We had arranged to meet family in Charleroi, and my cousin and his wife had already booked this hotel so we decided to join them there. I'd read plenty of reviews about both Charleroi and this hotel, none of them particularly inspiring, it must be said.
However, we were pleasantly surprised and although we only stayed for two nights, the hotel provided us with a value for money, pleasant short stay.
We arrived around 4pm Friday, and possibly the biggest downside is parking. the hotel shares a basement car park, immediately below it, with the bank that shares the building, but it seems the bank own this, so it's only available to hotel guests during bank closing time. i.e You CANNOT park there at all when the bank is open. We arrived 30 minutes before the bank closed for the weekend, and luckily happened on a spot 50 mtrs away while we checked in, and then went back and moved the car a little later.
The receptionist was polite and welcoming, and our room was better than expected based on reviews we'd read. It was also significantly larger than my cousins room, so we were gald we booked it as theirs was a little cramped.
We'd booked a business size room, as we'd found a deal on the internet for the same price as the comfort room on a room only basis. The room was a little jaded, I almost said shabby, but that is probably too strong, it was clean, tidy, had plenty of space and storage, but could have done with a little TLC, but not bad at all for a short stay. It had air-conditioning, and a compact but serviceable and clean bathroom with good water pressure and instant hot water.
The bed was spotlessly made up and we couldn't fault the cleanliness of our room at all.
We were unlucky to catch a power cut at the hotel on the Saturday morning, but they had it repaired in about 2 hrs, so no major issue other than having to trek up and down to our room on the 6th floor. The hotel only has rooms on the 5th and 6th floors, the rest is the bank.
It's a very central location for the town, so some traffic noise was expected but, again, not overpowering. Great central location for exploring.
Overall we were well satisfied with our short stay, check out again was politely conducted by the receptionist, although he seemed a little bemused by the pre-paid voucher we had for our booking, but he eventually accepted it gracefully. Moving luggage to the car was very easy, as we were there for Friday to Sunday only, and the car park was accessible directly from the lift to the basement, but it could be a serious pain on a work day, as parking and traffic around the hotel is hectic to say the least.
To summarise, we found it a pleasant, clean, budget hotel suitable for a short stay and we felt we had very good value for money.
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