Hôtel Saint-Michel

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Address: Grand Place 15, Brussels, 1000, Belgium

Star rating:
1 star hotel

3.6

Affordable rooms with the best view in Brussels.

Hôtel Saint-Michel’s 14 rooms are unremarkable — it’s the postcode you’re paying for: Half the rooms have views over Brussels’s exquisite UNESCO-listed Grand-Place —  you couldn’t get any closer to the action unless you slept on the famous cobblestones.

Location
5
90%
Eating/drinking
3.4
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
3.7
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Bedrooms
3.5
90%
Public areas
n/a
90%

Location

On the eastern side of the Grand-Place square; a five-minute walk from Bruxelles-Central train station.

Bedrooms

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.
 

Public areas

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.

Leisure facilities

N/A

Service

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.

Price advice

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.

Amenities

  • Restaurant

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • Singles
  • Stag / hen parties
  • Great views / scenery
  • People watching
  • Sightseeing
  • 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
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