We thought it would be nice to stay in a small art deco hotel in Brussels rather than one of those big soulless places and it was really quite nice. The hotel is just off Rue Neuve and about 10-15 minutes walk from the Grand Place. It's a pretty little tavern with many original art deco features to its facade and pub interior but the rooms have been 'done up' and seem to be mainly quite contemporary judging by the website and brochure. Our room was on the second floor and overlooking the little street - bedrooms on the side of the building must be a fair bit smaller and with a view of a grotty alleyway. Anyway our room was big and bright - lots of orange made it very fresh-looking - with a smart shower room/toilet. All in all we were very pleased with it and also with the staff who are very nice and welcoming. A couple of points though - their workmen have let them down a bit in the quality of the workmanship and our door handle came off in our hands and the door to the balcony was so warped it didn't close properly, making it very noisy (this city never sleeps) and it will be cold when the weather changes too. Very oddly, the owners don't seem to have provided anywhere for you to put your clothes - no wardrobe, just one hook on which you could balance the 5 coat hangers provided and no drawers - we had to live out of our cases for our 4 day stay. TV is all French and Dutch language stations which is educational - they have a pay tv system which I think would have got us a wider selection but they didn't push it and we didn't think to ask. They give you free internet but again don't make a big deal of it. Breakfast is a bit basic and there isn't a lot of it may be better value to go round the corner to the Exki cafe which is excellent.
The place is small and it seems to be early days; I hope they make it, as it's great to see a lovely building brought back from dereliction. So far though very few people seem to know it's there and the bar can be a bit quiet and lacking in atmosphere.
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