Just back from 4 nights at Hotel Le Berger. Could not have been happier with our choice of hotel. First impressions were good - (despite other reviews to the contrary, the hotel is not located on one of the worst streets in Brussels! Ok so it's not a traditionally scenic street, but it does house some very funky (and I suspect expensive) flats along with a couple of student flats too), the front of the hotel is smart and well maintained, the staff were friendly and welcoming and the hotel packed to the rafter with character (albeit a little eclectic in places!). We had booked one of the smallest rooms in the hotel and was actually pleasantly surprised that it was not as small as some of the other reviews would lead us to believe. The very stylish basin was in the room rather than the shower room, but we did each had a bedside table and the room had a chair as well as the bed. The shower room was perfectly formed - yes a little dark (but the make up mirror was is the bedroom not the shower room so that lighting level did not matter). The shower was superb - hot & powerful - and that's way more important than lighting levels. The breakfast was exceptional (even more so considering the price we paid for the room which inc breakfast) - with fresh fruit, yogurt, nuts, cereal, breads, rolls, biscuits, cake, crepes, pastries (pain au chocolat & croissants), ham/meats, cheeses, boiled eggs, tomatoes etc, several types of juice, & flavoured milk.
We arrived by Eurostar and walked the easy 2km from Gare du Midi to the hotel (glad we arrived in day light though as the area immediately around the station isn't the nicest of areas to be pausing to look at the map in) - but for those not wanting to walk, or not arriving in daylight, then the hotel is 3 stops on the metro and a very short walk from the metro station. The same metro station connects you to Heysel for the Atomium (same metro line so no changes required). It's also a relatively short walk from the hotel to the Palace of Justice, the Royal Palace and museums and beyond another 5-10mins walk to the Grand Place. We found everything within such easy reach that we only used the metro to go out to Heysel and the Atomium, other than that we were on foot throughout out 4 days.
Wouldn't hesitate to stay here again or to recommend to friends and family - but only those who travel light like us (it's not the place to arrive with numerous large suitcases due to the size of the lift/steepness of the stairs)
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