Normally in Brussels I stay somewhere nice but this was a last minute trip. The hotel was about €190 so I expected semi decent for this price, but....
The NH hotel is in a central Brussels location, and is very poky and cramped. Reception is reached by climbing down a set of stairs.
Arriving in the room things get worse, the room itself being very cramped indeed, I was glad to be travelling solo as there was only enough room for me and my cabin sized suitcase, definitely a couple with larger bags would have struggled. It's been a long time since any money was spent on this place room was dingy and tired looking.
Bathroom was a bit of a disaster, was one of those showers "over bath" which I could get into okay but my colleague told me was a struggle for him as he's a bigger guy. Then, I could not get the button on the bath tap to pull up (so as to flick on the shower rather than the bath tap). I'm a fit and healthy sort of girl, definitely not frail but after 10 minutes of struggling I called reception only to be told "everyone says this you just have to keep trying it's just very difficult"!
Eventually I managed to use the keyring from my house to wedge under the button and wrench it up that way, so 15 minutes of struggle for my 5 minute shower as I was now pushed for time for dinner. Toiletries were very sparse and budget quality.
After dinner I returned to the room intending to check my work emails, only to find that the wi-fi ran so slow as to not be able to access my VPN before timeout. Gave up and tried facebook, nope too slow to load my home page there too - less than dialup speed.
Turned on the ancient cathode ray tiny portable tv to find only English language channel was CNN so spent the evening flicking between German and French language tv.
Finally gave up and attempted to sleep, bed hard and uncomfortable and room only single glazed, the kind of windows I have on my shed at home, which don't block out any noise, the tram line is outside so it sounds like a tram coming through your window all night, and when the trams eventually stop there are drunk people shouting. All normal for a city centre I guess, but what's NOT normal is the single glazing!
After a sleepless night I went down for breakfast feeling exhausted. Breakfast was a buffet, adequate but low quality. A real shame as I look forward to nice bakery items normally in Belgium, but these are not to be found here, it's the cheapest of the cheap.
Back up to the room to struggle with the shower (had to use shampoo as shower gel there were so little toiletries) and then thankfully to check out and vow never to return.
All this for €190 a night - just awful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- NH Brussels City Centre is conveniently located right next to the prestigious Avenue Louise shopping street in the heart of the uptown center of Brussels, with many restaurants and bars nearby. The hotel is within 15 minutes of the European Commission and Grand-Place, and you can walk to many major sites and attractions in just 15 minutes, including famous museums, the Midi Station, Parc de Bruxelles, Royal Palace and Place du Grand Sablon. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nh Brussels City Centre Hotel Brussels
- Nh Hotels Brussels
- Nh Hotel Brussels