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... like a hawk as I looked around. It felt a bit strange so I left - and it was getting close to lunch time. For lunch I had a few options: A sandwich and a drink from a bakery, a waffle with ham and cheese, or the 10 Euro steak that was possibly a scam. I decided on the waffle, being in Belgium, but then I'd had so much junk food lately that I changed my mind at the last minute and made my way to the tourist area. I found a restaurant not quite in that Rue des Bouchers ...
... as she thought we were going to watch the game live and doesn't understand it's not possible to go to Brazil. The game was fairly uneventful but when Belgium scored the cheers erupted and to Isla's delight, she was able to yell in a restaurant without consequence. Our elderly, friendly waiter was so excited and went around hugging and slapping people on the back. ...
... in. We hoped to get on a walking tour but turns out today is a public holiday so it wasn't on and hardly any shops were, just the tourist ones. We decided to do our own walking tour of Ghent, we walked along the canals, had Belgium fries, saw so many old beautiful houses, St Michael's bridge, cathedrals, churches, the belfry and a castle. We sat by the canal and enjoyed a nice cold drink before heading back to Brussels. Friday 30th - packed and ready to check out before 10am, turns ...
... and night we kept it pretty casual.
Saturday we had tried to plan a day trip which didn't end up working out because apparently you can't plan a trip the day before. Ridiculous but whatever. So we went exploring again through Brussels and had our own fun. Also forgot to mention (forgive me for forgetting this) that the waffles and chocolate are definitely a REAL thing. We got a waffle every day for 5 euro topped with fresh strawberries and chocolate. Delicious! ...
... a pretty view of the church I had just come from. I headed down the street to the Royal Palace, which is closed outside of the summer. The gardens around it were exquisite and the building as a whole was nice to look at. In front of the Palace is a huge park with a straight path from to the senate building. I walked through, admiring the framed views. My next stop was the Cathedral of St. Michael. I found it similar to the Church I had seen earlier. It ...
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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.
The hotel is located about 1/2 way between Central station and Grand Place. It used to be the residence for the Spanish Ambassador. During my 1-day stay, there were persistently a few young "bums" hanging out about 2 storefronts down the street. They didn't bother me, but took some of the hotel "charm" away.
Having reserved the cheapest room, I wasn't surprised at all when I was told my room was on the 5th floor, aka attic. Each room at Le Dixseptième is named after a Belgian artist, rather than by room number. Mine was "Spilliaert."
It is in the "modern" section of the hotel - I'm not sure which section is better. The hotel staff politely informed me that my room is on the 5th floor, and the elevator goes up to the 4th. I had to walk 1 flight of stairs up.
Even though it's an attic room, it is huge and still charming. One half of the room holds the bed, while the other half is a sitting area, complete with a sofa, a coffee table, and a work desk. There's also a CD player (but only 2 classical CDs were available).
The bathroom is also of decent size, with marble countertop. The bathtub is located right below the "slanted" ceiling. For me, at 5'2", it wasn't an issue. But anyone taller than 5'6" will have a somewhat difficult time taking a shower, as he/she will hit the ceiling!
Amenities include: hair-dryer, CD player. There's probably an iron, but I didn't look for it. No coffee-maker or electric kettle. Bathroom amenities include the basics.
The Bottom Line:
Not bad for € 90, but I'd never pay € 180 for my room, esp I had to walk up a flight of stairs with my luggage.
More satisfied customers
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?
Great oasis of calm and style in the very hart of brussels
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.
The suite was great. A perfect combination of modern (wide-screen TV, nice bathroom,internet,etc.) and ancient (furniture, paintings on the wall, etc.) at a very reasonable price (promotional weekendrate)and all of this on a short walking-distance from "la grande place". Nice terrace with a view on the tower of the city hall. Excellent staff. We want especially to mention Haddad Ibrahïm, in charge of guest relations, who is an example of how a guest relations manager in a hotel should be. Only breakfast possible. No restaurant. This is no problem in a city as Brussels with a great number of restaurants,
Certainly a must when you stay in Brussels.
Le Dixseptieme- Wow!
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.
Furniture was slightly tired but nice. Color scheme was nice and everything tastefully decorated. Nice bathroom, very clean with big towels, bathrobes and even had slippers. Very quiet. Actually, we had the impression that we might be the just about the only ones staying in the hotel- never saw any other guests. Breakfast was very nice with good fruit, breads, cereals and eggs/bacon. As for value- I think we payed 280Euro as a weekend rate which translated to about $350 so I wouldn't exactly call this an inexpensive place to stay. However, considering the size of the suite, the quality of the amenities and the location, I believe this to be a good value in Brussels. It was worth the splurge for us and was definitely the nicest hotel we stayed in during our recent trip to Paris/Bruges/Brussels. By the way, if you are able to see either Brussels or Bruges, I would recommend Bruges easily- very quaint, very medieval, very beautiful with extremely friendly locals. One day in Brussels was about right.
The perfect small hotel
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.
We narrowly averted an unpleasant suprise. On arrival the reservation we had made through their web site was not recorded. Fortunately they had only one room left. It was quite a comfortable, if funky, small, two room layout with a couple steps separating the rooms. The bathroom was first rate, and we even had a small interior terrace that was in the center of the old section of the hotel. Given the interior location of the room it was very quiet. The only complaint I had was it seemed that the plumbing from quite a few rooms above us was routed through our walls, so the morning was full of watery sounds! I think this was the price of staying in the charming older section of the hotel.
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.
A really beautiful hotel in the heart of Brussels
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...
In short, I'm very pleased with the service, the rooms, the location, the breakfeast, the price, everything this hotel has to offer. I recommend it to anybody.