We stayed here for one night after finding a - we thought - cheap deal on Hotels.com. 80€ for two people without breakfast for a twin room for one night.
First impressions were OK. The woman at reception didn´t speak English even though they say they are a multi-lingual hotel so we spoke in passable Dutch.
The room was basic. Considering we wouldn´t be spending much time in the room we didn´t mind the tiny bathroom (REALLY tiny). The room had great blinds that turned the room pitch black, and you couldn´t hear much from the other rooms apart from footsteps in the hallway. And that´s the last of the good points....
After a long walk in the gorgeous countryside we thought we´d have a swim in the 'tropical' swimming pool. FREEZING!!!! Even though it´s indoors the pool was practically icy. No wonder we were the only ones in it. So we forgot about the planned morning swim (which we´d been really enthusiastic about).
Walking through Durbuy we noticed a lot of similarly priced hotels INCLUDING breakfast. These places also seemed to be more tastefully decorated and looked after than our hotel. In hindsight we should have searched the web ourselves and not gone for the cheapest deal on a hub site.
We decided to have a coffee the next morning before we left. The maintenence guy told us in rough English that we could have a free coffee, even though we explained that we hadn´t paid for breakfast. Then we ended up having 6€ added to our bill for two really watery, tasteless coffees (plus a euro each tourist tax) - so our bill came to 88€ for a one night stay without breakfast. There are LOTS of better offers out there.
If the pool had been warm, if the staff had had a bit of a smile, if the coffee had been big, hot and tasty I might not have bothered writing anything. But the hotel was one disappointment after another, and they couldn´t pay me to stay there again (not that they would, anyway...especially after this review!)
It´s way too expensive for a budget break and does not have the quality of facilities for its price class (or 4 star label....I´d be generous at giving it 3 stars).
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