As far as hotel bars go, Smoods has a lot going for it.
It reflects the personality of the rest of the building without being too ‘in your face’, with plenty of options for seating – the high back sofas were a personal favourite, especially when paired with a Leffe and flick through Monocle magazine from the book shelf. It was consistently busy during our visit with a combination of fellow guests and conference visitors, and there was even a photo shoot at one point.
A regular Leffe or glass of wine will set you back around €5 and, if you’re staying in Hotel Bloom and forgo your housekeeping in the morning, you get a free €5 voucher for Smoods – so you know what ours went on!
The staff were generally quite friendly, if a bit distant when there weren’t as many people around, but we never felt ignored or pushed to spend more money (even when we were obviously there to use our vouchers…).
A good addition to the hotel and comfortable place to use wi-fi outside of your room and research your next steps over a glass of beer.
Jessica H., Manchester UK
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