We knew we had to go to the well-known section of the Mutanyu wall. This section has been rebuilt and isn't as crowded as other sections of the wall that are closer to Beijing. Once you're there, I don't recommend walking up it because you'll be so tired by the time you reach the top that you won't want to walk through and see everything. You have 2 options, take a chairlift or a gondola. The wall looks different than you may have initially thought. I thought it would be relatively flat, but I was so wrong. All of the small ladders that you have to use leave you exhausted by the end. But the views are worth the climb because it leaves you at a high point where you can see the entire landscape. The descent is the most fun, there's a big slide that will have you back to your starting point in around five minutes, but if you like something a little more relaxed you can take the chairlift.
The Ghent Marriott Hotel is located in the city's most famous area, next to the main channel. Everything is close to the hotel and you can walk everywhere. It is a modern hotel in an old building with a restored facade. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. I would say it's a cheap hotel for what you get.
The hotel is brand new and was opened in April 2010. The rooms are large in general. This hotel offers a new concept at a low cost, minimizing the extra services to offer a good price. (For example, there is optional cleaning for 15 €, breakfast not included ...) The hotel is very new and comfortable . Who wants a breakfast buffet when you are right in the center of Brussels and its cafes right there? Reservations and check-in and check-out are done by a machine, but the staff can be called with a free phone provided. You also need to scan your passport and your PIN code for the credit card payment, which could be problematic if you do not have one on hand.
Modern, creative, inspiring and near the center of Brussels. It is a hotel whose originality impressed me. When you walk into it it immediately smells fresh. I don't know why but it smells great. The buffet breakfast is substantial and its hours are from 7:00 to 10:00 in the large dining room on the ground floor. Midweek the hours are no problem, but I recommend getting breakfast early on the weekends, because the room gets full and you may have to wait in line. One thing I noticed was that they put a sudoku on the table so you can start the day by exercising your mind. As far as the room goes, I was in 721, and the wall is painted in a style that reminds me a little of something by Agatha Ruiz de la Prada. Each room is painted by a different artist and one of the walls has a brief biography of the author who designed your room with their email address if you want to write to them. The bed was very comfortable and there was a wall to wall window. One thing I thought was so funny was that on Saturday night you could hear the music from Smoods, the hotel bar. My room was on the 7th floor and I didn't hear much, but I'm guessing the first floor guests were probably disturbed by the noise. Anyway, this was not even a blip on my radar other nights. The bathroom has a large mirror and I loved the shower, with immediate hot water. The bus stops for trams 92 and 94 that connect you to the rest of the city are directly in front of the hotel. The nearest Metro stop is the Botanique, which is about 50m from the hotel. There is also a supermarket across the street if you need to pick something up. For photographers there are 2 points to consider. If possible, choose a room on the 7th floor (the highest) because from there the sunrise views are spectacular. Also, as you're leaving the hotel on the same street, there is a church on the left, tucked away a little that you can see on weekends, and if you combine the right lighting in slow motion combined with the tram crossing you can get a good amount of playfulness in your photos. If I had to rate this hotel between 0 and 10 I would opt for a 9.
The hotel is really great and located only steps from the Burg Square in downtown. We stayed in the newer part of the hotel in a room overlooking the canal. The room was great: roomy and nicely-decorated. The phenomenal bathroom had a shower and toiletries from L'Occitane. It's like a small palace; in the older part, they have the bar and three beautiful and welcoming lounges with fireplaces. There's also a library area. I'd even suggest the bathrooms on the ground floor of the hotel, which are immense and beautiful. Reception staff were very friendly and helpful at all times. Breakfast is in the basement, in a huge room with a great variety of dishes. The spa, sun loungers, sauna, and steam room are also in the basement. A highly recommendable hotel.
This hotel belongs to the company SLH (Small Luxury Hotels), and it's the best is its location, in the heart of Bruges near the canal. It's not exactly cheap at 225 euros a night including breakfast, but it's very good. The room was nice and had a teddy bear in the bed. LCD TV, free wifi and very friendly staff. Breakfast is pretty good, they offer champagne and cook various dishes other than what is on the buffet. And they give you a tour, which I couldn't do at that time.
Little hotel in Bruges with views of the canals. If you go to the Venice of the North (nice little cliche, huh?), your best bet is a hotel with views of the canals. The hotel is in the old town and comes at a very interesting price (about 90 € for a double room with canal views) and is highly recommended for a getaway to Bruges.
