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Ibis Leuven Centrum
Ranked #7 of 17 Hotels in Leuven
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Compact but nice”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2009

We stay for 3 nights at this property in April '09 as part of an organised tour.

Let's make this very clear from the start. It is a budget hotel and you get what you paid for. However, it is not really a complain but rather a caveat on the rest of the review.

Ibis Centrum is located minutes from the central town square. It is a very pleasant walk to the cafes and bars around the square and the first time you see the Leuven Town Hall will be memorable.

It is not a big property, it is fairly compact both inside and out but it does it with uber efficiency. The rooms are small but it is a study of how to pack as much of the mod cons that a modern day traveller expects in a small space. Each room has an en suite with toilet, basin and shower. There is no bath tub but everything is very well equiped and user friendly.

The room has reverse cycle air conditioning and the bed(s) are comfy. There are some street noise as it is situated on the main road leading to the town square but if you keep the window shut, the noise is well isolated. I have read other reviews commenting on noises from adjoining rooms but I did not experience any issue in that department so may be we were lucky. The room ticks all the boxes in terms of inclusions. There is an iron and ironing board at one end of the corridor per floor.

There is wireless internet but you have to purchase an access card (various prices for different plans). One interesting fact is that the access card/code is valid in France as well so I ended up using the same account over a number of days and from different locations in 2 countries so it worked out well.

There is a smallish dinning area on the ground floor (it is not a real restaurant) which sort of doubles up as a customer lounge in the evening if you want to socialise with friends (alcoholic drinks available). Breakfast is taken there and light meals/snacks are available 24hrs a day.

There is a car park on site. The entrance to the car park is via a fairly small entrance so big cars/SUV might have problem accessing that area. If in doubt, ask.

Staff are multilingual and fairly efficient. They do multiple roles so they don't have a lot of time to chitchat but that's not an issue.

In summary, the hotel is not suitable for long stay, families with young kids nor travellers with lots of luggage. If you want space and luxury then it is not for you. But after travelling through several European countries and staying in some cheap and nasty hotels, this is a nice place to base your Leuven visit as long as you are out and about most of the day.

  • Stayed April 2009
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2009

I spent 6 nights here in February 2009. Researching hotel options prior to my trip, the Ibis seemed to be the only place I could find in Leuven city center for my price range (70-90 euros). The location is excellent, a 5 minute walk from the city hall. It's about a 20-25 minute walk to the train station (a 6-8 euro taxi ride).
The room was tiny, but very clean, with new appointments, furniture, and bathroom fixtures, and no smell issues. This is not a particularly quiet hotel---corridor noise could be a distraction (other guests opening and closing doors).

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2008

The good news: The location is very convenient and Leuven is a great town.

The bad news: It stinks. Quite literally. The room had a mystery stench. I'd read reviews about this and it apparently comes from the shower drain? It's very difficult to tell, the room is the size of a cruise ship standard cabin.

I suppose if you need to wake up early and happen to forget your alarm clock, you will be ok because you can hear every other cell phone on the floor. And every cough, sneeze, step... you get the idea. You can hear everything. The walls are paper.

If you're there on business and need to iron some clothes, the iron/ironing board is located in the hallway. Not to retrieve to your room... no no.. not enough space in your room for that nonsense! Fire it up by the elevator door and get to work. This can be sort of convenient should your room (like mine) be located by the elevator. Don't worry, the elevator door isn't any more noisy than every other room door. I'd suggest ironing late at night when others are asleep, as one might imagine others will have similar needs come morning.

Let's talk breakfast.. the spread isn't bad. My only complaints about this are:
1. prepare to cram in with literally every other hotel guest in the smallest dining area possible. Seating is at a premium so get there early.
2. Don't go thirsty. I know we Americans are used to everything huge with free refills.. but the juice/water cups are the size of dixie cups. I literally stood at the bar and made people wait so I could pour myself several "glasses" of water.

