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Impressive offer in a design boutique hotel – 5 star – Brussels

Nestled in the heart of Brussels city centre, this hotel is equipped with all modern comforts: high speed internet, telephone, plasma screen TV, climate control and air conditioning. If you’re visiting for work, there’s a desk in the room and free internet will make your trip pass efficiently. While, as a family, the hotel offers connecting rooms on request, so you don’t need to worry about being put on different floors. All rooms have a mini-bar, hairdryer and private bathroom as well. Snap up this impressive offer in a design boutique hotel today!

For a 5 star experience, start at the Rue Antoine Dansaert for all well-known designer brands. Though the daily markets in the square may come cheaper, they are just as exciting. Wherever you’re shopping, you’re sure to find reference to two of Belgium’s most talked about exports: beer and chocolate. To learn about beer in Brussels go to the Grand Place and look around the Brewer’s Museum where you can learn about the brewing process. For those who truly appreciate beer and aren’t afraid to true new things, the Délirium Café is a must-see: floor after floor of eclectic design and a word record beer list from over sixty countries, it is a tourist attraction in itself. As for chocolate, you will be surrounded by little shops which all sell beautiful authentic Belgium chocolate, for a winning day out, get to the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate for a demonstration on how Belgium makes its tastiest treat.

The list of Museums in Brussels in endless. Get the Brussels Card for exclusive and useful discounts, though a number are free. While the History, Natural History and Art Museums are very good, the most interesting are the oddities – like the Comic Strip Museum. For a true feel of the culture of Brussels, go to the European Parliament and take a one hour tour – you might even see a famous face. Gardens are a good way to break up trips between cultural excursions and Brussels has some treasures. Especially the glass conservatories in the Botanical Gardens, housing over 10,000 different plant species.

Sooner or later, you will find yourself in the Grand Place, where the Town Hall and Cathedral will be your key stops. It is off here you will find the best in nightlife whether your tastes are late night, loud clubs or a smooth live jazz. Don’t miss the opportunity to book for the theatre as music shows are common and can be enjoyed without needing to be in your native language. With late night restaurants, never worry about fitting it all in before the sun goes down.

 

Nice boutique hotel in Brussels – 5 star – Brussels

If you like to be in the centre of things, this Secret Hotel is a 4 star nice boutique hotel in the heart of Brussels. Situated in the centre of the city, found close to Avenue Louise within easy reach of the airport and the heart of Brussels. Inside your air conditioned room, you’ll find cable TV, internet, telephone, a safe and mini bar. While the hotel also has gardens, a fitness centre, gym and sauna on offer. If that isn’t enough pampering, a limousine service as well as room service to make your retreat complete. For those on business, the hotel can provide conference rooms to make your trip run smoothly.

Once you’ve settled, follow Avenue Louise toward the city, as one of the city’s major roads, it’s loaded with upmarket shops and restaurants. Straying from this road, you may find yourself in any number of squares; Stéphanie Square or Sély Longchamps Square – history buffs also look out for Baron Sély Longchamps statue on the avenue by the Gestapo headquarters. Follow the stunning architecture, you’ll come to the King’s Garden full of classical statuary and exotic trees. For romantic walks or children orientated runs find time for the Gardens of the Van Buuren Museum and the Botanical Gardens.

Brussels has a large number of museums to suit all tastes, ranging from the Autoworld museum of motorcars and the Comic Strip Museum (for younger and older readers alike) to the Royal Museum of Army and Military History and the Art and History Museum. If you want to see more of the city, use guided walks and tours to take you around monuments and archaeological sites. As the Capital of Europe, you won’t be short on culture, try to fit in the Palace of Justice and the European Parliament for your visitor’s check-list.

The Grand Place buzzes both night and day, overshadowed by the Town Hall and filled with some beautiful architecture, at night, it is lit up with restaurants spilling out onto the plaza for late night dining. There’s a number of techno clubs around the city and Nostalgia blasting out the hits of the 1960s and 1970s. For a tamer but not quieter night, attend one of the city’s live jazz clubs. For a romantic dinner date, you couldn’t be more spoiled for choice and some restaurants stay open late. But don’t forget to visit some of the famous Belgium chocolate shops dotted around the city before you leave!