Not only the design is cozy with a touch of art deco that is a delight for the senses the location is superb. Located in the historical district, in one of the most important pedestrian galleries, because you're in the middle of the action. It's still quiet and no disturbance from the street noise. Following the philosophy of Bed & Breakfast, has a comfortable kitchen that can be used by tenants and they serve breakfast to a small number of guests. The place is a great detail to have with someone.
One of the things that attracts a lot of tourist attention in Flanders is the influence the Spanish language has left on Belgian culture, although they don't keep very good memories of us as being the people who conquered them. This hotel is an example of that, as its name could not be more Spanish or more beautiful. It's in a small house that's been nicely restored, with a shop on the ground floor and shared reception. This small family hotel has a bunch of different rooms that are exquisitely decorated. They help the customer in any way possible, as evidenced by the fact that in the morning, apart from the regular coffee you had for breakfast, espresso is also offered because they know that the Italians and Spanish are so much alike. The breakfast is all-natural and healthy, with freshly squeezed orange juice, and bread and pastries made in the oven. It has a small garden where you can read and spend some quiet time away from the bustle of the street, as another advantage of this hotel is in the heart of Bruges, close to the Market Square.
We got a weekend deal for a weekend with breakfast and late check-out with a great price. The hotel has great location to visit the city center. Is one step away from the Grand Place. Also very close to the central station, even if you're loaded with luggage it's easy to ride to the hotel. Breakfast is pretty full, but a bit lacking in fruit.
This hotel is situated in the quiet neighborhood of San Gillis. The building dates back to 1553, and is a safe house so you do not have an elevator. The entrance is through a very small door, it doesn´t even seem like it would be a part of the hotel. It has a medieval cellar in which breakfast is served, with few windows facing directly to the channel, almost to the height of the water. What a great way to start the day!. It also has a courtyard where in fine weather breakfast is served.
It is a 2 star hotel located in the heart of Brussels, with the closest Metro stop being the Bourse (only 250 meters away). One can enter through a gate that opens onto a courtyard where the reception is. When we went it was near Christmas time and it was decorated. The rooms are not too big but the hotel in general is very good, especially for its location.
The best thing is definitely the price. Two nights in a double with breakfast for only 87.17 euros. The only downside is the difference of a room to another. The location is not in the Louise Square, it's 2 tram stops from this, and the hotel is 300 meters from the tram stop. The situation is very good. Breakfast very good.
The first time I traveled to Brussels I stayed at the Bedford Hotel Brussels, which is a 4 star hotel that is a bit old, but still very convenient. It´s not easy to find a hotel in the center of Brussels at an affordable price. Its location is unbeatable: it is less than a 5 minute walk from L'Etuve Street (where you can find the Manneken Pis) and costs 55 € per night (for a double room) with breakfast included. The truth is that the hotel is not bad, although it is quite old, which can be clearly seen in its decor (lots of marble and gold) and outdated furniture. But we were very lucky, because although we had booked a double room, we were given a sort of quadruple room. I mean, they were two rooms connected (although one had no window), each with two 90cm beds. The bathroom was also quite spacious with a large tub and double sink. It is a very large hotel, with 326 rooms, conference rooms, a large conference center, business center, gym, piano bar, parking for 200 vehicles and a small shop. The breakfast room was huge (they also do banquets) and the breakfast was pretty stocked-up with all kinds of pastries, assorted meats, natural fruit juices, assorted breads, yogurt, etc.. If you don´t mind staying in a hotel a little bit old, the Bedford is a good choice for you.
A good enough hotel with heating, a fine bathroom, super clean sheets and a room that just barely passes (47 euros with breakfast). If you have to pay more look at other things. The neighborhood is Arabic but like everything the center of Brussels, a little here a little there, but the rest is full of young women with scarves and people of all colors. I didn't hear any noises at night and felt safe. I came in at 20:00 and went to eat at a nearby bar (alast chicken) and did not die in the attempt (which is not the Bronx in its heyday). The stop is right next Clemenceau.
This hotel is very close to Minnewater (the Lake of Love), and 15 minutes walk from Markt Square. For a little more than 30 euros (in winter it's less) per person it includes a delicious breakfast. The rooms have cable tv and heat and air conditioning. The one problem is that you can only use wifi if you're in the gardens, terraces and restrooms.
