We stayed 26 December for three nights and got a great rate. They offer a price match and 10% extra discount if they are not the cheapest, and they honoured this. So total was €562 for three nights inc all taxes, hi speed internet and full breakfast
Location is 25m (metres not miles!) from the Grand Place, and we came by train, which was a 3-4 minute walk from the Central Station. (I later walked to the Gare du Midi [south])and that was 20 minutes (with no baggage))
The roads round the hotel are tiny and one way, and whilst europeans with satnavs should cope, I can imagine Americans finding it tough! parking is available but looked pricey at €30 a day, and as the location is so good, most people will not need a car
Check-in was very swift, and although the room was not ready for 10 minutes, they gave us a drink and were very polite and helpful.
Room 205 looks out the back of the Hotel de Ville and the spire, and with windows closed was very very quiet. Bizzarely the heating seemed impossible to control, and they only seemed able to control it centrally. During the first night we became very hot, and it took me a while to realise I could turn the whole thing off, which solved the problem.
The room was a Deluxe King with a huge bed (probably 2m wide) and very comfortable. Bathroom immaculate and the whole set up very clean and spacious. Decor a little too "classic" for our taste, but not too Louis XIV as some of these places can be.
Breakfast was heaving, and frankly the room is not big enough for the weekend rush. But once seated (very polite and helpful service while waiting) the buffet choice was excellent and the custom items (waffles, eggs, porridge etc) excellent. Great real orange juice and lovely coffee and tea (not a given in hotels)
The room service breakfast was a bit of a let down. Not enough cold milk for both cereals and tea and coffee, and no butter. The porridge was also very solid compared with downstairs.
Although the demographic is posh middle aged (think cashmere coat and fur collars and the type of person who wears a tie on holiday) we were treated in a very friendly manner, and the door staff etc seemed to remember our names which was impressive. There were also quite a few families with small children that seemed to liven things up.
I lived in Brussels for many years, and this location cannot be beaten. Three evening meals at Le Pre Sale, Le Petit Boxeur and Bonsoir Clara (all about 5 minutes walk) were excellent quality and service, although eating out in Brussels is not cheap
All in all, very good quality hotel, and any minor quibbles (wait for room, wait for breakfast etc) were handled so graciously that they were not an issue.
The only thing that needs attention is the wifi. In 205 the signal varied from poor to non existent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rocco Forte Hotels is delighted to introduce the Hotel Amigo, superbly located in the very heart of Brussels, adjacent to one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, Grand Place, close to Brussels' financial district and within easy walking distance of the antiques district of Le Sablon, Hotel Amigo provides a stylish and central base from which to explore the city. ... more less
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