This hotel is evidence that you don’t have to pay top dollar for top quality. For a low price, you get an exceptional view and a comfortable room within the centre of Brussels close to the shopping district. This hotel suits everyone. For the business traveller, there is a business centre, fax machine, printer/photocopying facilities and meeting rooms. If you’re here as a family, laundry, extra beds and cots are available on request. For a romantic retreat, head to the hotel’s sauna or relax in your en-suite bedroom and enjoy the interactive cable television and free internet access.
With a location like this, you won’t be able to miss the shopping – like Brussels’ shopping arcades, some of the oldest in the world. For designers and boutique shops head to Boulevard de Waterloo and Rue Antoine Dansaert, for those looking for a bargain, the shopping street for you is the Rue Neuve. Indulge your senses in the Brussels markets located in the small squares of the city – there you’ll find cheese, cured meats and vivid vegetables. Bring back a taste of Belgium, in the form of exquisite chocolate sold in small shops around the city but buy your beer from the supermarket to catch a bargain.
After a short walk of 1.5km you come to the Royal Palace, seat of the kings and queens of Belgium within Brussels Park. It is a beautiful place to take a romantic stroll or indulge an interest in European history and architectural triumph. For further details head to the Museum of the Dynasty filled with pieces of furniture, art, artefacts and documents dating back hundreds of years concerning the royals. For those who haven’t had their culture fix yet, it is only a kilometre to the Cathedral of St Michel and St Gudula, where you may hear the 49 bells used for Sunday chorus. St Michel and Gudula are also the patron saints of Brussels, and the Cathedral constructed in the 15th C, is a beautiful example of Gothic architecture.
If romance is on the cards, spend some time in Brussels’ botanical gardens. There is a main domed, glass orangery set in a tranquil setting filled with elegant 19th century statues. Then head to the Grand Place, only a kilometre from your hotel, to find a restaurant to suit you on the square. For a grown-up excursion, visit the old brewer’s guild; now a brewing museum; so you can learn about one of Belgium’s most famous exports.