Review of NH Hotel Mechelen, Flanders, Belgium

I stayed at the NH Nechelen for one night, on a complimentary basis, during my Flanders is a Festival blog trip in August 2012. It took me around 15 minutes to walk from Mechelen railway station to the hotel; thankfully the hotel had very clear walking directions on their site. Although it’s a modern building, it’s located very close to the historic centre of Mechelen.

NH Mechelen

Exterior of NH Mechelen

I was allocated a room on the fourth floor at the back of the hotel overlooking a residential street. The room was very spacious. I was very grateful for the air conditioning, as it’d been another hot day. There was a kettle in the room; I really enjoyed having a cup of tea. The toiletries in the bathroom were of an unusual fruit variety.

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My room at NH Mechelen

You could choose from four different types of pillows. I found this emphasis on comfort a bit perverse, as there was a plastic backed mattress cover, guaranteeing a sticky night in hot weather.

I was sure I’d read somewhere that NH hotels offer free WiFi. However, I only saw signs in the lobby touting free WiFi, when I tried to connect in the room it said there was a 10.90 Euro charge per day.  I wasn’t too concerned as Visit Flanders had lent me a MiFi, so I was able to get online using it. I did try to connect my netbook to the free WiFi in the lobby with no success.

Upon my return, I checked this issue out and sure enough the NH site crows about their ‘WiFree‘ claiming that they are the first international hotel chain to offer free WiFi in all their rooms. Well that’s not true, as there wasn’t free WiFi in my room in Mechelen.

Sunset from my room at NH Mechelen

Breakfast was very good with a wide selection of food. There was a fair bit of space between the tables: you need to be able to move in and out from your table to the buffet without almost bashing into guests at adjacent tables.

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Breakfast room at MH Mechelen

The breakfast room overlooked Korenmarkt; it’s quite unusual for hotel restaurants to have views and naturual light.

View of Korenmarkt from the breakfast room at NH Mechelen

In summary, my room at NH Mechelen was a good size and very comfortable, apart from the plastic mattress cover. I enjoyed having breakfast with a view and in natural light. I liked staying in the entral location;  it took above five minutes to walk to the main square and the restaurant at which I ate in the evening was a two minute walk. However, the hotel really needs to get the free WiFi issue sorted out, what’s the point in claiming to have free WiFi which doesn’t exist and/or to which you can’t get connected?



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