I would NEVER stay in this hotel again. A guest is viewed merely as a room number giving the hotel an unwelcome and clinical l ambience. Twice I had reason to discuss a query with a male receptionist, and found has arrogance and dismissive attitude quite unaceptable. One of the pre-mentioned queries was my concern at a bedside plug which had come loose from its socket. There were wires showing (but not bare ones) but thought it worth a mention re - health and safety. This was dismissed as being normal for a connection available for laptops etc, but no inspection was made. When this anomaly was pointed out to room maid, she was concerned and hurriedly pushed the wires back into place!!
I do have to say that service in the bar was excellent and staff accommodating. We celebrated the new year until neaarly 4 oclock in the morning with other guests without any need to hurry ourselves.
I have since spoken to managerial staff at the hotel regarding this review, and they did apologise.
Still would never use this chain again.
Unique Quality: City centre Brussels.
Directions: easy walking distance to grand place etc
We thought an Ibis would be a fairly good value for central Brussels, nothing fancy but would have everything we needed including a lift and ensuite facilities. Some hotels might be a little cheaper but plenty were more expensive too. It was a bit pricier than we usually pay but not too bad considering it was a pretty decent location, walking distance from many of the attractions and the Central Station.
We took a taxi from Central station because we were a bit unsure where to go at first. But to find it, you can just exit the station and walk downhill. Once you come to the Grand Place square, exit out the opposite side by the Bourse Bruxelles museum. Cross over and walk down the street just to the right of the Bourse, a couple of blocks. You'll come to a large square with a church, which is St. Katherine. Pass the church on it's right and near the back of it is Rue Joseph Plateau. the Ibis is up that short street.
The check in staff wasn't entirely friendly but weren't rude. Borderline i'd say but not as helpful as some in my experience. When we checked out, they do have a locked room for the luggage but you can rent lockers in it if you want. We didn't and just left our stuff in it and it was ok.
The hotel was ok, but we probably would choose something else next time.
Unique Quality: The room was a good size, king size bed. The bathroom, however, was quite small and in order to get out of the corner shower, you had to open the bathroom door because the shower doors opened up right against the bathroom door. Not a whole lot of room to move around but adequate.
We thought breakfast was included, when we asked if it was, the desk clerk told us the breakfast hours. Maybe one of us misunderstood but in the end, we were charged 15 euro per person for the buffet breakfast, standard hotel cost but it wasn't expected. When we checked out, we didn't argue the cost because we figured there was crossed wires somewhere.
The Place St. Katherine is a great place if you're a seafood fan. Lots of restaurants specializing in that and there is a Metro stop there as well.
Directions: Just off Place St. Katherine
We arrived, tired and starving at our destination- after many delays, listed above.
Fortunately the hotel was warm and welcoming.
We dumped our bags and headed for the bar.
We had a few beers in the comfortable bar area before going off in search of dinner.
Unique Quality: Breakfast on our first morning, was a buffet style layout offering every delicacy one would hope for.
Lovely French bread, brown breads, sliced bread, cheeses, ham, sausage,fruit, yoghurts, cereal, etc, etc.
Many drinks to choose from, including fresh orange juice, coffee, several types of tea--herbal, English Breakfast,(which we had, of course)green and mint tea, among others.There was also hot chocolate on offer too.
So we loaded our plates and settled down for a great sustaining meal.
Directions: Overlooking the St Catherine church-near to centre.
Rooms are very small. I don't know whether it was the first Ibis of Brussels, but it looks like all material is old or overused.
I did not like my stay too much, eventhought it is the cheapest Ibis of Brussels.
Unique Quality: Close to many very good restaurants.
Rooms are too small.
Directions: Derriere la place Ste Catherine et le Quai aux Briques
The hotel is nearby the picturesque fishmarkets and only a few minutes walk from the famous "Grand-Place" and the well known "Rue des Bouchers". The Royal Palace, theaters and historic monuments are alllocated in the direct surroundings of the hotel.
I felt that this hotel was just the right kind for those doing a lot of sight seeing, as we did, which is why we were only ever there in the morning and last thing at night, as we spent our time looking around the city and it's fantastic surroundings. The metro is in close proximity to the hotel (2 min walk), which was great as we could get around the city quite easily.
Unique Quality: It has a perfectly good bar, for those that like to drink till late, and in the morning the breakfast area is open for you to go around and help yourself to cereals, toast, croissants, tea, coffe and the like. The rooms are kitted out with a TV (which shows various european channels), toilet, shower, towels and a phone (for room service). The hotel also books any tour service that you want to go on and you pay them for it (as oppossed to paying the tour company), we took a tour to Gent and Brugge from there (which was definately worth it).
Directions: Take the metro to Ste Catherine, when you exit the metro you will see the church of Ste Catherine, the hotel is directly behind it.
i need a budget hotel within walking distance of the train station
For anyone else asking now, Ibis Hotel Gare du Midi is just across the road from the station (from the exit "Avenue de Fonsny") and is part of a cheap French chain, not luxurious but the best bet in the immediate area, which is otherwise rather run down:
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Address: Rue Joseph Plateau 2, Brussels, 1000, Belgium