I just came back from a four night stay at this hotel and it was OK as an overall experience. Nothing major to complain about but nothing really to admire (except the perfect location). I will try to be as subjective as possible by listing the advantages and disadvantages:
1 - Perfect location. Couldnt get any better. close to gare central, grand place, shops, restaurants, attractions etc. Even for the pick up and drop off for the daily tours, it is also convenient. You are in the center of everything. This super location makes u save time and money which is a great advantage while travelling.
2 - The staff are nice and helpful, easy check in, easy check out operation. Friendly staff at the restaurant too
3 - Free unlimited wifi all over the hotel
4 - Free and diverse breakfast
5 - Easy going attitude
1 - Small dated basic rooms. Needs some renovation to give a fresh look to the hotel
2 - No real lobby like you expect in every hotel. Just two couches or you can stay in what is really the seating area of the restaurant
3 - Bad accoustics between the adjacent rooms
4 - Strange smell in some areas in the hotel.
5 - No concierge to help you with the luggage, so you take them by yourself to the luggage room (in case you check out and you wish to leave them for a while). But that didnt really bother me. I see this as part of the easy going / self service / do it yourself policy. (Though it can be annoying for elderly people)
6 - I had a room facing the street, and it was noisy. But this is something they can do nothing about it, any building will have to have at least one street facade. You can hear the garbage truck in the morning, the train in the subway, and all sort of vehicular and pedestrian noise. But then again it didnt really bother me as i used to arrive late night after a long exhausting day that made me sleep no matter what. But for those who are seeking quietness, try to skip the street facing rooms.
So I think the equation in this hotel is as follows:
They give you perfect location + free wifi + free breakfast + reasonable price to make up for the average rooms. i have seen a better four stars in many european countries, at the end it all depends on what the person is after ! luxury of practicality?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With its central location in Brussels, hotel Scandic Grand Place is your perfect choice when visiting this charming Belgian capital city. Within walking distance from the hotel you'll find many of Brussel's prominent tourist attractions and a vibrant city life. Scandic Grand Place is situated a 5 minute walk from Brussel's central station, and a quick walk from the famous Manneken Pis, great shopping areas, restaurants, bars, cathedrals and museums. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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