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Hotel ECU - Different Hotels
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Genk
Reviewed June 17, 2012

Hotel Ecu is a good budget choice for staying in Genk. Easy access by car (parking leftside of the hotel for 5 euro a day) or by train (station across the Europalaan). Rooms are refurbished, white and clean. Our deluxe room for 99 euro was spacious (and warm). The promised airco turned out to be a fan. You can open 2 windows. But rooms at the frontside of the hotel suffer pretty much trafficnoise of the busy Europalaan 24 hrs, The bed (no twin) too soft. Bathroom has a big bath.
Breakfast (self service) was not at all special for 15 euro pp. Supplementing food too slow. Breakfast should cost no more than 10 euro or included.
Staff is friendly. A more expensive option is the sisterhotel Carbon (also Europalaan 90 meters from Ecu). Carbon has an award winning design restaurant (Gusto). Not budget.

Room Tip: Rooms at the backside quieter.
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 13, 2012

The Hotel Ecu is an excellent choice when visiting Genk, being situated opposite the train station and next to the main square where there are several cafes and restaurants. The rooms are spacious compared with the norm, and very well appointed with comfortable beds and space to work (free wi-fi is available with the password given at the front desk). The accommodation overall is extremely clean, and the bathroom is large and has both a shower and bath.

I visited Genk for work for 2 days in June, and while the prices overall for Genk seemed quite high (around 100 euros + per night), this hotel was priced in the average range for the town (it's good to note generally that there are hotel fees and taxes on top of what is listed on travel websites). The staff were very friendly and helpful, and I would definitely recommend this hotel for anyone visiting Genk.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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Different H, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel ECU - Different Hotels, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2012

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Reviewed June 11, 2012

Fantastic price, location and staff! Sabrina on reception could not have been more helpful! Rooms are nicely decorated and clean with my only complaint being the rooms are small - i would highly recommend for a short stay otherwise!

Room Tip: Great location and calm atmostphere for anyone attending the Wellness Klinic during their stay.
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Different H, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel ECU - Different Hotels, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2012

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Reviewed June 2, 2012

No thrills hotel, but the price is very moderate. Parking on the first floor behind the hotel at 5 euro per day, that is a good deal, and very handy.
Room was small and very clean, but the shower tap didn't function properly, and unless the tap was opened completely very noisy.
So was the main street, and as the room did not have aircon, I had to sleep with the window open...
Breakfast did not have a very inspiring choice, and the quality was merely ok.
Hotel is very close to the city center, but I'm not sure if that is a real benefit. The city itself looks very trendy but lacks character. I was there on business but perhaps this is a good hotel to stay if you want to walk or ride through the woods just outside the city?

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled on business
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Different H, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel ECU - Different Hotels, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about your stay in our hotel. We will try to solve the issues you mentioned over a short period of time. It is our mission to improve the stay of our guests on a daily basis. With different regards.

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Reviewed June 1, 2012

My partner and I stayed at the Ecu as day 2 of our European motorbike tour, the hotel was in a great location for us with lots of restaurants within easy walking distance, the rooms were small but very modern and clean. Breakfast was excellent with lots of choice, staff very friendly and helpful. Free wi fi in rooms

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Different H, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel ECU - Different Hotels, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2012

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Reviewed April 18, 2012

Clean rooms, friendly and helpful staff and good breakfast make this a good choice for a stay in Genk. Lots of electrical outlets in the rooms are another feature that make this especially good for the wired traveler. Hotel parking right off the reception area.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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DH3600, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel ECU - Different Hotels, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 2012

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Reviewed March 29, 2012

A modern and clean hotel with great staff and rooms of a good size. We had a wet room which is (in my opinion) far better than a normal shower.

The location is excellent being across the road from the main railway station. All in all, excellent value for money.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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Address: Europalaan 46, Genk 3600, Belgium (Formerly Hampshire Hotel - ECU Genk )
Location: Belgium > Flanders > Limburg Province > Genk
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Genk
Price Range: $75 - $134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel ECU - Different Hotels 3*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Ecu: From the moment you set foot in Hotel ECU you will appreciate the warm and personal welcome. Hotel ECU offers a sober and trendy decor illuminated by light colours. This urban hotel is located right in the heart of bustling Genk. Combine an enjoyable overnight stay with one of the best breakfast buffets in Limburg! Sleep: Hotel ECU offers 51 guest-rooms with bath and/ or shower. The rooms also provide free wireless internet, a television with Movie Channels and a telephone. Meetings: Business travellers are more than welcome! The meeting facilities are extensive and can be arranged according to your needs. The meeting room is bright and spacious with free wireless internet and can accommodate a maximum of 16 persons. Drink and taste: The lounge bar is a delightful place to unwind over a drink and some pleasant music. You can enjoy lunch or dinner in the following restaurants nearby La Focaccia (3,6 km), Brasserie Royal (700 m) or restaurant Gusto (20 m). Relax: After a day shopping, walking or cycling, what could be more relaxing than a private sauna? Use of the sauna includes bathrobes, towels and care products. (fee) For wellness and massages you can visit Carbon Sense (20 m). The area: Take some time to get to know the area. Visit the Bokrijk open-air museum, discover the c-mine expedition and get lost in space at the Cosmodrome. Indulge your love of nature at the Hoge Kempen National Park, the largest in Flanders (6000 ha) and only a stone's throw from the hotel. Get some retail therapy in the modernised centre of Genk, Maasmechelen Village or in the nearby cities of Maastricht and Hasselt. Practical Information: You can park your car for €7,5 instead of €9 per night in the private car park. The main station is a short walk away. ... more   less 
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