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“Felt Uncomfortable” 3 of 5 stars
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Maison Noble
Marcqstraat 10 | Brussels, Brussels 1000, Belgium   |  
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Ranked #16 of 182 Brussels B&B and Inns
Sydney, Australia
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11 hotel reviews
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“Felt Uncomfortable”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

The main reason why we choose to stay in a Bed and Breakfast rather than a hotel is because we hope that staying in someone's house will be more welcoming than staying in one room in a hotel. Unfortunately, we were very disappointed. With all the rave reviews on tripadvisr, and being numb 4, I would have expected it to be better.

The house is exquisitely restored and beautifully furnished with antiques, grand piano, chandeliers, hight ceilings - it really looks like a grand house but unfortunately, unwelcoming. It almost felt like a restored historic house that you could only look at from behind a rope. The ground floor comprised of a double lounge area, the one in front had the grand piano in it. The door was almost always closed. We were told that that the door would only be open if there was someone home. In other words, you were not allowed to go in there unless you were supervised. The breakfast area is next to the kitchen with the magnificently restored Art Nouveau lead-light window.

Breakfast was OK! Although we have had better in other Bed & Breakfasts.
Usually, hosts who run a Bed & Breakfast, go out of their way to try and provide you with a lavish breakfast. But in this case, it was not made clear to us as to what breakfast consisted of. Admittedly, freshly squeezed orange juice was provided. A buffet of various breads, croissants, cheese and jams and a Nespresso coffee machine. We were not sure if hot breakfast was included. It was only when we asked that we were told that we could have various forms of eggs with bacon or mushrooms if we wished. We normally enjoy having some fresh fruit and when we asked, we were directed to a bowl of fresh fruit that was sitting on the coffee table.

We had the top room on the third floor - a lot of stairs (no lift in this house ) - but probably was good for us after all those Belgian waffles and chocolates.

It is rather a shame that Maison Noble did not live up to my expectations.

Stayed July 2012
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msegard, Owner at Maison Noble, responded to this review, August 19, 2012
It is always very disappointing to understand that our efforts to make one of our guests feeling as comfortable as possible has failed to reach our expectations. I wanted to nevertheless thank you for your lovely comments on the house and its decoration. We value your comment and are thinking about implementing a common area open to our guest 24/7 and we then hope that we will have another chance to host you to your satisfaction.
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Lancaster, PA
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

Wife and I decided to stay here for 2 nights before heading to Paris. We were greeted by Brendon and a friend of his, who helped carry our luggage (a month's worth) to our 3rd floor room. The accommodations were excellent. Our room was tastefully decorated with lots of natural light and the bathroom 5 star! We were treated to Brendon making our breakfast by request and great conversation. When we travel back to Brussels this will definitely be at the top of our list. Brendon is an amazing host and will make you feel like family in a matter of seconds. We loved our time at Maison and enjoyed our time in Brussels!

Room Tip: 2nd and 3rd floor front rooms have amazing views!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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msegard, Owner at Maison Noble, responded to this review, August 19, 2012
Thank you so much for this very rewarding message. Bredon and myself will be very happy to welcome you again at la Maison. Warm regards
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Ft. Lauderdale
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

We chose Maison Noble based on reviews and information on their website. We enjoyed our 3 night visit. However, the website suggests that Brendon and Matthiew would be our hosts. Matthiew is currently working in Luxumborg and we saw Brendon for a few moments in passing at breakfast one morning. I must say that Joel, the assistant manager provided excellent company and gave us many great travel suggestions. He helped make our stay more enjoyable. Another disappointment was our room. We reserved the 3rd floor with shower. It was described as having a view of the "brussels Manhattan". The windows are at knee level and face an adjacent row house. There was no view to speak of. Each room includes use of the steamroom (which would have been nice after a day of sightseeing) but this was either not working, or not available to us. A red velvet rope restricted access.
All in all Maison Noble offers decent accommodations but for the price, I would look at other alternatives for our next visit to Brussels.

Room Tip: Choose a room on the second floor, less stairs to walk up
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

We stayed 3 nights at Maison Noble. The room was comfortable and well furnished with an excellent large shower in the bathroom. Better room than in many more expensive hotels. Boh Brendan and Matthias were excellent hosts and offered recommendations on what to see and where to eat and drink. The B&B is located in a quiet but central area - only a short walk to some excellent restaurants and bars, and close to shops and historic districts. There's a fantastic art deco style stained glass window in the breakfast room!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

With a friendly welcome at the front door we were in the Maison Noble.
This helpful friendly attitude remained for our stay, the people running the Maison Noble are charming; as is the house. A very stylish, warm and elegant boutique B&B, this house gives the impression of staying in a designer hotel with the ambience of a warm home.
Breakfasts are served according to one's wishes; excellent fresh food.
Our room was very comfortable and we slept well.
The hoouse is a small distance away from the centre, but still well situated to explore Brussels on foot.
We would definitely stay here again; it is a gem.

  • Stayed February 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

We loved Maison Noble. This B&B townhouse sits near the fish market. The couple that runs the B&B are wonderful and accommodating. The place is beautifully decorated and our room offered a small balcony. Breakfast was included and offered hot and cold dishes in the dining room. We ate breakfast and talked with one of the owners, Brendan, for nearing an hour. The B&B has a classic historic feel with modern, clean rooms. Wifi is free. I’d highly recommend.

Room Tip: I believe the B&B only has 3 or 4 rooms, so they may all be similar. My room came with a small...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

I spent five nights at the Maison Noble. What a lovely place. Both Brendan and Matthieu were gracious hosts.
First, I am someone who needs quiet to be able to sleep well. The loudest noise I heard in my room was a bird in the courtyard early in the morning. Heaven! The room itself was furnished beautifully and very modern. The downstairs spaces were beautiful. The front room, with lovely Steinway grand piano, is as the house was in the early 1800's. The living area and breakfast room reflect the house's renovation around 1900. (My only minor complaint was that these rooms were closed after breakfast, so there was no comfy communal space to meet and chat with other guests...)
As others have noted, the immediate neighborhood is quiet, a blessing away from the tumult of the Grand Place or the gay neighborhood. But both of these areas are only a 15 or so minute walk. There are some lovely restaurants maybe five minutes away in the Ste Catherine neighborhood, which is also lovely.
There is no wifi, but there is a guest computer you can use for free.
All in a ll, a great place to stay!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 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: Marcqstraat 10 | Brussels, Brussels 1000, Belgium
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Location: Belgium > Brussels
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #16 of 182 B&Bs / Inns in Brussels
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