on November 24, 2010
The hotel has opened its doors in October 2007. The public areas and rooms were designed by the renowned Dutch design duo FG Style. The duo exists of Colin Finnegan and Gerard Glint Meijer and they have won a price in 2005 for best Interior design. In the fifteenth century the building was used as a Dominican monastery and later the French painter Jacques-Louis David also lived and worked here for a while. The overall style is sleek and modern. They used mostly black and (off) white colors, alternating with accessories, for example, green, gold or brown. There is a terrace in the courtyard partially covered so that smokers can go outside in bad weather without getting wet.The LocationThe hotel is beautifully situated. Situated behind La Monnaie, the famous theater and opera house. The big market is within walking distance, like the many restaurants that the Brussels city center has too offer. Since the hotel is a bit on a side street you don’t have any problems with the traffic. I have to say that the rooms are soundproofed so that wasn’t even a problem. The hotel does not have its own parking but public parking is less than 100 meters from the hotel (you will pass it on your way to the hotel). The costs are about 15 euro’s per 24 hours.The staffFor now, I can only be complimentary about the staff. Both the staff behind the reception desk and in the bar / restaurant is knowledgeable, prompt and friendly. I have once stated that there was no bathrobe in my room and that they solved it within 5 minutes. So I can only say that the staff is very friendly. I had questions about a good restaurant nearby and the staff behind the reception gave me really good tips. If you have made a choice, they call the restaurant for you to see if there is place and if so, they immediately book for you. So good service. The roomI always stay in the Deluxe room, what is the standard room in this hotel. The rooms are equipped with bathroom with shower or bath and toilet, a large double bed, an LCD screen, mini bar, a large desk across the entire width of the room, wardrobe, iron and ironing board, safe, bathrobes, slippers and a Nespresso machine and kettle. Everything is tightly arranged as the room looks very modern. The room is extremely large. The bed is soft, but firm. Equipped with a four pillows and a heavy quilt. The room is a bit on the warm side, but it comes with air conditioning. Personally, I prefer to open up a window. The TV is connected to the audio system in the bathroom. To my great surprise the TV not only provide French language channels. Indeed, the majority of the stations is English. The BreakfastIt is an extensive buffet breakfast in the restaurant. Here is a selection of fresh bread (you can cut it yourself), chocolate croissants and rolls etc. The spread range from sweets to fresh fish and various kinds of cheeses. Additionally you can find various dishes with eggs to order from one of the staff around. I also sometimes encountered tapas. Of course you have also the standard part of the fresh fruit buffet. Yogurt, fresh fruit juice, coffee and tea make the breakfast buffet in my opinion completely. In most cases the price of a buffet breakfast costs around 20 euro’s.ConclusionAfter I had been here the first time, I never left so I think that says enough about what I think of this hotel. The bed and bathroom for me are always the most important aspects of a room in this hotel and both are excellent. The bathroom is spacious, clean and with a good shower or a bath. The bed is soft, yet sturdy and features a double mattress (not affected by gap between two mattresses). The dimensions of the room is good and is well equipped with all comforts. The TV usually has English stations which is a positive point. Additionally, the use of wireless Internet throughout the hotel is free. An absolute advantage over other hotels that I stayed where I had to pay about 20 euro’s for one day Internet. The breakfast is very good and extensive. The staff is very friendly and service oriented. Based on the above, this hotel I really recommend it to anyone. It's the best 4 star hotel where I've ever been. Especially for a weekend in Brussels is an excellent starting point because it is so centrally located. In addition, hotels in Brussels are a lot cheaper on weekends than on weekdays.
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