We knew we had to go to the well-known section of the Mutanyu wall. This section has been rebuilt and isn't as crowded as other sections of the wall that are closer to Beijing. Once you're there, I don't recommend walking up it because you'll be so tired by the time you reach the top that you won't want to walk through and see everything. You have 2 options, take a chairlift or a gondola. The wall looks different than you may have initially thought. I thought it would be relatively flat, but I was so wrong. All of the small ladders that you have to use leave you exhausted by the end. But the views are worth the climb because it leaves you at a high point where you can see the entire landscape. The descent is the most fun, there's a big slide that will have you back to your starting point in around five minutes, but if you like something a little more relaxed you can take the chairlift.
Modern, creative, inspiring and near the center of Brussels. It is a hotel whose originality impressed me. When you walk into it it immediately smells fresh. I don't know why but it smells great. The buffet breakfast is substantial and its hours are from 7:00 to 10:00 in the large dining room on the ground floor. Midweek the hours are no problem, but I recommend getting breakfast early on the weekends, because the room gets full and you may have to wait in line. One thing I noticed was that they put a sudoku on the table so you can start the day by exercising your mind. As far as the room goes, I was in 721, and the wall is painted in a style that reminds me a little of something by Agatha Ruiz de la Prada. Each room is painted by a different artist and one of the walls has a brief biography of the author who designed your room with their email address if you want to write to them. The bed was very comfortable and there was a wall to wall window. One thing I thought was so funny was that on Saturday night you could hear the music from Smoods, the hotel bar. My room was on the 7th floor and I didn't hear much, but I'm guessing the first floor guests were probably disturbed by the noise. Anyway, this was not even a blip on my radar other nights. The bathroom has a large mirror and I loved the shower, with immediate hot water. The bus stops for trams 92 and 94 that connect you to the rest of the city are directly in front of the hotel. The nearest Metro stop is the Botanique, which is about 50m from the hotel. There is also a supermarket across the street if you need to pick something up. For photographers there are 2 points to consider. If possible, choose a room on the 7th floor (the highest) because from there the sunrise views are spectacular. Also, as you're leaving the hotel on the same street, there is a church on the left, tucked away a little that you can see on weekends, and if you combine the right lighting in slow motion combined with the tram crossing you can get a good amount of playfulness in your photos. If I had to rate this hotel between 0 and 10 I would opt for a 9.
The hotel is brand new and was opened in April 2010. The rooms are large in general. This hotel offers a new concept at a low cost, minimizing the extra services to offer a good price. (For example, there is optional cleaning for 15 €, breakfast not included ...) The hotel is very new and comfortable . Who wants a breakfast buffet when you are right in the center of Brussels and its cafes right there? Reservations and check-in and check-out are done by a machine, but the staff can be called with a free phone provided. You also need to scan your passport and your PIN code for the credit card payment, which could be problematic if you do not have one on hand.
Not only the design is cozy with a touch of art deco that is a delight for the senses the location is superb. Located in the historical district, in one of the most important pedestrian galleries, because you're in the middle of the action. It's still quiet and no disturbance from the street noise. Following the philosophy of Bed & Breakfast, has a comfortable kitchen that can be used by tenants and they serve breakfast to a small number of guests. The place is a great detail to have with someone.
We got a weekend deal for a weekend with breakfast and late check-out with a great price. The hotel has great location to visit the city center. Is one step away from the Grand Place. Also very close to the central station, even if you're loaded with luggage it's easy to ride to the hotel. Breakfast is pretty full, but a bit lacking in fruit.
It is a 2 star hotel located in the heart of Brussels, with the closest Metro stop being the Bourse (only 250 meters away). One can enter through a gate that opens onto a courtyard where the reception is. When we went it was near Christmas time and it was decorated. The rooms are not too big but the hotel in general is very good, especially for its location.
The best thing is definitely the price. Two nights in a double with breakfast for only 87.17 euros. The only downside is the difference of a room to another. The location is not in the Louise Square, it's 2 tram stops from this, and the hotel is 300 meters from the tram stop. The situation is very good. Breakfast very good.
