Got a very good rate online (July is apparently low-season in Brussels!) and chose this hotel based on the positive TripAdvisor reviews. Considering the quality and location of the hotel, it was a fantastic value for money and I was very satisfied overall.
Plus points: The Dominican is in a perfect location for tourists as it is just a short walk to the Grand Place, the metro station, and the Central Station - convenient for Brussels sightseeing as well as day trips. Very attractive common areas and a nice impression when you walk into the lobby. Upon arrival, I was upgraded from a standard room to one of the loft rooms, which was a nice surprise. The room was not enormous, but quite comfortable with a work area and two armchairs. Bathroom was spotless and in good condition. There was a very nice full size bathtub and a great rain shower. My room was near the elevator, but never had any noise issues from that.
Room for improvement: Soundproofing on the windows facing rue Leopold would be nice. Although the street itself doesn't have traffic, I was woken up very early every morning by trucks on the adjacent road and I don't consider myself a light sleeper. WiFi service was somewhat erratic, going on and off all the time. It was free, but couldn't use gmail for example. This was also a problem with one of the workstations in the lobby. Website says minibar is free (excl alcohol), however this was not the case when I was there. The policy should be explained clearly at check-in to avoid confusion. Housekeeping was generally good, although it didn't seem like they vacuumed as some crumbs were left on the carpet over a number of days. I think the hotel should also consider some 'eco-friendly' policies - the bathroom soap was replaced every day, even if only used once, no option to keep towels for more than one day, no recycling available. Although it is a higher-end place, that is no reason to ignore common 'green' practices that so many hotels use. These are all somewhat minor complaints, but led to my ranking the Dominican at 4 stars instead of 5.
The very expensive breakfast was not necessary for me, as there are numerous good cafes nearby and also a small grocery store across the street where I could buy everything needed at more reasonable prices.
In conclusion, if you can get a good rate, I say definitely book this hotel! The location is perfect and it has a nice character that you won't find at most chain hotels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Dominican, first member of Design Hotels™ in Brussels, is a destination for elegance in the centre of Brussels. The Dominican is a deluxe design hotel, poised to become a destination for elegance in the city centre. It's stylish rooms, private courtyard and bustling Grand Lounge combine to ensure indulgent hospitality. In the Grand Lounge, located adjacent to an intimate inner courtyard, our breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. The Lounge Bar is a combination of contemporary cafe and stylish lounge, making this the perfect destination for a relaxing break. A delectable selection of food and drinks are available to enjoy at any moment throughout the day. For a relaxing experience or an energy boost you can visit our health club with gym, sauna, steambath and massage. Stay and experience one of our 150 stylishly designed deluxe rooms, executive rooms or one of The Dominican's 3 exclusive suites. All our rooms are equipped with all modern amenities. WIFI (complimentary), Airconditioning, Telephone (VOIP), Safe, Mini-bar, Flat screen TV, Room service, Ironing facilities. The bathrooms are relax areas with rain shower or bath, hairdryer and toiletries. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Dominican Hotel Brussels
- Dominican Hotel Brussels
- Dominican Brussels