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Downtown-BXL
Ranked #21 of 210 Brussels B&B and Inns
Reviewed April 19, 2013

Just arrived home from a 3 night stay at Downtown BXL, we were in room 5 right at the top of the typical Brussels townhouse which was beautifully restored and decorated. The whole experience was exceptional, friendly helpful staff and owner, the room was clean, crisp white cotton bedding and towels, tv in bedroom and lounge, free Wifi, fridge,safe, hairdryer, and lovely antique furniture mixed with contemporary art work. Big free standing bath with powerful shower attachment and hot,hot water. The breakfast was great too lots of choice, bread, croissants, about 5 different conserves all lined up with individual serving spoons, i don't think i've ever seen such attention to detail ! you could have ham,cheese, boiled egg , yoghurt, cereal and fruit all served in the most beautiful blue and white pattern vintage belgium pottery. Central location, but not too noisy we slept well and i loved the view over the rooftops from the velux window in the bedroom. We walked from the Gard de Midi train station, it was pretty straight forward, just one long street, and took about 15 mins but we did only have a small suitcase. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

Me and my Husband have just returned back from this hotel, in our oppinion you can't go wrong with this hotel, the location is very central, the rooms are lovely, quite small and nicely decorated, it is boutique and quirky in style, just our style really - the bathrooms and shower were nice with big fluffy towels - the little kitchen unit was also an added extra so we had perculated coffee each morning before starting our day :) I can't comment on the breakfast as this wasn't included in our rate, but it just looked like a small continental one, we prefer to try local cafe's at breakfast time. 2 nights was definatley enough in this hotel and in Brussels - all in all I would reccomend!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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DavidDowntown-BXL, Propriétaire at Downtown-BXL, responded to this reviewResponded April 14, 2013

Thanks for your positive review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Downtown-BXL and that you recommend our B&B to other Trip Advisor travellers! Concerning breakfast (which of course can always be added in case it is not already included in the room rate), I would like to point out that we serve home-squeezed orange juice, coffee/tea/chocolate, bread/croissants, butter and several sorts of marmalade, eggs, yoghourts, ham/cheese/salami, fresh fruits, corn flakes/muesli. It is important for us that our future guests know what they can expect! Best regards, Théo.

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Reviewed February 19, 2013

It is conveniently situated near the metro (about 5 mins walk) and places of attraction such as the Grand Place and Manneken Pis (around 10 mins or less). If you are up for a longer walk (around 25-30 mins), you can even walk to the pedestrian shopping street, Rue Neuve. My partner and I managed to walk to a lot of places on foot in Brussels.

We stayed in the studio and it looks exactly like it does in the pictures. Therefore there was no disappointment in that aspect! It is furnished with a double bed, a lounge corner, bathroom and even a "mini-kitchen" (hidden behind a door) that has the most comprehensive equipment I've ever seen in a B&B. Quite impressed by that as it meant that we could have a meal indoors with proper utensils and all (environmentally friendly).

There was also a complimentary breakfast for us which was a very sweet gesture. They'd even ask you how you like your eggs done & I love that they have freshly squeezed orange juice! Not the type from the carton box. Yummers.

The staff were also friendly and helpful. The only downside is that there is no lift to any of the rooms and the staircase is very narrow. But there is no need for worry as the staff will gladly assist you to get it up to your room.

Overall, I'd definitely recommend this B&B to anyone who is heading for Brussels.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank cornscious
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Great hotel in good location. Parking very close. Staff / owner very helpful and kind. Rooms large and very clean. Will stay here again, first choice.
Staircase tricky, particularly in heels, but was helped with luggage.
Thank you!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 2, 2012 via mobile

Stayed in BXL for two nights. It is located 5min walk from Grand Place in nice neighbourhood with plenty of bars and restaurants but away from the tourist chaos. Rooms are clean, modern and quiet. Great breakfast in the morning served with smile. Definitely would recommend.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

My husband and I stayed at this bed and breakfast for two days in mid november. It is located a quick walk from the Brussels Central train station. Although we arrived prior to check in, we were permitted to store our bags until later. We were given our key and our room number and off we went. The location is near the main square and the manequin pis. As other reviewers have stated the stairs are very narrow, however we had not problems with them. Here are all the positives... our bed was extremely comfortable and our shower large with plenty of hot water, the sound proofing of the windows was excellend, it really does drown out the street noise below, breakfast was excellent with fresh squezed OJ, croissants made daily and a variety of meats, cheeses and eggs (if you wish), and finally the owners are welcoming, hospitable and helpful. The only negative is the stair case, but again it did not impact my trip. I loved our time at this b&b and would not hesitate to stay there again! There is no better value for your money.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

Me and my wife stayed here in Mid November for 2 nights.

We walked from the Brussels Central Train Station, and were greeted by the lovely owner.
Who talked us through our trip and advised us of places to go and the do's and don'ts.

The owner helped my carry my wife's bag to the room.
Which was on the 4th floor.
It was very good excercise.
The room was lovely, very nicely decorated, and had a sitting area.
The bed was big and soft. The Windows were double glazed and so no noise came in through them.
The room also had a fridge and microwave and coffee making facilities.

The shower room was inviting and the shower was powerful and hot.

The Wi-fi in the room worked brilliantly too.

The Location is wonderful, down a little arty street with many cafe's on.
It is then only a few minutes walk to the Grand Place, and other roads all around with cafe's and bars on.
It felt very safe, walking back at night too.

And someone in another review mentioned the exterior door not locking.
But I guess the owner has fixed this, as it is now an automatically locking door.

Someone has also mentioned the bar next door, which was wonderful, and recommended by the Owner, and we too had our final drinks in there both nights.

Wonderful place, lovely stay and owner and we would stay again if we come to Brussels again.

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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Rue du Marche au Charbon 118, Brussels 1000, Belgium
Location: Belgium > Brussels
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #21 of 210 B&Bs / Inns in Brussels
Price Range: $134 - $150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Downtown-BXL 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
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