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Dame de Carreau
Ranked #2 of 3 Koekelberg B&B and Inns
Wollongong
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79 reviews
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“Friendly and cosy”
Reviewed 22 May 2012 via mobile

Stayed 2 nights here. The info in emails provided was excellent. Not too far on the metro and easy walk from the metro station. Maps provided were very handy. Breakfast was good and the room comfy and well appointed. The pink room was great with a sitting room and toilet.

Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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Bern, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2012

I immediately felt like home here. The rooms are so comfortable and welcoming that it took me a quite a while to get out of bed and check out the city. Laurent and Philippe are very helpful. They looked up train departure times and times of entry of museums and spas for me. Thank you so much.

Everything is thought of: there is a heater in the (rather chilling) bathroom, a private kitchen and a living room with a DVD collection. So i skipped freezing Bruxelles at night and went for "Casablanca" instead.
The hostel is perfect when you are traveling alone.

I hope to be back one day..

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
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Singapore
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2011

My husband and I stayed here recently and were wowed by the hospitable hosts we had, the charming decor of the rooms (Bedroom, adjoining TV room as well as the kitchen), and the close proximity to our favourite attraction - Grand Place. Dame de Carreau is only 4 metro stops away from Grand Place and is also located in a nice family-ish suburb. Our bedroom was the 'Hearts' bedroom, which was cosy and spacious, decorated in a quirky boutique hotel style. We were even welcomed with yummy Belgian truffles at our bedside upon our arrival. Our hosts, Phillip and Laurent were the most accommodating people ever. They recommended places to go to and we went to a great beer place Laurent suggested, as well as a majestic basilica that is close to Dame de Carreau. When the Eurostar was delayed due to the recent national public sector strikes, Laurent kindly arranged for us to stay one more day until the strikes were over, arranged for a cab to take us to Brussels Midi and most importantly, helped calm our frazzled nerves. There was always plenty of food in the fridge, beers and a wonderful breakfast of freshly baked breads waiting for us everyday. I'd recommend this to families, couples and people who don't speak French or Dutch because Phillip and Laurent speak perfect English and will make you feel right at home.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sosua, Dominican Republic
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2011

This charming and comfortable B & B is the sort of place that causes major conflict: on the one hand, it is so great that you just want to sing it from the mountaintops, but on the other hand, you want it to be a secret so you'll always be able to book! Such a problem!

La Dame de Carreau is a 2 and 1/2 room B & B in the Koekelberg section of Brussels, definitely a neighborhood-in-transition, only 10 minutes from the city center, served by Brussels's excellent mass transit. We--my 16-yr. old son & me--stayed in the Pink Room with the connecting Clover Salon over the Thanksgiving holiday. This mini-suite has its own little WC, possibly the only bathroom smaller than on an airplane. I have small hands, and I could not fit both into the sink simultaneously! It is so perfect, so comfortable, and so cosy.

You will never find hosts as charming and helpful as Phillippe & Laurent. They have perfected the art of hospitality, and the world would be a better place if we could clone them. From the lovely touches like the open-kitchen policy (essential with an adolescent!), the delicious fresh pastry and breads daily, clean linens after 3 days, free WiFi, restaurant & sightseeing recommendations: the list just goes on and on.

I guess I am opting for the "sing it from the mountaintops" approach. La Dame de Carreau is a wonderful find, the kind of place you pat yourself on the back for discovering, all the while saying "ain't I the clever one.". But it's all about these two remarkable men and their wonderful house.

If only they could make it a chain..

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 November 2011

Overall: A really decent B+B to stay on Brussels. Value for money, high standards of quality in both facilities and management.

Rooms: Room one was well presented and clean. You could argue that having the bathroom downstairs woyuld be a problem for some people but it diddnt offend us. Also there was some slight noise from the road and railway out the front on the house - but again nothing that would ruin your stay.

Breakfast: Some fresh breads and pastries, and a help yourself attitude to the kitchen facilties made it relaxing and enjoyable experience to share with other guests.

Location: A little way out of the main centre of town, however close to a tram stop which took 5 minutes.

Management: Laurent was fantastic both during the booking stages and once we arrived, very friendly and organised which made for a pleasent and relaxed stay.

Price: Reasonable in what can be an expensive city, nicely inbeween a hostel and hotel stay price range.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Madrid, Spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2011

I went twice to Dame de Carreau because I felt like at home. The place is clean, bed are comfortable, and fridge is always full!! Even if the bathroom of one room is outside the room, i htink the privacy is guaranteed.
Once I went with the car, and is so practical for parking and to reach the centrum/ ring road; Once I went without car and the Underground is really beside.
I know Brussels very well, I go suddenly for work, and normally the hotels are very expensive with mediocre services. So I'm really happy because I find a place at good price with all the comforts.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2011

We stayed here for 2 nights in the blue room and loved it, we didn't want to leave. We came to Brussels with small expectations being that it was simply a midway rest stop in between Paris and Amsterdam but wished we had spent more time there for sure.

Both Laurent and Phillipe were very helpful and friendly. No question was to obscure even where to find cheap towels (it's zeeman!). Skilled artist Laurent even drew up a map for us which we have since sold on EBay! (I Kid... But seriously Laurent has major talent!)

As previous reviewers have said La Dame is a little out of town but absolutely worth the trip and given you've a train station not even 5 minutes walk away for the quick jaunt into town I think this minor issue will become a non issue very quickly!

We stayed in the street front blue Spades room which was a delight! Tastefully decorated from top to bottom and complete with complimentary Belgian choccies upon arrival. From then on the wonderful hospitality on offer never ended until the time came to leave. The downstairs section of the property is devoted nearly entirely to it's lucky guests with a beautiful modern bathroom and breakfast area with complimentary snacks and drinks available 24/7! Just help yourself!! FYI if you happen to feel like a ham and cheese sandwich in the wee small hours.... Have at it folks!!!

Quirky in nature probably not surprising given the city's major attraction is a tiny statue of an incontinent little lad, Brussels has a lot more to offer than frites and mayonnaise so do yourself a favor and maybe spend an extra day in the Belgium capital and while there stay at Dame de Carreau. You won't find a better option for many a mile!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Dame de Carreau
Address: Rue de l'Armistice 29, Koekelberg, Brussels 1081, Belgium
Region: Belgium > Brussels > Koekelberg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Koekelberg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Dame de Carreau" offers two rooms next to the Simonis metro station. Homelike atmosphere and good tips for culture and food. Excellent « value for money » rates with self service breakfast and decreasing rates as from the 3rd night ! ... more   less 
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Dame De Carreau Brussels/Koekelberg, Belgium

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