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Hotel Galia
15-16 Place du Jeu de Balle | Vossenplein, Brussels, Brussels 1000, Belgium   |  
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Ranked #136 of 195 Hotels in Brussels
Belfast, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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“Amazing stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

This place was amazing. Staff were great, as was the room. The food was awesome too! The bar round the corner was great too as was the restaurant opposite it.

The one problem was the market that is held every morning that can be a bit loud.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

I was in Brussels for a conference and my colleagues and I were looking for a nice and clean hotel that was reasonably priced.
The hotel is within walking distance to the city center and the main train station (about 15 min). It is located at the Place de Jeu de Balles, where a flea market is taking place every day - check out some quirky antiques and enjoy the atmosphere!
The hotel itself looks a bit run-down from the outside, on the inside it has been nicely renovated (well, at least, most corners!). We had booked a 4-bedroom apartment and it was HUGE, it came with 6 (!) beds, a tiny kitchen and a decent bathroom. However, the room seemed to be freshly renovated in parts and simultaneously falling apart on other parts...expect cables sticking out of walls and curtain rods falling down...well, I would'nt want to stay there with small kids (some of the plugs were definitely not child-proof) but the room was decently clean, very spaceous and definitely had character. Another minor disturbance was the lack of blinds, there were only thin curtains and there were lamps directly in front of the windows, so it was quite bright at night.
I also stayed in a double room for one night, which was on the 5th floor (no / broken elevator...). The view was beautiful and the room was cozy, albeit very small (actually too small for 2 people, there was no storage room / wardrobe). The room was freshly renovated, but the beds were rather uncomfortable due to old and thin matresses.
The breakfast was not included but could be separately booked in the hotel's restaurant. I really loved the restaurant, it is decorated with lots of old furniture and has a lovely atmosphere. The breakfast was really good value (croissants, bread, coffee / tea / juice etc for 5 €). However, the hotel clearly lacked personnel. The reception was sometimes not staffed and there was only one lady responsible for reception and breakfast in the morning...so although the breakfast was supposed to be available from 7 o'clock on there often were delays because the poor lady could not do all the work simultaneously (normally I would'nt bother, but because of the conference we had to leave really early and would have appreciated a breakfast before a long day).
Long story short - despite some clear flaws, I would recommend this hotel to all people that just don't care for the usual middle-class-super-boring-anonymous-hotels and are willing to smile at some dusty corners or lack of towels. The staff was nice, the hotel friendly and clean and it was definitely a quirky place with an atmosphere!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

I really liked this hoteI. The rooms are simple but give what you need. Clean enough. Breakfast room is full of old toys and stuff. I actually opened my eyes with the smell of a toasting bread. I think my room was somewhere on the top of the breakfast hall or the hotel is really small. I liked when you need to ring the bell when you come late. And the area is great. I think it is one of the nicest corner of Brussells. because after 6 pm the city was emptied by commuters but in the ae-rea that Galia Hotel is full of people who play guitars, have chats etc. You may visit the flea market too.

Room Tip: by the front window if you want to listen a guitar concert
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Weekend in Brussel. This was the second time I have stayed here. The first was just for a night as part of a roadtrip. Was so pleased with the location and the hotel I booked it again but this time for two night to explore Brussels with my girlfriend.

The Hotel has a lot of character and charm. In other words it’s not a Holiday Inn. Every room is different and there are no straight hallways and many sets of stairs (the elevator was not working).

Having said that, the location, in Marollenwijk (one of the oldest working class neighborhoods (volksbuurt)) and directly on Place du Jeu de balle (Vossenplein) which holds a second hand market every day of the week, makes this a great hotel if one wants to experience Brussels not as a tourist but as a local.

For dinner.. just a stone’s throw away, Restobieres (Vossenstraat 9), cooking with beer.. just great.

