In terms of proximity to the train station, this is a very good hotel. Depending on which way you exit the train station this hotel is only a 5 minute walk. (Head towards the bus station). However, as in all big cities the area surrounding the train station (midi) is poor, with run down shops and litter. I was part of a group of three young women and we did feel somewhat intimidated by the men in the area, especially walking into Brussels centre in early evening. We made the decision to get a taxi back at nightfall (10 euros). It wasn't threatening as such, but we attracted a lot of stares as every bar on the way into brussels was heaving with men. Once you get into to the grand place there is no such problem.
We stayed in Ustel 1 and had a very large room, almost a suite with three beds, a sofa, dressing table and an additional table. Check in was smooth if a little mechanical. Clean room, clean bathroom, comfy beds and flat screen TV and free wifi. Certainly the largest hotel room I've stayed in in Europe. I would stay here again if this standard of room could be guarenteed (reading other reviews I'm not sure how consistent the rooms are). And I'd feel more comfortable navigating my way to the hotel in the company of a male companion. Three girls with suitcases attracted too much uncomfortable attention which is a shame as otherwise this hotel would be very pleasant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Six story, 19th century house 1 km from city center - 5 minute walk to Eurostar Station - 10 kms to Brussels National Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Floris Ustel Midi Hotel Anderlecht
- Ustel Hotel Brussels
- Floris Ustel Midi Brussels, Belgium