Bedford Hotel

135-137 rue du Midi, Brussels, 1000, Belgium
(4 star hotel)
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Brussels is SAFE

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 11, 2014

Let me just start off by saying Brussels is safe, I went to Brussels in August 2014 and it was a great experience and I loved it. I went to Brussels for 3 nights and I pretty much saw the city ( all main attractions) obviously you can't discover the whole city, I've been living in London for over 5 years and I still haven't seen all the sights.

Before I went to Brussels I read a lot of safety tips on this website and to be honest I was a bit scared but I knew it would it be alright because no city or country is totally safe, London or Paris has pickpockets too. To avoid pickpocketing in Brussels use COMMON SENSE then it shouldn't be a problem. I went to McDonalds in the city centre and they even had signs that said " Beware Of Pickpockets". In the line at McDonalds someone stood really close to me and it was my instinct to put both hands in my pockets where I had my phone and wallet.

I'll admit I did sort of get scammed even though I did my research before going to Brussels. TIP: If you're going to The Atomium from the city centre USE THE TRAIN AND NOT TAXI. I got a taxi from outside Hilton Brussels and before I got in I clearly asked him how much it would be, he said it was according to the metre and should be between 15 to 25 euros, I did not know that train tickets were that cheap so I agreed to go in the taxi. When we arrived it was 22 Euros and I had 10 Euro notes and the taxi driver said he did not have have change but I demanded my change and eventually he gave it, That's a tip, argue with taxi drivers, shop owners if they don't want to give you your change. The train stops very close to the atomium, about 3 minutes walk.
Outside the Atomium, there will be people that approach you saying " Please sign this petition so that the Atomium can make a lift for disabled people to go to the top", right away I knew this was false. Such a large attraction would definitely have a lift and it did. Before I went I learnt basic French like " Non Merci" which means "no thank you" and this is what I said to them but they kept following me and finally I gave in, I gave a euro ( about 1.5 to 2 dollars) and then they were like " we need some proof of identity" I just said No, I don't have any, please leave me alone and they did. At the atomium don't fall for the gift shop there because the chocolate they sell there are ridiculously over priced and you can get them for half the cost near Grand Place. The views from the atomium are amazing and I loved it.

From the atomium, you can go to Mini Europe which is about 2 minutes away. From personal experience I would advise not to go but that's you're choice. The small replicas of the major European sights, don't even look that legit. The Eiffell Tower doesn't look anything like the real one. This is my opinion and other people might have loved it but persionally this is my opinion.

On the way back to the city, DO NOT FALL FOR THE TAXI AGAIN, from mini Europe the train station is about 1 minute away. It's not a major station and the machines were in French as far as I'm aware. However there was a train waiting at the station about to go and we went to the driver and tried to ask him how to get to our hotel but unfortunately he only spoke French, so I was like " Manneken Pis" and he understood and told me what trains I should take. I bought a one way ticket from the driver and it was about 4 Euros which is much much cheaper than the taxi. It took 30 minutes to get to Manneken Pis and the Taxi was about the same with traffic.

All the people I met were very nice and friendly and the hotel staff were friendly aswell. ANOTHER TIP: Don't go for tour buses like Big Bus or others if you are staying in the city. The tour offers Manneken Pis, Grand Place and The Atomium. Manneken Pis and Grand Place is walking distance from our hotel and it is FREE, no taxi, no train. As I mentioned earlier the Atomium only costs between 4 to 6 Euros one way ( 8 to 12 Euros in total) which is much cheaper than the tour buses because the minimum is 20 Euros and to see all the sights it cost me 10 Euros.

Whilst I was in Brussels, I did not go out at night for the majority of the stay. I went out at night only for dinner. I stayed in Bedford Hotel in the city centre and it was great, Manneken Pis and Grand Place were less than 5 minutes away and there were lots of shops in the area and I felt really safe.

Also the attractions are probably going to be very crowded in the afternoon, so I would suggest going early morning because it's not crowded. Also I would recommend eating out somewhere where there is not a tourist attraction. Near the Manneken Pis there are restaurants and are ridiculously over priced, I suggest eating at Didim Kebap, It's a Turkish restaurant opposite Bedford Hotel and it's delicious. It's Halal for any Muslims such as myself and the woman is really nice and the food is great. Also you can have a proper meal with a side and drink for only 6 TO 9 Euros whereas the other restaurant are 20 Euros a dish.

I hope you've learnt some new tips. Thank you for reading all the way to the end and I probably could go on for another hour hahaa.

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A good stay in Bruxelles

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 12, 2008

Bedford Hotel is a four stars hotel located in the heart of the beautiful town of Bruxelles: 300 meters far from the Grand’Place and 700 meters far from Place Royal.
The hotel has got 326 rooms, 18 conference rooms, a lounge bar and two restaurants. If you arrive by car behind the hotel you can find Panorama Parking with parking lot own by the hotel (15 euro a day)

Unique Quality: I spend three good days in this hotel. It's good location in the heart of the town allow you to reach all attractions on foot.
My room (a triple room) was not very big, but it was comfortable for three people. The room was clean and it has got SAT Tv, telephone, internet connection, minibar, safebox and hair dryer. The room has got conditioned air and it was quite hot (I was there in summer), but the oscillating fan give you some fresh.
The breakfast buffet was good with a good choice of bread, jams, cereals, yoghurt, eggs and much more...the only problem is the great number of people that you meet there!!!
On the ground floor there is a free internet connection.

