What We Love
- Cool decor with concrete beams and brickwork feels equal parts hip and homey
- Super-central location next to Brussels Central Station, less than a 10-minute walk from most sights
- Guestrooms on the higher floors feature balconies
What To Know
- The reception area and lounge bar are open 24/7
- Breakfast and afternoon tea are served daily in the communal dining room
- A lodging tax of approximately $5 per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Free WiFi
Located right next to Brussels Central Station, this hip hotel is true to its moniker: It’s about as central as you get in the Belgian capital. Behind a traditional townhouse, the interiors are part loft-style apartment, part members club, with concrete beams, exposed brickwork and open-plan spaces. The 24/7 reception area features a glass-fronted music lounge with low-hanging exposed lightbulbs, stools in the shape of giant corks, large desk lamps, vintage trunks fashioned into tables and nooks and crannies stuffed with arty books.
Bed and Bath
Impeccably clean, the 47 guestrooms are simple yet chic, with exposed brick walls, sisal flooring and beds topped with crisp white linen. In place of bulky wardrobes you’ll find rails and drawers made from stacked wooden crates. The utilitarian workbench-style desks are livened up with candles and fresh flowers in some rooms, and the white-on-white tile bathrooms come with teeny tubs or showers (suites come with both), fluffy white towels and cool white ceramic stools. The Anyah bath products are eco friendly.
There’s no restaurant, but a hearty hot and cold breakfast buffet and afternoon tea are served daily in the communal dining room, and the lounge bar is open 24/7. Light streams in through the huge windows, and there’s a sharing table under smart white lamps that hang low from the exposed concrete ceilings. Dig into delicious pastries and piles of fruit before heading out to explore the city center, which is right on the doorstep. There’s also a small business center on the ground floor.
In the Area
Given the hotel’s central location in the Museum District, many of Brussels’s cultural highlights are right on your doorstep. Within a 10-minute walk you’ll find the Magritte Museum, home to the largest collection of works by the Belgian surrealist; the House of Comics, a tribute to the art form and a celebration of Belgian cartoons, including Tin Tin and the Smurfs; and the Centrale Gallery, for contemporary art. Don’t miss the incredible intricate architecture of the Grand Place and Neuhaus, in the Gallerie de la Reine, a family-run chocolatier that was founded in 1857 and invented the praline.
How to Get There
A simple but attractive hotel where the no-frills idea is executed with a certain panache - fruit trays in which to store your shirts, for instance. It is in an excellent location, and my room at the top was delightful. You could spend three times the price and not have a significantly better experience.
Wonderful stay at 9 Hotel Central. Classy and cozy room with skylights. Comfortable bed. Great front desk staff that can help book restaurant reservations, make suggestions on shopping, etc. Nice base camp to enjoy the winter festival. So convenient with close proximity to the Central train station and subway system. Highly recommend.
Good hotel, friendly peopleHowever when trying to make the reservation by phone, receptionist was super unfriendly (Friday Nov 30th at noon) wherefore I had to make the reservation in the end myself online.
We really enjoyed our stay in this hotel. Staff were friendly and helpful. Breakfast buffet was good. The self service bar is slightly over priced but it’s very handy. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who want to stay in city centre of Brussels.
Last minute booking , pleasantly surprised by the quality. We received an upgrade and could stay in the loft on the 7th floor. Great design and a well-suited balcony with views over Brussels. Breakfast was good, you could order fresh waffers.