This hotel, in easy access location, is situated in a convenient location for the airport, especially useful for business travellers but close enough to the centre for those here on leisure. Parking is available and you can rent from the hotel, making this a great place to begin a European road trip. The hotel is set up as a great platform from which to launch your Brussels exploration, with airport transfers on request and a tour desk to make theatre reservations and book city tours. The hotel has a concierge, bar, room service, valet laundry and round the clock reception. You can be secure in the knowledge that the staff will always be available while you enjoy your en-suite room before venturing into the city.
Begin your tour of Europe with the European district, an area of the city housing the European parliament, which doesn’t require any booking in advance. Other cultural stops have to include the Town Hall on the Grand Place, illuminated at night, and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Michel and St. Gudula. For those on business, the hotel is within easy distance of the Colonel Bourg Business District and the NATO headquarters. The city is bursting with museums from the classic, Military Museum, art museums and the Natural History Museum; to the unusual, the Comic Strip Museum and Autoworld. One that will find no complaints, is the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate which is small but includes a good demonstration.
After viewing this demonstration, you might be tempted to head to some of the small chocolate shops dotted around the city. There are also markets in the many squares, including the Sablon square and the Grand Place. To fully understand the extent of the city, take a walking tour. Book one of these via the hotel or find a tourist information. These walking tours might include some of the beautiful gardens, the 1880 triumph arch representing 50 years of Belgian independence, and the Palace. The Palace is prettily situated and well worth a visit, as is the Museum of Dynasty including artefacts from the lives of the Belgian royalty.
In the evening, take in a theatre show (which you can book at the hotel or in town). For family theatre, there’s the Toone theatre showcasing 8 generations of mannequins, which is more likely to spook and thrill rather than settle young minds, but the beer on offer can make this a good trip for children and parents alike. Late night restaurants, live music and nightclubs mean that, whatever the time of day, you won’t be short of something to do.