Hidden treasures wait for guests at Brussels’ stylish hotels. The seat of the European parliament and a beacon of epicurean indulgence, this captivating city has a character that challenges definition: historic and modern, French-speaking and Flemish-speaking, a serious core combined with a light-hearted joie de vivre.
Brussels is often regarded as the city of the establishment – the European Quarter is home to both NATO and the European Union – but its quirky character shows through in its landmarks. From your hotel in Brussels, you can wander past Medieval masterpieces like Brussels Town Hall, Art Nouveau beauties like the BOZAR cultural centre, postmodern icons like the spectacular Atomium, and the eccentric Mannekin Pis, a much-loved effigy of a urinating boy.
Beer aficionados and chocoholics seek out Brussels for its ales and chocolates; the city arguably produces the best of both in the world. Artistic offerings span the range, from the Magritte Museum – dedicated to Belgium’s most famous artist, the irreverent Rene Magritte – to the Belgian Comic Strip Center, showcasing Hergé’s Adventures of Tintin.
Strolling back to your Brussels hotel at night, the cityscape is spellbinding, and best savoured after a bowl of the city’s peerless moules frites and a chalice of fragrant Belgian beer.