Chao Chow Palace

rue du Brabant 80, Brussels, 1210, Belgium
(3 star hotel)
#112 of 410 hotels in Brussels
Terrible (1.0 out of 5.0) 1 review
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Chao Chow Disappointment

Terrible (1.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 31, 2006

This hotel is conveniently situated next to the Gare du Nord train station. If that's the location you're looking for and you think of this as a 2* hotel, then you're not going wrong.

However, whilst the location was convenient enough, the first thing I spotted when exiting the Gare du Nord Station were the peep show and sex shops. Although they aren't predominant in the area, they are very off-putting. I have to admit that, whilst they didn't impress me, I didn't experience any trouble when walking in the area, even in the evening.

On arrival at the hotel, I was greeted pleasantly and given my room key card. However, I think that was the only 4* evidence I saw. The room was large, clean and air-conditioned but this was the only good side to my stay. The toilet was in its own room, without a wash-hand basin. The shower trickled down the wall unless you used one hand to hold it up.

I was lucky enough to have my dates co-incide with Ommegang but the hotel staff were totally oblivious to what that was and their only solution was to access the internet website - which I had already done before leaving home so I was more informed than they were.

Breakfast was continental and just passed muster - I don't expect canned fruit cocktail in a 4* hotel!

Unique Quality: No pool. No restaurant. No spa, beauty salon or conference facilities.

Just what makes this a 4* hotel?

The only good side - I got this at a bargain knock-down rate.

Directions: Near Gare du Nord Station.

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