Modern, cheap, central. That's what they promise in the website of Meininger hotels. Sometimes it's great to get a value for money, isn't it? I didn't have any expectations of Brussels nor the hotel that was booked for me as I'm on a work trip and the price per night wasn't more than ~70 EUR.
Taxi leaves me on the front of the old factory buildings by the canal, made from red bricks. There are people sitting on the front, sipping drinks. Children running around. Bikes everywhere - it's Sunday, a day when you're not allowed to drive a car in the Brussels. As I step inside of the hotel, one of the factory buildings turned up to the museums, restaurants and accommodation services - there is a friendly receptionist greeting me - with limitless WiFi-codes for multiple devices. Immediately I notice that the WiFi is extremely fast. The receptionist doesn't immediately find my booking and I'm sure of that there will again be some problems with the booking - at least that they haven't been able to charge the reservation upfront - as I've asked them to do. Or at least there isn't the extended stay up til Wednesday as I've asked to. Well guess what... Everything was prepaid, a hotel night extended. The receptionist welcomed me to the hotel and told that their restaurant slash bar is serving me 24/7. Perfect.
The hotel room
Again - I did not have any expectations. When opening the door, there is a view with a garden plot on the front of me! The room is tidy, with separate shower and toilet. A sofa, small table, plug ins everywhere... and the most importantly - a comfortable, proper bed with soft white cotton linings! ....Second importantly, finally a proper hair dryer in the hotel room! My trip is saved - especially now when I managed to buy a new bottle of Moroccan Oil at the airport! (I know it's so 2010 but I still love it!)
Currently I'm sitting in a cozy restaurant slash cafeteria straight next to the hotel. There seems to be Mima museum in the same building and the entry to the museum is actually just front of me - from this cafeteria.
Soon I learned that the place I assumed as a hotel, is actually a hostel with full of teenagers throwing parties in the middle of the night. The Wi-Fi wasn't working at all which was a big problem for me as I was meant to work in the evenings on my 'spare time'. The bed wasn't as comfy as it first looked: it was truly uncomfortable. But what I have to say, the place was super clean which is truly important for me.
And, it's only one day in a year when cars are not allowed in Brussels - the day happened to be Sunday when I arrived. :D