NH Hotel Du Grand Sablon

, Brussels, Belgium
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NH Hotel Du Grand Sablon

, Brussels
4 star

Rooms: 201

2 Rue Bodenbroek - Brussels - B 1000 - Belgium Hotel Website | | 2 5181100
359 Traveller

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Submitted by: Malcolm in 10/11/06
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Generally standards were good and staff helpful when asked, however hot breakfast was cold, staff were informed but nothing was done to improve this, breakfast selection was impressive, another disappointment was there was nothing on the web site to say that the tea and coffee making facility did not apply to standard rooms, and that was one reason we chose this hotel, .. for tea & coffee making facilities in room, none exsitant.
Perfect location, great service
Submitted by: Sue in 29/10/06
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Cheap Getaway Holiday Maker
A very good hotel room, spacious and a good sized bathroom. Very top class in terms of room and service. Fridge is very handy for stocking up on water and alcohol purchased from off licenses and not having the hotel products in the fridge as we all know is this extortion! A 10- 15 minute walk from the grand place and the train st. outside of the hotel there is usually a market. The hotel is situated where there is a row of bars and hotels, perfect if you want to pop down for a quick drink or meal. Usually busier during the week days as a lot of business people come to lunch here.
Sablon Experience
Submitted by: Robertp. Piccus in 08/06/05
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Retired
We lived in Brussels 1961-65 and remember the Sablon quite well. The Jolly Hotel is an excellent addition to a highly desirable place to stay in Brussels. Within easy walking distance to the Grand Place and restaurants and thanks to the metro system easy to visit the museums, etc. The Jolly is very fine, well-managed and, although the single rooms are rather small one does not expect to remain in the room except to sleep. Highly Recommended.
Spacious and grand
Submitted by: Nicole Buehler in 08/06/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
I thought the hotel was lovely and the room was very spacious. The location was perfect for business and sightseeing.
Nicely located and well equipped
Submitted by: Helen Disney in 08/06/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
The Jolly Hotel is nicely located and well equipped for the business traveller. It has wireless internet connection in all the rooms and the conference facilities are usefully located away from the main part of the hotel. Catering was good and the staff were friendly. On the down side, service was a bit slow and the hotel did not seem too well-versed in dealing with conference-related requests, for example, they were not able to make more than a few photocopies at a time and there was nowhere nearby to do this which was very inconvenient. The rooms are also rather old-fashioned in their decor, although clean and well kept.
Expensive except at week ends
Submitted by: Charles Daniels in 29/04/05
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
The service is very good but the Hotel suffers from being in a noisy location which is also very congested. The rooms are adequate. The menu is good but limited in range.
Perfect Brussels Weekend Retreat
Submitted by: duncan@net2.co.uk in 21/12/04
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Jolly Hotel Du Grand Sablon is perfectly located for a weekend break in Brussells looking onto a beautiful cobbled square with plenty of designer galleries, boutiques and cosy bars nearby to while away a lazy weekend.

Centrally located, I managed to walk to the Grand Place in under 10 minutes.

The grand facade of the hotel itself conceals a suprisingly simple, but adequate rooms (perhaps too 'chinsy' for my tastes)

Nevertheless the service was excellent, and ultimately you cannot beat its location. I would certainly stay at Jolly Hotel Du Grand Sablon the next time I visit Brussels.

Historical Traveller Reviews of NH Hotel Du Grand Sablon

4 star but......

from KentWibble
Went to the Christmas Market which was extremely busy, and which wasn't all that really. Too many gluewein/waffles and crepe stalls - not enough craft items that would have been good for Christmas shopping and gifts. That said it was my first visit to Brussels (possibly my last). The Grand Sablon is very busy, but the room and facilities were great. Breakfast was a stressful affair, with not enough room set aside for the numbers of people, but it could just have been the boorishness of some guests that made it appear so. I felt as if i was wearing a cloak of invisbility as times! The Sablon area is very nice and must have escaped the town planning efforts of the RAF and The Luftwaffe. The Cafe Leffe opposite the hotel was good and so was a great little bar/restaurant next door - Le Grain De Sable - great meal and service there - not cheap but reasonable and very enjoyable. BEWARE of the seafood restaurants on the Rue Boucherie which crosses the St Hubert galleries, any restaurants that have to tout etc. The worst Moules Frites I have ever had, + exorbitantly priced house wine. I wish I could remember the name of that particular place, but it was awful!!!

Smallest Room Ever Seen

from A TripAdvisor Member
I've stayed in the Jolly du Grand Sablon three times in the past three years. The first two times, I had no problems.

This time, however, I was put in room 228, which is 8 feet 3 inches wide (2.5m). I'm not exaggerating - I measured it. Furthermore, the closet/TV stand/minibar took up half the wall space on one side and was 18 inches (45 cm) wide itself, effectively limiting me to a space 6 feet 9 inches (2.05m) across. I could almost reach across the space, and I’m only 5’ 7” (1.70m).

I complained at the front desk, but was told I'd have to pay more if I changed rooms. As it was a business trip, and my employer had already negotiated the price I paid, I could not upgrade. Admittedly, I didn’t spend too much time in the room, as the hotel is in a great location, but if room space is important to you please consider my experience before picking the Jolly du Sablon. Be sure to watch out for the rooms at the end of the halls, such as number 228.


from bramasole5
Jolly hotel was my home away from home for two days this week. I am not a fan of Brussels yet this hotel was a wonderful choice which made my stay really enjoyable. Its located in a beautiful part of the city, really close to the Grand Place and Central Station. The staff is absolutely wonderful and very helpful. Breakfast is of the best quality as is the hotel itself. Am looking forward staying there again when my business trips bring me to Brussels next time.

