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With just 24 hours to spend in Brussels, we wanted a hotel that was located in the heart of the city so we could easily pop in and out as weather and rest necessitated. We also needed a quiet hotel that wasn't directly on the main part of Grand Place so we could have a peaceful, uninterrupted night of sleep before our early morning wake up call. And most of all we needed a hotel that met our criteria for cleanliness, comfort, charm and - of course! - good value so we could recommend it to other travellers. With the Hotel Atlas, we found everything we needed and more.
Unfortunately, we left far too early for breakfast and we were running about 5 minutes behind schedule, so we were unable to stop and request a few portable croissants. However, we were able to take advantage of the hotel's hospitality in another way. Every evening the hotel offers a complimentary happy hour, with beer, wine, juice, and soda available in the basement lounge/breakfast bar area. This was such a nice way to unwind and meet a few fellow travellers!
Hotel Atlas proclaims that, while there are many 3 star hotels in Brussels, they aim to be the very best. After my experience, I feel they might be missing a star. Between the funky, fresh room decor, the rare appearance of a bathtub, a complimentary breakfast AND a complimentary happy hour, this hotel absolutely goes above and beyond. And the best thing of all is the price. During weekends a double room is only 99 Euros and prices can even be a bit lower in the down season. If you are planning a trip to Belgium, try to be in Brussels on the weekend, when all the bureaucrats have gone home, and Bruges during the week (as the lovebirds flock there by weekend). Like most Brussels accommodations, Hotel Atlas costs 30-50% more on weekdays.
As always, I welcome and encourage your comments. Have you been to Brussels before? What did you like and dislike?
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Accommodations at Hotel Atlas were provided compliments of Belgium Tourism. This did not affect my review & all opinions remain my own.