 

Elegance and comfort next to the European District – 4 star – Brussels

Experience elegance and comfort next to the European District. The European quarter lies to the east of the city centre, where you’ll find the abode of the European Parliament. Explore the area by using the hotel’s bicycle rental facility, or make the most of your romantic holiday by unwinding using the hotel’s sauna, gym and spa – you can even treat yourself to a massage! Inside your room you’ll find cable television, mini-bar, safe, telephone and complimentary toiletries.

To get the most out of the European district, try to visit the power house of the European Union. The European commission can be visited if you book online first, and is a free and an interesting use of 1-2 hours in the city. If you want to visit at the last minute, the European parliament doesn’t require booking. Even if you just visit for an afternoon, you’ll see a number of familiar faces, TV crews and black cars in amidst the modern architecture. In the eastern most part of the European quarter, lies the Parc de Cinquantenaire – this is the backdrop to the Art and History Museum, Autoworld and the Military Museum as well as the arch built in 1880 commemorating 50 years of Belgian independence.

Mini-Europe is a good option for families visiting with children, containing models of Vesuvius, Big Ben and Venice as well as the modern statue of the Atonium. Brussels’ large selection of museums includes some more unusual examples like Autoworld, displaying a history of motoring, and the comic strip museum, including archives from cartoon hits such as Tintin and the Smurfs. For a real family treat, visit the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate, something everyone is sure to enjoy! This might also entreat you to indulge in some of Belgium’s famous chocolate shops which can be found dotted about the city. The Royal Theatre Toone will provide an early evening thrill as eight generations of spooky marionettes are paraded in front of you, there’s also a selection of nice Belgian beers!

There’s nothing more romantic than a stroll around the streets of Brussels at night, take a look at the Town Hall in the Grand Place: a beautiful example of gothic architecture which lights up at night to make the square enchantingly modern. A useful Brussels phenomenon is the night restaurant, which serves food and coffee throughout the night. Keeping you awake for Brussels extensive nightlife, there’s a number of techno clubs or why not try a live music venue for a more intimate touch like the Music Village Jazz House.

Top hotel in central Brussels – 4 star – Brussels

This 4 star Secret Hotel is in the centre of the beautiful city of Brussels. For a romantic retreat, you can stay in a comfortable air conditioned room with television and mini-bar or head downstairs to the hotel sauna, before going into the city for a quiet meal. Families can enjoy the indoor pool with babysitting available on request. While you may be tempted to stay in, this hotel is so central that you will have no shortage of local attractions to tempt you out. Don’t miss out on this top hotel in central Brussels!

Brussels has many beautiful gardens with elegant statuary, which enchant at any time of the year. The Botanical Gardens and Royal Greenhouses are truly beautiful. If these aren’t open, look for the Gardens of the Van Buuren Museum including ‘the labyrinth’. Combine a visit to the Royal Palace with the Museum of the Dynasty to see the artefacts of the Kings and Queens of Belgium. These are suitable for couples looking for a romantic walk, families who want to give the children somewhere traffic free to run around and for the lone traveller searching for a peaceful haven in the city.

If you find yourself in the gardens of Petit Sablon Square, you might as well start shopping for souvenirs! This square houses a market daily including cheese, meats and fresh flowers (as well as Tintin memorabilia!) These markets pop up in the small squares all over the city. Elegant cocktail bars and comfortable cafés are always located on squares and down side streets, and give a welcome break to your shopping trip. Espace Louise, close to the hotel, is a shopping centre housing an art gallery, which is well worth visiting. To help you choose your purchases, visit the Brewer’s Museum in the old Brewer’s Guild on the Grand Place but buy your beer in the supermarket for a true bargain. The other must see is the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate, which is small but gives a good demonstration on how to make arguably Brussels’ most famous export.

If you’re visiting with children, try to go to mini-Europe and see the models of Vesuvius, Venice and Big Ben as well as the large Atonium modern art statue. And bring your swimming costumes for a trip to Océade, the capital’s water park which is open all year round. For night owls, the best night out can be found at the Délirium Café which is a couple of metres from the Grand Place and whose list of beers is so long it gained a mention in the Guinness Book of Records.

