Tried & tested: staying at the Holiday Inn Brussels Airport (a Skoj experience)

We travel from Brussels Airport quite a lot and especially with an early flight that can be a lot of hassle  getting up in the middle of the night, almost no sleep and already very tired and stressed before take off. So thank heavens for airport hotels where you can relax and  arrive at the airport without any lack of sleep. Recently we stayed at the Holiday Inn Brussels Airport in Diegem: a great experience as this is not your regular airport hotel.

No stress please

This Holiday Inn is located about 4 miles from our national airport and has a surprisingly relaxed and holiday-like atmosphere, which makes you not at all aware that the hotel is actually packed between boring buildings and offices, it’s right in the middle of the business district. And still: as soon as we entered the hotel, we felt overwhelmed by the relaxed and cosy vibe, not at all what we expected from an airport hotel. Time to de-stress people!

Checking in was hassle free and easy. We had made reservations online and arriving on the spot the electronic receptionists – read: cool terminals – handled  the rest of the administrative hassle for us. Not difficult at all and absolutely time-saving.

Of course, if you don’t feel comfortable checking in with a computer, there are hosts available to help you if needed. Very efficient, we liked it a lot!

SKOJ, Swedish for Fun

This Holiday Inn was newly renovated by a Scandinavian company, and with the renovation came a new theme: SKOJ, a Swedish word for FUN. And every letter of the word, has a deeper meaning. The ‘S’ for example stands for ‘Surprising’ and clearly refers to the fun way of checking in and out, and your whole stay of course.

The ‘K’ means ‘Kreativ’, and this is experienced in the creative design of the hotel, especially the bar and the restaurant. Holiday Inn used warm tones and materials (a lot of wooden materials) and a lot of modern accents. Very elegant and comfy, we were big fans of it and felt immediately at home.

The bar has a Starbucks corner and in the restaurant Kreative Kuisine you can enjoy local dishes and seasonal and healthy food (the meals can also be ordered as a take-away). The meal we enjoyed was very copious and tasteful, the best way to start a holiday!

Scandinavian surprise

So how about the rooms? Holiday Inn has done its utmost to accommodate guests in an Original – the ‘O’ in Skoj – and comfortable way. The rooms are designed in an – again – cozy modern Scandinavian look. A large and very comfortable bed, fully fitted bathroom with bathrobes, a comfortable seating area, air conditioning, flat screen TV multimedia, a safe, free WiFi in the rooms (and the rest of the hotel!)… All you can wish for. Important extra: the rooms are sound proof, so you’re in for a quiet and peaceful night.

(By the way: notice anything weird in this picture? And no, we did not use Photoshop!)

Another surprise was the heated indoor pool with jacuzzi, steam bath and sauna. And the calories you’ve worked up after dining in the restaurant can be trained of in the health & leisure club. Very joyful (letter ‘J’!) indeed.

After the pool and jacuzzi we headed to the outdoor terrace behind the restaurant for some further relaxation. It was a warm and sunny day and it felt like being in the south of France, instead of an airport hotel. Ah, la vie est belle when you’re on vacation 🙂

All-in concept

If you have an early flight – or you just want to start your holiday early and in a relaxed and elegant ambiance – then I would certainly recommend staying at the Holiday Inn Skoj in Diegem. You get to enjoy a very pleasant stay, and there are free shuttle buses (morning and evening) to bring you to Brussels Airport and back. If you come by car, you can leave it in the parking lot where it stays safely until you return from your trip.

The SKOJ is the limit? Holiday Inn Airport Hotel Diegem was a great experience in many ways.

Good to know: Nato, the European Quarter and the Atomium are only a 15 minute drive away, Brussels Grand Place (and Manneken Pis) are about 12 kilometer away. From the Diegem Train Station it’s only an 500 meter walk.

We would also like to mention that the hotel also offers all amenities for business travelers and companies. An event room, special meeting lobbies… it’s all available.

As for families with kids: all facilities are available in the hotel and in the rooms such as a folding bed and a mobile baby cot if necessary. Kids up to 17y stay for free when sleeping in the parents room.

All information about arrangements and more details about this hotel can be found on the website of Holiday-Inn Brussels Airport Diegem.

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