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.