On arriving at this Brussels hotel, it’s immediately obvious as to why the owners chose to include the word “welcome” in the name of their establishment. And the Brussels Welcome Hotel certainly does live up to that moniker! We were greeted warmly by the hotel reception, and given key advice and directions to help us make the most of the short 24 hours we had to spend in Belgium’s capital. We were also offered a choice of rooms, which I thought was excellent.
When you consider that each one of the 17 rooms is themed to a particular world destination, it’s easy to see why one particular room might be more up your street than another! In the end we stayed in Egypt, which is one of the hotel’s suites.
The room was really generous in size and was decorated with a plethora of Egyptian style features. The facilities were of a decent standard, too – flat screen TV/ tea and coffee making equipment and a jacuzzi bath with separate walk-in shower enclosure in the huge bathroom. The room was also spotlessly clean (I have a thing about dust in hotels, so this definitely ticked the right boxes for me). And, of course there was free wi-fi, which is an absolute necessity, as well as a desk and separate sitting area with a huge custom-made sofa!
Brussels Welcome Hotel is a small and friendly place, with a more intimate feel than larger hotels. Breakfast here was good – actually better than I expected for a hotel of this size. There was a plentiful buffet with hot items as well as the more usual continental style fayre. The building itself is clearly well loved and the effort that’s gone in to the decor is clearly visible.
Hotel Welcome is situated right next to the St Catherine’s metro stop which offers complete transport convenience, but you can walk to the Grand Place in just over 5 minutes and the immediate area is great. There are plenty of cafe bars and bistros to dip in to and the lovely St. Catherine’s Church overlooks the square. Overall it was an excellent spot for a short city break.
I enjoyed staying at this hotel – mostly because the people were wonderful. I’d been in touch via email prior to our stay and received enthusiastic responses. On arrival it was clear that everyone on staff here has a genuine wish to provide warm hospitality for every guest. For me, though, something just didn’t fit – but I think it was more a question of my own personal taste. The reviews for this hotel on Trip Advisor are great, and are largely what led me to make the booking. I was also keen to stay somewhere different to the often bland and sometimes too generic mid-range hotel chains. The idea here was fab, but for me it was step too far in terms of quirky chic.
All in all, I doubt I’ll stay here again myself, but this is a unique place worth a visit it you like to break away from the norm. And if your budget for flights only stretches as far as Brussels when you really want to go somewhere more exotic? Well, this hotel has a room for you! You can always pretend to be elsewhere!
So what do you think? Would you stay in this hotel? And what do you make of our Egypt suite? I’d love to know in the comments!
As usual, the opinions here are all my own – NAH booked this hotel solely based on research, but I’d like to thank Brussels Welcome Hotel for upgrading our room.