Jolly Hotel Du Grand Sablon
Rue Bodenbroek 2 / 4, Brussels, 1000, Belgium
A first class experience
We came on the Eurostar to the Gare du Midi and from the adjoining bus station took the 27 bus to Place Grand Sablon where the hotel is situated, this took 10 minutes and cost 1.5 euros - you can pay on the bus.
The Place Grand Sablon is an upmarket area with lots of cafes and restaurants, it's just around the corner from a lot of major museums and a 10 minute walk down to the Grand Place.
At reception we were given a friendly and welcoming greeting and got upgraded to a larger room (room no. 452) which had a really huge double bed (two doubles joined together), 2 night tables, 2 club chairs and table, desk and chair, modern TV with good reception, Tea & Coffee, minibar (expensive), roomy wardrobe and chest of drawers, place for suitcases, well appointed en-suite bathroom with bath and shower over and an extra lower shower spray to wash your hair in the bath, bidet, hair dryer.
I particularly liked the card key system which gives guests access only to the hotel bedroom floor on which they are staying - very good security indeed.
The reception staff were excellent in answering questions, giving assistance and making local restaurant suggestions.
The doormen were also very helpful in looking after our bags after we checked out.
When we visit Brussels next we will certainly want to stay with them again and would recommend them.
We paid £236 (340 euros) for 3 nights but this did not include breakfast.
The buffet breakfast for 15 euros was excellent and included sausages, bacon, scrambled eggs and mushrooms as well as a good selection of breads, rolls, toast, cereals, fruits and juices.
Unique Quality: Opposite the hotel is Le Pain Quotidien where for around 9 euros each you can get for a very French Breakfast served around a large table shared with 20 people (there is individual table seating as well). The fixed price breakfast include tea or coffee, a glass of juice, a boiled egg, a croissant, a large roll, 3 slices of bread; on the table you will find lots of jars of jams, honey and chocolate spread - an interesting experience.
We ate twice at a nearby bar/restaurant (estaminet ?) called Skievalatt http://www.skievelat.be/ reasonably priced, nice atmosphere, friendly service.
The hotel also recommend Manneken in Rue au Beurre off the Grand Place and we weren't disappointed there either.
If you like museums and galleries the 11 euro two-day pass is good but better still for 30 euros is the 3 day museum pass which includes Bus, Tram & Metro Travel - bargain !
The Tram system is superb and if you have a daily pass it's fun to get out of the center and see other parts of Brussels; one night we took the 94 to Wiener with the intention of visiting the foret de soignes but instead came across Ciccio-Bello, a nice little Italian restaurant - the Pizza was really good, thin crust and lots of toppings.
Well there you are, this started off as a hotel review and ended up a travelogue.
Enjoy Brussels - we did !
Directions: Place du Grand Sablon
My Jolly where I'll Jolly!
Not to my expectation when i checked in Jolly hotel Brussels, however good compliments for their breakfast service.
Directions: Rue Bodenbroek, 2/4 B-1000 Bruxelles BELGIUM
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Very Nice Hotel
The Jolly Hotel Du Grand Sablon was a great hotel for our needs. The staff was polite and helpful. Our room was very nice. It was much larger than expected for a European hotel room. The location is about a 15-minute walk from the Grand Place tourist area. We thought this was great -- it helped burn the calories from all those wonderful belgian waffles.
On several business trips to Brussels I have learnt a lot about the variety of three and four stars hotels in the Belgian capital. To make a long story short: the Jolly Hotel du Grand Sablon is an excellent one. Staff is friendly and helpful, they even parked our car in the hotel garage. My room was not too spacious, but for one night and one person, this room with twin beds was adequate. Rooms are nicely decorated, in a traditional style. No stains on curtains, carpets or tapestries. Breakfast gave a good variety of everything you would expect in a four stars hotel. And the breakfast even cost less than fixed in the reservation (15 Euros in stead of 25). All in all, the hotel was a very good bargain, and I would definitely stay there again.
Location, Location, Location.
Brussels, Jolly Hotel Du Grand Sablon - Very good but!
Middle aged Couple uk
The location in the Sablon square is lovely, a beautiful church opposite and surrounded by lovely antique shops and chocolates! The hotel reception is very impressive, the rooms however are a little worn and dated but very comfortable. I would say the rooms nowadays only just scrape throught to meet 4 star standards. We had a superior room which was a good size and well equiped including tea/coffee facilities which was very welcome even though the cups were plastic! The hotel is in a great location being just far enough away from the main hustle and bustle which means you get a good nights sleep, with all the main attractions such as Grand Place and the shopping areas are within maximum 10 minutes walk. The Royal Palaces and Royal Art Museams are just around the corner from the hotel and are well worth visiting.
