On the eastern side of the Grand-Place square; a five-minute walk from Bruxelles-Central train station.
Seven rooms overlook the Grand-Place and seven overlook brick walls or decaying roofs; the latter are about 20—50 euros cheaper, but this isn’t the place to scrimp and if you can’t get a room overlooking the square I’d probably stay somewhere else.
Rooms 21 (twin) and 22 (double), on the second floor, are the best because they boast floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Grand-Place. Also worth staying in are: room12 which has a large decorative fireplace and views of the square; and room 41 on the fourth floor, which has turret stairs leading up to port-hole also overlooking the square. Avoid rooms 43 and 30 at all costs; the latter is little more than a broom cupboard. Bedspreads in all the rooms are aging, but bathrooms are very clean.
Discounting the attached restaurant, there are none. The unpromising-looking reception is located down a long green corridor, and immediately to the left of this is a small lift (I don’t think it would fit a wheelchair) leading up to the rooms.
Eating and drinking
The continental buffet breakfast (included in the price; 7am—10.30am Monday—Sunday) is served in the clean and cosy L’Estaminet du Kelderke brasserie (open: 7am—11pm Monday—Sunday) on the ground floor — try and get a seat by the window for uninterrupted views of the Grand-Place.
After check-in, you’re pretty much left to it.
Who stays there
Backpackers splashing out on the unbeatable view, young couples who don’t mind rooms a little rough round the edges, and hard-up businesspeople.
You’ll need to book well in advance if your stay coincides with the Tapis des Fleurs (see [node:174677] for dates) as the hotel is overrun with photographers using the rooms for their birds-eye view of the square.
- Backpackers / Students
- Stag / hen parties
- Great views / scenery
- People watching
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Close to huge selection of bars and restaurants
- Incredible views
- Good value for money considering the postcode
- You’ll probably be disturbed by the noise, especially in summer when the drinking terraces are in use until late