About the hotel
4-star NH Brussels Carrefour de l’Europe is part of the NH chain. Being a part of the chain can have good or bad meaning for you. On one side, it is safe, you know what to expect and something unlikely to go wrong. On the other hand you would get less feeling of discovering some secret accommodation treasures this way.
NH Brussels Carrefour de l’Europe is not an exception. For me it was the first time staying in NH hotel in general, so the discovery was still there. And I must say I am rather happy with this discovery.
Perfect. The hotel is located within a 3 minutes walk from Grand Place on Rue Marche aux Herbes, so you will be right in the centre of the old town and can visit all the main sights in the most relaxed way possible. The Opera is some 10 minutes walk from the hotel, and Galeries Royales St Hubert are right next to the NH Hotel Carrefour de l’Europe Brussels for your chocolate tour.
Who is staying here
NH Brussels Carrefour de l’Europe located in central Brussels and has several meeting rooms, so be prepared to meet many professionals in suits with carry-on suitcases rushing in and out. But it is also a really nice choice for couples and even families. If you are travelling with small children, they also have a high chair.
The breakfast is excellent. The selection is not huge, but everything I tried was perfect quality. Belgians take their pastries seriously, so the pain au chocolat and croissants are just perfect. You also get a choice of yoghurt (including soy options), fruits, eggs, sausages and of course wafers (you are in Brussels after all). The coffee and tea selection is good too, and I was especially happy with fresh mint, lemon and dried spice for tea. You will also have paper cups for take-away drinks, if you are in a rush.
Chocopolis – a chocolate boutique and factory, located within the hotel. Apart from that NH Brussels Carrefour de l’Europe does not have extra facilities to offer. However, it is really not necessary, when you have so many options of restaurants, enterntainment and sights right at your doorstep.
What makes it special
The smell of chocolate everywhere. Really everywhere, I felt it even on the 6th floor. It is coming from the Chocopolis on the ground floor, which you can access both from the street and from inside the hotel. It was the feature I enjoyed like no other.
Most of the rooms are rather dark. Mine was on the top (6th) floor and had two small windows. Brussels is not always a sunny and bright place, and even less so in December, so I had to have the lights on during the morning as well. Speaking of the lights, in several hotel rooms in Brussels they do not have a central lamp, but several smaller ones near the bed, on the desk, in the corridor. So if you are into this intimate dimmed surroundings – this is a good place. If you get depressed in the dusk, you might want to double-check with the staff about booking the lightest room they have.
Address: Rue Marche aux Herbes, 110 B-1000 Brussels, Belgium
Prices and booking: Starting from 84 euro per night. You can check your dates here.
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