Brussels Journals

A day and a walk in Brussels

A May 2004 trip to Brussels by FlyBalletGuy

Quote: Here's a description of a hotel and an afternoon's walk that hits several of the nicest areas in the city.

A day and a walk in Brussels

Overview

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I only took an afternoon to walk through Brussels, but I found the city fascinating, even more so than Amsterdam. Amsterdam is cozier in scale, feels more geared to the young and the architecture is Flemish/Dutch. Brussels isn’t built on canals and the architecture isn’t just medieval. Much of it is Beaux-Arts, and the Grand Place is as much High Baroque as medieval. The Grand Place fully merits its reputation; the town hall is just amazing. Quick Tips: If you've not bid on Priceline before, as of spring of 2004, Brussels is a great Priceline city, better than either Paris or Amsterdam for luxury inventory at closeout rates. Four-star hotels go for bids of -60 nightly. If opaque travel...Read More

Renaissance Brussels Hotel

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Hotel

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My hotel in Brussels was my luxurious non-splurge: the Renaissance Brussels, which I got on Priceline for the same price ($60 including tax), as each of my other budget hotels that I got via other channels during my trip. This business class hotel is located one block from the Brussels-Luxemburg train station, which is close to the European Parliament and about a 25- to 30-minute walk from the Grand Place. It’s a great walk in fine weather as well; the front desk mapped out a wonderful route that took in the Royal Palace and the Place du Grand Sablon. My room was large – the largest I had stayed in -- and comfortable with lemon colored linen; unquestionably four-star with all amenities incl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 8, 2004

Renaissance Brussels Hotel
RUE DU PARNASSE 19
Brussels, Belgium
32 2 505 2929

Snack Mykonos

Restaurant

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Right off the Grand Place is an entire street of cafe-restaurants. Snack Mykonos was in the middle of the road among them and the most crowded. It's a great place to get a snack. The menu is typical Greek that we are accustomed to in New York: pita sandwiches with grilled lamb or chicken. I got a grilled chicken sandwich, which was fresh, tasty, (messy!), and cost only 3.50 euro. It was similar to the version I know here, though the chicken was juicier and tastier, but in a concession to Belgian tastes, they wrap frites into the sandwich!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 8, 2004

Snack Mykonos
Rue Des Brasseurs
Brussels, Belgium

A walk through Brussels

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Story/Tip

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Here’s the walk Daniel at the Renaissance Hotel mapped out for me, with small additions by me. Going to the center of town without stopping would take you 25 minutes. A leisurely round trip will take you two to three hours. For those not staying where I began, pick this up at any point (logical ones would be the Grand Place or the Palais Royal). Begin at the Renaissance Hotel or the Brussels Luxemburg Station. Travel east, away from the station toward the center of the city on the rue du Luxembourg. You’ll pass through the Square de Meeûs, which was quite pretty in the spring. Practical note: There’s a GB Express supermarket here right before you get to the avenue des Arts, part of the ri...Read More