European Style

from A TripAdvisor Member
Very impressive lobby with its in-house art gallery. Location was superb, close to the Grand Square (ten minutes walk), next to an antiques market, and delicious chocolatiers and beautiful shops nearby. Not much to complain about room amenities, service and breakfast buffet. We liked the free internet (two computers on the ground floor, usually one free). Lift uses your room keycard to ascend. Having tried many restaurants we agree that Aux Armes de Bruxelles served the best mussels. However beware the restaurant on the side street opposite Aux Armes de Bruxelles called Le Petit Bedon. We decided to try it because it had a nice log fire inside and the menu was inexpensive. The service was shocking (the head waiter condescending, slow and rude), while the food itself was not only mediocre it was quite suspect (for gastroenteritis). Sorry to moan but we hope future visitors can avoid such an unpleasant experience. All in all, we would visit Brussels and stay at the Jolly again!

Great staff, Great Location

from Trixie1
Just got back from a 2 night Eurostar break at the Jolly Hotel Du Grand Sablon. The location is excellent - about a 7-10 minute walk to the main square (Grand Place), and the hotel is surrounded by lovely restaurants and bars. The hotel lobby is lovely and yes, the hotel rooms could do with updating but they were large and clean with large bathrooms and excellent showers. From the Eurostar station (Gare du Midi) a taxi to the hotel cost under €10, buses are also readily available from the same area.

I would definitely recommend this hotel, the staff are very helpful and the buffet breakfast which is included was also excellent. I can't wait to go back!

Good Location

from A TripAdvisor Member
Pleasant hotel with large comfortable room and bathroom overlooking the Grand Sablon (only moan is the plastic cups provided for tea/coffee in room, surely a hotel of this class can provide china?). Good location in smart area about 10 minute walk from the centre of the city. Lots of choice of restaurants in the Rue de Bouchers area. Trains easy to use we visited Bruges and Antwerp. All in all excellent trip with plenty of beer, chocolate and mussels!

Clean but in need of a Refurbishment

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at the Jolly du Grand Sablon for a total of three nights on two different stays. The strong points of the hotel are: (1) Location, right on the Grand Sablon and close to bus and trams lines; (2) Clean, (3) Largish rooms; (4) Did I mention Location?; (5) relatively good value for money if you can get a discounted rate.

The weak points of the hotel: (1) the interior of the rooms and public spaces is quite dated and has not kept up with other hotels in the city; (2) the staff is well meaning, but certainly not real top quality and is easily overwhelmed during busy periods; (3) poor business center; (4) the water pressure is very weak.

This is a great hotel for someone visiting Brussels who just wants a basic, clean room in a central location and doesn't want to pay an arm and a leg. (Having said that, mid-week rates for a single night were still $200 or above, so it isn't a youth hostel either.) Business travelers who need knowledgable staff and a modern business center may be better off at another hotel.

Overall, there was nothing in my stay at the Jolly that was awful, but there nothing really special either.

Great hotel, nice location

from SLK Maniac
This really is a great hotel in a nice location. Close enough to the centre to be convenient and far enough away so you're not caught up in it all. The hotel was clean and in great condition everywhere. All the staff were friendly and helpfull and the breakfasts (included in our rate) were very nicely presented. We had a good sized room with kingsize bed (US kingsize) and the bathroom was also big and very clean. For the price I'd say this hotel has to be an absolute bargain and I'd recommend it to anyone.


from A TripAdvisor Member
Great Hotel. In a lovely part of the city - beautiful architecture like the Grand Place, but without the maddening crowds and neon lit restaurants. There are great restaurants around the hotel, and superb chocolatiers. It's central and close to everything, but in a quieter part of the city. Great on the weekends if you like actiques or want to check out the amazing flea market.

The Hotel Lobby is very nice, and the staff were friendly. The rooms are nice - not too dated - and very clean. Breakfast has a great selection.

Easy 15 minute walk to the Eurostar terminal via Palais du Justice.

a great hotel

from hanaku77
This hotel is the best valued hotel I've stayed with so far. I got a really good deal on it (around 90 euro including breakfast). Staff was friendly, short walk to the center where there were lots of restaurants and shops. There are also some chocolatiers nearby. The room is quite spacious for european hotel standard. I got a king bed. One of the nice features of the hotel is towel warmer in the bathroom. I would definitely stay in this hotel again if I ever go back to Belgium.

Top Local Tips for Brussels

Eating out in Brussels. Two restaurants worth visiting L' Arrosoir, Rue Haut 60, and L' Idiot du Village, Rue Notre Seigneur 19 . Both are excellent, the second a bit more expensive but still very good value for the quality of food and wine. Both restaurants are within 5 minutes walk from the hotel . There are many many other good restaurants throughout Brussels.

Eurostar When arriving in Brussels on the Eurostar please get a taxi from the station the centre, do not attempt to walk. Around the station is the roughest area Ive ever seen and Ive been to a lot of stations. When you get away from that area its fine but dont bother with walking. In the guide books they say it can be rough at night time, its not just night time its daytime too, it was awful! And we are seasonal travellers!

If at the Jolly Sablon, try Lola's for dinner We enjoyed Lola's across the square from the Jolly Hotel. Though moderate to expensive, the offerings were well prepared and presented and provided a range of options: fish, duck, beef for entrees and some inventive appetizers. Decent wine list. Friendly service. Reserve ahead.


Other names for NH Hotel Du Grand Sablon

  • nh hotel brussels
  • jolly hotel du grand sablon
  • jolly hotel brussels
  • brussels nh hotel
  • Address: 2 Rue Bodenbroek - Brussels - B 1000 - Belgium
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