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Hotel Bruxelles
Ranked #9 of 17 Hotels in Soldeu
Trencin, Slovakia
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“Everything what yo need.”
Reviewed March 15, 2010

We stayed in Bruxelles in January 2010.
Hotel has everything what you need for good ski holiday apart of breakfast.
To be close to ski slopes and bars is most important and it could not get any better then in hotel bruxelles.
Dinners were very tasty and staff is very helpful and really friendly.
We got room number 17 which is one of the bigger rooms with extra bed. Bathrooms are in high standard and rooms were cleaned daily.
Hotel can get very noisy at night because the bar downstairs close late, but it didn't bother us much.

There is only one thing we did not like about this hotel at it was poor breakfast.
If you don't eat cereals you should give a miss to breakfast in Bruxelles, even choice of cereals was poor (2). We never experience such a poor breakfast.
There is only milk, toast, 2 choices of cereals, butter and one croisant per person. Nothing else, no hot food, no cheese, no ham, no bred roll no fruits.

But i would still recommend this hotel, because the location, value and friendliness of staff is brilliant.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
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Nottingham UK
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Reviewed March 7, 2010

We have just returned from a weeks stay at Hotel Bruxelles and have had a fab week.

Hotel
This is a small, friendly, clean and welcoming hotel. The rooms are clean, bathrooms have all the amenities you want from a snow holiday - lovely hot shower, and clean bathroom. Beds are comfortable and rooms have their own air con, so temp can be controlled by you. The walls are on the thin side, but we didn't really hear any noise at night, and definitely didn't stop us from sleeping!

Food
we stayed half board as part of the crystal package, and cannot compliment the quality and portion sizes of the meals at this hotel. Breakfast was cereal, croissant, fruit and bread and coffee - but you could definitely fill up on this. The evening meal was a 3 course meal - a set menu, but if you didn't like what was available, there were a wide choice of options, or you could pay an addititional 2.90 euros for a lovely steak. Or you could order off the a la carte menu and get a 10% discount on the price. We did this a couple of nights, not because the set menu was poor but just because we wanted to taste some of the other yummy things on the menu. The main course for the set menu ranged from steak, spag bol, chicken in mushrooms, fish, spare ribs and chicken curry - all of which were really good - and lots of it! We didn't even consider eating anywhere else in Soldeu.

Staff
The staff at the hotel are all really friendly, and work really hard to ensure that you enjoy your stay with them. Because this hotel isn't massive, they do get to know you and your preferences (like how you like your steak etc), and that makes the whole stay even better.

Resort
This was our first trip to Andorra, and we had considered staying in Pas de la Casa - so pleased we didn't. We had a trip over there to look round the shops and it isn't a very pretty place. Soldeu is smaller but still has enough bars to be able to go out and have a really good time, but without the 'loudness' of Pas. We're snowboarders (intermediates) and loved the Grandvilaria region - so many slopes - we boarded for 5-6 hours every day and still didn't manage to cover all the blue and red runs in Soldeu and El Tartar, let alone Pas and canello - so plenty to go at. We did the ski away day with Crystal, to a nearby region called Arcarlis (or something like that) and would def recommend that. The snow was lovely and the slopes weren't too busy.

We had a great time at hotel Bruxelles and in Soldeu, and would def go back to - and wouldn't even consider stopping at a different hotel. The only downside that came to this holiday was going home. After the 3 hour transfer to Toulouse airport, we then queued for 2 and a half hours to check-in. Apparently today wasn't a very good day for checking in (but i have heard generally Toulouse isn't great). Our return flight to Birmingham was supposed to depart at 10.40am - we finally managed to check-in at 10.30am! So flight was slightly delayed - and def don't count on being able to get anything to eat or drink at the airport as you will spend most of your time in the check-in queue!

But because the rest of the holiday was so good, I would still go back - even with the negtive experience of Toulouse airport.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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New Forest National Park Hampshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 3, 2010