Central deluxe hotel, a stroll to Grand Place – 5 star – Brussels

If you want to surround yourself in all that Brussels has to offer, then this modern 5 star Secret Hotel is for you. This central deluxe hotel, a stroll to Grand Place, is also close to Rue Neuve and offers room service, concierge, laundry, valet parking and a limousine service. Within your air-conditioned room you can expect a TV, mini-bar and high speed internet connection, which is great if you’re here on business and want to take advantage of the hotel’s business centre.

Spend the mornings strolling through the small squares of the city to see the daily markets full of fresh cheese and cured meats. Then head to the Grand Place and Sablon Square, both a stroll from the hotel, to the bigger markets, especially the rustic fish market. If shopping is your thing, the designer and luxury brands are to be found on Boulevard de Waterloo and Rue Antoine Dansaert. While more mainstream shopping is located on the Rue Neuve or in the arcades, some of the oldest in the world. Buy your classic Brussels’ souvenirs after a visit to the Museum of Chocolate and Cocoa, to see how chocolate is made, and the Brewer’s Museum for an idea on brewing. The best deals to be had for beer are in supermarkets, while you’ll get your best chocolates in some of the city’s small chocolate shops located anywhere and everywhere.

Keep children entertained with the slightly more eclectic range of museums that Brussels has to offer, like the Museum of Old Instruments, Autoworld (Museum of the History of Motoring) and the Comic Strip Museum. It’s only a 2 kilometre walk to the beach, if the weather stays good, but if not, get your swimming costumes out at Océade – the city’s waterpark including a Jacuzzi as well as a number of slides and pools. As an alternative to the European district, head to mini-Europe to look at the scale models of Berlin, Venice and London.

Fun is also to be found for the adults, look out of the Museums of Ancient and Modern Art and the Natural History Museum. The European district is the seat of power for the European Union and is well-worth a visit, remember to book online in advance for every tour but the European Parliament. Gardens are a good retreats for couples, but when night descends the city is abuzz with techno clubs, live music cafés and late night restaurants to suit all tastes.

 

Great weekend deals in Brussels – 3 star – Brussels

With an excellent location in the very centre of Brussels, this 3* Top Secret Hotel is the perfect option for your stay in the Belgian capital.

The beautifully decorated and comfortable rooms offer a large variety of facilities to make your stay as convenient and enjoyable as possible. Take advantage of the high speed Internet connection, or relax by making use of the complimentary tea and coffee facilities on offer. There is also the option to put your feet up whilst watching TV with your in-room flat screen LCD TV, and you can even save space in your suitcase with the provided hairdryer! If you fancy a nightcap or a quick refreshment, the mini bar has a vast selection of drinks to choose from, or why not make a trip to the hotel’s delightful bar and enjoy a drink from their menu. From delicious cocktails to a refreshing beer, there’s something on offer for everyone! Choose this secret hotel for great weekend deals in Brussels!

The hotel is situated in the European District of Brussels, making it the ideal destination to visit the hub of Europe; the European Parliament and the European Commission headquarters. The European Parliament, on Belliard Street, is open all year round for visitors to explore the place that European proposals become law. There are even headphones provided that instantaneously translate all speakers when the Parliament is in session, so you can really feel involved in all of the action! This ‘European Neighbourhood’ is the most modern part of the whole city, offering amazing contemporary architecture, to provide a breathtaking landscape that you’ll never forget!

As well as this modern setting, Brussels is also known for its magnificent 17th century architecture, with beautiful historic buildings and museums that could not be replicated in any other destination. Along with its fantastic bars, lively nightlife and fantastic authentic Belgian food, it’s abundance of Belgian culture, fashion and art makes Brussels one of the top must-see cities of Europe. You can take a visit to the nearby ‘City2’ shopping mall for all of your shopping needs, or immerse yourself in the historical area centre that is Sabion, with bustling antique markets and majestic views over the whole city. The Espace Louise Gallery is a the ideal destination for those with a passion for art, and the Royal Palace housing the Belgian Parliament is a sight not to be missed, with breathtaking gardens and architecture. What’s more, all of these wonderful attractions are within the local area of the hotel, as well as the whole of Brussels being easily accessible due to the Schuman Metro station being located within walking distance! There’s no need to worry about high transfer costs with this hotel, as the Brussels South Airport is only a short journey away.