This hostel in Ghent was a sanctuary while travelling through Belgium for a week. It's a very quiet and convenient place to prepare for what lay ahead. The rooms were very complete, with two bunk beds, table and chairs and a wardrobe. There was an en suite, with shower, such a luxury! We shared a room with another Spanish girl and a very nice Japanese girl. We really didn't have any problems with roommates! Breakfast was really good, with bread, yogourt, juices, coffee, tea, cold cuts, and cereal. This hostel has no kitchen for guests, but you can ask the receptionist to warm anything you want in the microwave. Also the receptionists spoke Spanish, and the one who wasn't very nice had some trouble. The living room was very spacious, with tables and sofas, a television and many games for both adults and children. It also has a bar where the beers are very cheap, considering how expensive they are in the street bars (5 € + or -).
The hotel is in the center of Brussels in Burg Square, next to the historic City Hall and Chapel of the Holy Blood. It has 96 rooms, which were completely renovated in 2007. I didn't stay there for the price of the room, which is around € 112-267 per room, but I visited the basement of the hotel. There you can admire the ruins of the famous Sint-Donaas Church from the 12th century, and the remains of the city walls from 1000 years ago. When building the hotel they found this respected archaeological site because they came to an agreement with the city for anyone who would like to see the basement you can see it as a guest or not. And we did, but you have to ask for permission first.
When you see it from outside in an alley near to the Grote Market, you think - well, it's going to be an average hotel. But nothing is further from reality. When you enter, you will be amazed. If the reception surprises, once you walk into the room ... decorated with exquisite taste, full of wood, high ceilings, large windows ... Surely one of the most interesting hotels I've stayed in Europe. Suprise youself with its small site like Leuven but is ideal to make this city getaway unforgettable.
The Chao Chow Hotel has a fantastic location right next to the train station and is run by a very friendly Asian family. We particularly enjoyed the breakfast buffet, which has both Asian and western food available. The rooms are very spacious and have wardrobe, desk, TV, minibar, table and chairs, etc. The bathroom is also good and comes with a full bath. The price is great, and we'll definitely return to this hotel.
The entrance to the Grand Hotel de Flandre is a bit disappointing because it's at street level, but you'll find the door of an old elevator and some carpeted stairs leading to the upper floor which is where the meager reception area is. This is a modest hotel in an old building, though, is well located in front of the station and a short walk from the center, are friendly in the service is free and works well, and they offer an acceptable breakfast. The price can be very cheap if you look hard enough, and there are very few hotels to choose from in the area, but don't expect it to be super cozy here.
Why is hotel of this category is so cheap? Well, its because it is technically in the "boonies". Liege is a great city but the new train station is far from the center. Husa is a modern, comfortable and well decorated hotel with a spectacular view of the railway station of Calatrava. But, be warned, to reach the palace square and give yourself about an hour or catch the bus at the door of the station.
Located in a zone full of diamonds, the most positive thing about this hotel is it is located very close to the central station. It is a comfortable place, no frills, and well located. The rooms are adequate, so it's okay to spend a couple of nights knowing that you're about 15 or 20 minutes walking distance away from most central sites. Call it a perfect hotel for people going for business, but it may be a bit strange for visitors who go to the city. It wasn't bad, really. I thought that it was a little weird, but the service and experience was positive.
In an old building with narrow staircases, Hotel Malon is nice and convenient for a short stay in Leuven. It is very near the train station. It has a terrace and restaurant. The rooms overlook a tranquil square. It is about 15 mins walk from the historic center of Leuven
This is very good and modern hotel located in the heart of the Brussels' European District, not far from the European Commission building. The rooms are very spacious, the beds are comfortable, and the decor is great. All rooms feature a 42-inch TV and free internet. There is a cafe, lounge area, playground for the kids and a terrace. Good value for money and ideal if you're in Brussels for a few days.
This is the perfect place to pamper yourself in the harming city of Bruges. It is the heart of the Plaza de Markt, next to Belfort hotel, with the friendliest staff and nice atmosphere and if you like, as icing on the cake, you can enjoy the best Belgian cuisine in its restaurant. Not to forget ...
This youth hostel is perfect for a typical student budget, and when you stay here, breakfast is included. It's a great spot for getting around the city, with the metro in walking distance. I liked it a lot. They also have a small bar where you can meet other guests.
During my stay in Brussels, I spent two nights at this hotel. The view is magnificent, overlooking the Place Jourdan (a square where you'll find the best chocolate shop in Brussels). The staff are friendly, and the breakfast is good. The rooms are very spacious, and the bathroom has a shower and tub. A very nice place to relax in after a day of sightseeing! 5-10 min from the subway.