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“A modern funky hotel” 5 of 5 stars
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Aloft Brussels Schuman Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Place Jean Rey, Etterbeek, Brussels 1040, Belgium   |  
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Etterbeek
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“A modern funky hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

I am in Brussels on business almost every week and I love this place.

The hotel itself is new and is located next to the park on Place Jean Rey in the Shuman district of the city which is within walking distance of the EU and a a couple of nice squares surrounded by restaurants. It not in the heart of the city but that has advantages such as the fact that it is normally possible park in the streets around the hotel.

The reception area is hip and trendy. Think polished concrete floors and exposed pipework in the ceilings. It extends back through a lounge and bar area with pool table and a big glass wall looking in to the Wii playroom.

There is a self serve breakfast area (breakfast costs €5-€10 which is the cheapest in the city) which also offers light snacks (sandwiches, drinks etc) throughout the day. There is also a convenience store (which is open something like 8am-8pm) just across the road.

The rooms are modern and have a large plasma screen TV, wi-fi etc etc

But the best bit is the staff. Brussels can be quite a cold city but the staff here are warm and friendly. One night I sat at the bar and practiced a little Spanish with the receptionist. On another evening I swapped stories about Latin America with the barman.

Admittedly Aloft it doesn't have all the trappings of a five star hotel but I don't need that when I am on business. I just need somewhere comfortable to unwind when I get back from a hard day at the office.

Brussels is an expensive city, and now that the EU is back in session, the weekday rates are a little pricey (I was able to stay here over the summer for as little as Eur 46.90 per night!) but there are some good weekend deals. Enjoy!

Room Tip: A few of the rooms look in on each other over a triangular courtyard - ask for another!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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coenvan, General Manager at Aloft Brussels Schuman Hotel, responded to this review, October 15, 2012
Hi Adventura1405,

You review is spot on - thank you!
The comments you made exactly describe what we believe makes Aloft a great place to stay as well. Indeed, I'm personally very proud of our staff who seem to be able to impress our guests over and over again. On top of that we have a fresh look & feel and, important, everything works.

We highly appreciate you taking the time to review us and sharing your opinion with the rest of the tripadvisor world. We hope many will follow.

Hope to have you back with us soon again.
Have an easy breezy day!

Coen van Niersen
Hotel Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

I booked a room through Priceline for a few nights in September 2012. Excellent value. The room was spacious and the bed was extremely comfortable. There is free wifi throughout the hotel. The food offered at the property is overpriced and pretty limited. However, there is a grocery store just 75 meters away from the property.

Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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coenvan, General Manager at Aloft Brussels Schuman Hotel, responded to this review, October 15, 2012
Hi Drewdini123,

Thanks very much for your quick review. It seems you really enjoyed the service and facilities on offer which is great news! We indeed have number of supermarkets, bars and restaurant in our close vicinity if you prefer something else than what our re:fuel has on offer.

Do come back soon!
Have an easy breezy day.

Coen van Niersen
Hotel Manager
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

This hotel was very inexpensive and the bed was very comfortable. The room was not cleaned (until we complained in the evening) once and at about 6PM once. We stayed for a week, but I expect most stay for only a day or two because there are no shelves or draws in the rooms and only room to hang up a few garments. The oldest employee seemed to be in their twenties and the hotel seemed to run accordingly.

Now the good news: Free internet, a free fooseball table, a free pool table, etc. make this a fine hotel for those looking for the Ikea version of a "W" hotel (especially if you are young, not too pickuy, etc.). The location is not in the center of Brussels, but a few metro stops away.

So this is a mixed bag and while it didn't meet our expectations of a well run hotel, I guess it was worth the low price and was not terrible either.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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coenvan, General Manager at Aloft Brussels Schuman Hotel, responded to this review, October 5, 2012
Hi Ormont,

Thanks for writing your review and sharing your experience with the world of Tripadvisor - highly appreciated! Indeed, the average length of stay at Aloft is 1.5 nights hence your comments are correct. We do have some rooms with larger storage space facilities as well which we try and allocate to extended stay guests wherever possible - so sorry we could not do so at this time.

Not sure I understand your comments about our young and dynamic team - they seem somewhat pessimistic even though they generally stand in high regard for their service, welcome and can do attitude by most other reviewers. So sorry to hear you do not share this view.

We are of course delighted to hear you appreciated all the free service and facilities offered and hope you enjoyed using them.

Thanks very much once again and wishing you an easy breezy day!

