When my mom saw the size of my hotel room and my bed in Amsterdam, she was upset with me. It was difficult for her to understand why I chose to stay in such a place. I couldn’t justify it myself since I was really pissed off for choosing such a terrible place. Well that is the reality of traveling and sometimes you are stuck with a bad deal. The thing about being part of an affluent family is that I never got to stay in crappy places when I was younger and we were traveling as a family. It was only when I started traveling with my hard earned money, I realised that I could travel more if I stuck to a budget. But even now there are days when I choose luxury over budget. For my European trip, I decided to do a combination of hostels, budget hotels and luxury hotels. This was random and I chose ones after carefully combing through many hotel booking sites.
So after the worst hotel experience in Amsterdam this time around, I landed in Brussels hoping that I would not be disappointed. I headed over to the Dominican and I was swept off my feet from the minute I landed there.
Dominican is a 4 star boutique hotel right in the middle of Brussels city centre. It is at ideal walking distance from many well known spots like the Grand Place, Central Station, Manneken Piss, Les Galleries etc. Since it is part of the Carlton collection, everything is top notch. As mentioned before, I always consider Safety, Accessibility and Cleanliness as the top most priority while choosing a hotel.
Dominican satisfied all my above criteria and even ticked many others. As soon as you enter the lobby, you are struck by the grandeur and elegance of the place. There was no doubt in my mind why it was chosen as one of the ‘TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice 2016 Winners in Belgium’.
|Lobby, Dominican, Brussels|
Check in was relatively easy and when I told them that I had lost all my credit cards in Madrid, they did not even take the 50 Euro mandatory payment as was customary in all my other hotels.
|Hallway, Dominican, Brussels|
Soon I was on my way to my room. The hallways and the entire hotel is designed in a contemporary but elegant style. The black/greyish setting with dashes of colour was something I really loved about this hotel. The room itself was one of the biggest rooms I stayed in Europe. It had a huge king size bed and it was a stark contrast to the bed I had slept in Amsterdam. In addition, it had a sofa, a reading table, a well-equipped mini bar, a Nespresso machine with a wide array of tea and coffee choices to choose from.
When I walked in, soothing music was playing and then I realised that it was coming from the Plasma Tv which is typical of all luxury hotels around the World. The bathroom was equally stunning and clean, complete with your own robe, hand picked toiletries and sandals. To add a personal touch, a hand written note was placed on the reading table.
The first thing they mention to you while you check in, is the Gym and Turkish bath facilities available inside the Dominican hotel. Out of curiosity, I headed over there and was really impressed with the boxing room, gym and spa facilities. Due to lack of time, I was not able to use them and that was one regret I had while leaving Brussels.
|Gym, Dominican, Brussels|
|BoxingRoom, Dominican, Brussels|
|Spa, Dominican, Brussels|
As a foodie, this review would be incomplete if I did not comment about the dining experience. Breakfast was the highlight of my day and the huge continental spread at the Dominican was a delight every morning. I had my share of everything from freshly prepared Belgian waffles to French toast. I even ordered room service one night and they took special care to prepare a delicious vegetarian meal, exclusively for me. Also as per my tour guide in Brussels, the Dominican has one of the best cocktails in the city. My other tour guide kept praising the Dominican and it is not often that locals also find a hotel classy and unique. Service was impeccable and they had friendly staff who catered to your every whim and fancy.
|Dining Area, Dominican, Brussels|
|Dinner, Dominican, Brussels|
Overall I was delighted with the Dominican and I would stay here again if I got the chance. Dominican also ranks as one of my favourite hotels in Europe this time. Also just to let people know, it is not as expensive as you think.
Disclaimer: I was offered a discounted price to stay at ‘The Dominican, Brussels’. All opinions are my own. It was my favourite hotel this time around and you can see from the pictures why.
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