My husband and I stayed at the Downtown BXL on 9/30/12 - 9/3/12. The owners are extremely nice and helpful. Breakfast is the traditional European style with excellent coffee and croissants. Out of our two week trip, the coffee was probably one of the best! One morning, they even made fresh squeezed orange juice. It was excellent!!
Our room was nice and cozy. We were worried that it would be loud, being in downtown, but we slept great. Noise was minimal. The location is great. We were walking distance from Grand Place, Central Station, and Midi Station.
Right next door is a little bar called Moeder Lambic that we fell in love with. We went there every night for one last beer before bed.
Our only complaint is that no one warned us of the Belgium Train Strike that was to start the day we were supposed to leave. We found out about it at 10pm the night before we were to leave because I was surfing the net. It would have been nice if the owners told us we needed to find other transportation to Germany, but no one said anything.
It was extremly frustrating, trying to get out of the country. We will most likely never return to Belguim because of this. This is not the fault of the hotel, but according to the locals, the trains strike frequently, even over holidays. If you go to Belgium on a Rail Pass, be warned...the trains will probably go on strike!!! We spent long, horrible hours in the smelly bus station, waiting for our very late bus to take us to Germany.
One other complaint against Belgium...when we arrived, we spent 2 HOURS WAITING to get through security at the airport. It was HORRIBLE. Kids were puking and the smell just lingered because no one from the airport cleaned it up. Parents had to use their baby wipes to get it off the floor. It was worse than waiting for the bus. For these two reasons, we will probably never return to Belgium.
If you go, I do recommend staying in this hotel. Just don't fly into Brusses and don't plan on taking the trains or be sure to have other tranportation options.
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