The first time I traveled to Brussels I stayed at the Bedford Hotel Brussels, which is a 4 star hotel that is a bit old, but still very convenient. It´s not easy to find a hotel in the center of Brussels at an affordable price. Its location is unbeatable: it is less than a 5 minute walk from L'Etuve Street (where you can find the Manneken Pis) and costs 55 € per night (for a double room) with breakfast included. The truth is that the hotel is not bad, although it is quite old, which can be clearly seen in its decor (lots of marble and gold) and outdated furniture. But we were very lucky, because although we had booked a double room, we were given a sort of quadruple room. I mean, they were two rooms connected (although one had no window), each with two 90cm beds. The bathroom was also quite spacious with a large tub and double sink. It is a very large hotel, with 326 rooms, conference rooms, a large conference center, business center, gym, piano bar, parking for 200 vehicles and a small shop. The breakfast room was huge (they also do banquets) and the breakfast was pretty stocked-up with all kinds of pastries, assorted meats, natural fruit juices, assorted breads, yogurt, etc.. If you don´t mind staying in a hotel a little bit old, the Bedford is a good choice for you.
The Chao Chow Hotel has a fantastic location right next to the train station and is run by a very friendly Asian family. We particularly enjoyed the breakfast buffet, which has both Asian and western food available. The rooms are very spacious and have wardrobe, desk, TV, minibar, table and chairs, etc. The bathroom is also good and comes with a full bath. The price is great, and we'll definitely return to this hotel.
This is very good and modern hotel located in the heart of the Brussels' European District, not far from the European Commission building. The rooms are very spacious, the beds are comfortable, and the decor is great. All rooms feature a 42-inch TV and free internet. There is a cafe, lounge area, playground for the kids and a terrace. Good value for money and ideal if you're in Brussels for a few days.
A good enough hotel with heating, a fine bathroom, super clean sheets and a room that just barely passes (47 euros with breakfast). If you have to pay more look at other things. The neighborhood is Arabic but like everything the center of Brussels, a little here a little there, but the rest is full of young women with scarves and people of all colors. I didn't hear any noises at night and felt safe. I came in at 20:00 and went to eat at a nearby bar (alast chicken) and did not die in the attempt (which is not the Bronx in its heyday). The stop is right next Clemenceau.
This youth hostel is perfect for a typical student budget, and when you stay here, breakfast is included. It's a great spot for getting around the city, with the metro in walking distance. I liked it a lot. They also have a small bar where you can meet other guests.
During my stay in Brussels, I spent two nights at this hotel. The view is magnificent, overlooking the Place Jourdan (a square where you'll find the best chocolate shop in Brussels). The staff are friendly, and the breakfast is good. The rooms are very spacious, and the bathroom has a shower and tub. A very nice place to relax in after a day of sightseeing! 5-10 min from the subway.
The name can be misleading. This 4 star hotel is not located in Grand Place, but very close (less than 5 minute walk), just opposite the Grand Casino Brussels. It is quite a large hotel and is located in a 5-storey building with modern architecture. However, the rooms are made with a classic style consisting of dark wood furniture, and the bed headboard consists of a wall of mirrors with fabric. The room was very well furnished and had a desk, a minibar, safe, TV, air conditioning, and coffee maker with instant coffee and tea. The only thing missing was the free wifi (there was a fee). The bathroom is also very spacious and complete with a large bathtub, hair dryer, magnifying makeup mirror and a full range of amenities. The breakfast (buffet) is varied and plentiful: there are meats, cheeses, various breads, assorted pastries, fruit, yogurt, juices, etc. The hotel has 267 rooms (some are suites), a gym, sauna, conference rooms, business center, restaurant, piano bar, reading room ... Though it is not a cheap hotel: a double room costs about 180€ per night, but it is worth it because it is very well located and the rooms are very comfortable.
During our tour of Flanders and Brussels, we decided to establish base camp here, as it's the city with the best train connections to the rest of Belgium. As such, we looked for a hotel near the Central Station, to allow us easily access to the rail network. Aris Hotel fit the bill, located in the heart of the Belgian capital, just two minutes from the Grote Markt. We organised the trip so that each morning, we could catch a train to visit a different city, returning to Brussels in the afternoon with time to rest a little and take a shower in the hotel before having dinner in the centre.