We found a really good bargain on a winter promotion deal on many of the internet booking hotels sites - 150 euros for 2 nights - 2 people. I think they have a limited number of rooms they book at this price because within a week the same deal had gone up to 348 euros.
The staff are very nice and helpful, speak good English. The breakfast was very good and is served until 10.00 am, hotel parking is available - reception do this for you. Look for the bargains at this hotel and go because I guess once it has been refurbished prices like this will be a thing of the past. a - Brussels is a lovely city with nice people.
Booked a Eurostar break to Brussels with a friend, staying for 2 nights at the Jolly Hotel. We got a good deal through Short Breaks (£120pp all inclusive). The location is superb - the square is very picturesque, with a church just adjacent to the hotel. Chocolate and antique shops are dotted around the square, with an open air antiques market held at the weekend. It is a short walk both to the Grand Place, and also to the Gare Centrale (from where we took a train to Bruges).
Our room was very comfy and also quiet (on the top floor and at the back of the hotel). One small gripe is that the TV channel navigation was very time consuming if you wanted to find an English-speaking channel (you have to scroll through a list of channels, without being able to shortcut to a particular one).
The staff were very attentive and the buffet breakfast was excellent, with a wide range of hot and cold food. We ate one night in the hotel restaurant, which was good - it was a little empty, but then it was Sunday night. Vegetarians beware - eating places do not seem to cater very well for veggies in Brussels, if you are lucky there will be either a pasta option or a salad. The hotel chef made my friend some pasta arrabiata, which was not on the menu.
The lifts are operated using your room key card, which was a welcome security feature for us. There is also a "business centre" just off the reception area with 2 PCs (including internet access) and a printer.
For anyone arriving by Eurostar, I strongly recommend getting a taxi. We decided to walk as it didn't look that far away on the map. However, we discovered that a) our map was not detailed enough and b) the way to the town centre didn't seem to be signposted at all. Also, there is a bit of a climb just as you approach the square from the station side, which is not much fun with a suitcase! Alternatively, apparently you can get a bus from the station to the Place du Grand Sablon - I think it's the no. 27 bus. Tickets cost about 1.50 Euros.
I would definitely stay at this hotel again.
Wonderful location and with more than a touch of Italian Flair
I stayed three nights at the Grand Hotel. It is in a wonderful location in a most charming square full of cafes, chocolate and antique shops. It is possible to walk to the Grand Place and the Central Station. The taxi from Midi Station cost 8 euros. I booked through Late rooms and had a single room overlooking the square. The room was perfectly adequate for a single person and was clean and well looked after. There was a very effective power shower. Breakfast was superb with a wide array of hot and cold food which was replenished regularly.
The entrance to the Hotel is charming, passing an Art Gallery in the foyer. Staff were on hand to help with luggage. There is free Internet access. The Chain is an Italian one and the touches were evident. A number of staff are Italian and there was a wonderful Minestrone soup for Lunch.
One or two minor points; there was some noise outside at the weekend from the Antique fair outside which starts early, be aware it is a steady climb uphill on foot from the Grand Place !
All in all I would thoroughly recommend this hotel.
cold with a nice wall!
when arriving at 2 pm, I got the room 233 which was pre paid; after a short investigation in the room, I could notice a very large and high wall just in front of the window yielding a poor natural light; the reception did not accept to change my room arguing of the full occupancy of this hotel: what was not obvious.
Spending the night, we suffered a very cold one with a cold air conditioning in April: I could check on the temperature regulator under a strange tape, that the switch hot/cold had disappeared: so, It was definitely cold!
Moreover, the flow did not run through the lavabo.
"such a bad experience, never again!"
We came on a Short Breaks trip with the Eurostar over Easter - £154 for 2 people, 2 night all incl. We were very kindly upgraded due to an overbooking with the rooms and ended up in a suite with king size bed and jacuzzi bath. No wonder we had a wonderful stay. The staff were friendly and helpful and the hotel seemed very clean and tidy. I would recommened to anyone coming to Brussels. It is a bit out of the way from the main square and attractions but not far enough to be a bother.
cheap for a reason
We only stayed one night at the hotel. I have advised the hotel of our arrival time of 12.00 noon. The room was still not ready by 16.00 h, they just kept us waiting at the reception (It will be ready soon.) The reception staff sent us a couple of times up and down to the room to check if it is ready. They can't even check themselves with their staff. But no apology, not even a coffee whilst we were waiting.
As a Miles and More member I was promised a room upgrade and a miles credit on my account. Both did not happen.
It took a lot of emails just to get a response from the hotel. They don't seem to care about their customers. If you only go for one night and have to wait 4 hours in the reception for your room, the weekend is ruined.
There are much more customer friendly hotels in Brussels.
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Jolly Hotel Du Grand Sablon
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Jolly Hotel Brussels
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- Brussels Nh Hotel
Address: Rue Bodenbroek 2 / 4, Brussels, 1000, Belgium