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Day 7 – Brussels
We awoke in Bruges at first bells at 7:30 to pack and get ready to leave for Brussels. Another beautiful, sunny day but it is supposed to get unseasonably hot, around 30 Celsius, which does not bode well for a travel day. We went down for our last breakfast once we were packed and had nice fresh croissants along with …
... of swans. About thirty swans (minimum) were swimming very near the boat. Beck almost touched one of these too. Even more were nesting on the banks. Most of the pictues I took are on Maureen and Mikel's camera so I the pictures I'm posting won't do the city's charm and beauty justice. I highly recommend anyone traveling to Belgium to visit Bruges. Just don't trust the waitress at De Garre when she suggests the home ...
... British empire memorial, Australian 5th battalion memorial, Passchendale Tyne cot cemetary, Polygon Wood, the Hill 60 preserved battlefield, bunkers and craters, restored trenches, the town of Ypres and the Menin Gate. Along with a lunch break and museum visit at Hooge crater. All in all it was such a rewarding day, really interesting seeing and learning about all of these sites and specifically the significant ones to Australia. Of course we didn't let her give us a free tour ...
... Luckily there was a guy from Chicago sitting at the bar who helped open our bottles and then we were good! We went to this club called Le You which was lame at first because we got there too early but eventually got better and we had a good time.
Sunday we checked out and walked around a bit more until we were off to the airport. When we landed it was quite a hassle because we had no idea the best way to get back to Hayley's flat but eventually figured it out ...
... to see where the decisions that affect Europe happen, definitely worth the walk and embarrassing French.
Thankfully, there was a train station at the complex, so we figured we could just hop on a train there and transfer at another station, but the signs were really confusing. We got to another train station, Brussels Nord, and tried to find a train to Liege-Guillemins, where we had to transfer again, but the signs were ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews NH Brussels City Centre
Superb value and great location, Clean and comfortable rooms, Staff very helpful, highly recommended.
Stylish rooms, friendly staff
WE stayed here for two nights and were impressed at the standard of the hotel and the room considering the special rate that we paid. The room was very stylishly decorated, the breakfast was ample and tasty, and the staff went out of their way to be helpful and friendly. Bed comfortable. Room clean. Would stay again.
Really impressed. Service very friendly and efficient. Room very comfortable and clean (although small). The breakfast was excellent, with a very good choice. Would definitely recommend and would stay again.
Good location, small but comfortable room
We loved the location of this hotel, which, while not in the very center of town, is nonetheless in the heart of some splendid shops and restaurants and only minutes from a metro. The staff, while not overtly rude, are not overly helpful either and the room is typical for much of Europe (i.e. small by American standards). There is a mini-market next door and a grocery store about two blocks away, both of which contained marvelous selections of bottled Belgium beers. We would not hesitate to stay here again.
Nice but nothing special
Nice, modern hotel - nothing special. The room was contempary and clean (if a little small). My only complaint would be the reception staff who seemed a little rude...
Rooms OK, restaurant deadful
Rooms small, but clean and comfortable: likewise the beds, which will suit all but outsized Americans. No bath-tub but an excellent shower. Breakfast overpriced (unless you have an inclusive rate) and with rather limited choice: typical of NH hotels. The breakfast room can get overcrowded, particularly if there are tourist parties staying. Multilingual reception staff are generally helpful. Restaurant / bar is too small and smokers are an irritation: the food was poorly cooked and service disgracefully (!!) slow - however there are good restaurants in the immediate vicinity.
Not the best location, nor the best rate, available - given the choice, I would not stay here again, either for business or pleasure.
Welcomed by friendly check-in staff, fast efficient service, recommended local restaurant which was friendly with good food. All excellent. However, trying to sleep in their noisy rooms facing the main road is difficult, and the service conduit by the bed head gurgled all night. To cap it all the beds are remarkably small, somewhat of a shock after the hotels in Germany. Still, after a bad nights sleep a hearty breakfast might help me through the day. Well nineteen Euros gets you a buffet of chewy pastries, and mediocre coffee. All just irritating, but when you complain about it the staff just smile and say other hotels charge more for breakfast. Yes they do, but then there are many others who charge a lot less and serve a far superior breakfast, and also show some concern when you complain.
Just returned from 3 days at supper hotel visited Christmas Markets at Brussells. Ideal location and superb shops that are totally different to what we are used to. Beautiful pottery and glasware shops selling amazing tableware and gifts. Was disappointed in the market thought it was tatty and very few stalls that sold the same thing. Not as good as Germany.However the main purpose of the review is the amazing bars and restaurants in Brussells plenty of choice but especially around where the market is situated, by the Ice Exhibition. One bar in particular deserves a mention is 'Le Cirio' very old place you can imagine it bustling with market folk and traders many years ago, as it does not appear to have changed much. But the attraction is the warmth of the place and you can get almost anything to drink which is bought to you by very pleasant waiters who appear to have been there since the bar was built.But this is not being disrespectful as they work very hard and we were in there in the morning and again in the evening and the same waiters were still there, pleasant and chirpy and efficient.Nothing was too much trouble and they had time for a chat. Ask for a half and half, my friend and I spent many happy hours there but felt half and half was not sophisticated enough for half a glass of wine topped up with champagne. I suggesteed they renamed it champine and the waiter was impressed and remembered us the next time. So if you find yourself fortunate to be in Le Cirio ask for a champine and we may have been remebered. It was an amazing place and we were very sad to leave as we felt so at home there. What a very pleasent way to while away a few hours.
I would generally agree with the previous user. I stayed at this hotel for 3 days in Nov 2005. It is located very close to the shopping district in Brussels. It is quite clean, but the room at the fourth floor was very small and so was the bathroom. Breakfast was very good however. The price I was charged was 120euro/night. It was a bit hefty. On the overall if you are quoted a good price it is a decent place to stay._
Very nice hotel
This hotel is ultra-modern, highly functional, and I overall had an excellent stay. The free breakfast was quite good as well, including eggs and bacon with the large cold bar. The hotel is also in a great location for shopping.
However, the hotel is not in a great location relative to the Grand Place and the rest of the centre, which is a 20 minute walk away. The rooms require you to insert your keycard for the lights to turn on, and the elevators are occasionally a bit odd and finicky.
Given the rate I got as part of a group though (60 euro a night) I got a great deal on a very good hotel.