We have been skiing in Soldeu, Grand Valira, for about 11 years, staying in the Sport Village or Piolets hotels. We booked the Bruxelles for this trip because of the reasonable price in half term week, and after reading good reviews on TA.
Being only a 2* hotel, we did not go with too high expectations, but were very pleasantly surprised. As a party of 10, I requested 5 rooms on the 2nd floor to avoid any noise. There are only 6 rooms on this floor, 2 facing the street, and the other 4 with piste views to the rear of the hotel. I assume the layout would be the same on the 1st floor, and there is also a lower ground level below reception and dining room as the hotel is built on a slope. The 3rd floor seemed to have 2 large rooms with skylight windows.
Our older teenage boys had the room facing the street, as they would be out late anyway, and our other rooms faced the mountains and pistes home. It gave us the feeling of being in a chalet rather than a hotel.
There is no lift in the hotel, so you have to carry your luggage to your room. The rooms are small, but fine for 2 people. We had a double bed, others had singles pushed together or separate. Room 17 is a triple room with 3 single beds. The rooms are all slightly different arrangements, but with the same facilities, and have electric shutters to cover the windows. The decor was pleasant and cosy, with modern bathroom fittings.
Large wardrobe with hangers and shelves, long shelf with TV, lamp, chair. We could get BBC news, CNN and watched the Winter Olympics on a French channel.
The bathroom has loo, sink unit and a shower cubicle, but no baths in this hotel. The shower was nice and hot, and powerful. Large mirror over sink, with 2 electric sockets for hairdryer etc ( not provided, take your own). Complimentary toiletries. All very clean, and fresh towels each day- 1 bath size, 1 hand pp. If you like a large beach towel size, bring your own. The beds were a little hard, but that often seems to be the norm. We were all quite happy with our rooms.
Reception, bar area and dining room are on street level. The dining room has a cosy pine decor, and views of the mountains and slopes to the rear. We had a circular table in a corner for the 10 of us which was good. Hotel guests have to be seated between 7- 7.30pm for dinner. After this time your table may be given to the public as this hotel restaurant is extremely popular with non residents. You would then have to wait until a table was available for you.
This hotel is French rather than Spanish, and has an excellent menu for lunch and dinner. For hotel guests there is a set menu on the table. The first night we had French onion soup with croutons and cheese, Steak and chips with a choice of pepper or roquefort sauce, and ice cream dessert. All hot and well presented.
The starter was a soup every night, but you could also have a mixed salad, pate salad, egg mayonnaise salad. Served with bread in a basket.
Other nights' Main courses were chicken and chips, curry and rice, spare ribs, spaghetti carbonara or bolognese, plus a vegetarian option. If you preferred, you could have pizza, pork chop, spaghetti, chicken any night as an alternative. If you wanted to order something from the Restaurant Main Menu, they gave a discount of 10%. Portions were generous, and we could not always manage the dessert.
Drinks were reasonable, the house red was a decent Rioja.
They ask you to leave your table when you have finished, as they have people waiting, and as there is no lounge in the hotel, we moved on to one of the other hotels lounges nearby, or to one of the bars for evening entertainment. The Sport/ Sport Village lounges are very comfortable, and we sometimes go into the Sport Village for a pot of tea after coming off the slopes as it is next to the gondola.
The Sport Hermitage hotel has a Luxury Wellness Centre/ Spa open to all. 45€ for 3 hours. You can also pay to use the pool/ outdoor hot tub/ steam room/ sauna at the Piolets hotel for about 12€.
The Bruxelles has its own boot room, but we always hire lockers from Calbo at the gondola station for convenience. Each locker takes 4 or 5 pairs of boots/ equipment depending on size. 50€ week. It saves walking back to the hotel in ski boots, carrying skis, and you can go straight into the Iceberg bar for Happy Hour!
The Bruxelles is a quaint stone clad building, next to the Piolets, which is opposite the Himalaia. It is only a few minutes walk to the gondola, or you can walk through the car park behind the hotel, across the flat bridge, and catch the fast 6 man chairlift up to the ski area. The Aspen bar is across the road. Andorra does not have a smoking ban, but the Bruxelles only allows smoking in the immediate bar area. The hotel did not smell smoky. The Piolets is also non smoking now.
The Grand Valira is an excellent ski area for beginners/ intermediates, and plenty of good off piste and some challenging blacks for advanced skiiers/ boarders. Soldeu is well positioned in the centre, with El Tarter and Canillo to the right, and Grau Roig and Pas De La Casa to the left. An area lift pass covers all these ski resorts, all linked by chairlifts, no buses, buttons or the dreaded T bars!
We have always had good snow conditions in February.
Ski and board school is excellent, with many British Instructors. All Instructors speak English well and make ski school fun.
If you have any questions about Soldeu/ Grand Valira, either send me a private message or ask on the Soldeu forum where I and others can help you.
We had an excellent week at the Bruxelles, the Crystal rep Dannii was very pleasant and helpful, and I would certainly stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
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southampton
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Reviewed February 1, 2010

I stayed as part of a package with Crystal. And I think that most of the reviews on this site are accurate.

Yes the hotel is small and the rooms are small, (we got a attic room) but there is enough space, the bathroom is roomy enough (shower only).

The 'Locker' for ski/board kit is around the back and yes it does involve you having to walk 50m round the back of the hotel down a slope.

But I loved my stay! The staff went out of their way to help us, there was always someone around. Food was great and there were plenty of options if you did not like the set menu.

The room (and whole hotel) was spotless! Walls are thin but it was quiet most nights just after 11.

I am hoping to go back, and will definitely stay here again. Whole stay could not have been smoother!

There was free WiFi.
Great ski location

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed January 31, 2010

We booked this holiday as a last minute ski/boarding holiday and found this half-board holiday with Crystal Ski.

