I stayed in Brussels for a couple of nights before heading somewhere else on the Eurostar on vacation.
On the plus side, the hotel is clean (a plus in Brussels) and close to the station. The internet works (it is free for 24 hours). The staff member at reception is friendly, but a little undertrained. There's a hairdryer that works, although there is no shampoo and conditioner--just all-purpose soap which is fairly industrial in its effect on hair.
To be frank, I would not choose this hotel again, although it might be fine for someone who needs to be very close to Brussels Midi train station (which includes terminals for the Eurostar and TGV), doesn't want to go anywhere else, and doesn't need food or toiletries.
1. Although I asked for a non-smoking room and mentioned that smoke is a problem because I have asthma, the smell of stale cigarette smoke is very strong. You'll have to take my word for it that I'm not like the princess with the pea. We're not talking a mild whiff. This is a smell that is overwhelming. My clothes smell and my eyes are streaming. It is not possible to open windows or turn on a fan.
2. The location is not ideal for someone on vacation. It is not convenient for eating out or seeing Brussels and in my opinion, it is not an area that is great for lone women. There are some dodgy characters hanging around on the street corners and outside the train station. I usually feel pretty comfortable walking around alone, but the atmosphere is a little threatening. I was followed, shouted, and touched at by at least four or five different groups of men while simply crossing the street and walking one block to the station to find food.
3. There is almost no food available in the area. There may be a couple of cafes open during the day along the street and in the station, but they seem suited to people who need calories--not an enjoyable experience (and my standards are not high; I would have no problem eating McDonalds if it were available). There is a supermarket on the next block from the hotel, but it closes early. There is a restaurant in the budget hotel next door, but it is only open late and the food is not appealing. During that day, it might be safe to walk to restaurants, but after dark, I think walking anywhere would not be a good idea. Also, it is tough to find restaurants in this part of the city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Novotel Brussels Centre Midi Station, located opposite the Gare du Midi train station, arrival station for Thalys, Eurostar and ICE, and just 1.2 miles (2 km) from the Grand-Place of Brussels. In addition to its 93 spacious and air-conditioned rooms, the hotel proposes free WiFi, a bar and a secured underground parking. The Novotel Brussels Centre Midi Station is ideally located if you wish to discover Brussels, not far from The Square, The Egg, European Community, Expo and Atomium. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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