The hotel is located near a train station and very easy to walk to, even with luggage. Unlike other reviews, we did not walk through the red light district to get there. Walking towards the city centre, no more than a five minute walk to the main shopping centre, the red light district is in the opposite direction and we never saw anything one would associate with that type of district. It is worth noticing that, walking underneath the train overpass, the Hilton is only a few hundred metres from Chao Chow with a supermarket inbetween. We were out and about during all hours of the day and never felt unsafe walking through the underpass - the train station, on the other hand, was very filthy and not a very nice place to be late at night.
The hotel is your average no frills hotel - staff is friendly with a basic grasp of English. Breakfast was the usual spread with some Chinese added in.
The room was large but dated, clean except for some old stains and holes on the bedspread and nice and warm during a cold weekend in December. Shower was over a bath with very uneven water temperatures. Despite the close proximity to the trainline, we were not bothered by the noise and slept well throughout the night in a bed that was massive.
Over all this hotel was a nice surprise after having read so many negative reviews - sure you can stay at the Hilton if you want to save yourself a few minutes walking to the city centre but we thought this was good value for money considering accommodation in Brussels seemed expensive in general.
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- Chao Chow Palace Brussels, Belgium