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Brussels

I have and shall be was visiting Brussels on a regular basis. This page was copied accross from the v3 wiki in the early summer of 2013. I had stopped visiting Brussels for business in 2009, but on 4th August 2013, Starwood Hotels spammed me with notice of new and old hotels. I decided to revise the page.  Most of the what I said then is now getting dated. But in 2021, I had cause to look and revise the page. I might need to go back.
More of my pictures are here….
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About Hotels

Hotels in Brussels during the working week are expensive. I have at the moment a very long list of hotels on my del.icio.us tag list and on my google map. I am looking for an acceptably priced hotel near Rond Point Schuman, or on Metro Line 1 with internet access. The *** Hotels I have tried do not have either internet, nor mini bars, and while I am not desperate for booze during the night, it is nice to have some water.

My Brussels Map

This is the Google Map, I have focussed it on the Rond Point Schuman, in the European Quarter.



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Hotels

  • A stayed at the Sofitel in the European Quarter in the noughties, it is  located on the Place Jourdain in the European Quarter, near the Berlaymont and Rond Point Schuman.
  • Carrefour d’Europe, a Best Western near the Gare Centrale. On metro route 1 and the train to Zaventem. I have never stayed here since its always full and I book late.
  • Le Meridien, a Starwood Group hotel, again near the Gare Centrale. Nice but pricey, often full if one books late.

More Hotels

  • I wrote, I should try the Hilton Brussels, while I have a gold card, but never did. Good location, on the edge of the old town near to “Louise” and the “European Quarter”. Its pinned on the Map above.
  • I stayed in the “NH City Centre” once, good restaurant, smallish but adequate room, broadband internet, great views from the room I had, the location needs exploring, but it wasn’t so well located for the business I had.
  • I found this in 2021, Aparthotel Adagio

The Metro

 
 
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Wikipesia says, “MoBIB is the STIB/MIVB smart card, introduced in 2007. It uses contactless technology based on the Calypso system originally developed for Paris and is in some ways similar e.g. to the London’s Oyster card. All Metro stations, buses and trams have MoBIB readers. Passengers can purchase monthly passes, yearly passes, 1 and 10-trip tickets and daily and 3-day passes. These can be bought over the Internet, but require customers to have a smart card reader. GO vending machines accept coins, local and international chip and PIN credit and debit cards. ”
Here is the metro ticketing site.

Getting there

  1. Looks like Eurostar is the way to go these days, and I could reopen my Club Eurostar membership.

CV19

  1. Country Risk assessments by the Belgian Government
  2. Incoming by the UK Government
  3. What Eurostar think …
  4. Travellers exempt from tests on entry . the UK Gov

For the vaccinated, it looks like, you need a PRC test on arrival in Belgium, but possibly not if staying under 48 hours, and on return from Belgium. Do I have to pay for the UK one? Yes! One needs a GHIC and travel insurance (if British).  Also, now, you need to complete a passenger locator form.

Things to do

  • You can visit the European Parliament building.
  • The pictures in the Musee des Belle Artes.
  • The awesome Grand Place
  • The Winterfest in St. Catherine’s.

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