“ Address: Brusselsestraat 52 / 3000 Leuven / Belgium „
We used to live in Leuven, and we've stayed in the Ibis in Leuven a couple of times. Each time was a 2 night stay whilst looking for our own apartment in Leuven.
Ibis as most people know is a worldwide budget hotel chain. They are normally very reasonably priced, and for someone with a limited budget they are a fairly safe bet, as you know what to expect. We've stayed in absolutely loads of Ibis hotels over the years; both in the UK and in mainland Europe.
The Ibis in Leuven is in an absolutely perfect location, it's right in the heart of the beautiful historic centre of Leuven. It's just steps away from the main square, the town hall and the tourist information centre. All of the restaurants, cafes, bars and shops are on your doorstep. In fact the Godiva chocloate shop is opposite the hotel, a bit of a dangerous location for me as I love Belgian chocolate! There's a couple of supermarkets close by the hotel if you want to pick up drinks and snacks for your room.
The hotel is about a mile away from the main train station in Leuven, however it is an easy walk, or you could get a taxi if you prefer. Trains run very frequently from Leuven train station through to Brussels and to Brussels airport.
I have to say that I did like the rooms in this Ibis, they were sleek and modern, and they had laminate floors which I really liked. I hate carpets in a hotel as they are normally always stained and grubby! The rooms were always perfectly clean, and they always had spare pillows and towels. I thought that the rooms were actually quite spacious for an Ibis hotel as well. All of rooms have a very small bathroom with a shower, sink and toilet, and there is a hairdryer in the bathrooms (typical Ibis hotel bathrooms basically). The rooms have a phone and a TV. There is wi-fi throughout the hotel, but there is a charge for this. The reception desk is open 24 hours a day, and the staff do speak perfect English. There is car parking at the hotel, but again there is a charge for this. The hotel is a non-smoking hotel, which did surprise me as the Belgians still allow smoking in restaurants and bars.
The room rate is per room, regardless of whether there is 1 person or 2 in the room. And the rate doesn't include breakfast, however you can choose to have the breakfast buffet at the hotel for an extra cost. We had breakfast one morning and to be honest it really wasn't worth it at all, it's Euro14.00 per person and it's just a typical cold breakfast buffet, nothing special and vastly overpriced. In the afternoons and evenings the breakfast area is a bar and bistro area, we didn't use this as we preferred to sample the bars and restaurants of Leuven itself. They do serve the obligatory Belgian beer though.
I would definitely recommend the Ibis in Leuven, it is perfectly located for exploring the city of Leuven, it is clean and modern, and you can usually get a bargain room rate.