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... British had an outfit that looked like their Royal Guard. Some were made of fur and feathers and quite intricate. The boy had karate outfits, luau outfits and even a hockey uniform from Canada. And guess what America had given for him? And Elvis costume.
After the museum, I wandered through a few chocolate shops (they are everywhere!) I don’t know how to pick which one to actually make your purchase – they all look wonderful ...
... 8217;t the nicest bus, no wifi, no tvs, no A/C, but it was only a four hour ride so it was okay.
I got in to Brussels at 3pm and found my hostel no problem. I’m in a four bed dorm even though I booked a six bed dorm, but I won’t complain about that. The wifi here is good, which is a nice change from a lot of the previous hostels I’ve been in. I was the first one to check into my room, so I was able to choose ...
... for Russia. He also mentioned the difficulty in gaining a common ground on foreign policy and how the negotiations between the heads of state play out in the Consilium. The Ukraine is currently in the Eastern Partnership. Sanctions are powerful and flexible by using economic power.
Next we met with Handicapped International, Advocacy Officer Hildagarde Vansintjan.
It was fascinating to hear about this NGO working to ...
... they feel going out in public with their partner. They face discrimination and abuse on a fairly regular basis in a city that is arguably one of the most tolerant in Canada, a country which has been rated as the most tolerant of 140 surveyed nations. The Washington Post just published an article highlighting several states in the USA that have the childishly and incredibly offensively named “No promo homo” laws which “prohibit educators from ...
... before returning our bikes to the stands by the Royal Palace. One final cone of friets and it was off back to the train station with luggage in hand to head back to London. We finally got the sunshine we had been waiting for all year and nursed a mild sunburn from our day cycling and walking the city. Brussels and Brugge are two completely different cities but each had its own charm and of course great beers and food......till next time.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Chambord Brussels
Dirty carpets, mouldy bathroom with peeling laminated fitted furniture, greasy bed cover, stained corridors, hot rooms. Cheapest possible ingredients for breakfast (tinned fruit salad, industrial croissants, prepackaged cheese spreads, fatty sausage, cold scrambled egg and fat-soaked streaky bacon...but it is included in the room rate, so what can you expect?). Common areas are quite acceptable but limited in what they do - the breakfast room is nicest, open and light and on the first floor with picture windows - but only pictures of roads. On the positive side, the hotel is cheap and it's very near the metro. There is a good bar/restaurant round the corner (the Copenhagen Tavern). I found the hotel staff friendly and cooperative but I made few demands. I booked the hotel through Eurostar because it was an easy walk to my conference and the package was cheap as a whole . But I won't stay there again.
What's in my mattress?
The entrance looks promising, but the rooms are terrible. You can smell the dirt on the carpet, the windows "once-white" curtains are dirty, the shower curtains are black at the bottom from humidity. The bed was soft and lumpy and the pillows possibly made out of cement. The general feeling was one of filth.
The breakfast was ok and you can park for free outside the hotel.
Booked this hotel through Eurostar for a very very reasonable price for a 3 night stay - less than £50 each for 3 nights!!! And did not expect much from this place (I was actually worried after my trip to Paris where we had booked a similar rated hotel, more expensive but quite pathetic).
The pictures they post on their website and brochures are not what you get when you book a room. I wish I had found this website before I stayed at this hotel. The staff are rude and anti-american, the rooms, especially the bathrooms, are dirty, Multiple times we had to wait over 5 minutes from someone to let us to the front door at night since they lock it. (the guy was sleeping in the back) Yes, there's no keycard. It's an old fashioned key tied to a 3 lbs weight. There's no lock on the inside of the door to keep houskeeping out, not to mention the lack of a "do not disturb" sign. Housekeeping walked right in even without knocking.
I'm putting this review up so that you can save yourself the torture we endured by not staying in this hotel.
Didn't really expect too much from the price but an elevator ride and two flights of stairs later, we were put in a room with the air conditioning units and the lighted hotel sign outside our window. I asked to be moved but was told it was full.
The location is great adjacent to a metro station and across the road from shops and restaurants. Desk was not really that helpfull and couldn't provide any recommendations. Great on a budget. Private Bathroom was good.
The Chambord is in a great location near the Royal Place, just around the corner from the Brussels Park and a short 15 min walk to the Grand Place.
I did a fair bit of research to find somewhere medium-priced and in a nice part of Brussels and this hotel didn't disappoint. It is right by a metro station, so you can literally walk out of the station and into the hotel. It's in an area in the nicer side of Brussels, the upper part of the city, (as opposed to the lower area around the main railway station where the Eurostar terminates, which is really seedy and not pleasant to walk through even in daylight), near to the music museum and a large art gallery, and a 15-20 min walk to the Grand Place. The Chambord is also in a street with plenty of places to eat, including a supermarket which is open late, and a very nice American/Mexican restaurant, which is handy if you are vegetarian as it's generally hard to find vegetarian food in Brussels, though many of the Belgian restaurants do offer vegetarian options.
Average hotel, no A/C
We stayed in Hotel Chambord for two nights in August 2004. We were three couples, stayed in three rooms. The breakfast buffet was very good. Rooms were clean, but had no air-conditioning or even a fan. Two of the rooms faced an internal corridor / yard, meaning that if you left the window open to get some fresh air, then other tenants can (and did) look into your room from within 10 feet away. A third room faced the outside street, but faced the east side -- meaning that the sun wakes you up early (if you leave the window open for fresh air).