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Simply Perfect

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 6, 2007

The Bedford Hotel was simply perfect. Very Central, very clean, must be recently refurbished or otherwise kept very well, the staff are very helpful and the breakfast was good.

Most reviews say that the central heating in this hotel is very very warm, which it was on arrival but once we complained they adjusted it to very good room temperature.

Unique Quality: - Very clean
- Very central - 5 minutes walk from Grand Place, 3 minute walk from Mannekin Pis.
- Very friendly staff
- Good breafast.

Directions: On Rue du Midi, 5 minutes walk from Grand Place.
From Grand Place take the side road to the police station, take left to rue du midi.

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Quality at a high price

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 24, 2007

This hotel is in a strategic location in regards to walking to other areas and sites, but the street it is on does not offer a lot. The service was excellent and the staff was even kind enough to set up a viewing area with a large movie screen to view the finals for the 2002 World Cup! If you're concerned for late night revelers, there is a pass that has to be used in order to get in and out of the hotel late in the evening. I would recommend comparing the pricing though, as it does vary considerably on a daily basis.

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Hotel in the City

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 21, 2005

I stayed in this hotel from 18. March - 20. March 2005.

THIS HOTEL is a 4**** accomommodation located central in Brussels. It is about 5-10 Minutes footwalk to the "Grand Place" and the famous "Mannekin Pis".
The Hotel is in a quiet road, has several meeting-rooms, a bar, restaurant and also in the 8th story a wellness-room. Furthermore it is also equiped with the new WLAN technologie.
THE ROOMS; there are single-bed and double-bed rooms. I had a double-bed (queensize-bed) for single-use. There was also a desk, a TV-Set (but no Radio and no sleep-timer!) and also a safe! In my bathrrom I just had a bath and no shower (i preffer showering) and there was no special shaving-mirror, guess that should be in a 4**** hotel! But I also heared that there are rooms with shower, so it is different from room to room! Some rooms that are situated to the street have a small balcony.

Directions: Close to the "Grand Place"

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Elegance at low cost

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 17, 2004

I was not disappointed with my choice when we stayed here in 2002. It is a very elegant hotel and only 5 minutes from the Grand Place. I must say that the road that the hotel is on is not very nice but once inside, the hotel is very swish. The Royal Palace,and Manneken Pis, are within walking distance as are the many wonderful restaurants that Brussels has to offer. All in all a very comfortable stay.

Unique Quality: Very elegant reception area.

Directions: Close to the Grand Place

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Fine location, Great price

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 12, 2004

This place is a bit of a bargain, we had a huge room for around 40 pounds in the centre of brussels. Everywhere is within walking distance even the eurostar terminal. The breakfasts were huge buffets with almost anything you could think of. We came back a few months later on route to Bruges, again we were treated the same hospitality as before.

Directions: About 5mins walk to the main square.

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Boring Bedford Hotel Brussels

Terrible (1.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 25, 2003

This hotel was 3 stars and cheep. Like $70 or so. But it lacked porn on the TV, a mini bar, and any luster I look for in a hotel. It was 3 blocks from the main square. The area around it was uninspiring and lacked anything fun to do. Forget shopping, cocktailing. This hotel has about as much charm as a rundown Embassy Suites Fresno.

Unique Quality: From Frommers.com:
This hotel has been rebuilt and modified since the current owners took over in 1955. It stands on the site of a hotel that, according to legend, was frequented by Luftwaffe and RAF pilots in Brussels for romantic trysts during and after World War II. A family-run place, it has a grand, wide lobby with marble pillars, thick pink carpeting in the corridors, and rooms with pink decor and carpets and cherry-wood furniture. All have telephone, TV, and minibar. Bathrooms are small but sparkling in cream marble; 10 rooms have showers only. 321 rooms. Restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, parking (fee). AE, DC, MC, V. www.hotelbedford.com

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Bedford Hotel Brussels

by written on November 11, 2002

4 star first class hotel, located in the very heart of Brussels and just a few minutes walk from the historical centre of Brussels, the Grand Place. All the rooms are well furnished and equipped with hairdryer, direct telephone modem hook-up, radio, satellite and cable television. The hotel provides free access to the fitness room.

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Bedford Hotel

by written on August 25, 2002

Has different weekday and weekend rates. Great reductions on room prices can be obtained for 3 night weekend stays.

Unique Quality: Luxurious four star hotel in a very traditional and formal style which appears to be more geared to the business traveller than the casual tourist judging by the number of conference rooms. Breakfast cannot be faulted though rooms at the back can be dark. Very central 3 mins walk from Grand Place.

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Address: 135-137 rue du Midi, Brussels, 1000, Belgium

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Amenities at Bedford Hotel

  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Services
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Shuttle Service
  • Free High Speed Internet
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Airport Transportation

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