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Putting the Fun in Funkey – The Funkey Hotel in Brussels, Belgium

By alison - August 13, 2013 (Updated: December 3, 2014)

The Funkey Hotel in Brussels, Belgium

One of the smaller rooms in the Funkey Hotel – still bright and airy.

The Funkey Hotel has just opened in Brussels and it ticks all of our boxes for a great hotel stay: affordability, comfort, location, style and fun. Read on for your chance to win a free night!

One of the questions we’re emailed most frequently is “can you recommend a great hotel in Brussels?” This has always been a difficult one for us to answer. As you know, we only write about things we’ve done and places we’ve stayed ourselves. Since we live in the city, we’ve never had the need to stay in a hotel in Brussels.

My Brussels hotel recommendations tend to be those I’ve visited for events: from testing their restaurants, to attending workshops, to meeting with food tour clients, and of course, the hotels that are recommended by people I trust. Now however, I have a Brussels hotel I won’t hesitate to recommend. Even though I haven’t slept there myself, after my visit to the Funkey Hotel, I’m confident guests will enjoy their stay.

My visit to the Funkey Hotel started with an email inviting me to come and have a look around. I was then encouraged, via Twitter ,to escape the heat of the past weeks in their garden. How’s a gal to resist coffee and a shady terrace?

In fact, it was after the heat-wave broke before I finally made my way over to the Schaerbeek-based hotel, an easy walk from Schuman. What I discovered was a discrete but welcoming house, adorned with the colourful FunKey logo.

Stepping inside, I was greeted by a bright, open lobby, with views into the garden. In addition to the colourful carpets and furniture, there were two unique portraits of our former and newly-crowned Kings, made entirely of Rubix Cubes. The unusual art-medium gives a tip-off to the Funkey Hotel’s theme.

Rubix Cube art in the Funkey Hotel Lobby

Rubix Cube art in the bright and colourful Funkey Hotel lobby.

I was welcomed by Alice, Valerie and Philippe and, after the previously promised coffee, I set off to discover the hotel. Philippe Thibaut, the founder of the Funkey Hotel, was my personal guide.

The concept of this hotel is truly unique in several ways. First and foremost, there are absolutely no hidden costs. The rooms are EUR 59, 79, 99, and 129, all inclusive and all year round.

And when the Funkey Hotel says ‘all-inclusive’ they mean all. In fact, “The only way you would end up paying more when you check out is if you trash the room,” Philippe told me, (and we here at CheeseWeb definitely don’t condone the trashing of hotel rooms!)

Some of the included items are what you might expect: free parking, free breakfast, free super-fast wifi (hurrah!). But there are some very nice extra touches; like the use of Samsung Google Chromebooks, free soft drinks and beer, and free all day snacks. We love the idea that you can arrive late to the hotel and scrounge up a bite to eat without having to pay exorbitant mini-bar prices.

All-day breakfast and snacks in the Funkey Hotel Kitchen

All-day breakfast and snacks in the Funkey Hotel Kitchen
Free mini-bar goodies too!

Free mini-bar goodies too!

Another great and truly unique feature is each guest receives a mobile phone. The phone is your room key, access to the front door and also a gsm, allowing you to make free calls within Belgium. The phone is pre-loaded with numbers you may need: the hotel front desk, taxi service, a pizza shop and emergency services.

The bold colour-scheme and unique art tie into the Funkey Hotel’s theme –play. Beside the lobby is a small game nook, filled with popular board games for all age levels. There are plenty of toys to entertain little ones, but there are games for adults too. The hotel’s goal is to encourage visitors to take a ‘brain break’ from work and life stresses and to relax and have fun with the other guests.

After being trounced by Philippe at one of his favourite strategy games, I can assure you it works. Writing deadlines and emails were the last thing on my mind.

The game-playing theme carries throughout the hotel. The four wings are named after the four suits in a deck of cards. Room numbers are over-sized playing cards.

Then there are the rooms themselves. Each one is decorated with a different game-related theme for a unique twist. The rooms come in a variety of shapes and layouts, but all have the same modular furniture, easily adapting to family or business travelers.

Rooms at the Funkey Hotel

Each room has a different game-related theme.

The washrooms are modern and efficient and everything you need is readily at hand. No scrabbling under desks to find an electrical socket or wondering where the heck the light switch is. The windows open, allowing you to get fresh air, and the rooms are quiet, with virtually no street noise.

There are no TVs in the rooms to encourage socialization in the common areas. However, if you splurge for the EUR 129 rooms, they come with a projector and big white walls. You can put that Chromebook and high-speed wifi to good use, streaming your favourite movie in your own personal theatre.

In room projectors and high-speed wifi mean your room is a theatre

In room projectors (as seen on the night-stand) and high-speed wifi mean your room is a theatre

Of course, there were a few things I wasn’t able to test, as I didn’t stay overnight: the shower pressure, the mattress and pillow comfy-ness and the breakfast. So I would love to hear your feedback if you stay at the Funkey Hotel.

I for one will be keeping an eye on their events page and looking for an excuse to spend the night.

In the spirit of fun and games, the Funkey Hotel is offering our readers the chance to win a free night’s stay. Here are the rules:

The password for the operation is “Alison says Cheese” (because, let’s face it, I do say cheese a lot.)
  • The first 3 readers walking in the FunKey and mentioning the password will get a coupon for one free night.
  • The next 7 readers walking in will get a “1+1” coupon – pay one night, get the second free
  • The next 10 readers walking in will get a 3+1″ coupon – pay three nights, get the fourth free

So that’s a total of 20 free hotel nights up for grabs! What are you waiting for?

Funkey Hotel
116 Rue Artan
1030 Brussels
Belgium
+32 2 733 23 53

Looking for more of our favourite hotels in Belgium and beyond? Visit our Hotel Reviews page to find out where we’ve been sleeping.

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Alison

Alison

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of Cheeseweb.eu. She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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6 comments

  1. Comment by Shweta

    Shweta August 15, 2013 at 10:22

    I am checking it out today and tomorrow with the discount you gave us. They were lovely on the phone and mentioned that they love your blog as well!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison August 15, 2013 at 12:27

      Oh that’s great! Let us know how it goes!

  2. Comment by Shweta

    Shweta August 17, 2013 at 18:58

    Here’s the verdict. We loved it! It was a very homey experience. At times we felt may be we are staying in the hotel too long. Usually people plop their things and get out. We were there in the lobby amongst the games the entire day. The staff was super friendly. Games were amazing! Breakfast and snacks delicious! The beds and shower pressure get BIG two thumbs up! I think you really missed out on the shower pressure.
    I will be recommending Funkey to all of my colleagues!
    Thanks Alison for introducing us to them.

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison August 18, 2013 at 11:53

      That’s wonderful news Shweta! We will definitely be recommending this hotel to anyone who asks! Thanks so much for reporting back to us 🙂

  3. Comment by Jax

    Jax August 18, 2013 at 10:26

    Thanks so much for introducing me to this hotel – I would never have found this without you. Actually, this extends to many of your recommendations. Cheeseweb is a treasure trove!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison August 18, 2013 at 11:52

      Aw, we’re blushing Jax! Thanks for your kind words and we’re so happy you liked the FunKey! We hope we can keep bringing you great stuff in Belgium!

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