Coen van Niersen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Really enjoyed the stay in the Aloft Brussels Schuman. The room was spacious and the Shower was modern and stylish. Best of all was the bed which was really comfortable and allowed us to have a relaxing nights sleep. We paid approximatey £50 for a double room for one night. An absolute bargain.

  • Stayed September 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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coenvan, General Manager at Aloft Brussels Schuman Hotel, responded to this review, October 4, 2012
Hi John N,

Indeed an absolutel bargain. Great value for money, isn't it? Thanks very much for commenting so positively about us and sharing your experience with the rest of the tripadvisor world - we're delighted!

Do make sure to come back soon.

Have an easy breezy day!

Coen van Niersen
Hotel Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

I was hre mid september as I managed to find a very good offer, as the "official" price is quite high..The hotel is close to the metro station (Schumann) confortable and clean, even if a bit too "technological" for my taste, anyway the room and bathroom are huge, with trendy magazines, coffee/tea facilities (and you will find a nice small supermarket nearby) the bar/lounge is pleasant and confortable, the staff very young and kind..

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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coenvan, General Manager at Aloft Brussels Schuman Hotel, responded to this review, October 4, 2012
Hi abigaille,

Style at a steal - translated as a great hotel for a reasonable price is one of Aloft's key taglines. We are no different in that you very often find good deals and excellent value for money. It seems you have certainly found one!

Glad you liked the design, location, service and facilities offered and we hope you will return at some point in the future.

Have an easy breezy day!

Coen van Niersen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

A step away from the EU Comission headquarters, a really nice hotel, easy to use, with lots of hotspots and a wonderfull wifi connection almost everywere. Though functional the managers played best of themselves to add value and speed up check-in/check-out process. Very helpfull and kind.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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coenvan, General Manager at Aloft Brussels Schuman Hotel, responded to this review, October 1, 2012
Hi Vengadora,

Although the Aloft concepts tries to move as many of the typical hotel transactions towards the guest himself, and thereby giving more control over one's stay, it is excellent to see that we don't fail on giving personal service and attention. Thanks very much for sharing this as wel will certainly pass your comments onto our team of talents.

Our free wifi is of superb quality - we have a 20 Meg pipe! :-) thanks for highlighting this service to the other Tripadvisor users.

Have an easy breezy day!

Coen van Niersen
Hotel Manager
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

When I walked into my hotel room, I was wowed. The room is huge, pretty, with a big picture window. Granted, the window didn't look out onto Grand Place, but it was still very nice.

The hotel is a great value (though Brussels hotels are reasonable in general). It's 2 blocks off the Schumann metro stop, but it's not too obvious which way to go the first time you stick your head out of the subway. There's a nice bakery (Paul's, a popular chain) around the corner as well as several convenience stores within a block (not surprisingly, the convenience stores are way cheaper than the hotel pantry). Most nearby restaurants are at Place Jordan, about a 5-minute walk. There's a very nice park (Leopold) across the street that's open late and seems to be safe. It takes about 20 minutes to get to Grand Place.

The wifi worked well. There are several English-language channels on the tv. Everything was clean and new. The shower was wimpy.

It's a good bang for the buck, and I would stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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coenvan, General Manager at Aloft Brussels Schuman Hotel, responded to this review, October 1, 2012
Hi nysingle,

Convincing a NY-er is not easy they say but it seems we managed well! How nice to read you had such a good time with us and enjoyed the design, space, facilities, services and local surroundings. Brussels can be pretty nice if you know where to go - our front desk talents are perfectly capable of recommending some of the town's hot spots so don't hesitate!

Whenever your travels bring you back to the european Capital, do stay with us again.

Have an easy breezy day.

Coen van Niersen
Hotel Manager
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Address: Place Jean Rey, Etterbeek, Brussels 1040, Belgium
Location: Belgium > Brussels > Etterbeek
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Etterbeek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Aloft Brussels Schuman Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 147
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The new tWist in Travel keeps Brussels European district Abuzz with a prime location in the heart of the European quarter. Located only a few minutes away from the city center by metro, the Aloft Brussels Schuman offers you an easy access and connections to the entire Brussels area. The hotel offers an eclectic mix of forward-thinking design, open loft-inspired rooms and free WiFi. The always Abuzz WXYZ Bar welcomes you daily with a selection of signatures cocktails, that you can sip on our backyard when the wheather permits. Aloft Brussels Schuman is the fun, fresh alternative to stay and play at an affordable price. ... more   less 
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