For $95 per night, I had a spacious studio apartment in the heart of Brussels, just off the famed Avenue Louise area. The studio had a small kitchenette, with enough pots, pans, cutlery and such that I could have served dinner for four. Just around the corner was a small grocery store, where I bought breakfast items for my stay. (While dishes, pots, and pans are furnished, food items are not.)
The building offers 24-hour desk service, direct-dial phones, TV, laundry facilities, parking, sauna, and a gym. Also included in the rate is weekly maid service; should you prefer more frequent service, it is available for an extra charge. Additionally, there is a breakfast room, where a hot and cold buffet is available for about $9. I thought this was fairly pricey, but gave it a try one morning when I''d run out of groceries. It was heaven and worth every penny. In addition to all sorts of fruit, cereals and pastries, there were eggs, ham, sausages, and freshly-made crepes....more than enough to keep you full until dinner....or maybe even breakfast the next day!
July 10, 2001
From journal A Bit of Belgium