We decided on this hotel mostly because the room had bunk beds unlike most hotels with two doubles. (why don't more places do this). This is basically a youth hostel that has expanded the room types to serve families. The room fit us and breakfast was perfect. There was the added advantage of the kids hearing so many languages as the youthful backpackers mingled in the lobby. The staff was inconsistent. All of them some a number of languages. Some were quicker to elaborte on an explanation than others. The neighborhood is so so. There are lots of shops just to one side in a neighborhood that is predominately Muslim. No food available as we visited during Ramadan, but nice area to feel safe walking around with my kids while we waited for my husband to join us. The area just across the canal was more tourist focused and we were in the gateway to city central. Just a few min walk to the main square. We did witness a bit of an incident between this neighborhood and the more tourist focused neighborhood across the canal. A woman in shorts and tee shirt screamed, men ran through traffic to come to her aid she got away quickly as 6 to 8 men were there in a flash. This Christian mom strongly disagrees that the immigrant community makes this less safe area. Really my only negative on this place was the sound within the room. Other rooms could not be heard at all. However, the window did little to block sound from the outside and the bathroom in the room acted as an echo chamber. You could hear how many times a person rolled the TP in the bathroom. Too much info. Until other hotels get it and put in separate beds, this is definitely the best hotel options for families.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- How exemplary: situated directly next to the Canal Bruxelles-Charleroi, the MEININGER Hotel Brussels City Center is run on a carbon-neutral basis! Until recently, this red-brick building, a former brewery in the city centre, was used as an exhibition space for art; since May, 1st 2013 we provide 150 comfortable 3-star rooms with 719 beds over 4 storeys. Thanks to excellent local transport connections, the city's sites can all be reached quickly. ... more less
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