Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi
What We Love
- A super-central hotel by the Gare du Midi, with breakfast, late check-out and in-room VIP extras Kicking back with a coffee in your modern and airy room
- Sampling grilled steaks, Belgian beers or even a bento box at the restaurant and bar
- The ideal location, just a five-minute walk from Gare du Midi train station
Location, location, location – this centrally-situated Radisson hotel couldn’t be handier for Eurostar travel, standing a few steps from Brussels-South Train Station. You can easily explore the sights on foot from here, strolling to the quirky Mannekin Pis statue, the Magritte Museum for a spot of Surrealist art, the spectacular Grote Markt with its historic guildhall buildings, or the ever-popular Cantillon Brewery for a tour and sampling session.
Holding a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, the Park Inn Brussels Midi boasts a restaurant and bar with indoor courtyard, RBG Bar & Grill does an excellent line in prime steaks and gourmet burgers. It’s also quite the urban oasis for expertly-made cocktails or ice-cold Belgian beers, should you wish for a cosy evening in. Once you’ve enjoyed all that Europe’s unofficial capital has to offer, you’re sure of a sound night’s sleep in the hotel’s modern guest rooms, all of which feature top-notch amenities, soundproofing and smart décor.
How to Get There
We chose this hotel as we were arriving late at night off Eurostar and the hotel is opposite the station. It was perfectly functional if a bit lacking in atmosphere. You can walk easily into the city centre from the hotel (maybe 20-30 minutes walk) and a few blocks away is the really interesting area of Marroles where there are vintage clothes shops, bars and restaurants (we found a fabulous place to eat in La Rue des Renards). We didn't pay for breakfast which I thought was really expensive but there are loads of cheap cafes near the hotel plus one over the road by the entrance to the station
Room typical of a modern chain. Comfortable and has all that is needed. Towels were a bit small but adequate, however toilet bowl badly stained which did not look good! Breakfast had a very good choice but a bit crowded at the buffet all trying to get the food. The staff were very friendly and helpful. In a very good location for the station. Only 10 minutes walk from city centre but area around station a bit 'dodgy' and advised by a policeman not to walk into the city centre but to catch the underground or a train. However the hotel is value for money and convenient.
Awesome location right across the Brussels Midi station. We were traveling in Europe via train so this hotel is perfect!
It is basically a business hotel. I saw so many Thalis and Eurostar people checking in and leaving the hotel. No frills but check in was fast, rooms are huge, and my bed in an ordinary room was really big. No closet but the hanging rack had enough space for jackets and ordinary wear. No noise at all in the room even if facing the street.
Breakfast was ordinary except that service is spectacular. We had a very early departure, and the staff allowed us to enter the breakfast area even if they were not yet officially open.
Staff at the reception desk were very helpful, especially in arranging tours and transpo around the city. Thanks guys!
Not close to the other tourist sites in Brussels especially the Grand Place but the hotel is just one train station away costing 2.1 euro.
Definitely staying here again.
I stayed two nights at this Radisson property in November and can give it a qualified recommendation. First, the good news: the hotel is literally across the street from the main Brussels train station, Midi (not to be confused with Central, the older station downtown as I learned the hard way). Leaving the station, which has many exits, look for the Avenue Fonsny signs, or else you may wander on the wrong side of the tracks, so to speak. The location is convenient for train travellers but the neighborhood is not so great, though not dangerous as far as I could see. The helpful desk staff, however, recommended I not walk into the city centre at night. Hmmm. (I did walk to and from the city center in daytime, and it was a loong walk through some fairly scruffy streets.)
The basic tradeoff here is that you can get a cheaper rate here than at comparable 3 star or 4 star hotels nearer the historic city centre with its beautiful Great market square. I stayed a third night at an Ibis hotel much closer to the city centre but paid a lot more for a tiny and noisier room. That said, the Park Inn is a tired older hotel. Some people see a vibrant, colorful decor; I saw crazy color schemes and scruffy hallways that needed a new paint job, carpets that needed cleaning, and room furnishings out of the Salvation Army's discards. The chair in my room, a red beanbag like contraption, was uncomfortable and basically unusable. The bed and bathroom, however, were clean and comfortable,and the hotel breakfast was good. The staff were uniformly friendly and helpful; most spoke good, idiomatic English.
One last oddity: the entrance is through a Japanese or zen-like garden which houses some outdoor tables in a protected or glass-covered atrium. The effect is ruined, however, because the hotel uses this as the smoking zone, which means you enter through a cloud of second hand smoke. Come on, Radisson, think things through: refurbish this place and it would be a truly good choice rather than a budget basement bargain.
The trip went fine good location easy to reach trains and Metro, did not have time to correct deficiencies to busy attending to my work, found menu not satisfactory and ended up having a meal in the train station, which was good and after a drink in the SAS bar next door with great atmosphere which was lacking in the hotel bar!