Bottom line - I'd check out the Novotel. It's not as close by, and it probably smells like the brewery (across the street) - but I guarantee you will want the smell of hops over the smell of butt that I dealt with every night. And you'll probably sleep better anyway.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Everything else
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled on business
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2008

The hotel is located very near the city center and historical attractions. It it is very inexpensive (which really helps those paying in dollars!). Great value for the budget traveler but probably not ideal for business travelers or those with small children. This is mostly as the rooms are quite small and the walls are very thin (as mentioned by another reviewer). I would stay here again in a pinch but not out of choice. But don't let that scare you as it may just be what you want if budget is a key consideration.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Noise
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled on business
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Balcombe, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2008

Stayed here for two nights in late Feb 08 for €98 per night plus €10 for breakfast.

The location of the hotel is great, in the centre of Leuven, within easy walking distance of the Grote Market, lots of restaurants, markets etc. The IBIS staff were all very helpful, courteous and genuine.

The room was clean and functional, with the minimum of extras. It was very small, with two single small beds pushed together. The bathroom was also clean, but even smaller, tucked in the corner of the room, just enough room for a toilet and shower.

The breakfast buffet served 6-10.00 was fine for €10. Do note they provide you with the tokens when you check-in and charge you the extra €10 regardless of whether you attend breakfast or not.

The walls are thin and I could hear those in the rooms around me coming and going (and I am partially deaf). During my stay there was also renovation / building work going on. This started at 7.30 a.m. with all the banging and drilling required to wake you suddenly and prevent you from getting any more sleep.

Stayed February 2008
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2007

Stayed here overnight enroute back to UK.

We chose to stay at the Ibis as we are familiar with the chain and quite happy with its cheap and cheerful approach.

The hotel is well located in the centre of Leuven and has a small secure underground car park for guests.

This hotel has gone through a refurbishment and it really shows! The room we had was on the top floor, in the attic. It was a larger than usual Ibis room and had a proper shower room with a window! (Usually Ibis shower rooms are a plastic cubicle in the corner of the room with no window).

The buffet breakfast was excellent quality and well maintained. The staff were very polite, genuine and welcoming, speaking excellent English. This Ibis experience stands head and shoulders above the rest by a long way. A very pleasant stay indeed.

This hotel is small by Ibis standards, but what it lacks in size it certainly more than makes up for it in terms of quality of service and standard of rooms. Well done Ibis Leuven!

  • Liked — Excellent room and high quality of service
  • Disliked — car park spaces bit tight
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Houston
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2007

Stayed in Leuven Belium from Aug 31-Sep6 2007 at the Ibis Centrum. A wonderful location in downtown Leuven, a few blocks from the Great market and Old market and a 20 minute walk from the train station. The hotel/room was very clean, staff very pleasant but they have the tiniest rooms I have ever seen, even for Europe! I have seen cruise ship cabins bigger than this! That said, it served our purpose. My one grip is the breakfast. When you check in they give you vouchers for breakfast, a 10 euro value. Thinking that it is included in the room rate as the voucher has no room number or name on it. You get your breakfast and hand it in. Not so, when you get your bill the breakfast for EACH day is added onto your bill, even if you did not eat breakfast! Read your bill very carefully! We handed in our unused vouchers and got a credit on our bill for the unused ones. FYI, the breakfast is not worth the 10 euro they charge, walk down the street to a cafe and get a better one for 5 euro.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — room size, breakfast
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Ibis Leuven Centrum

Property: Ibis Leuven Centrum
Address: Brusselsestraat 52, Leuven 3000, Belgium
Region: Belgium > Flanders > Flemish Brabant Province > Leuven
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#5 Green Hotel in Leuven
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Ibis Leuven Centrum 3*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ibis Leuven Centrum hotel is located in the historic centre of Louvain, near the university. Easily accessible from the E40/E314, it is 20 km from Brussels airport. Very close to the theatre district, Old Market Square and numerous restaurants, it is 8 km from the Brabanthal Exhibition Centre. It proposes 72 rooms and provides a bar serving snacks 24/24, private covered parking and Wifi wireless Internet access for guests on a business trip. ... more   less 
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