Fodor's Expert Review Hotel BLOOM!
Rue Royale 250, St-Josse-ten-Noode, Brussels Capital, 1000, Belgium
Located just up the road from the old botanical garden (now a venue hall), BLOOM! is a fresh-looking design hotel within 15 minutes' walk from Gare du Nord. From the exterior, it's pure business, but its interior design flourishes (graffiti decoration, splashes of bold color, and wild stencilling) mark it as something a bit different. A well-equipped fitness center, an eye-catchingly colorful breakfast buffet, and budget-friendly prices separate it from the rest of the city's brisker valued hotels, many of which could do with a lick of paint. The same can not be said of this splashy offering.
- colorful, friendly hotel
- hip bar area
- good transport links
- not one of the city's prettiest areas
- some of the rooms are looking a little worn (though renovations are planned)
- traffic can be a little noisy outside