Time to Do Better
Posted Aug 22, 2016
I get the impression that this hotel hasn't had much competition in Aalst for quite some time. So they haven't tried very hard to update and modernize because they haven't had to. Except now that we stayed *at a different, newer hotel in town* and have been able to compare, the differences are staggering.
They modernize the lobby and the restaurant but nothing else. The rooms and hallways are still in the 90's. The elevator is rickety. EVERYTHING will cost you additional money. The attitude at check in could be described as indifferent. The air conditioning is useless and yet INCREDIBLY LOUD, and you need to ask them to turn it on because otherwise you get nothing at all. The bathroom has terrible lighting. I'm pretty sure I could feel the floor when I kneeled on to the mattress. The breakfast is included so that might be why they're using stale croissants and old fruit and gross bacon.
Full disclosure - I did not pay what they're claiming is the regular rate for the room. The expedia rate is apparently about half of that. And even that is too much. Just… yikes.