Rue de Stassart 43, Brussels, Belgium, 1050
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Singles, Art, Design and architecture, Shopping, Trendiness
Expert review of Aqua Hotel
The 97-room Aqua Hotel has been building a good reputation since it opened in April 2010: it doesn’t go overboard on the extras, so it can offer comfortable rooms at very competitive prices. Several people who were booked in here for business trips have told me they’d return for leisure.
Located on a seedy looking, but quiet, side street; a three-minute amble from Porte de Namur metro station. It’s poorly lit at night, so take care.
On the whole, rooms are small but include a mini-bar, safety deposit box, hairdryer, air-conditioning, and flat-screen TV. The built-in wardrobes are very narrow; however, the beds are very comfortable. The ‘wet room’ bathrooms feature a free-standing sink and toilet; the majority of rooms only have showers, so ask if you’d like a bath — which, incidentally, are nice and deep. There are eight rooms with connecting doors that can be used by families. Only cable internet is available in the rooms.
The hotel’s pièce de la résistance is an enormous blue sculpture by Arne Quinze, a Belgian-born conceptual artist, which snakes its way throughout the architecture of the building. Entitled the ‘Blue Wave’, it took a year to construct and is made entirely of wood. Another example of Quinze’s work can be seen at Kwint restaurant.
Free WiFi is only available in the lobby and the meeting room (where you can glimpse the sculpture through the ceiling).
Cold continental buffet breakfast (included in the price; 7am—10.30am Monday—Sunday) is taken in the basement at the root of the sculpture.
There’s a fitness room, meeting room and an internet corner with a printer.
The reception staff were a bit dour when I visited.
The majority of their clients are businesspeople, but in my opinion this dynamic hotel and its convenient location make it a great accommodation option for a city break.
During the week prices are kept high to pluck the euros from the pockets of their business clientele, but at the weekend rates drop by about 70 euros.
More information on Aqua Hotel:
- Rue de Stassart 43, Brussels, Belgium, 1050
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet