Despite the warm remarks about the town in the review from Deantuam, Charleroi by most people's standards is a bit of a dump. And it has been since I first went there in the 1970s. So if you don't plan to spend very long there, why not make do with a cheap and shabby hotel?
Climb narrow stairs with a worn carpet to a tired corridor. I got a small bedroom with neat, clean twin beds, minimal hanging space, shaky work top that partly covered the small cushioned seat. But it also had a very good free WiFi connection. The small en-suite had shower and basin - each with soap dispenser - and a toilet.
A 2-minute walk across the pedestrian bridge that spans the canal outside the hotel and you are at the tram/bus station with the railway station adjacent. There is a direct bus service to Charleroi airport (Brussels South in Ryanair-speak). I have no idea where you would park if you arrived by car. Road outside is likely to be a working site for a while yet.
Surprisingly the Ibis offered an excellent buffet breakfast. I even had a couple of soft boiled eggs to which I was able to add olive oil in the way that I like.
If it hadn't redeemed itself with breakfast, I'm afraid I would have marked this Ibis down to 2 stars.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel ibis Charleroi Gare , completely renovated, has modern rooms in the center of the city, just a quarter mile from Charleroi-South Train Station. It has a 24-hour bar and free Wi-Fi throughout. Brussels South Charleroi Airport is a 15-minute bus ride ( 5 euros ). Each of the rooms at the Hotel ibis Charleroi Gare are air-conditioned and come equipped with a flat-screen TV and a work desk. The rooms also have a private bathroom with a walk-in shower. The Musee des Beaux-Arts, in the heart of the historic center, is a 18-minute walk away. References to comic book culture are scattered throughout the city in the form of murals and statues. Ibis is 10 minutes from the Centre de Culture Scientifique by car. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Accor Charleroi Centre Gare