For a 3 star hotel, this is a surprisingly great hotel to stay at.
We stayed in a 'Superior' double room on the fifth floor and enjoyed a lovely view of the streets at night and the cathedral ruins next to the hotel.
The room itself was spacious, tastefully decorated, clean and comfortable. The restaurant and bar was very nice, as was the inclusion of a Mac area (which we used extensively) to plan your routes around the city or simply catch up on e-mails, Twitter etc. There's also a small play area and an Xbox 360 for the kids (or immature adults like me).
The downsides are minor at worst. There was a curious brown stain on the toilet wall - I'm not sure what it was but I was't overly keen to investigate further. There was also the fact that our room coffee and cups were not replenished after the second night. Oh, and a minor inconvenience of the toilet being separate from bathroom - meaning that you had to go the toilet, then to the bathroom afterwards to wash your hands. This is just nitpicking, though. It's a very, very minor inconvenience.
It's worth noting that while the rooms can be be expensive, reserving a room weeks/months in advance saved us a lot of money (we paid less than half price of the standard rate). As a result, planning and booking in advance means that this hotel should easily be able to fit within the budget of most people.
All in all, I really enjoyed my trip to Brussels and this lovely hotel was a big part of it. Would happily use this hotel again or another Novotel in a different city based on our experiences here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Novotel Brussels Centre Tour Noire is a 4 star hotel offering 217 rooms located in the lively Place Ste Catherine area, 800 m from the Grand Place. Ideal for seminars meetings and conferences, the hotel offers 11 modular function rooms with a break area. Guests on a business trip to Brussels can unwind in our fitness center, jet-stream pool, hammam and soak up the atmosphere in our bar brasserie perfect for exploring a typical Belgian meal or sampling delicious beers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Brussels Centre Hotel Brussels
- Accor Brussels Centre
- Brussels Novotel