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“Great location but expensive” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Park Inn by Radisson Leuven

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Park Inn by Radisson Leuven
Ranked #3 of 17 Hotels in Leuven
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Budapest, Hungary
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59 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Great location but expensive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

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.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

Great location directly next to train station, can walk to many central city shops and restaurants. Newer hotel, friendly front desk staff, rooms were nice size. would stay again. Many other hotels have negative reviews on the hot water in this area, this was not a problem at the Park Inn.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Montréal, Québec
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

The hotel is well located, next to the station. We had a room on the opposite side, with view on the street, which was very calm.
The staff was very polite, always willing to know if our stay was alright. The rooms are brand new, clean and well furnished (even if there's no minibar/refrigerator - but hey, I don't need one most of the time).

Weird thing : the bathroom and the toilet's doors don't have any lock. Also, there's no shower curtain. But hey, you should be fine as long as there's no maid coming in.
The wifi didn't work at first and I had to ask to the reception guy who told me that the problem was with android. He gave me another way to connect and everything was fine.

Plus, the breakfast is excellent. Minus, the pillows are far too big. Overall, a very nice stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank WSquirrel
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013

The hotel was fine the room was fine but several small things irritated me which on their own wouldn't have being a problem e.g. temp of the water warm not HOT, huge pillows in a case far too small. The wardrobe was a hanging rail stuck to the wall. The air con was horrid and i didn't like the shape of the room . . . .

The main point being it irritated me and i would consider myself fairly laid back. Although the location is fab - right next to the train station and maybe 5-10min to the centre of Leuven. I would advise against staying here any longer than 1night. I would recommend the continental breakfast plenty of options all tasty and fresh, i wouldn't recommend the food otherwise take a 5min walk and explore the beautiful town.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank clareay26
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

I stayed here for one week on business.
This is a busy hotel, modern, centrally located.
My room was close to the the lifts but heard no noise.
Staff are professional, helpful and friendly.
I would definately recommend.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MissBushmills
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Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

The Park Inn, is a good basic hotel. Located quite centrally in Leuven. their hotel staff are very helpful and friendly. I checked in at 8am after a direct 9 hr flight from Mumbai, and without any prior intimation on early check in. Still, the staff had all my details filled and ready, and were willing to accommodate me with no questions asked. This was my first ever experience in Europe where i could do an early check in that easily. My colleague had had the same experience, the previous day also.
The room is nice and spacious, basic toiletries and stuff. Nice view with large glass windows which give the room a nice open look.
Overall a good stay for a business trip, a hotel I would recommend in Leuven.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Leuven_13
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Singapore
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11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

Being a frequent no incessant traveller, I have had my share of hotel rooms of all kinds and I can honestly say this one is perfect for its price. This year old property in Leuven was chosen by my friend for our 1 day visit to Brussels to avoid taking a car into the city. Being next to the train station, it is a quick 20 mins to Brussels from here. It was the perfect hotel from all aspects, standard Park inn rooms, nothing too fancy but clean and comfortable. Friendly staff who went the extra mile helping us rid of a drunken sailor who was occupying the Parking garage lift. Even though we were checking out well before breakfast time in the morning, the chef was kind enough to pack take away breakfast for us at 6am! Would definitely stay here again and recommend it to anyone visiting Leuven or Brussels.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Park Inn by Radisson Leuven
Address: Martelarenlaan 36 | Kessel-Lo, Leuven 3010, Belgium
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Location: Belgium > Flanders > Flemish Brabant Province > Leuven
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 17 Hotels in Leuven
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Park Inn by Radisson Leuven 3*
Number of rooms: 133
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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