Aloft Brussels Schuman

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Address: Place Jean Rey, Brussels, 1040, Belgium

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.6

Hip new hotel, with wizard gadgetry, in the heart of the EU Quarter.

Advertised as ‘style at a steal’, this funky 147-room hotel only opened in September 2010 and is the first of the Aloft brand to arrive in Europe. Already, though, the glowing reviews are pouring in because they try hard to offer a unique hotel experience: all the high design of a boutique design hotel at a fraction of the cost. I was really impressed by the vibrancy of the place.

Location
3.5
90%
Eating/drinking
4
90%
Leisure facilities
4.1
90%
Service
4.2
90%
Value for money
4.8
90%
Bedrooms
4.5
90%
Public areas
4.3
90%

Location

Right in the heart of the EU district: to the north, is the Juste Lipse buildings and, to the south, Parc Leopold and the European Parliament. It’s a two-minute walk south from either the Maelbeek or Schuman metro stations.

Bedrooms

Rooms have olive-coloured walls, 3m-high ceilings, multicoloured stripy blinds and pillows, and large windows. The beds — you can choose a king-size double bed, or two queen-size twin beds — look out the window and are very comfy. It’s chockfull of extras, including: an alarm clock, hairdryer, mini-fridge, über-modern tea-and-coffee facilities, safe, free WiFi, and a huge flat-screen TV. The latter is linked up to a ‘plug & play’ dock which you can connect your iPhone, iPod, DVD player or laptop to. The spotless bathrooms have a walk-in shower, Bliss Spa bath products and the shower door cleverly serves as a full-length mirror.

Breezy lofts (aka suites) are also available and these have a separate living room.

Public areas

The public areas are an urbane mix of bright colours and open-plan design: behind reception lies the re:mix lounge, with a pool table, and leading off from this are the re:fuel food station and wxyz bar. Free WiFi is available throughout the building.

Eating and drinking

Breakfast isn’t included, but can be bought from re:fuel: the hotel’s 24-hour food station, which stocks drinks and healthy snacks.

The neon-lit wxyz bar hosts happy hour from 6pm to 7pm every night; Wii tournaments are held on Tuesdays; popular DJs play between 6.30pm and 10.30pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays; and on Friday guests get their turn at the ‘tables’ by plugging their iPod into the hotel speaker system.

Leisure facilities

The very-blue re:charge fitness centre is open 24 hours a day and there are three ‘tactic’ meeting rooms.

Service

Their state-of-the-art ‘touch & go’ service allows you to check in and out independently, but the friendly young reception staff are on hand to welcome you and answer any queries.

Who stays there

Urbane businesspeople, young couples and singles — the ‘hip’ interior may not be to the liking of mature travellers.

Price advice

Book more than 21 days in advance and you can qualify for a 25 per cent discount.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Live entertainment
  • Trendiness
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Very good value for money
  • Fun, lively atmosphere
  • It’s a good 20-minute walk to the historic city centre
  • Limited selection of nearby restaurants and bars
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