It's always slightly 'interesting' trying to decide where to stay in a city you don't know. Usually (for me, at least) it involves reading a lot of reviews on sites like TripAdvisor, looking at what deals are out there, and then booking something - possibly at random if nothing obvious suggests itself.
Brussels was a bit like that.
There were plenty of amazing-sounding places for £100/night, and then there was Hotel Bloom... relatively new, not hugely many reviews, but at £126 for three nights (courtesy of lastminute.com) it stood out as a bargain.
I've never stayed anywhere quite so... well... styled. Everything was carefully designed, from the bright bedroom murals to the various different seating areas in the lobby. You can judge for yourself on the funky designs (apparently all the bedrooms are different); I enjoyed the bright colours and can only imagine how much fun someone must have had creating all the different spaces.
I'm a fussy sleeper and I slept well: really comfortable mattresses and fluffy pillows (though the sheets could have been softer, if we're going to talk about luxury). The room had a coffee machine (with pods for normal coffee, decaf, and earl grey tea, restocked each day), a fridge with free bottled water (also restocked daily), a mini safe, and - most important? - free wifi.
The rate we paid didn't include breakfast; the hotel buffet was expensive at €25 (and still pricey at the weekend discount rate of €15) so we just went out to local cafes - you can get a decent continental breakfast in Brussels for between €6 and €8.
The outside of the building is pretty boring, but it's right next to the Botanique (a pleasant park for a stroll) and feels like a safe area. It seems to be in the business/financial district, so many of the restaurants were closed on weekends, but there was a small supermarket across the road and a good Turkish pizza place just a couple of streets away.
Walking to the Grand Place takes around 15 minutes, or there are regular trams and buses towards the city centre.
I'd definitely stay here again.
|Address:||Rue Royale 250, 1210 Brussels, Belgium|
|Date Visited:||4-7 September 2009|