by Karen, Aug 18 2018
The first hotel launched under the Radisson Red brand, this family friendly hotel is a great place to stay in Brussels with kids if you’re looking for easy transport links to all the main attractions but in a quiet enough location to avoid the crowds.
Situated in the European Quarter of Brussels, just down the road from the European Parliament the Radisson Red is perfectly placed for a visit to Brussels with kids. I imagine it gets pretty full when the European Parliament is in session but as it was the school holidays it always seemed quiet.
On most evenings we stopped off at the Place du Luxemburg to take in the evening light and sample some Belgium beers (when is Brussels right?!). It’s about a 5 minute walk to the hotel so a nice place to end the day.
The hotel is right next door to Bruxelles Luxemburg train station which we used to get to the Atomium, Mini Europe and even onward to Amsterdam with a couple of extra stops making it the perfect location if you’re interrailing as we were. We also found it easy to walk to Brussels Park and then on to the Grand Place. We caught a train back though!
Rooms at the Radisson Red Brussels
The signature red and white design carries through to the rooms, we had a studio for three, the walls were instantly recognizable as that of the brand. Some may find it a little noisy, we just thought it was fun.
The bed was huge and comfy and the wardrobe had plenty of space to unpack. There is an easy to use safe and plenty of power points, including USB ones, perfect when you’re abroad and need to charge your electronics, no need for a bulky conversion socket. There are no tea or coffee making facilities which was really the only thing that let the room down.
The bathroom was relatively small with only a shower, no bath. The shower was good and strong with two shower heads (one rainfall) and everything was extremely clean which I loved.
There wasn’t much storage for toiletries, what was provided in the shower smelt lovely and were not your usual tiny bottles of hotel toiletries. You can order additional toiletries at reception – not sure if there’s a cost.
Pretty much everything you need to know is printed on the back of your door.
Special Features for kids
Whilst not specifically for kids there are plenty of features that will make visiting with kids so much fun. In the lobby there’s a free to use pool table and table football.
There’s also a massive video screen you can play around recording a selfie on. So much fun!
It’s powered by a solar Tesla battery, something I’ve never seen before.
During our visit it was peak summer, the weather was blisteringly hot so it was lovely to see a little suncream station in the lobby, free to use, another sweet little touch.
Food at the OUIBar + KTCHN
We had breakfast one morning in the hotel, it wasn’t included in our room rate but I wanted to try it out. It was absolutely brilliant, loads of choice from fresh juices to healthy cereals and breads.
They had a cooked option and plenty of sweet treats for the kids. I loved the “pimp my waffle” section.
Its €14 per person, not bad for a hotel buffet breakfast.
If you don’t fancy paying for breakfast at the hotel there’s a lovely little café just over the road serving delicious coffee and great value (and huge) bagels.
We also enjoyed drinks in the restaurant after a busy day of exploring, having previously eaten we just ordered a cheese board and it was absolutely amazing, they even kept refilling our bread basket, a naughty but delicious treat!
We even managed to find a chess board to finish our evening, not sure we’re developing a master yet but it’s a start.
Leisure facilities at the Radisson Red Brussels
There’s a pretty good gym in the basement, it was always deserted when we went in but I can imagine it getting busy when the European Parliament is open.
Wifi is good and available through out the hotel. It was plenty strong enough for a bit of blogging and to fuel my daughters Youtube addiction.
Service at the Radisson Red
The service throughout the hotel was pretty good. Check in and out was quick, efficient and friendly. Staff members are all super relaxed, dressed down and perched on individual computer terminals, not a stuffy reception desk in sight! You can also check in and out at the self service terminals.
Employees in the restaurant were cheerful and again offered great customer service. As there were no coffee or tea making facilities in the room Mr AWTYK was sent out to find a Starbucks for take out while we got ready for the day. He asked the staff at breakfast where to go and they allowed us to get takeaway from the restaurant without charging us as long as we came down to get breakfast later. A small thing but an important one.
Before I left home I emailed the hotel to ask about transport options, they were quick and helpful with their response.
Value for Money
We paid just under £80 a night for the 3 of us. Great value for such a lovely hotel during the UK summer holidays. Click here for all the latest prices for the Radisson Red Brussels.
What you need to know
Rue D’Idalie 35
1050 Brussels, Belgium
+ 32 26 26 81 11 (reception)
Email : email@example.com
Nearest station is Bruxelles Luxemburg right next door.
Parking is available at the hotel for €23 a night.
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