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“Hotel de France Brussels Midi” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel de France
Ranked #21 of 22 Hotels in Saint-Gilles
London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Hotel de France Brussels Midi”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2012

This is a very basic hotel in the Arab quarter of Brussels. It's very close to Midi station and about a 15 minute walk to Grand Place. I paid E88 for 2 nights and I felt that this was excellent value for money. The room was clean and tidy, bathroom clean but unbelievably small (this may not apply to all rooms), no wardrobe or drawers, just hangers on a coat hook bar. The TV had a good selection of multi lingual channels.
All in all a great hotel for Midi station especially if you only need a clean place to sleep and base yourself. I would recommend it.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Fleetwood, United Kingdom
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147 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2012

The advantage of this hotel is that it is located within easy walking distance of the Gare de Midi in Brussels which is the main international railway station in Brussels and has direct rail link to the Brussels International Airport. You just leave by the exit “Tour de Midi” and you can almost see the hotel.

The disadvantage is that like in most cities, the area around a main railway station seems to attract the kind of low life you don't particularly want to meet at night. I was reassured to see several patrols of police, usually in pairs, around the area and had no problems myself. But it is advisable to keep a good look out.

The room was light and clean, albeit the window faced the central shaft. Everything worked and there is free wifi. The shaft echoed at times from people in adjacent rooms but closing the window reduced this considerably. Breakfast was extra and quite simple but adequate.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2012

Nothing else to say really, other than our experience was akin to paying to sleep in a rubbish dump. The room was filthy and literally stained. The bathroom had holes in the walls. Electrical points were hanging out of the walls. The shower was revolting. Avoid!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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86 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2012

The hotel is roughly around 7-10 minutes from the Brussels south station. The hotel lobby looks good. The receptionist doubling up as manager was funny with his mannerisms and polite all the way.

The washroom door knob came out when trying to close the door. The manager said he would get it repaired but it never got done.
The washroom was clean. Soap and shampoo were provided. The breakfast was 5 euros per person, not so great. The room was pricey, 79 euros each.

The room itself was well laid out, fairly large enough and the bed was good. The biggest drawback is the lack of air conditioning and we suffered for 2 nights because of it as the weather outside was +30 degrees, which was unusually warm.

The area around the hotel gives the appearance of safety issues. The area is middle eastern centric and 4-5 blocks further away would you see local Belgian flavour.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2012

The hotel Is very close to Gare du Midi train station. It is not the nicest of areas but is convenient for an overnight stay.
The hotel itself is basic. I stayed in a comfort single which cost Euro 79. It had a double bed, a flat screen TV, a tiny desk/dresser and a wall rack with some clothes hangers on. The bathroom was one of the smallest I have ever seen, but it did have a working and comfortable shower. Overall the room was clean and quiet. There was also free wifi which worked fairly reliably. Breafast is Euro 5 which was a pre-made up tray consisting of croissants, juice and coffee.
I would recomend for an overnight stay. I have stayed at more expensive in Brussels and the hotels have been more basic. I would say that this is fairly good value.
I would mention that 2 of my colleagues were pick pocketed on the Metro on the way to our meeting. So be aware!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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scarborough n/yorks eng
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19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2012

When i read other reviews I was slightly worried,but nothing could be further from the truth.Yes its in a cosmopoliton area ,I got slightly lost so I asked for directions a friendly lad was very helpful ,I was on wrong side of busy road.The staff also friendly what do you wantfor 2stars.My room was large clean and tidyplus a large bed.Yes the handwash basin would havebeen better in the bedroom rather than bathroom but you can`t have it all.I had some good meals at a cafe on the corner of Stallingrad Strat fish hot salad in baggette with fries.Yes there was a lot of people they live there I said good evening as I past on the street they all replied seemed friendly to me.I`m 60yrs single and white and I never felt anxious at all,the other guests all seemed relaxed as well and the hotel was full for the 4days I was there.So I would heartly recommend this Hotel,I think some of the reviewers just expected to much yours david wilson

Room Tip: 206 is the room I stayed in the lift worked well the room was quiet plus clean towels everyday
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Warsaw, Poland
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155 reviews
73 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2012

It is not a hotel of our dreams. First of all it is not a brand new hotel and owners are rather not interested in conservation of this staff. If you treat it as a place to sleep and go, then fine, you would be OK. The area is also rather not friendly and safe. As for the capital of the European Union, it would be better.

Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel de France
Address: Boulevard Jamar 21-23 | Sint-Gillis, Saint-Gilles, Brussels 1060, Belgium
Location: Belgium > Brussels > Saint-Gilles
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Ranked #21 of 22 Hotels in Saint-Gilles
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel de France 2*
Number of rooms: 27
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