My husband and I stayed at the Sofitel Brussels Europe for a weekend getaway in March 2013. The hotel is quite modern and is located in a business district. I previously read an article suggesting that the hotel is an ideal spot for tourists, and it was my fault that I did not research the distance of the hotel to local tourist attractions a bit deeper instead of relying on the article. It's approximately a 25-minute walk from the hotel to Grand Place. There also was a 10-15 minute wait for taxis at times from the hotel, which is something to keep in mind if you're planning to take taxis instead of walking. For business trips, however, this hotel would be perfect.
Our first impression of our room on the fifth floor was not good - we walked in and we were hit with a horrible sewer smell. We called the front desk, and they came up to the room and said the smell was coming from the toilet (kind of an obvious point). They moved us to another room with a worse view without an apology, which was a bit odd. The room smelled much better (thank goodness), but we were a bit put off by the way we were treated.
The room contains a comfortable king size bed, desk, flat-screen tv, and spacious closet with a safe. The bathroom has a great rain shower, but please check your bath products before you hop in the shower each day. The hotel provides L'Occitane products, but our shampoo was removed from the shower for some reason on our second day. Not fun to realize this when you're already in the shower.
Aside from our initial room issue, we found the staff to be quite friendly, especially the doormen. There is a cute market in the square in front of the hotel on Saturdays and Sundays, which is a great place to pick up delicious cheese and meats. Additionally, Maison Antoine, which is also in the plaza, allegedly has the best frites in Brussels. We skipped it because of the lines, and I am regretting it now! :)
Overall, I would recommend this hotel for business stays. For weekend visitors, I would suggest staying closer to Grand Place or Place du Grand Sablon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the heart of the European quarter, Sofitel Brussels Europe is a truly elegant Brussels Belgium hotel - just a short walk from the European institutions. Enjoy gracious hospitality within our Brussels hotel accommodations, which sit on the colorful Jourdan Place - at the doorstep of the peaceful Leopold Park, near the museums of Cinquantenaire Park and the exceptional Félix Hap garden. The Grand Place is a few minutes from our Brussels city center hotel via metro or taxi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel Brussels Europe Hotel Etterbeek
- Accor Brussels Europe
- Brussels Sofitel