When we were in Brussels in 1950, we stayed in what was at that time Le Grand Hotel. I have my father's photos of it, and I have seen a historic postcard which has the address of this current hotel on it. This was the second place we stayed on our European trip. Since we were traveling by train, we mostly stayed at hotels near a train station. This was common practice back then and these were not just cheap and dirty hotels.
Unique Quality: I don't remember anything about the hotel - if it wasn't for the photos, I would not even have remembered that we stayed there. Plus I doubt if it is the same now as it was then. The current website says:
..rooms all have a classic décor with large windows. They come with a tea/coffee maker, ironing facilities and marble bathrooms. The rooms at the front of the hotel also have a balcony.
A breakfast buffet is available in the breakfast area daily. Guests can relax in the bar and coffee shop or use the free internet computer in the Grand Place’s lobby.
The Anneessens Metro Station is a 3-minute walk away, providing a connection to Gare du Midi Train Station and its Eurostar terminal in 5 minutes. Brussels Central Train Station is a 10-minute walk away.
While we didn't stay a great amount of time in the hotel as there was so much to see and do around the city at the Christmas Markets, it was a comfortable and pleasant hotel.
The one and only problem we had was the lack of air conditioning in the room, even though it was the middle of winter the central rooms get rather warm. The central rooms open onto an air shaft that runs up from above the reception area. We did mention the problem several times to the desk but it took a couple of days to get sorted out. The lsat couple of nights were resonably comfortable.
But that to one side the staff were friendly and helpfull, the breakfasts excellent and the general hotel itself nicely attired. Only 5 minutes comfortable (its all open streets no dark alleys) walk from the centre at most and only a minute from the tram stop, it is excellently situated.
I would recommend this hotel to others going to Brussels for a few days break.
Before going I've read some not so good reviews about this hotel. Fortunately my stay there was excellent. The hotel is very central, just a few minutes walk from Grand Place and Mannekin Pis. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
The room wasn't small at all even if it was triple. It had a double big bed and a small one and it was equipped with cable TV, telephone, Internet connection and hairdryer.
The breakfast was really good. It had a great variety of things, such as breads, cakes, sweets, croisants, cheese, delicatessen, jams etc. The staff also brought us a small jar of coffee, tea, milk.
The hotel is also near to a tram station from where the access to metro lines is very easy.
I've really enjoyed my stay there nad I recommend it this hotel to anybody who wants a good place to stay!
Directions: A few minutes from Grand Place
It is a small hotel located on Boulevard Anspach. It claims three stars although that might be a bit generous. It was clean and conveniently located near (about 5-10 min walk) to the Grand Place. The boulevard is very busy and can be quite noisy.
Good value for the price (70 euro with breakfast).
Not far from the Grand-Place and shopping streets, this very friendly 4 stars hotel offers its guests the possibility to try out a Finnish sauna.
There are many nice restaurants such as *La Manufacture*, *Comme Chez Soi*, *Jacques*, *Au Rugbyman II* and *In'T Spinnekopje* just to mention few as well as estaminets nearby.
The hotel is managed by a Finn Mr. Risto Honkanen which certainly explains the genuine finnish sauna found in the hotel!
For more details check the link below
Rue de l'Amigo 1 - 3, Brussels
5 rue du Peuplier, Brussels
40 Rue Veydt, Brussels
Carrefour de l'Europe 3, Brussels
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Address: Boulevard Anspach 159-163, (formerly Grand Place Royal Embassy Hotel), Brussels, 1000, Belgium