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... all kids have had their fill of looking at art work. Most of the painting we saw involved nudity. Adam does not understand why so many artist draw people without clothes or the obsession with a boy peeing.
Before leaving Brussels the kids got another Belgium Waffle. The waffles in Brussels contained a variety of toppings which looked delicious. We boarded the train at 6:30 to head home.
So, for my first full day in Europe I slept until noon then slowly wandered down to the old town because it's the only place I remembered how to get to from Laura's on my own. Once I got there, however, I felt tired and whiny, so got some Starbucks (why bother with a good, local, coffee house) where I continually spoke in Spanish to the nice young man who, after my first sentence, was speaking perfect English to me. Yikes. Anyway, I got a latte and a muffin and walked all the way ...
... beer. It was super awesome. We sat outside and people watched. We talked to the people at the table behind us because they were American too. They were doing a country a day and yesterday was Belgium I guess. Then we went in chocolate shops and tasted chocolate and tried to get familiar with the area. No plans yet for the rest of the weekend but I just wanted to show ya'll the pics so far. Doei! ...
... for partying so we left. We toured around Brussels trying to find comic walls which are small bits of vertical walls painted like comics. We saw Tin Tin who was made in Belgium along with the Smurfs. We wondered to the famous statue of Hanneken Pos who is a remarkably small statue of a young boy peeing. The legend goes that he put out a fuse by peeing on it thus saving Brussels from a bomb although that never really happened. The town dresses him up too which in my opinion makes ...
... there and was continuing to do so for another week or so - impressive for a girl as hitching is a rare enough endeavour for blokes these days. While preparing dinner I chatted to Pascal from Paris, then we went out for a few beers at the cheapest place in town, the ubiquitous Irish pub.
Tuesday 14/1I discovered to my relief that I had found a host for the coming night, a local living not far out of the centre. I embarked on one of the walking routes suggested by my town map, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Le Dixseptieme Brussels
I stayed here only because I found an excellent deal from the hotel's own website. On weekends, they have a 50% off promotion. As I was traveling alone, I reserved their "standard single" for € 90 (regular rate € 180). The promotional rate does not include free breakfast. I stayed for 1 night only.
We stayed in Le Dixseptieme February 5th - 9th 2005. It was a birthday treat, a low-key but luxurious few days in Brussels for good food, good beer, a little shopping, a spot of sight-seeing. Le Dixseptieme made a wonderful base for our stay. The location really is unbeatable (and it's about a 10-minute taxi ride from the Gare du Midi if you're arriving by Eurostar.) The breakfast buffet is very good. Staff are very pleasant and helpful. We had a junior suite, 'Paulus', in the 'classic' section of the hotel. From the descriptions of other visitors, I expected something 'olde worlde', but in fact the style of both the rooms and the public areas is extremely chic and not old-fashioned at all. The floorboards may be ancient, but the design is clean and contemporary - cream linen sofas: tasteful, muted paintwork: state-of-the-art flatscreen TVs: and simple but luxurious touches throughout. Great bathroom, comfortable bed - what more could anyone wish for?
We stayed in the "le dixseptième" from the 5th of February till the 6th of February '05. We booked the "Bouts" suite in the "ancient" part of the hotel. This part is really a must for the traveller who wants something more than an traditional room in a Hilton, Marriot, etc.
We stayed at the Le Dixseptieme early March 2004 for one night. The location is perfect- a block away from Grande Place and also a block to the Central train station from which we arrived from Bruges. We also stayed in the Rubens Suite. Huge, had a full kitchen, very large living room with fireplace and plasma TV, 15 foot ceilings, pine floors.
I chose the hotel based on the ecstatic reviews of others here and agree with them almost entirely. Perfect location just 2 blocks from the train station and a similar distance to the gorgeous, historic, town square. Step out of the hotel and into the lively street and dining scene that surrounds the square.
A quirky jewel in the heart of Brussels
In many ways this hotel was the jewel of our trip through Europe this September. The reception rooms were stunning, the staff impeccable, and our room was far beyond our expectations for the price we paid. We stayed in the Rubens Room, which was actually a suite though we weren't aware of that beforehand. Entering through huge double-doors, we had an enormous sitting room with beautiful furnishings, 15-ft. ceilings, a gorgeous fireplace, and a plasma television. The bathroom was also beautiful. The bedroom, however, was not much larger than a closet. The breakfast buffet, though very lovely, was not restocked with more hot entrees when there was still an hour left for breakfast. These were our only complaints, and I think we would definintely return to this hotel.
Our honeymoon in Belgium was made even more wonderful by our choice of hotels. We Stayed here for 4 nights in august and it was excellent. The rooms are outstanding, ours had it's own hallway - very spacious and luxurious in every way! Even though this is a small hotel (a bonus in my book), it is ideally located and the staff are very friendly and helpful. will definitely stay here again. Thank You.
Best of trip
Checked in with our 20 year old daughter, they gave her a free room because a third bed was not available. This is a very classy little hotel close to everything and very quiet. This was definitely the best hotel of our Europe trip this summer and priced cheaper than hotels that weren't half as nice.
A stylish city centre treasure
A small and exquisitly charming hotel just around the corner from the Grand Place in a relatively quiet street. Walking distance from everything of interest in Brussels, the hotel has everything that the chains do not. Stayed there several times - all of them a pleasure except 1 where the room had a very small double bed. Other than that - a faultless experience.
My first contact with this hotel was on a business trip 1997. My company's travel agency recommended this as a centrally located accomodation wich had received very good ratings by other customers. At that time, I usually stayed at the SAS Radisson hotel when in Brussels, but I gave the Le Dixseptieme a chance, to get some variation. After that trip, I always stay at the Le Dixseptieme. This hotel is ideally located between the central train station and the Grand Place. The hotel is situated in an old (spanish, I think) ambassador building. The rooms don't have ordinary room numbers, they are named after famous flemish painters, and every room/suite is different. Last time I had the room 'Permeke', which had a really nice open air sunroof! Perfect for relaxing, when it's not raining in Brussels...which is not that uncommon...