I stayed in Park Inn by Radisson Leuven for a few days and I mostly have good memories about this place. The hotel is very close to the train station. Upon arrival to the train station take the elevator (which will take you up on a sort of bridge over the train station) and when you exit the elevator you are on a wooden path which takes you to the entrance of the hotel (approximately 30 meters). Even if your target city in Belgium is Brussels, it makes sense to stay in this hotel in Leuven as it only takes 20-25 minutes by train to get to the centre of Brussels. There is a bigger supermarket within 5 minutes walking distance as well. Usually the location around train stations is not the best but Leuven is a small town and everything is in order so I would not worry about it.
The staff at the front desk was really helpful. Rooms are average size, beds are comfortable and the bathroom is nice, too. Bathroom amenities are very basic. Unfortunately, heating works with AC and it is terribly slow in warming your room up (when you leave your room it turns off). During the night it also turns on and off automatically (sometimes 2-3 times within 10 minutes) so if you are sensitive to noise bring earplugs. There is a kettle in every room and some free coffee and tea as well. The wifi signal is good all over the hotel. Note, that in this hotel there is no minibar or fridge in the rooms. Funnily there is no wardrobe in the rooms as well, there is a hanging rail only. There is a fitness room on the first floor with the most important fitness equipments.
Breakfast was one of the weak points for me, it was quite mediocre. They keep minimum 3 people at the breakfast but every time they run out of bacon or eggs, etc., you have to go and ask for it because they do not notice on their own. The breakfast girls I met did not speak English very well, so do not ask for anything complicated. I also did not understand why they do not simply put a coffee kettle on each table so that guests can serve themselves and drink as much as they want to. Instead, one of the breakfast girls walks around the tables every now and then and asks you if you would like to have some coffee.
For me it was also a problem that housekeeping came and knocked on my door at 8 o'clock in the morning on some days, while on other days there was no real cleaning, they just took the trash out and made the bed.
I also have the feeling that this hotel is over-priced, I paid around 100 euro per night per person (and I booked much in advance) which seems very expensive for a hotel where you cannot do anything else but sleep as there are no other (recreational, etc.) facilities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chic hotel in Leuven is convenient to Central Station Take advantage of both an ideal location and desirable amenities at the Park Inn by Radisson Leuven. Only steps from Martelaren Square and Central Station, our contemporary accommodation is a perfect home base for exploring the city's cultural and leisure attractions. Guests can walk from the hotel to the Leuven city centre in about 10 minutes. The 133 sleek rooms are thoughtfully equipped with Wireless High-speed Internet, and the business centre and meeting facilities make the Park Inn a premier venue for a range of events. The hotel's setting in Leuven affords easy access to the city centre. A pedestrian bridge connects the Park Inn to Central Station; Brussels International Airport is a 15-minute train ride away. The colourful guest rooms include a work desk, coffee and tea provisions and individual climate control. The hotel's popular Leuven restaurant, RBG Bar & Grill, serves local and international favourites. Guests enjoy complimentary access to the on-site fitness room. Indoor public parking facilities make travel all the more convenient. Employ the 210-square-metre conference room or one of five additional meeting rooms for an impressive event. ... more less
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