 

Exquisite luxury in the city centre – 4 star – Brussels

Experience exquisite luxury in the city centre at this four star Secret Hotel. Expect a perfect blend of historic elegance and chic modern design throughout, with cyber corners offering free internet 24 hours, a lobby bar and first class services such as city tours, limousine hire and car rental. For the ultimate relaxation, why not indulge in the onsite Turkish bath, treat yourself to a massage or work up a sweat in the gym? If you’ve got work to catch up with, don’t fret because this luxury hotel has an extensive range of business facilities offering secretarial services, video conferencing and meeting rooms amongst many others. At the end of a busy day, retire to the sumptuous guest rooms, furnished with a separate hanging closet, cable plasma screen television, work desk with lamp and mini-bar. The rooms also benefit from free high speed internet access and daily housekeeping so you can return at the end of the day to a haven of tranquillity.

Whatever your purpose for visiting this magical city, a Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop is highly recommended. Over four hours you’ll visit all of the capital’s best chocolatiers whilst the informative guide explains the history of chocolate in Brussels and why Belgian chocolate is so famous. Along the way, there’ll be plenty of opportunity to enjoy samples before finally getting the chance to make some for yourself, with the instruction of a master chocolatier. Learn how to make silky praline, liquor filled chocolates and even Easter eggs! The choice is yours!

Aside from chocolate, there are plenty of other souvenirs to pick up during your stay as well as ample opportunity to indulge in a spot of retail therapy. You’ll find luxury brands and independent boutiques on Boulevard de Waterloo and Rue Antoine Dansaert whilst Galeries Lousie and Toison d’Or is the place to go for high street brands. Tierenteyn-Verlent, founded in 1790, is a traditional mustard shop, which still makes the famous yellow sauce using the original techniques and inside you’ll be able to see the spice jars and apothecary equipment still used to make it- a great opportunity to pick up something a little different! Brussels is also known for it’s markets and Gare du Midi is the biggest market in Europe, selling a range of gourmet food and leather goods. It’s also a great place to pick up some street food, with everything from Moroccan crepes to traditional Belgian fare!

If you’re travelling with children, try and fit in one of the theme parks or waterparks. Plopsaland is a great option for mixed aged groups, with rides such as The Ducks and Pirate’s Playground for little ones, an animal farm and 6 rollercoasters and a few water rides for those after a few more thrills. Afterwards, grab some famous Belgian waffles from one of the many eateries on site!

Amazing rates in a few steps from Avenue Louise – 4 star – Brussels

This four star Secret Hotel is highly recommended for those travelling on business, as it’s situated within easy access of the European Union headquarters, but with a shopping district just around the corner it also makes a great option for leisure travellers. Guest rooms have been recently renovated with modern décor and provide all the amenities you would expect from a hotel of this caliber: high speed internet connection, coffee and tea making facilities, television with pay-per-view movies and a private bathroom with complimentary toiletries. If you’re travelling with children, the hotel offers a first class babysitting service and can also provide cribs and high chairs. Should you require any assistance during your stay, the 24 hour reception with friendly staff will be happy to help to ensure you have the best stay possible! Scoop us these amazing rates in a few steps from Avenue Louise!

For any fans of ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ comics, a trip to the Herge Museum is a must. Discover the life and work of the series’ creator through a self-guided tour encompassing original art work from the comic books as well as archives to celebrate the astounding creativity of one man. For food, comic fans should head to Comics Café, the walls of this diner style brasserie are covered with original sketches, lithographs and paintings from the masters of the comic world, including works by Herge, Morris, Roba and Jacobs amongst others. Housed in a historic building, the Tintin room is actually a 17th century former chapel so as you can imagine the character of the building greatly adds to the dining experience. The menu consists of diner style dishes such as gourmet hamburgers as well as traditional Belgian cuisine.

As a city Brussels benefits from lots of parks and open spaces, and Parc du Cinqantenaire is one of the city’s best loved urban parks. The centre piece of the park is the triumphal arch, planned for the 1880 National Exhibition to celebrate 50 years of Belgium’s independence, although the current arch is actually from 1905. The horseshow shaped arcade that joins on from either side of the arch is home to the Royal Military Museum, the Cinqantenaire Art Museum and the AutoWorld Museum, so a day trip here can easily be divided between a picnic and romantic stroll in the grounds and a spot of culture as you explore the collections that interest you. Car fanatics won’t want to miss the Autoworld museum, showcasing over 250 vintage cars from the late 19th century right up until the 70’s.

