We stayed here the first weekend in December for our wedding anniversary. We knew from other reviews the location would not be great and getting off the Metro at Rogier we did have to walk past some sex shops. However... this hotel is not in a bad location at all! You can walk everywhere, it's centrally located and apart from getting on and off the Metro, you never saw the sex shops or any kind of funny business you might associate with them! It was about a 10 min walk to Grand Place, Bourse etc where all the restaurant and bars etc are. The walk was in a busy area (well lit) so you felt safe and we never saw any kind of trouble at all. Also the hotel is right by the high street (lots of good chains/ brand shops e.g. Mango H&M, Springfields, Forever 21 etc!! i did fit some shopping into the weekend!)
Upon arriving at the hotel check in was smooth, efficient and they upgraded us for free! Our room 609 had a balcony, and two different views of the city, one looking towards Grand Place and you could see the top of the Hotel De Ville! The room wasn't massive but was very clean and nicely decorated. excellent value for the rate we paid with Expedia. The bathroom was large with a shower/bath and separate toilet. Everything was in full working order. The room service was efficient and staff very professional and good at their jobs. They even brought us a card and biscuits for our anniversary which was a very nice touch. Nothing was too much trouble such as making dinner reservations, getting us a taxi etc. We didn't eat in the hotel as the breakfast was 27 euros pp per day (abit too pricey for us) so we grabbed a coffee and croissant whilst exploring! Lots of cafe culture so no problem finding somewhere, try Exki on high street literally around the corner which has lots of variety/healthy options for breakfast and lunch.
We got the bus/Metro from the airport which worked well, beware if getting a taxi they are VERY expensive. There was a strike on the day we went home and it cost us 60 euros for 15 min journey - ouch! compared to 10 euros (for both of us) to get to hotel on public transport! (During the week it's bus 12 from airport, get off at Schuman, get Metro to Arts Loi Kunst Wet and then change for Rogier. It took about an hour).
The Christmas markets were good and spread across the city, be sure to check out the biggest in the St Catherine's district with ice rink, ferris wheel, most stalls, rides for kids etc.
We loved the bars and restaurants and when the Christmas markets are on it is very Christmassy! There is a light show at Grand Place which is lovely if you can dodge the rain! (also a champagne/oyster bar there for shelter!!). We ate at Kelderke restaurant right on the Grand Place and was surprised how reasonably priced it was and the traditional Belgium food was amazing. I would recommend visiting there, no reservation required either.
Overall we loved the hotel and i would recommend Brussels to my friends and family.
My tip would be: take a brolly, just incase! When it rains, it pours!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Le Plaza Brussels has 189 guest rooms and suites, each personalized with refined furniture, combining tradition and modernity for the comfort of tourists and business travelers alike. The hotel also offers business services, video-conferencing, and extensive meeting and conference spaces, including Le Plaza Theatre, listed for its historical value by Royal Decree, where every event becomes memorable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Plaza Brussels
- Le Plaza Hotel