the first image of the hotel - i.e. the TA photos, and the lobby itself - don't reveal what the rooms are all about. and they are pretty, modern, not too big but of sufficient area, with many rather convenient small designer details (e.g. LED reading lamps, wardrobe glass door - not to leave anything behind, plenty of light, perfectly arranged light switches, small but greatly designed bathroom,...). in bathroom, there is a wall-to-wall shelf around the sink, providing ample space for your bathroom belongings. the bathroom itself is not huge, but it's not too tight either. the hotel offers shampoo, etc., but also bathing sponge (!). tv set is modern, fridge big enough for some cheese you might buy in the city... beds are very comfy, with good pillows, and as said with reading lamps. what I particularly liked were wooden (or something) floors, and everything was perfectly clean.
the hotel is located in the beginning of Avenue Louise, a rather chic area close to city centre, and just in front of it there is tram stop for lines 92 and 94, running down to Rue de la Regence, which passes by Sablon (3 stops) and Place Royal and Royal Museum (4 stops, 10min walk to Central Train Station). At 100m there is the Louise metro station. the EC is at some 20-ish minutes walking distance through Ixelles (eastwards). for who's interested, the upmarket shops by famous designers are around the corner at Waterloo street...
with such great location, there is certainly some city noise in rooms. however, the hotel photos are somewhat misleading: despite its narrow front facade, it is rather elongated and rather big, hence more quite rooms are in the back, facing lateral streets. if I recall well, smaller room numbers are on the front.
this hotel has the best breakfast I've seen in hotels. the breakfast tables have it all: from bread and pastry/croissants, eggs/waffles/grilled vegetables, to - above all - fresh fruits and freshly squeezed juices. I cannot think of anything they didn't have there!!! btw, all was tasty, including bread, and cheese and ham (which tend to be of lowest quality in hotels...)
the lobby and the breakfast room with their rather low ceilings are an understatement compared to the
size of the hotel, but that is an advantage, because the hotel seems rather intimate, as if you enter a residential house, not a hotel.
the staff is excellent, although not too much smiling. I would certainly excuse them for it, since I've seen hotel guests change daily in big numbers, and the receptionists would serve three people simultaneously, with exquisite speed and efficiency.
one minus goes to elevators, which need some refurbishment...
this hotel was a rather pleasant surprise, since it has really good modern rooms, and it is very well located.
- 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:
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