Stayed one night on business in June 2013. Room 106.
Don't be put off by the backstreet nature of the outside street. Urban regeneration in progress: indeed the church on the other side of the road was holding a PR event for a cosmetic company Hotel is a few minutes from NaamsePoort/Porte de Namur metro station. Good location for the "European" institutions and for walk down into the centre.
Great design: Carlos Florin the architect. White all over, with blue highlights including a striking blue wooden water cascade through the foyer and up through the atrium. Artworks scattered all over the hotel.
But you don't come to a hotel for artworks!
Reception staff were invariably helpful.
Room was on first floor, next to the lift looking over the street and next to the external HOTEL neon sign. Normally not a promising start but none of these interfered with the stay.
Room was smallish but OK for short stay. Bit cramped if there were two: no spare space to walk around bed for example. Little space if you have a large suitcase. Small bench table and workchair. Two single beds; excellent mattresses, clean linen. Room was clean. Wi-fi was free and strong signal. TV showed wide range of channels from across Europe. So far so good.
There are very effective blinds operated from a switch on the wall. Reading lights over the bed.
One niggle: the wardrobe is only suitable for shirts/jacket; it does not allow you to hang a raincoat.
Bathroom shows design: a wet room, walk in shower, good fittings, reasonable towels (bit on the thin side). But a howler. I really do not think a hotel of this design should have a hose-pipe hair dryer. I really hate them.
Breakfast in the basement room was fine: adequate choice of breads, meats, cheese, etc and usual warm stuff.
So overall it's reasonable but with that hairdryer!
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- Aqua Hotel is located in the Toison d'Or-Louise area (chic and trendy area, ideal for shopping), very close from the Egmont Palace, the Mont des Arts and the Royal Place where all the major museums are. Camille Lemonier Museum is also very close by. The Hotel features a fitness room openes 24/7 for which the access is free for the hotel's guests. Wifi is free in the whole hotel and the rooms have ethernet cable slots. Feel free to contact the reception in order to book the Meeting Room and organize your meetings in a design and warm atmosphere. The rooms all feature a little fridge to store your tasty souvenirs, tea and coffee facilities and air conditionning. The majority of our rooms are decorated with an original painting! We will be looking forward to making you comfortable! ... more less
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