Despite the numerous days of traveling, tiredness, etc, our organisation and the great location of this hotel meant that we could do everything we'd planned, and we didn't have to worry about sleeping every night in a different hotel. We had dinner at a different restaurant every evening, and afterwards we'd go to the Grote Markt where there's always a musical performance at 10pm, with songs and coloured spotlights illuminating the Town Hall, one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. As for the hotel itself, we can say that despite being located in one of the most central, popular areas of Brussels, it can boast a very relaxed atmosphere, with virtually none of the hustle and bustle of the surrounding streets. Our room was spacious and comfortable, and we had no problems during our stay; the service was great. The rate we paid was below the norm for the hotel, as we booked online. It really was a fantastic bargain!
Hotel Metropole is a five-star hotel where you'll pay just over 100 euros for a night. It is the only nineteenth century hotel still standing in Brussels, with a great location right in the historic centre of the capital of Europe, just a few steps from the Grand Place, the Bourse and the Theatre de la Monnaie. The main entrance is built in the French Renaissance style, and some rooms are Art Deco. In April 2002, the facade and the ground floor of the Hotel Métropole were given a special classification by the Department of Monuments and Sites of the Brussels-Capital Region.
Over the years, this beautiful hotel has served as the backdrop for a number of famous movies. Today you'll find it the epitome of luxury, with buttoned uniforms, photos of the royal family and floral decorations everywhere. But beware the room they give you - if you go to a luxury hotel, and you get a sad room with a filthy balcony and a noisy air conditioner, you shouldn't hesitate before complaining. The Hotel Metropole has 305 rooms, including 14 spacious suites, a bar, and a highly acclaimed gourmet restaurant, "L'Alban Chambon", whichi s sumptuously decorated Italian Baroque style, with innovative and classic cuisine. And there's the Café Métropole, which has a winter terrace open all year.
A great location if you're going to be in the city for a short time, as you have the metro next door (La Bourse metro station), and Grand Place is just 400 metres away. It took us a while to find the entrance of the hotel, as there's a small door tucked away on the Rue Auguste Orts, or you can walk through the cafe. We arrived on Friday afternoon, so the cafe was quite lively. The reception is really small, and the room was quite nice, although also a little small, but with two balconies overlooking the street. The bathroom as very nice, and there as another balcony from it. The breakfast was included, served in the cafe overlooking the street, and was very comprehensive for a small hotel. The hotel staff are very nice.
This is an excellent hotel located in a long avenue in downtown Brussels, a 10 minute walk of the historic building of the Exchange, and the corresponding Metro called 'Burse' (Bag), allowing very comfortable and easy access to go to the famous Grand Palace and the rest of the city's nerve center. It's a business hotel-modern and functional. The double rooms, or single use in my case, are quite spacious, with twin beds together, comfortable mattress, a well equipped bathroom, heating, quite spacious closet and a desk with chair, with space to work well with a laptop. Complimentary WIFI on the floor where I was the scope was good, and the password is on your card :). On the negative side of the room, the TV was pretty old and the glass partition in the bathroom doesn't prevent floods when you shower. The ground floor of the hotel where the reception and the breakfast room is very nice with a relaxing space as a room right at the entrance, with comfortable leather sofas that invite conversation, which also must be a kind of bar, but we weren't there long enough to find out. The front desk people are super attentive and help you in everything you ask them, plus they ask you immediately where you're from and they spoke Spanish to us from the beginning. The breakfast is complete with sweet and savory options. The breakfast area is very bright and pleasant. Assuming that all hotels in Brussels are expensive, this is one more within that group, if I'm not mistaken, the night around 150 €, but the excellent location and the level of comfort it offers, compared with other pricing options. In short, a business-traveler hotel or for people of high purchasing power who can afford certain luxuries, comfortable and modern, equipped with Free WiFi, has a privileged location near the metro stop 'Burse' (Bag), but is expensive, very expensive in my opinion. Finally, a detail I did not like related to the price: even though we paid well in advance we had to pay 7 and change per night for tourist charges. Not sure if it's a Brussles thing or just from this hotel. Either way, it's robbery. If you travel business class and can afford to pay these prices, it is a very good option, even considering similar hotels in the area, but not a hotel for a traveler or normal tourist, which is what we usually are, and always try to look for cheaper options.
