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“Nice Hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Downtown-BXL
118, rue du marche au charbon, Brussels 1000, Belgium   |  
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Ranked #17 of 194 Brussels B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
St Louis, MO
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Nice Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Downtown BXL on 9/30/12 - 9/3/12. The owners are extremely nice and helpful. Breakfast is the traditional European style with excellent coffee and croissants. Out of our two week trip, the coffee was probably one of the best! One morning, they even made fresh squeezed orange juice. It was excellent!!

Our room was nice and cozy. We were worried that it would be loud, being in downtown, but we slept great. Noise was minimal. The location is great. We were walking distance from Grand Place, Central Station, and Midi Station.

Right next door is a little bar called Moeder Lambic that we fell in love with. We went there every night for one last beer before bed.

Our only complaint is that no one warned us of the Belgium Train Strike that was to start the day we were supposed to leave. We found out about it at 10pm the night before we were to leave because I was surfing the net. It would have been nice if the owners told us we needed to find other transportation to Germany, but no one said anything.

It was extremly frustrating, trying to get out of the country. We will most likely never return to Belguim because of this. This is not the fault of the hotel, but according to the locals, the trains strike frequently, even over holidays. If you go to Belgium on a Rail Pass, be warned...the trains will probably go on strike!!! We spent long, horrible hours in the smelly bus station, waiting for our very late bus to take us to Germany.

One other complaint against Belgium...when we arrived, we spent 2 HOURS WAITING to get through security at the airport. It was HORRIBLE. Kids were puking and the smell just lingered because no one from the airport cleaned it up. Parents had to use their baby wipes to get it off the floor. It was worse than waiting for the bus. For these two reasons, we will probably never return to Belgium.

If you go, I do recommend staying in this hotel. Just don't fly into Brusses and don't plan on taking the trains or be sure to have other tranportation options.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Liverpool, England
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74 reviews 74 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

This B & B is in a great location, near the main square, not far from the station, down a quiet side street but near main roads, with restaurants nearby.

As other reviewers have said, the stairs are particularly narrow and quite difficult to walk down. People need to be aware of this, but it doesn't detract from the place, in fact it adds to the charm. We were given a room on the first floor, which was very big, with dark green walls and a large fireplace and two windows overlooking the Rue du Marche au Charbon. The windows have been very well soundproofed, so very little traffic or other noise enters the room once the windows are shut. The room and bathroom were both very comfortable.

The owner was very pleasant and helpful. He speaks good English and Spanish and he serves the breakfast in the language of the guest. The breakfasts, by the way, were very good, with plenty of choice.

Another reviewer mentions a common room further up the stairs but we don't remember being told about it, so never discovered it. We were only there for two nights, so it didn't matter.

We would definitely recommend this B & B and will stay there again if we return to Brussels.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012 via mobile

Nice bed and breakfast in a great part of Brussels. Stayed here for 2 nights. Shown to room which was very interesting with a circular bed! Large room and good breakfast. Only downsides were that the shower was very small (difficult to move without hitting the temperature control!) and the Internet did not work at all in the time we were there. For a central bed and breakfast in a city, we would recommend this one as secure and convenient.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

This B and B couldn't be in a better place--a few blocks from the Grande Place and the Sainte Catherine neighborhood, and steps away from cafes, bars, and the Manikin Pis.

Our room was decorated in an eclectic style, very comfortable. The room overlooked the Marche au Charbon, a fairly busy street, but the windows had been retrofitted with sound-proofed windows, and there was no appreciable street noise when they were closed. The wi-fi signal was strong and data transfer speeds were comparable to what we have at home.

We were on the top floor, a half floor above a nice common room, with a dining table, microwave, supplies to make tea, etc, but we didn't see anyone using the room during our stay.

Breakfasts were wonderful, with much to choose from: meats, breads and other baked goods, yogurt, cereal, fruits, and lots of great coffee. The proprietor, Theo, was extremely nice and made sure we had anything we wanted to eat. He had lots of suggestions for things to do and places to eat, and he also provided a Frenchman's view of Brussels and Belgium.

Locks, both for our room and the exterior door, were a little fussy, and you're at the mercy of fellow guests to properly lock the exterior door, since it doesn't lock on its own. (A few times we returned home at the end of the day to find the exterior door unlocked.) The neighborhood didn't seem at all unsafe, but it's something the management might consider changing.

No doubt about staying there again on our next trip to Brussels.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

Large rooms, free (and decent!) Wi-Fi connection, very friendly staff, fantastic breakfast: loads of choice (meats, cheeses, croissants, pain au chocolat, breads, jams, fruit, yoghurt, eggs... the list goes on!).

Overall, a lovely stay in a good location: 5 minute walk from the main square and right next to Moeder Lambic - a fantastic Belgian pub with a substantial variety of beers. Despite the proximity to the pub, the b&b is quiet at night and we slept well - bed was very comfy too!

Only thing I would say is that the stairs are VERY narrow and steep but the b&b advertises this on their website. It's not really a problem as they help with luggage but I probably would't recommend the b&b to anyone who has difficulty walking or tires easily. It was absolutely fine for us though.

One other thing was that when we arrived, we rang the bell three times and had to wait for about 10 minutes for an answer. Not sure if this was just because I didn't press the bell hard enough or for long enough - but worth bearing in mind to hold the bell down for a good few seconds to make sure someone hears it.

Otherwise absolutely fantastic!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

good location, friendly staff, confortable room, clean toillete

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

This is an immaculate B&B, well insulated against the sound of the city, and 5 minutes walk from the main square. The welcome was warm and the service at breakfast was personal, warm and friendly.

Breakfast was a particular delight, with the best croissants and pains au chocolat I've ever had in a hotel/B&B.

The steep and narrow staircase could be a challenge if you are carrying "excessive weight" - your own or in cases.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 118, rue du marche au charbon, Brussels 1000, Belgium
Location: Belgium > Brussels
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 194 B&Bs / Inns in Brussels
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
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