Room Tip: Park at the parking garage "Parking Poelaert-Zavel" (600 meter walk) Getting to the cente...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013 via mobile

Location: 15minutes walk to grand place, ( quiet long way back to hotel at night but safety is ok ) ,15minutes walk to midi train station ( eurostar) and nearest metro station is Porte de Hall. Few reataurant nearby and some convenient store where u can get fair price mineral water. Service: the receptionist was polite and helpful. He was available until 10pm everyday. But there were no room cleaning service throughout our three days of stay. No one clear the rubbish in our room :(. Wifi: stated as free wifi but accurately wifi is only available at the lobby. I talked to the receptionist that no wifi at my floor but he said on internet stayed as only available on ground floor, which i thought it was stated in the reviews not the hotel website. Facilities:no lift and only staircase:( tv fixed too high in position so it was uncomfortable to watch on the bed. and no batteries in the remove control of tv so we have to wake up and walk to tv to change channels omg!! the toilet was 3 in 1 small compartment , looked clean and only when i used it i felt it was so so small for showering( ii m considered small sized). The worse thing was the shower system. there were both hot and cold water supply. And we need to adjust both openers until the desired water temperature was achieved. We often need at least 5-10 minutes standing inside to adjust water tenperature. It was either too hot or too cold, or it may change temperature while u r showering. This prob seem ok during summer, i cant imaging if this was during winter where i hav to spend time in the toilet to adjust water temperature everyday where a hot bath is very much needed!! The window in my room couldnt be closed. And it seem dangerous to have the window open at night as it is big and a person can crawl into ur room easily. That why we want to close the window when we were out but it just couldnt! :(. But all in all we have a safe stay here. No air condition in the room, but there is a heater here:) Breakfast: 5 euro per person, from 7 to 10am. Buffet style, a typical continental breakfast but lack of eggs, tomatoes. A few varieties of bread including crossaint. Three types of hams and cheese. The variety of food was good but the quality was very very basic i would say. Overall, this hotel is basically good and clean and reliable. Just the wifi, no lift and poor shower system post some inconveniences uring my stay. For budget travellers, if this hotel offer good deals, it is still worth to consider:)

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London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

I thought this was a fantastic hotel. The location is perfect for all sorts of trips to Brussels. The guy on reception who greeted us was friendly enough and I liked that the room keys were also for the front door. The room decor was nice and while the rooms were small I liked it, felt modern but with a unique twist.

The only downside was that it was boiling hot and there was no air con. Having the giant windows open helped but that also let in noise from outside (I was too tired to care).

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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12 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

First impression of this hotel may leave something to be desired... The reception area and stairways struck me as ratty and randomly furnished, and I got the feeling they might be renovating, but didn't ask. The neighborhood also feels a little sketchy, perhaps just because during the day there's a flea market across the street, and at night the streets are pretty empty. However, there are a few restaurants around that average Bruxelloises appear to patronize, so it can't be that bad.

My room (#51) was great for me, on the top floor under the slanted roof - what a hike up the stairs! - with a window that opened over the plaza. I think most of the rather spare furnishings were from Ikea, and the bathroom was nice enough. The only really odd things were the tiny TV with barely any channels and a hole in the ceiling of the bathroom apparently waiting for a light fixture. It all seemed pretty clean, and I especially liked the wood floors.

The dining room was quite nice, exactly as pictured on their web site, and breakfast was a pretty good bargain at E5. I didn't get a chance to eat at the restaurant in the evening. My main contact with the staff was at check-in, which went perfectly well (I had reserved online at Venere.com).

While my stay here was perfectly fine, although a little more expensive than it seems to be worth, I doubt I would stay here again mainly because of the distance from most of the city's attractions.

Room Tip: If you want twin beds and a good hike, I can recommend the top floor.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 15-16 Place du Jeu de Balle | Vossenplein, Brussels, Brussels 1000, Belgium
Location: Belgium > Brussels
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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Ranked #136 of 195 Hotels in Brussels
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 30
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