I've stayed here twice before, so since this is only my second night, I can add some things to previous posts. I will be here five more nights so if I can add anything I will.
First of all, it is a great deal (100 euros a night, two blocks from the Grand' Place). It's right across from the Bourse metro stop and also close to DeBrouckere. Airport transportation is simple and cheap -- you go to from BRU to Centraal Station for 5,10 euros then either transfer to the metro or (since I was tired) take a cab, a short distance.
The people here are wonderful. They speak perfect English, French, Flemish and I'm sure many other languages. I'm not in a suite this time like last, but I really don't need one and my room is perfect.
Last night I fell asleep very early, but today I went to the Executive Lounge, which is open 7 days a week. Breakfast is French style (mostly breads, croissants, fruits, juices, coffees, etc.) Not the Grand Flora breakfast, but one shouldn't expect that for 100 euros a night. Besides, you don't want to eat much early because you can either a) eat at any of many of the best restaurants in Europe within two-three blocks -- especially if you like seafood -- or eat appetizers and a few hot dishes and desserts at the Exec Lounge from 5:30-9:30 pm EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK. No charge at all for drinks, though it is limited to red and white wine, rum and Martini rosso. With unlimited red wine, no problem for me! Also, juices, soft drinks, water, etc. in the open fridges.
Since I was jetlagged yesterday, I ate at the hotel restaurant for lunch yesterday. To my surprise, there were few people there. I had the crab avocado appetizer and filet mignon and it was spectacular. The service was equally good.
I stayed once at the Renaissance Brussels and while it is a nice hotel it is WAY out of the main part of the city. This hotel is one of the great deals in Europe, along with the Ghent Marriott.
All I can say (realizing by saying so I might unfortunately change the situation) is the Brussels Marriott and Ghent Marriott are two of my favorite hotels in Europe.
I know some of you were unsure of whether the Exec Lounge extended to weekends -- they do (both breakfast and the 5:30-9:30 evening appetizers, dishes, and desserts) every day of the week.
Great hotel, fantastic staff!
We recently stayed at the Brussels Marriott and enjoyed it very much. The location was excellent and the rate for a junior suite exceptional. We couldn't get into the Executive Level breakfast room because the electronic entry was not working so the hotel treated us to a full buffet breakfast in the dining room. The staff was great. The only slight negative was the Bourse across the street. It seems to be a magnet for drunks, homeless and others with no place else to go. While we were there, there was also a large rally on the steps of the Bourse protesting the capture of the Turkish ship by the Israelis. We were not bothered by any of this, but it was a little disconcerting. However, this said, it was still a great stay and I would highly recommend the hotel.
And it is getting better and better! The weekend exec lounge breakfasts are more like German than (as I mentioned for the weekdays) French breakfasts - besides the cereals, breads, croissants, yogurt and fruit they had cheeses, cold cuts and salmon.
The executive lounge in the evening is even better. First of all, Ronnie, who has staffed it every night I've gone there, is wonderful. She goes out of her way to make you feel welcome. The kind of drinks vary, but there is always good French red and white wine. Besides that, one day there was also Martini rosso and rum; the other day campari and vodka. No limits, no charges as there is at many properties. The 'appetizers' were as close to the Athens Ledra as I've found in quantity and quality -- first cold dishes, but including lots of fresh or smoked fish -- I had a few dishes of salmon with cucumbers for my dinner the other night. Then they have warm appetizers, followed by dessert.
The other nice thing is that the exec lounge seems to be just that -- not overrun with guests of guests or children running around.
Oh, and remember our questions about lotions vs. conditioner? Here you get shampoo, conditioner, lotion, bubble bath, mineral salts, and more.
Again, a great deal in every way! I am really pleased because this is even better than my last experience at the Brussels Marriott. At many other properties the trend has been going the other way.
bonjour to all
i will go same every years back to the marriott grand hotel in brussels. i dont get points and nights, but i pay very cheap, with e b vouchers 93. to 102 euro
for 2 nights. I will spend 8 nights in juin , and 8 nights in july. and possible with a big upgrate same last year.
i think the lounge is new after transformation this year. i will see the 7 juin on my arrival........ 4 years ago i stay in the renaissance in brussels, same with e b vouchers
i prevere the marriott. very good management there.
Other Brussels links:
Marriott Executive Apartments Brussels, European Quarter http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/hotels/bruer
Renaissance Brussels Hotel http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/hotels/brubr
Brussels Marriott Hotel http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/hotels/brudt
In juin i will stay again there 8 nights and in julay idem 8 nights. when i cam from Paris to Brussels Airport, i take the Train
to Brussel-Midi, and from there a Taxi to the Hotel.
my 16 Nights i pay with E Bay Vouchers, valid 1 Year, 832 Euro, this is 52 Euro 1 night, and i get my free Upgrate.
The GM is German same me. he learn the Hotel Buisness. There you not a Costumer , but a Guest.
Dont take your Breakfast in the Lounge, but in the Restauirant.. there you have a big buffet with cheese
smoke salmon, chacuterie and many many more
sure Week End includet