My husband and I stayed here for one night before returning to the States. The hotel is traditional and the staff was wonderful. It is also a great location if you are in the market for any formal wear. The shops surrounding the hotel are all bridal and formal wear boutiques. My only complaint would be that as you walk down the street, it can be a little sketchy. Some beggars and menacing-looking characters were loitering on the streets and asking for money which made me feel uneasy. However, the hotel itself is in a good location and as long as you are not walking the streets after dark, and have a companion with you, you should be fine.
For the capital of the European Union, Brussels is a mess. The building regulations are terrible, with huge holes in the pavement left unguarded and unprotected, rubble in the streets and dangerous scaffolding. Unless the city of Brussels authorities do something to make their environment less hazardous for tourists and official European Union business, I would suggest moving the HQs of the large European organisations to somewhere that takes more care over how it treats visitors.
I have to pay a city tax on top of the hotel bill. Fine, but hotel managements ought also to insist that the city uses this money to improve the environment around the hotel.
Very nice hotel, great restaurant and typical European style rooms. Located in the business district so you have to travel a bit if you are a tourist. Less than 10 min walk to train station. Nice and modern, overall it was a great stay.
Brussels’ smallest district, Saint-Josse-ten-Noode lies north-east of the city centre, near the Botanic Gardens and the Gare du Nord. It’s a lively, densely populated neighbourhood of North African and Turkish communities with lots of young people. Fruit stalls and ethnic restaurants provide plenty of local colour. Cultural happenings take place in La Botanique, an arts centre set in a 19th-century greenhouse.
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