Rue van Gaver 23, Brussels, Belgium, 1000
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Singles, No fuss, Trendiness
Expert review of Theater Hotel
Renovated from top-to-toe in 2009, this boutique townhouse hotel is one of my favourite budget options. It’s billed as a two-star, but outshines some three stars in my opinion. Some travellers may find its location in the red-light district off-putting.
In the north of town, a hop-and-a-skip from Yser metro station — it’s a good 15-minute walk to the Grand-Place.
Bright white, chocolate brown and black are the main colour schemes accompanied by all-white spick-and-span en-suite bathrooms. Rooms are equipped with free WiFi, flat-screen TV (with over 80 cable channels), hairdryer, safety deposit box, and blackout curtains for light sleepers.
Rooms starting with ‘23’ are located at the front of the building and are larger (and noisier) than those located in the new section — whose rooms start with the number ‘26’ — at the back of the hotel (across the terrace). Triple rooms and suites are also available for families.
In contrast to the white rooms is the moody black halls and staircase. They’ve tried to jazz up the inner terrace with funky furniture and shrubs, but it’s a bit small and overlooked by high walls.
The continental breakfast (8 euros extra) is taken in the fresh, bright dining area which looks on to the inner terrace.
The hotel manager, Ricky Paragas, was on reception when I visited and he was very helpful and cheerful.
Backpackers, young couples, and young families — although parents may feel uncomfortable exposing their children to the goings-on of this red-light district.
The earlier you book, the cheaper the rates. Occasionally, they’ll post last-minute deals on their website.
There are three packages on offer: the ‘Romantic Weekend Escape’ includes two nights in a suite and a box of chocolates; the ‘Short Break’ deal offers a discounted Brussels Card (see Brussels insider tips for further details) and a free breakfast; and the ‘Long Stay’ offers 20 per cent discount on stays of three nights or more.
More information on Theater Hotel:
- Rue van Gaver 23, Brussels, Belgium, 1000
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