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“Great Location - Nice Apartment for Families”
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Comfy lounge seats accentuate this apartment's cozy living room
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4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Brussels

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DAVALTrav...
Westerville, Ohio
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great Location - Nice Apartment for Families”
Reviewed January 2, 2017 for a stay in December 2016

Our family (Parents + 5 children (college and high school age)) spent 5 nights here around the Christmas holiday in 2016. Fantastic location - just steps away from Avenue Louise, tram & metro stops, lots of dining and shopping options. The apartment is on the 4th floor and is in a secure building. Plenty of sleeping spaces for our family and with 2 1/2 bathrooms - easily able to handle our family. There are several parking garages close by if you have a vehicle - including one that is less than 150 meters from the apartment. The apartment has a clothes washer & dryer as well as a dishwasher. All of which functioned well. Nice size refrigerator. We didn't cook in the kitchen so can't comment on the oven. Even though it is on the 4th floor - you can feel the rumble of the trams passing by on Chaussee Charleroi (they stop running during the night) and occasionally can hear police sirens - but overall is fairly quiet. Paul's - is a fantastic place to get coffee and pastries in the morning and there is a Carrefour Express a few blocks from the apartment that has basic grocery items, wine & beer.

The only negatives (and what is keeping us from giving it 5 stars) is that there is only 1 couch in the living room - which can seat 3 people. Otherwise - anyone else needs to sit on a dining room chair - so it wasn't ideal for group discussions or socializing in the evening. The stairs going up to the upper level (which is a very nice area) are small and fairly steep - which requires some caution when climbing up them. Both my wife and a daughter slipped and almost fell on them - so caution needs to be used.

Sofia - who met us at the apartment and was very nice and helpful - but think that we caught her off guard. We arrived at the planned time of 3:00 pm (we had arrived that morning in Brussels at 7:30 am - and spent the first part of the day sightseeing) - but she had not finished cleaning the apartment from the previous tenants. We stayed out of her way - and even went to dinner but she did not finish up until around 8:00 pm. We also discovered that there had been a problem with the hot water heater - which was repaired that evening - but resulted in our first showers in Brussels being very refreshing (cold!). After that bump in the road - the rest of our stay was great.

Would recommend staying here!

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cbm2013
Boston, Massachusetts
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17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Stunning apartment(s), great location and excellent value for money”
Reviewed March 22, 2014 for a stay in March 2014
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My friends/colleagues and I took this apartment and the 6-person apartment (on the floor below) for the duration of a week-long conference in Brussels. From the moment we walked in, it was clear that we could not have made a better choice accommodation-wise! I could go on forever, but I'll try to keep it down to the main points:

-lots of community space that can be used well; whether for mealtimes, work, or just hanging out. Plenty of chairs, couch space, tables, etc. Lots of natural light by day (skylight, big windows) and well-lit by night.
-great atmosphere. Furnishings are modern and original - the 6-person was a bit more classic, and the 8-person was a bit more on the funky side, but both really added to the feel of the apartment. This goes for the communal spaces as well as the rooms.
-very spacious; good balance between getting your individual space and being able to interact as a group
-ambient and well-equipped kitchen (everything you could possibly need, including a dishwasher). Excellent for cooking together and making group meals; I think part of the reason we cooked at home so much was that the kitchen was so inspiring!
-bed-sheets, linens and soap provided, all up to hotel standards
-free wifi - got a bit slow at times, but always worked
-bathrooms were large, clean and modern
-different types of beds, but all were relatively well-sized (usually there are two people kicking each other in a tiny "double" bed, but this was not the case!)
-lots of storage space for clothes, shoes and other personal belongings
-balcony: not much of a view, but relatively spacious, and with chairs and tables, practical for smokers
-super location: a stone's throw away from the luxury shopping district, a 15-minute walk to the european parliament or 10 minutes to Egmont Palace, with a metro station nearby for any further destinations (took me a total of 10 minutes from gare midi)
-relatively peaceful and quiet - although it's a central location, there wasn't a lot of noise from the street or other apartments
-accessible by elevator and stairs. admittedly, the elevator was very slow, but practical nonetheless.
-just one floor up from the 6-person apartment, which is great for those travelling in large groups
-owners were accommodating and friendly, always responded to e-mails quickly
-everything as advertized

A few points to keep in mind:
-the top room/floor is only accessible by some relatively narrow, metal stairs. This was fine for a group of 20-somethings, but you do have to be quite nimble to go up and down - I imagine my parents would've preferred staying in one of the downstairs rooms.
-only two sets of keys are provided, so the group needs to be rather well-coordinated or always have someone at home. This was never a problem for us as we had similar schedules.
-you have to pay half of the price of the deposit online in order to secure the booking. This was slightly tricky, because a) there were eight of us, so gathering the money took quite a lot of coordination, b) there is a 4% booking fee, and c) it could be that your bank charges quite a large amount for the transfer and conversion (for me, this was around 56 EUR). The flat owner offered to reimburse me (it seems that the fees would've been paid back as well) in order to process the payment differently or in pounds instead (I was paying from a UK account), but at this point I didn't want to take any more risks. It's my bank's fault, not the owner's, and they did try to help, but it might be worth looking into alternative payment options to avoid all the stress and complication.

Despite this slight hiccup with the bank fees, I can only say that it was absolutely worth it, and definitely one of the best (if not the best) vacation rentals I have ever stayed in, not to mention unbeatable value for money. If you're in a group of 6-8 people (or 14!) don't even consider anything else!

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Liked least: Booking process can get a bit frustrating
Traveling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Reviewed March 1, 2014 for a stay in February 2014

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California
Reviewed March 1, 2014 for a stay in December 2013

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Reviewed December 22, 2011 for a stay in September 2011
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Reviewed December 12, 2011 for a stay in August 2011

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Reviewed December 1, 2011 for a stay in November 2011
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