I have been traveling through Bruxelles on and off for most of my life and when showing around guests, I feel it is always more convenient to stay near the city centre, which is why I thought I would give Motel One a go for a change.
The results were fairly mixed I must admit because while the initial impression is quite strong with the impressive trendily designed lobby and warm helpful staff, I thought the rooms were rather basic and overpriced by comparison.
To put things in perspective, it feels as though this was once a more basic hotel chain whose rooms were remodeled, but which at heart are still the same basic rooms. We loved the remodeled bath as the shower was great and the bed and down comforter were quite comfy. On the down side, despite asking repeatedly for a queen sized mattress we received two twins pushed together and (while likely not an issue for most of the year) it became rather difficult to get the fan or AC working effectively during the night which left us a tad steamed.
Otherwise, there is a good internet connection throughout the hotel, the staff performed quite well, and the lobby is very comfortable to lounge around before hitting town. An added bonus was surprisingly the breakfast that does not come included in most cases. For a reasonable price by local standards, we had a well stocked selection of bread and coldcuts, plus a few other nice choices. Better yet however, the breakfast area is well designed and hip, and if you have the good luck to have some nice weather then you can enjoy your morning coffee outside around the garden in the stylish modern seating area. A great way to start the day no doubt.
Aside from that, guests will find the location convenient as it is about 5 minutes walk away from the Parc Metro stop, around 10 minutes away from the Royal Parc and Art Galleries, or around 15 minutes away from Gare Central (albeit too far uphill as my wife grumbled;).
All in all, this is a great option for business travelers and tour groups I believe though some firs time tourists to Bruxelles might enjoy something different in the area depending on their tastes.
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