 

Luxury and comfort next to the airport – 4 star – Brussels

If you’re arriving late, or catching an early flight, staying at this Secret Hotel located near Brussels National Airport is a great choice. The city centre is also easily reached, as are the NATO headquarters, so you’ll still be able to see lots of the city but with the convenience of the airport nearby. The hotel also offers free airport transfers, free internet in the lobby and parking should you be hiring a car during your stay. Guest rooms are tastefully decorated and benefit from connecting rooms, climate control and mod-cons such as coffee and tea making facilities, high speed internet and trouser press. This deluxe four star hotel is a great option for both leisure and business travellers as it offers a fully equipped business centre alongside a fitness center with sauna and Jacuzzi so you can relax and come away fully rejuvenated. For luxury and comfort next to the airport look no further.

Treat the children to a show at one of Brussel’s last surviving puppet theatres, Le Peruchet. Enter a stone farmhouse and behind thick curtains you will discover a world of fantasy and fables through beautifully made puppets in bright colours. Although shows are in French, the spectacular performances are guaranteed to keep you and your family entertained- a unique highlight not to be missed!

Belgium is famous for its beer, and what better way to become acquainted with the capital than a Beer Walking Tour. Whether you’re on a romantic getaway or a holiday with friends, the tour is sure to entertain- and you may even learn a thing or two about the brewing industry! You’ll discover the country’s beer heritage as you tour the best known breweries in the city, with plenty of samples as you go round. You’ll also go in a few of the city’s best loved watering holes where you can pair your tipple with a cheeseboard to get the most out of the fruity brews and artisan flavours.

Art lovers should find time to visit the Magritte Museum, situated in the Place Royale, this art museum celebrates the life and work of the surrealist artist Rene Magritte. Filled with over 200 works, including sculptures, paintings and sketches as well as some of his work experimenting with film and photography. The building is also of interest because it is where the artist and his wife lived for nearly 24 years, and the ground floor has been restored to how it would have looked like during his lifetime there. There is also an annual temporary exhibition here showcasing surrealist and abstract works by other artists.

Wonderful hotel in the heart of Brussels – 4 star – Brussels

This wonderful hotel in the heart of Brussels is close to main attractions such as the Grand Place, Royal Palace and the Manneken Pis statue. This central location will ensure you can explore this magical city with ease, before returning back to your deluxe guest room at the end of the day to watch cable television, indulge in a few drinks from the mini-bar, try out the room service or relax in the hotel’s Jacuzzi. This deluxe property is serviced by a night porter and 24 hour reception, and staff will be more than happy to help with services such as laundry, currency exchange and business requirements with a state of the art business centre onsite, and facilities such as meeting rooms and audio/visual equipment.

Brussels is known for it’s Art Nouveau architecture, and where better place to experience this movement that in the house museum of one of the greatest Art Nouveau architects of the world, Victor Horta. Built between 1898 and 1901, the former house of Horta has still retained the characteristics typical of the time with mosaics and stained glass windows- a memorable experience and a rare opportunity to see a well maintained house of this style. Architecture buffs should also make sure they head to the Grand Place for highlights such as the Town Hall.

Back in the late 19th century, Belgium was one of the first countries to champion the use of film, and the Film Museum in Brussels is a great place to find out more about the origins of motion picture. The museum also contains two cinemas where you can catch silent movies accompanied by live music as well as art house classics- a great date night idea for romantic getaways!

It can be difficult to keep the children occupied during city breaks, but treating the family to a show at La Maison de Toone is sure to keep everyone entertained. This historic puppet theatre has passed down eight generations of the Toone family, and today it remains one of the most popular attractions in the city. As well as the shows, the workshop where the puppets are made is also housed here and a museum where you can see puppets old and new. If you don’t manage to catch a show here, try and pop in for a Belgian beer and admire the charming interior and puppets on display.

Enjoy your time in enchanting Brussels!