Room: On arrival we were allocated our rooms and our request for a high floored room was met. We were in Room 20 which was one of the rooms in the attic. It was quite small, but for two people who were spending most of their time either on the slope or in a bar it did not bother us. There was a small TV and a couple of cupboards and shelves to hang or fold your clothes for the duration. The bathroom was a nice size and again enough space for two people. There were clean towels in the bathroom some shampoo and shower gel sachets (if you had forgotten anything). No hairdryer, but we brought our own just in case. Our towels were changed every day if you left them on the floor and beds were made. We did not have much of a view because the room had a side window (which we were able to leave our bottled drinks so that they remained cold) and a velux window in the bathroom (view of the non-sloped mountain) and another in the bedroom where you could see some of the slopes.

Food: We had booked a half-board holiday which was breakfast and evening meal. Breakfast consisted of a croissant at the table and help yourself tea, coffee, fruit tea, orange juice, milk, cereal and toast. There was no real hot food for breakfast but I could understand that when I saw people filling their flasks up with tea and coffee (obviously for the slopes) any other food and I am sure they would have been making themselves rolls for lunch!!! For the evening meal you had to be downstairs between 7pm - 7:30pm, this is because they are a restaurant and after the guests from the hotel have been seated any spare tables are used for other customers, this, in no way interferred with your own meal. Each evening meal consisted of a three course meal, soup, main course and dessert. Anything you did not like on the menu could be subsituted so there was always something available. The only thing I would highlight is that although I am not a vegetarian, I am not a massive meat eater either and I found having meat dish for main course every day quite hard going. The alternative you could of had was carbonara or a salad. Other than that everything was home-made and of high quality.

Overall: We would definitely return to this hotel because it was clean, well presented, friendly staff and close to the ski lift. We were also advised by the hotel that if there were any requirements we needed (such as a vegetarian menu or a room with a view), if we e-mailed them before our arrival they could have tried to accommodate us. I would thoroughly recommend this hotel to anyone who wished to stay in Soldeau.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed January 30, 2010

Stayed here in mid January 2010. Quite a basic hotel but has everything you need (except a pool/jacuzzi) and the staff are very accommodating.

Rooms are pretty small, beds were comfortable and the bathroom was fine. The pressure in the shower was quite adequate and there was no problem with the water temperature. You can control the room temperature with a thermostat and there are electric shutters on the windows to block out the light. There is a safe in the room also but there's a €15 charge for the key (bit cheeky in my opinion). The cleaner does an excellent job and will usually tidy up your belongings as well as clean the room. At the end of our stay, she kindly left us a note, hoping we had a pleasant stay and that she did her job adequately. Funnily enough, the note was written on the back of an empty envelope, hmmm.

The restaurant downstairs is basic but again, adequate and kept well.

Breakfast every morning consisted of a croissant, Cocoa Pops or Corn Flakes for cereal, some bread, butter, jam and honey, a selection of tea/coffee/hot chocolate, orange juice and milk and a fruit bowl. A toaster was also provided but that was it.

Dinner on the other hand was much better. There was a set menu every night but they also provided a vegetarian option. If you didn't like the options, you could order an omelette which was delicious or for an extra €3, you could get a steak which was also very tasty. If you still were unhappy, they have a menu for the public to order from and you could order something from that at a discount of 10%.
Unfortunately, I can't remember everything we ate there but I do remember we had steak and a baked potato one night, roast chicken with chips and gravy another, fish and also spaghetti bolognese. It was all very nice but the deserts weren't very inspiring. A minor flaw.

The staff (there were only three or four at most) were very nice and very accommodating.

The location was okay. A short walk uphill to the gondola station but you could just cut across the car park below and down to the chair lift if you wanted to avoid queueing for the gondola (and the chair lift is faster too).

The only real negative I could say about this place is the noise from the street (if your room faces the street) and the noise from the restaurant (if you're staying in the basement or on the first floor). We stayed on the second floor but we heard complaints about the noise from the restaurant from people on the first floor (if they were trying to go to bed early). So your options are, stay out late-ish or make sure you get a room on the second or third floor, facing the slopes.

Overall, a very nice little hotel. If money is your main concern, this is the place for you. It's no frills value for money with very little downside.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
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Midlands
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Reviewed January 5, 2010

We booked as part of a package deal and the holiday company block books the whole hotel. My husband, two teenagers aged 13 and 15 and I stayed here just after xmas and into new year 2010. The location could not be better being only 5 minutes walk from the Gondola Station in our ski boots and our room had a view of the mountain and the gondala lift. The ski wear locker provided by the hotel is perfect - no need to hire one near the lift as suggested by others...so we saved 60 euros. There is a good little supermarket next door which is great for drinks and snacks. The Hotel provides half board. I agree with everyone else - breakfast is very basic but the evening meals are pretty good and portions are large. Staff are friendly and super efficient. Hotel guests do have to sit down to eat at 7.00 pm - if you are later than 7.15 they will give your table away to non residents. Again agree with other reviews - we had the downstairs rooms below the kitchen - they were mega noisy until about midnight but we were so tierd from skiing all day that we crashed out anyway. Rooms were tiny but very very clean and the shower was brilliant. We all liked the hotel.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Bruxelles
Address: 2 Ctra. General, Soldeu AD100, Andorra
Location: Andorra > Canillo Parish > Soldeu
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Bruxelles 2*
Number of rooms: 19
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