A great option for travelers looking for comfort, and a local style. The hotel is part of the Italian Rocco Forte hotels group, with a touch of luxury and design. It is located near the Grand Place and the Sablon district. There are 173 rooms and 19 suites. Don't miss the bar, with its stylish signature cocktails!
The hostel is located in the center of Brussels. The closest subway stop is Brockère Rogier, and it's 10 minutes walk from Brussels Nord Station. The street is very quiet, although the Grand Place is just 5 minutes walk away. It is a small hostel (20 rooms). I stayed in a dorm for four people. It was a tad small, but I was only planning to sleep there, so it didn't matter. There was a kitchen, computer room, drinks and coffee machines ... The communal bathrooms were nice, although scarce.
When we went, two showers weren't working, so there were just four for the entire hostel, but we found that we rarely had to wait for a shower. At check-in you have to leave a deposit of € 10 for the bedding. It also has towel hire if you need it. From 11 pm to 7'30 in the morning the reception and common area (kitchen, dining room, computer, sitting) are closed and you can only access the hostel with your room card. If you check-out before 7'30, the night before you have to warn the reception for you to return the deposit. The overall feel very good, fairly quiet (much quieter than other hostels I've been to).
Mercure Brussels Center Louise is located a short distance from the famous Avenue Louise, one of the main shopping streets in Brussels. You can easily reach the city center either on foot or on one of the trams. The hotel has 201 rooms and suites with a fully equipped kitchens.
This is a highly recommended hotel to stay at when traveling to Brussels on the basis of quality for price. While it is not in the center of town, it is still not too far. Walking from the hotel to the center takes about 25 minutes, but the Trone Metro Station is five minutes away. In addition, at the Luxembourg Square, which is one block away, there are several buses that go to the center. Right there you will find the train station Gare du Luxembourg. It is practically attached to the European Parliament, in a very quiet area, with little traffic or noise. The hotel has 262 rooms spread over six floors in a very new and very intricate both in details and in cleaning. The hotel, part of the Marriot chain, has a bar with an elaborate list of drinks open until 2am or so, a restaurant with an even more elaborate menu with good working hours and a small shop that is open 24 hours a day where you can buy anything such as drinks, snacks, liquid contacts, toothpaste ... And it also has 24-hour room service. That is it as far as food is concerned. It also has a swimming pool, a small gym and spa, meeting rooms, parking, and wireless internet ... As for the rooms, they are well-furnished and large. There are large single beds, television, iron and ironing board, a small dressing area and connections to the computer. The bathroom is more or less the same, with shower and bath, with varied amenities, hairdryer ... The bad thing, as they have in the store lobby area, there is no mini-bar. Yes, they have tea and coffee and a tea variety. The price is not too expensive. Approximately 60 euros for the double room without breakfast, but they have a great weekend rate if you stay three nights between Thursday and Sunday, where you only pay for 2 nights. And on weekends clients do not pay for the parking. The bar is a little more expensie. A mixed-croque monsieur sandwich costs 12 euros. Yes, it is a good size with little salad. Or a cheeseburger and fries costs 16 euros. Actually, it is a good hotel, with a very good service, both in reception and in different bars. Virtually all employees speak English, French and Spanish. The only complaint one can make would be the location, although it is far away and connections by underground or bus or train is spectacular. Also, there are many bars where breakfast for a very affordable price.
I went to Brussels for work recently and stayed at this hotel in the city centre. I was in a single room, so maybe that's why I was a bit disappointed ... for such an expensive and famous hotel, I was expecting more. The room had lime walls, a warm and friendly atmosphere with decorations etc, but the small bathroom was a major flaw.
The luxury touch was there - they gave me a bathrobe and slippers, left a bottle of water on the bedside table - but there wasn't much more to recommend it. For example, the wifi wasn't free, something that I was really frustrated by in the year 2010 in a 4 * hotel. I had a problem when shaving, as the plug did not fit my electric razor and there was only one outlet available in the small bathroom, very poorly placed on the hairdryer stand, so I had to shave "blind".
However, I should note that the service is excellent, and the lobby and bar on the right of the entrance are great to relax and unwind a little. The breakfast buffet has plenty of choices: freshly squeezed natural juices, rich pastries, fried eggs, omelettes made to order, etc. The hotel is located in a very central shopping area of Brussels, with metro and tram stops nearby, but as I said, this is a very expensive hotel, and I'd expect more for the price.
