More about Four Points By Sheraton Brussels
Ok Hotel for business travellers
Not the nicest hotel I stayed in, but reasonable for a one night stay if you are there for business. Location is difficult to get to when coming by car. Without GPS SatNav you have no chance finding it. Also getting out in the morning traffic is tedious.
Hotel itself was clean. I had a room on the garden side which was on the Starwood Preferred Guest level. No complaints overall, but also nothing to excite me really. Good enough value for price.
Stayed for four nights and would use this hotel again. Rooms are fairly typical of business hotels everywhere - not much character - but are of a good size and well appointed - hairdryer, coffee machines etc. Did like the large comfy chair and double bed ( two singles joined together). We didn't have breakfast in the hotel as there is a coffee shop and a small supermarket close by. The hotel is a little outside the city centre but there are two trams stops within 100 metres - no.81 and 82 run to the Gare Midi and 93 and 94 towards the city although you have to change to get to the centre. The Brussels public transport system is excellent. Would recomend a small restaurant on rue Lesbroussart called L'Annexe just down from the hotel. We used it twice and both times the food and service were excellent.
Second time in Brussels
We booked a deal on Expedia - approx £250 for 2 of us including 3 nights at the 4 Points and return flights from Manchester, which we thought was a pretty good deal.
Hotel is just off Ave Louise. We stayed in this general area the last time we stayed in Brussels and so we knew it was a little out of the centre. The hotel is fairly none descript from the outside. Check in was OK, no problems there. Room (315) was what you would expect – decent size, large bed, decent TV, virtually no storage, separate bath/shower room, etc. It was clean & functional and the recliner was nice! The “classic city view” was straight across to the buildings opposite. Very little noise from the hotel itself, traffic noise noticeable but you do soon get used to it.
Negatives were lack of decent pillows, very stingy with the sugar/milk on the coffee tray and the traffic noise.
Easy to get to the centre or Gare du Midi by using the trams just round the corner – pretty frequent & fast. There’s also the metro at the end of Ave Louise, about a 10 min walk.
We actually prefer staying away from the centre at night as eating & drinking is much better and cheaper in the local environs. Try rue du Balliol on the opposite side of Ave Lousie just a few minutes away from the hotel. We tried a Tunisian the first night (about 45 euros for 2 of us inc wine – try the Royal couscous), a Lebanese the second (about 80 euros for a selection of starters, grills, dessert + wine and water + a belly dancer!!!) and a decent local pizza joint (about 40 euros for 2 pizzas, wine, water & coffees). All in all pretty decent stuff & good value for money and not a tourist in sight!!! A few decent locals bars too.
For breakfast just head down Ave Louise towards the Metro and Le Pain Quotidien – its on the same side as the hotel and about a 5 minute walk. Absolutely superb bakery serving great food & coffee throughout the day. Good value too. Also a branch on place du Sablon.
We went to Ghent for the day (easy trip from Gare du Midi) – a really nice place, about 30 mins direct train. A less touristy alternative to Brugges and more to see.
Other than that we did the usual rounds of Brussels – the main square, the Sablon (for chocolates), etc. Recommend a trip to the Cantillon brewery in Anderlecht (near Gare du Midi)!!!
okay but not close to center
Our travel agent booked the hotel for me and my husband. We didn't know that the hotel was not close to the center. We took a tram from Gare Midi to the hotel. The bus driver wouldn't tell us where avenue Louisa was. I happen to see a small sign with arrows that pointed to the hotel and got off. It's an average hotel. They offered free wifi but only wanted you to use it in their lobby where they serve drinks. If you wanted internet connection in the room, they charged extra. Going into the center, you have to take the tram 93 or 94 around the corner. They run frequently but at night or weekends, you do have to wait. You then have to change onto the metro. Basic complete breakfasts given at the hotel (yogurt, juices, cereals, pastries, cheeses, meats, eggs etc.) The rooms are basic. They have an ironing board and an iron. Cheap with the towels. Poor quality toilettries. My room (328) smell musty (old urine?). There is a small "garden" on the fourth floor. This is where all the hotel employees smoke. Taxi to the airport is 40 euros. Most likely not going to stay here again due to distance. Since vacation time is precious, my husband and I don't think the time used waiting for the tram and transferring to the metro and then transferring to another metro line to get into center of town (about 30 minutes each way) is worth it.
Nice Hotel, not an ideal location
This is a nice, very comfortable hotel. I've never stayed at a four points hotel before, but certainly would again.
We booked this as a "mystery hotel" on a special deal (although you could work out which one it was!), and were allocated a "preferred guest room", which was large, and well kitted-out.
We knew that the hotel wasn't in the centre of Brussels, but the booking website's claim that it was only 450m from Louise metro station was a long way (literally) from the truth. Having said that, there is a tram. In the evening, a taxi from the centre cost maximum 10 Euros.
In summary, a positive recommendation, but be warned that it is not central.
Friendly and relaxing experience
We got an excellent deal with Eurostar so were very pleasantly surprised by this hotel as we were not expecting too much. I was surprised that the hotel was so clean, quiet and comfortable. Our Star Preferred Guest room was spacious, with lovely touches like a free bottle of water every day, chocolates and controllable air conditioning. There is a recliner chair in each room which is heaven! I was impressed by the cleanliness of the bathroom area and the size of the bed. It was huge with lots of pillows. Great flat screen TV and bendy bedside lamps. We found all the staff to be friendly, helpful and polite. I think Belgians in general are friendly people, they were wonderful assisting with directions and were very easy to strike up conversations with (they would speak English to save our faltering French). The 94 tram took us up Avenue Louise and we had fun finding our way around on the metro to the Grand Place and then the Belgian Comic Art Museum. The area around the hotel, particularly the streets by the Irish Pub opposite has lots of interesting little shops to buy gifts or clothes and quite a few nice bars in which to have a drink. Just round the corner from the hotel is a large coffee shop (natural caffe) which sells croissants, filled rolls, etc - in a calm, trendy, setting. A bit pricey but a nice relaxing place to sit. Tram 81 opposite the cafe takes you straight to the Gare du Midi in about 20 minutes and is a lot cheaper than a taxi.
A good business hotel
I stayed for 10 days in August 2007. The staff is very helpful and friendly and the room is fine. The garden is a plus, when the weather permits. Two cautions - first, this is a business and residential part of the city, not a tourist area. The old city is about a 30 minute walk and, while there is public transportation nearby, there is no route down to the old city that requires less than one transfer. If you don't already know the city and the public transportation system, this can be a real hassle. Second, the dinner and room service menu at the hote is really weak and virtually non-existent from Friday to Sunday. Overall, I would stay again and would recommend.