If you want to stay in the heart of the capital of Belgium, at a short distance from the Grand-Place, do not be misled by the name of this hotel! The NH City Centre stands in the very elegant neighbourhood of Avenue Louise... far from the centre! Inside, there are no surprises for those who are acquainted with the brand: all the standard NH features are there, making for a comfortable, modern, and unoriginal setting.
The NH City Centre is a stone's throw away from Louise railway station and enjoys the advantages of the chic and lively neighbourhood around Louise avenue. There are numerous shops and hotels in this local 'Champs Elysées'. However, there aren't that many bars and restaurants in the area, and you'll have to walk for around 20 minutes to get to the city centre.
Like many other hotels in Brussels (and being a city of business), the NH City Centre has its own car park and 2 conference rooms: a big one (with a holding capacity of 100 people) for events and a smaller one for meetings.
Built in the 60s, this 9 storey building was designed in the rather bleak style of that era... It took 2 years (2003-2005) to upgrade when the NH group took over in 2001. The new hotel puts on a modern face but has retained some of its more classical elements, especially in the lobby, which is entirely clad in marble and is a rather dull and charmless space. There is a corner with a few (red leather) sofas where arriving guests can wait. However, one quickly tires of the incessant comings and goings of guests. The remaining common areas are limited to a restaurant bar on the ground floor and a small gym on the top floor under the mansard roof.
With 235 guest rooms, the NH City Centre has banked on quantity without neglecting quality. Its standard rooms aren't all that spacious, but they're a lot more welcoming than the entrance hall: parquet flooring, a tartan armchair, a red knitted bedspread, a comfy white duvet, and a bathroom with a designer sink. The interior is the same in all the rooms and it follows the exact same model as those in the NH Grand Place!
As far as amenities are concerned, you'll have everything you need, except for a flat-screen TV, which will soon replace the current sets found in the rooms: safe, minibar, individual air-conditioning, and telephone, plus typical NH features like the pillow selection and the Agua de Tierra hospitality products. The suites boast a small sitting room area, a king size bed, an ironing kit, some bathrobes, a coffee machine, bottles of water, and free apples. Guests staying in the suites can ask for the NH Endless Sunday option, which allows them to vacate their room at 5:00 pm. Furthermore, women can choose the NH Woman Style option, which is a service that caters exclusively for women, as seen in the presence of a make-up mirror.
Despite being small (capacity of 35), the NH City Centre restaurant will not let your culinary expectations go unfulfilled! This is quite a rare feature in Brussels, where most of the hotels only serve breakfast... At the hotel's entrance, the nice brasserie Chez Louise serves snacks, light lunches (£12 with drink or coffee), and à la carte dinners, not forgetting the waffles at tea time! Created by an Italian chef, the menu mixes traditional Belgian cuisine with a slightly Mediterranean touch.
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