on September 4, 2010
We stayed at the Dominican for only one night on our way back through the Brussels before heading home. As I have said before I rate my lodgings on a few things; size of the room for the cost, cleanliness, friendliness and helpfulness of the front desk staff and proximity to other things to see and do in the area. Considering the cost for one night, this is not a hotel for a budget and the very high end feel hits you just walking in the door. For that money you do get plenty of amenities, including a fitness center, bar, restaurant and a business center. None of which we actually used, but after almost three weeks in Europe we were happy to have an ice machine on our floor and had purchased the upgraded package so we could have mini bar and movies (in English!). The room was a good size, plenty of room to get around for two people, the only down side was that all the desk, chairs and tables were on one side of the room so I had no where to put my items other than my nightstand. The bathroom was very big and modern with a bath and separate shower. I am not sure that I like the full length mirror next to the toilet, but everything was clean so no complaints.The hotel is in a great location, not far from the Grand Palace or the Central Station (hint - look to go out the Horta exit, it is closer to the hotel and you can take escalators down versus walking down some fairly steep sidewalks), and close to lots of stores and restaurants. We had been in Brussels for five nights earlier in the week so we knew where to go, but even if you have just arrived it will not take long to find anything you would be looking for. We made use of the in rooms refrigerator / mini bar and filled it with local Belgian beers from one of the many beer shops to help with the chore of packing for home.Most of the front staff was helpful, one help us figure out the best way to get to the airport (take the train from Central Station, it is fast and inexpensive compared to a cab and they leave at least once an hour) and the bartender was really nice, opening the corked bottles for us even though we were not drinking in the bar. The only true negative about the whole stay was the gentleman checking us in. He ignored us when we entered and was brief with us every time we spoke with him. While we may not have looked the part of a high-end hotel guest with our backpacks and I gather slightly younger than the typical guest, that should not mean we should not get the same attention and courtesy as other guests.
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