I searched for three days on the internet before I found this place hidden away on a site about Ixelles, in the south of Brussels. It is a charming and enormous old townhouse with three B&B rooms on the top floor all fitted out with their own bathrooms (surprisingly difficult to find with cheap chambres d'hôte in Brussels.) The ground floor is a gallery and an organic breakfast is served either here or the a beautiful garden that the gallery gives onto. The space is also a meeting place for a documentary photography collective to which the host, Stephanie, belongs and there is a dark room hidden away in the cellar. Stephanie was incredibly welcoming and happy to answer any questions about the city. At bewteen 60 - 80 euros a night its average for a chambre d'hôte in Brussels and very affordable when you you see the rooms. The attic room in particular is breathtaking- floor to ceiling windows look over the garden. Ixelles itself is fun and arty and I much preferred staying here than the centre of Brussels. Definitely recommended!
You can’t go wrong with a room at the Be Manos – a new boutique hotel next to the Eurostar terminus with a five-star rating. It’s very chic and also has an excellent conference room.
L'art de la Fugue B&B in St Gillies District is a romantic, rambling sort of place filled with antiques, arts and other treasures foraged from the local fleamarkets.
The bedrooms are themed: we got all adventurous in the African-themed Lawrence of Arabia suite (complete with animal print bed linen, spears on the wall and a real vine in the bedroom). Goodness knows what we’d find in the Italian style Farrinelli room.
In May this year we stayed in style in the fantastic five-star Hotel Metropole.
Not only is the Metropole located right in the historic centre of Brussels, literally a five minute walk from the Grand Place and nearby alfresco restaurants, it also offers all the ambience of a luxurious hotel.
The interior decoration is a mix of Rennaissance, Empire and Art Deco styles and the facade and ground floor are under protection by the Local Council of Monuments and Sights.
After a round of sight seeing and a sample of the local speciality of Mussels served with Chips we were able to wind down in Metropole's own sidewalk cafe/bar and watch the world go by knowing our bed was only a lift ride away.
And best of all it was a bargain at £65 for a double room booked last minute through otel.com. If you want a great day and night out I can only recommend staying in the Metropole in Brussels. After all it is only a train ride away from London!
L'art de la Fugue on Rue de Suède 38, 1060 Brussels is a reasonably priced B&B close to Brussels Midi.
Full of character hotel with very individual and slightly eccentric decor. Delicious breakfasts, good location and no curfew.
Very homely place to stay, and tastefully decorated, in a pared-down sort of way. Rooms start from €95, and breakfast is included.
We stayed in the room on the top floor, which was like an apartment, spread over two floors with skylight to look up into the stars as you went to sleep, which cost €110.
It's about five minutes' walk from both the Grand Place and the beautiful St Catherine's Cathedral, and all the brilliant restaurants around it.
This is a beautiful guesthouse which is really close to Brussels but in a beautiful countryside area, ideal for cycling and hiking.
The landlady, Caroline, was a very caring hostess and made our weekend perfect.
The prices are a real bargain.
Vlezembeek, 10km from Brussels at Bekersveldstraat 3.
mobile: 0032 476949118
A spotless no-frills hotel 20 metres from the Grand Place, which in itself is an architectural gem.
Book the hotel from an internet booking site as we got a rate one third of the rack rate. The hotel provides a substantial breakfast and is close to all the sites.
Strongly recommend Chez Leon to eat. It prepares fresh moules in a huge variety of ways. For an after meal beverage you cannot beat Cafe Delirium which is down an alley 25 metres beneath Chez Leon, directly opposite the feminine version of the Manekin Pis. A trip to Brugges is well worth the train journey including a climb up the magnificent Belfort tower.
Hotel Aris, Rue De Marche aux Herbes
We booked a five star hotel last summer for our ruby wedding anniversary, but when we arrived we were disappointed with it. So we walked round the corner to the Meridien to see if they had vacancies.
The manager showed us to a beautiful room and it was at this point that we explained about moving hotels to make our anniversary special.
When we fetched our cases and went up to reception to collect our keys, the receptionists were very welcoming and handed us the keys to a penthouse suite! This was really beautiful and had views right across Brussels.
On our actual anniversary we had champagne and chocolates from the hotel management.
What a brilliant hotel!
Carrefour de l'Europe 3, Brussels 1000, Belgium
Next to the Sheraton. A really nice hotel with the same view, and it's much better than the Sheraton. The food's brilliant and the rooms are great with a fridge full booze that gets replaced every morning, as if by magic.
Rogierplein 1 - 1210 Brussel
T: +32 2 203.35.80
F: +32 2 203.33.03
Le Meridien is a fabulous five-star hotel a very short stroll (downhill) from the Grand Place. With very attentive (but not overbearing staff) and a fabulous (although you may want to 'treat' yourself one night as it can be a tad pricey) restaurant, you will leave feeling relaxed and spoilt.
If you call the hotel direct and not via the call centre you will get some fabulous deals.
Although a business/diplomat hotel at heart, our three children, aged four, eight and 12, are always welcomed.
Le Meridien Brussels, Carrefour de l'Europe 3, Brussels; brussels.lemeridien.com
This hotel is distinctive for having original art dominating every room. Not necessarily always a great thing -the painting in mine was a rather unattractive grey scrawl - but a good schtick to liven up an otherwise basic 3-star hotel. Tiny bathrooms. Quite near the centre - a five-minute walk to the Grand Place.
1 Place Rogier, Brussels; www.comforthotelsiru.com/hotelsiru_en.htm
Slightly off the beaten track, yet only 15 minutes' walk from the Grand Place, the Hotel Noga has real individuality (unlike the usual chain hotels) with sizeable, comfortable rooms at reasonable prices. There are all kinds of interesting artefacts around the place which suggest to me that the owner or whoever set the place up might have been a seafarer who visited a lot of places. It's in a nice quiet residential area, yet close to the Boulevard Anspach.
One warning, the location map on the website has very strange orientation, which is very confusing when you're trying to find the hotel. But that's a minor problem for a good-value hotel so handy for the city centre.
Rue du Béguinage 38, Brussels Tel: +32 2 218.67.63 Web: www.nogahotel.com
A beautiful boutique hotel near the Grand Place in a building that has been at the heart of the city's history. Left in ruins after the centre of Brussels was bombarded in 1695, the building was rebuilt in the 17th century to become the Spanish ambassador's residence. Double rooms start at €200.
Rue de la Madeleine; Tel: + 32 2 502 5744; www.ledixseptieme.be/
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