On a recent business trip to Brussels, I didn't remember to book my hotel until the night before. I found the Astrid Centre Hotel, which had availability, a decent rate, and was in the center, very close to the line 5 metro, which is where I needed to be. I was a bit apprehensive about the mixed reviews on TripAdvisor, but decided to give it a try.
I found absolutely nothing to complain about. The front desk staff was very courteous. I arrived at the hotel jet-lagged at about 10am. Although the usual check-in time is 3pm, and the rooms were still being cleaned (many guests had not even checked out yet), the staff promised me the first available room, and I got my room at 11am. I was able to get some sleep before my 2pm conference. My 4th floor room was in the back, facing a courtyard, and was very quiet (except for a neighbor's occasionally barking dog). The room was a good size, with two beds, a desk, TV, and safe, and a shower that worked very well (not always a given in Europe).
I did not try the breakfast that was available for EUR 12.
I did purchase internet access, which cost EUR 10 for 24 hours. A slight inconvenience was that I had to physically walk to the front desk to pick up the internet id and password; for some reason, it could not be done over the phone or on the internet. Since I knew about this fee ahead of time, I had mentally included it in the price, so I was not bothered having to pay it.
The hotel's location is very central, less than 2 minutes walking from the Saint Catherine's metro stop, and close to downtown restaurants and bars.
I would not hesitate staying there again.
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- Also Known As:
- Astrid Centre Brussels
- Brussels Astrid Centre Hotel