Contrary to most of its Brussels counterparts, the Novotel is not housed in an old building... Opened in 1999, it was built around one of the city's architectural features: the Black Tower, a protected rampart dating back to the Middle Ages. However, although the view of the tower from inside the hotel make it somewhat original, the hotel's interior decor follows the standard classic Novotel concept found all over the globe. It is the ideal place for those who don't like surprises!
The Novotel Centre Tour Noire is found at the heart of the city centre with direct access to the Sainte Catherine metro station and just a few minutes from the Bourse and De Brouckère stations. Although the neighbourhood is slowly changing, now home to a few boutiques belonging to some of the latest designers, it still has a working-class atmosphere about it.
The Novotel loves animals! For the modest sum of just over £13 per day, the hotel will be more than happy to welcome your furry little friends. Bear in mind that Wi-Fi access is charged at about £9 a day.
Built in 1999, the Novotel is built around the Black Tower, a protected rampart dating back to the Middle Ages. On the other side of the main entrance, the tower can be seen through the windows of the lobby and even from some of the guest rooms. Other than this original detail, the establishment offers the same facilities as most of the other establishments in the Accor Group including a large open lobby with Mac computers and video games that are free for guests to use. Only the layout and decoration differ slightly from one Novotel to another.
Here, wood reigns supreme, seen in the reception counter, the parquet flooring and the columns with bench seats installed in the middle of the entrance hall, among other things. Despite being a fairly new hotel, the Novotel does not spare any expense keeping the establishment up to date. The last time it renovated its communal areas was in 2006. A rare asset for a city hotel: the Novotel Centre Tour has a small well-being centre, which is ideal for relaxing after a long day of sightseeing or working. It includes a 'jet stream' pool (small pool with underwater jets) surrounded by fake stones, a gym and two Turkish baths.
There are no major surprises in store behind the 7 storey façade of the Novotel Centre Tour Noire. Every one of the 217 guest rooms is exactly the same as its neighbour. Only the executive rooms have a small sitting area to boast. As for the decor and facilities, there is nothing different to be jealous of! All of the rooms offer the same standard amenities (individual air-conditioning, free safe, a sofa bed, telephone, mini-bar, tea and coffee-making facilities and a television) in a sober but welcoming decor... We would have liked to have seen a bit more creativity though, as the only 'original' details are the open wardrobe and the view of the Black Tower from some of the rooms! Small but functional, the bathroom contains the bare minimum: a combined bathtub and shower, a hair-dryer and hospitality products.
Although on paper the Novotel Centre Tour Noire seems to have two restaurants, only one of them really fulfils this function, the second one being reserved solely for breakfast (basic continental) and group meals. The Brasserie brings together the Foodsquare restaurant and bar. When business season is in full swing, guests can count on a menu that fully does justice to Belgian cuisine, with an added international touch. In summer, a menu offering lighter dishes takes over. You will be pleased to know that it is easy to decipher as the titles of its various sections are written in English! 'Seaside', 'Countryside', 'On the side', 'Belgitude', 'Sweets', etc. As for the decoration, we liked the models of boats and the giant compass that give a little nod to the explorers.
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