 1 min walk to Grand Place, just arround the corner from the famous pissing baby, and all that in a quite side street with no noice (very unusual for the center of a busy city).

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Costas P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 June 2014 via mobile

As experienced travelers my wife & I truly enjoyed the unique ambiance created by Pascal and Akemi. You are literally given the keys to their home's top floor - a charming historic and spacious suite consisting of an oversized bedroom and a modernized large master bath. We've traveled a lot in Europe and have never had accommodations quite like this, including the welcome to do our laundry using their washer and drier. The living suite exudes character, with wide-board oak floors and the original beams and frames visible in the high ceilings above. Downstairs where Pascal serves a tasty breakfast, the charming kitchen is framed with the original columns from the historic Carmelite monastery garden on this site. The house is in the central historic area yet on a quiet street. Pascal is a friendly and enthusiastic host who is a font of helpful information about what to do, where to eat, etc. , as well as an engaging conversationalist about Belgian culture and many other topics. In short, here is your opportunity to live comfortably in your own place as you visit Brussels from inside the culture.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank Constant_Discovery
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 14 May 2014

It was a pleasure staying at the Carmelite Guesthouse! Pascal was a great host and he gave us a lot of information regarding where to go and what to do in Brussels. The apartment was new and in a great location, very near to the Manneken Pis statue. A great breakfast was provided for us each morning along with great information about what to do in Brussels. When I go back to Brussels, I will definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank davbowling
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 9 May 2014

My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon recently. We have never stayed in a guesthouse/ B&B before, so we were nervous about what to expect. However, we had an amazing time! They are centrally located so you can really walk to everything. Pascal and Akemi did an excellent job helping us to feel welcome in the home. Breakfast was delicious and they were a wonderful resource for things to do. They went above and beyond when they found out it was my husband's birthday and actually made him a cake and got champagne for us. We would highly recommend this guesthouse to anyone staying in Brussels! We cannot wait to go back one day!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank Coral325
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 6 March 2014

Two steps away from the gurgle and gaggle of Grand Place and Manikin Pis, but down a quiet side street, nestled in a quaint old Flemish townhouse with steep winding steps and a cozy feel, the Carmelite Guesthouse is pretty close to my ideal accommodation. There's just one room to let, so it's you and your hosts, which in the case of Pascal and Akimi makes it a major plus. Helpful, forthcoming, and funny, Pascal will tell you where and where not to eat, and where to have your beer and chocolate. All of his recommendations were right on the mark. Our three nights there gave us a privileged entree to the big little capital city of Europe. We came away feeling like we'd made a new friend. Other b&b hosts have been helpful and kind, but Pascal is in a league of his own, Book as soon as you've solidified your plans. This is THE place to stay in Brussels at a reasonable price.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank Alfred79
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 January 2014

We stayed at Carmelites in December 2013 and do not think we could have chose a better spot for our stay in Brussels. Location, Rooms, Breakfast were all fabulous. Great service. Absolutely 5 out of 5 stars!!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank angelab491
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Brussels hotels
1.1 mi away
Made in Louise
Made in Louise
#1 of 15 in Ixelles
1,099 reviews
2 mi away
Living in Brusel, Urban B&B
0.2 mi away
Happy Guesthouse
Happy Guesthouse
#27 of 212 in Brussels
53 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.1 mi away
Art de Sejour
Art de Sejour
#2 of 212 in Brussels
209 reviews
1.4 mi away
Bed and Breakfast Leopold II
Bed and Breakfast Leopold II
#12 of 212 in Brussels
253 reviews
0.1 mi away
Downtown-BXL
Downtown-BXL
#18 of 212 in Brussels
189 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Carmelites Guesthouse? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Carmelites Guesthouse

Address: Rue des Moineaux 20, Brussels 1000, Belgium
Region: Belgium > Brussels
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 212 B&Bs / Inns in Brussels
Price Range: £80 - £116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Carmelites Guesthouse 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you have been looking for bed n breakfasts in Brussels, you have to consider Carmelites Guest House. There are many great attractions nearby, including Manneken Pis Statue, La Grande Place, Notre Dame du Sablon and Museum of Musical Instruments - Old England Building. Also close by are Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and Cathedral of St. Michael.This 3-star Brussels City Centre - Grand Place bed & breakfast, Brussels offers free wireless Internet access, plus free breakfast. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Expedia, Ebookers, Travel Republic (UK), Evoline ltd and Cancelon so you can book your Carmelites Guesthouse reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing