Theater Hotel

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Address: Rue van Gaver 23, Brussels, 1000, Belgium

Star rating:

4.4

Trendy townhouse with unbeatable budget rates.

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.

Location
3.3
90%
Eating/drinking
4
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.7
90%
Value for money
4.9
90%
Bedrooms
4.3
90%
Public areas
4.3
90%

Location

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.

Bedrooms

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.
 

Public areas

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.

Eating and drinking

The continental breakfast (8 euros extra) is taken in the fresh, bright dining area which looks on to the inner terrace.

Leisure facilities

N/A

Service

The hotel manager, Ricky Paragas, was on reception when I visited and he was very helpful and cheerful.

Who stays there

Backpackers, young couples, and young families — although parents may feel uncomfortable exposing their children to the goings-on of this red-light district.

Price advice

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 [node:174676] for further details) and a free breakfast; and the ‘Long Stay’ offers 20 per cent discount on stays of three nights or more.

 

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Singles
  • Trendiness
  • No fuss

Pros & Cons

  • Family friendly
  • Excellent value for money
  • No lift for disabled travellers
  • It’s a bit of a walk to the central sites of interest
  • Situated in the red-light district
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