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Chao Chow Palace
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   rue du Brabant 80, Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Brussels 1210, Belgium   |  
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Lanaken, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed for two nights at this hotel. Firstly, it is very close to the Brussel Nord train station- about 3 or 4 minutes by walking, so it is very convenient for these purposes. It's situated just on the edge of the Red Light District, but this was not a problem. The noise levels might get a bit high at some points during the night, but mostly because of the trains- otherwise the windows have good isolation. If you walk about 4 minutes in the opposite direction of the train station, you can find a Delhaize supermarket, to buy some food.
The room was nice, decently clean, and had most of the usual facilities- TV, refrigerator, etc. The bathroom was a bit strangely designed, as there are separate rooms for the toilet (with no water tap), and the shower, water tap and everything else. Just a minor inconvenience.
The breakfast is pretty good and varied, offering a range of croissants, soup, pasta, jam, chocolate spread, yoghurts, tea, coffee... just the usual. It starts at 7 am, so make sure you go early, since the restaurant area is quite small and it can get really crowded after half an hour or so.

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Just recently returned from Hotel Chao Chow Palace situated at 80 Rue Brabant, staying there from March 18 to23. The hotel is just a4/5 minute walk from the Brussels Nord (North)train station (Providing you come out of the correct exit). on arriving at the hotel at 10.30 AM I was very surprised to find my room ready as check in is not until 2.00pm, GREAT START?, I was given my card key(room510) and on entering the room it was very large, with a king size bed, fridge, safe, shower over bath and separate toilet. Before travelling here I checked out the hotel on Trip Advisor and saw the reviews about it being just 200 yds from the red light district, this is quite true, but you will only pass this area , with its 'peep shows,' xxx cinemas, and shops with its 'scantilly clad'' 'ladies('even during the day) if you come out of the train station using the other exit, luckily or unluckily, whichever way you want to look at it, I chose the right exit.Breakfast was the usual fare with fresh orange juice, cereals,fruit cocktail, tea, coffy, bread with ham and cheese ,jam marmalade, and yoghurts.Getting to the Grote Market is easy from the hotel, 'and for the faint hearted' avoiding the red light district, simply come out of the hotel, walk across the zebra crossing , walk under the underpass of the train station, and clearing this, turn directly LEFT, carry on down the road for 25/30 minutes and you will see (directly by the traffic lights) O'REILLYS irish bar,turn LEFT here and walk passed THE BIG GAMES BAR, another pub packed on match days, turn left and then right and you will be in The Grote Market, This is also the meeting place for the free walking tours of Brussels which start at 11.00AM and2.00PM a full 7 days a week. The hotel Chao Chow is, I think great for tourists and business people as it is so close to both the train station and the E E C parliament buildings, there was some noise on late on a night and early mornings,but being so close to a main train station, (and the red light district) this has to be expected by all concerned.When speaking to a member of the family who own the hotel when I was checking out I spoke to the lady for a few minutes and she told me that they do there very best to make sure all guests at the hotel are looked after, and that being in the area that they are, some noise and 'other distractions' will bring a certain clientle to the area .All that said, providing guests to the hotel follow my advice about getting to Brussels main centre and attractions, they will not know they in a 'so called 'seedy area', because of my flight times from Newcastle, and my return flight at 20.45 hrs, my 5 nights here seemed like a week, which was fine.I would recommend any body to come to this beautiful city and if they do then give the Hotel Chao Chow Palace a try, the breakfasts are good enough to start the day, and the staff are even better, I would have no problems at staying in this hotel again.

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  • Stayed March 2015, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Situated really near Brussels North Station which has trains to Brussels South Airport and to Brugge and Antwerp. Approx 20 min brisk walk from the Grand Palace. Clean large rooms. Breakfast was good. Would stay again. Good price for the quality received.

  • Stayed December 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Consider what we paid, I was pretty happy with this hotel. The staff were super nice to us and the house keeping was awesome. It was a little dated but I don't see that as a bad thing. It was warm, with a great view. It was also near the train station and it was really easy to find. It is near the red light district, but not in it so it wasn't much of a problem.

We liked it! And if I was going back, I'd stay in the same place :)

  • Stayed December 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

A very complete hotel: Confortable, big and spacious rooms.
Breakfast included: It could have more variety, but it has the essencial for a good meal!.
Geographical localization: My first impression was that it could be a dangerous place but in fact it was a quite place, near the north railway station (2minute walking). 15 minutes from the city centre!

In my opinion it is a good hotel to stay for holidays. For business stays I would not advice because you have to pay the wi-fi internet(many public places in Brussels have WiFi)!

  • Stayed October 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Yorkshire
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

After reading the reviews below and the negative comments, it's fair to say I was absolutely dreading staying here. Especially with it being in the Red Light District.

Firstly, please don't listen to all the negative reviews. The location of this hotel is fantastic, especially for the price. If you get the train to the Nord station, the hotel is just opposite. And yes, you will hear trains - but if that's going to bother you don't book this hotel without looking at the location!
We slept fine in the rooms (3 nights) and the noise was minimal.
The reception staff are more than helpful. They provided us with a map and marked on where the hotel is and marked all the bits we wanted to investigate. We also got directions to the tourist areas and the quickest routes to get there!
Yes the hotel does need a makeover, it's a bit outdated. But that said the rooms are huge, bigger than you would get in a chain budget hotel.
Big double bed, hair dryer, bath and shower, minibar, fridge and safe all included in room. Oh and air con!
We only had breakfast once, which was fine. Usual European pastries and meat/cheese but to be honest there are so many cafés and patisseries to try, we just preferred to try them instead.
And in terms of the red light district, well the hotel is right on the edge. There is a small tunnel and you are out of it, so you won't find curb crawlers outside or anything that seedy! There are sex shops nearby and the odd peep show, but you leave all this after a 2min (maximum) walk.
They could clean the carpets and change the curtains but the rooms are still clean and Brussels has enough for you to do than sit in your room taking pictures of carpets!
Overall, for such a low price I was pleasantly surprised with this 'palace'.

Stayed September 2014, traveled with friends
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Address: rue du Brabant 80, Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Brussels 1210, Belgium
Location: Belgium > Brussels > Saint-Josse-ten-Noode
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 14 Hotels in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Chao Chow Palace 3*
Number of rooms: 71
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