Where to stay in Brussels: visit Brussels

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Brussels is the ideal city for a holiday with family or friends, among nineteenth-century buildings, parks and museums.

To make the most of the city and the enchanting medieval old town, you will have to choose carefully best area to stay in Brussels.

The hub of the Belgian capital and its main attraction is the Grand Place, one of the most beautiful squares in the world, a World Heritage Site and a starting point for discovering the city.



The Grand Place is the true symbol of Brussels which over the years has enchanted poets such as Victor Hugo and Baudelaire. On the square there are some of the oldest and most fascinating buildings in the Belgian capital.

The Quartiere dell'Ilot Sacré, with its picturesque streets, called by the names of the ancient guilds and full of clubs, shops and cafes.

It is just the area around the Grand Place, the best place to stay in Brussels.

Staying in Ilot Sacré and therefore in the center, you can easily walk around and visit the main attractions.

Slightly out of the central area, called Pentagon because of its shape which resembles an inverted pentagon, there is the neighborhood Ixelles, crossed by Avenue Louise, one of the main streets of the city. This is another excellent choice where to stay in Brussels.

Avenue Louise is an avenue about 2 and a half kilometers long, I recommend finding a hotel as close to Place Louise as possible.

The area is considered one of the most chic of the capital, it is full of high fashion shops and international restaurants of the highest class.


Other neighborhoods close to the historic center, recommended as a base to sleep in Brussels are: Sablon, Sainte Catherine e Marolles.


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Sablon is the antiques district, the Place du Grand-Sablon is the most touristic point of Brussels after the Grand Place. Every Saturday and Sunday morning the square hosts a very popular antiques market.

Place du Grand Sablon, is famous for the presence of elegant patisseries, typical restaurants, and chocolate shops.

Marolles

Marolles it is the district that most of all has retained the popular charm of Brussels, where a dialect that combines French with Flemish is still spoken. The area is full of restaurants, bars and pubs which are very popular in the evening.

Lovers of bargains cannot miss the famous flea market, which is held every Sunday morning in Place du Jeu de Balle,.

Dansaert e Sainte Catherine

Dansaert is the fashion district, with the hottest designer boutiques, vintage shops and art galleries. The Place Sainte Catherine area is renowned for its excellent fish restaurants.

The European Quarter

Another interesting area to stay for a visit to Brussels is the famous European district, located east of the historic center and is a succession of parks and modern administrative buildings of the European Union.

Close to the Leopold Park and the Cinquantenaire Park, there are some museums, while the Place du Luxembourg area is full of restaurants, cafes and breweries.

 Hotel where to sleep in Brussels:

Ibis Brussels Center Sainte Catherine

Rue Joseph Plateau 2, Brussels 1000, Belgio


Classic hotel of the Ibis chain, located in the center, behind the church of Sainte Catherine and only 550 meters from the Grand Place, easily reachable by walking. The area is full of bars and clubs. Clean and basic rooms, helpful staff.


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Ibis Brussels off Grand Place

Grasmarkt 100 | Rue du Marché aux Herbes 100, Brussels, Brussels 1000, Belgio

Another hotel of the Ibis chain, but even closer to the Grand Place, only 200m.
In fact, the location is the strong point of this hotel, everything can be easily reached on foot. Excellent choice for those who decide to stay in Brussels near the Grand Place.

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Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Brussels

Rue du Fosse-aux-Loups 47, Wolvengracht 47 | Brussels, Brussels 1000, Belgio

Hotel located in the heart of Brussels 500 meters from the Grand Place and 400 meters from Brussels Central Station.
Hotel that stands out for its accurate service, recommended for a romantic stay in the heart of Brussels.


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Maxhotel

Blvd Adolphe Max 107, Bruxelles 1000, Belgio

Particular and innovative hotel, with fully automatic check-in and check-out at the electronic counter.

The hotel has been recently refurbished, rooms with free wi-fi, very clean and well furnished.
The location is also excellent, 200 meters from the Rogier metro station and a 10-minute walk from the Grand Place.
Highly recommended for the excellent value for money !!

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Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie

Avenue Louise 91-93, Ixelles, Brussels 1050, Belgio

Very nice hotel, with spacious, clean and well furnished rooms, equipped with flat screen satellite TV and free wi-fi.

The hotel is located along the Avenue louise, a few meters from the Louise metro station.

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Hotel Retro

Chaussee de Haecht 3, Brussels 1030, Belgium

Recommended hotel for its excellent quality / price ratio, a little off-center, but still in a good position to visit Brussels, with Metro Botanique just 200 meters away.
However, the center can also be reached on foot in 15 minutes, the Grand Place is about 1,5 KM away.

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NH Brussels du Grand Sablon

Rue Bodenbroek 2-4, Bruxelles B-1000, Belgium

Hotel recommended for its location, located on Place du Sablon, in an area full of antique shops, chocolatiers, bars and restaurants. The Grand Place can be reached in 10 minutes on foot.

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