As the name suggests, this hotel is in the Grand Place, the nerve centre of Brussels, where you can visit the famous City Hall. It's not difficult to find! It belongs to the famous hostel 2G04, which is cheaper and slightly less central. To check in, you must go to the hostel. If you fly to Charleroi (Ryanair), catch the bus to the centre of Brussels; buy tickets in the airport before boarding (13 euros). The bus will take you 40 minutes to the train station Midi-Zuid. Your best option there to get to the hostel is a taxi or a tram. A cab will be about 9 euros.
Once you've checked in, it's a 10 minute walk to the hotel. They will give your electronic key, and you can come and go whenever you want. We had a private room with double bed for about 30 euros per night per head. Private bathroom and a lovely room ... unfortunately there was a problem with the electricity, so we moved to a bigger, more beautiful room but it was a twin, rather than a double. Luckily, my girlfriend didn't mind, and we slept huddled together. Anyway ... I really recommend this hotel for its proximity to the Grand Place.
I've been at the Husa President a week. We got everything super cheap through the internet. It's spotless and the breakfast is amazing: tomato juice, coffee, toast, pastries, fruit, everything. And take some apples for the road in case you get hungry. Very friendly staff. Much better than I expected. Just one complaint: the 5 euro per room per day tax that no one warned us about. In addition, we had to leave a deposit of 100 euros from which they deducted those taxes and refunded the rest. That caught me by surprise and I did not like it. Otherwise, great.
I tend to like the concept of bed & breakfast, which often offers a more personal touch than you'd find at a hotel or other type of accommodation. In this case, I was staying in the centre of Brussels, and I wanted to escape the cold business hotels of the European capital. The location is quite good, not far from the centre, and there are some metro stations within a 10 minute walk. The neighbourhood is a typical old bohemian Brussels neighbourhood, which is now popular with immigrants. Some older people may feel a bit uncomfortable walking through the streets at night, especially if they go alone, because it's common to see people standing in the shop doors.
Well, you'll find the same in most large cities, and we didn't have any problems, but some people might not like it. Although we had the exact address, we almost missed the entrance to the B & B, which is marked by nothing more than a little sign. After finally making your way inside, you can see an old site that has been completely renovated, making it new, fresh and modern. There's an area by the entrance with a table and casual low seating, ideal for socialising with your friends. Then, after a glass door, there's the reception area, which is also where they serve breakfast.
You can have breakfast at a round table, along with other guests, a touch that I really appreciated. The decor is eclectic, with things from many different countries, which looks really good. Most of the accommodations are lofts, which are accessed by ladders, although they were full during my trip, so I stayed in the annex, in an older apartment - not renovated in the same way, which is a pity. I stayed in an apartment on the second floor, accessed by very narrow, steep stairs (no elevator). The apartment is huge, with bright glass windows and wooden floors.
There's an old but comfortable sofa, a flat screen TV, free wifi, a wooden table with chairs for dining, and a kitchen. The bathroom was the biggest disappointment, small and old, but other than that it was fine. I will say that the apartment has a particular style, very modern, so it might not be so popular with older or more traditional tourists, but for my part, I was happy - although a little disappointed after seeing the photos of the newer lofts online. Breakfast was very good, with plenty of variety: cereals, juices, some sausages, various breads and jams, toast and pancakes, and a small coffee machine. Price wise, it was cheap for Brussels, but one night still cost 100 € - but you do have a huge apartment available to yourself. I really enjoyed it, and would be happy to stay here again - particularly if I can get one of the cooler renovated lofts!
I stayed at this hotel in May 2011. It is 150 metres from Brussels' main train station, and minutes from the famous Grand Place. The neighbourhood is pretty quiet, with several restaurants nearby. The reception staff were very friendly, and to our surprise, the room was huge. There's a bathroom complete with all the amenities you could want, and a spacious room with a double bed. The light from the window was plentiful. The rooms are clean and well-soundproofed. Breakfast is served in a small room with large windows. It has a bit of everything, although I found it a little bit lacking for a 4-star hotel. The nationality of the clients was quite varied, but predominantly Spanish. Families, older couples and young couples. I recommend the hotel.