Brussels

I have and shall be was visiting Brussels on a regular basis. This page was copied accross from the v3 wiki in the early summer of 2013. I had stopped visiting Brussels for business in 2009, but on 4th August 2013, Starwood Hotels spammed me with notice of new and old hotels. I decided to revise the page.  Most of the what I said then is now getting dated. But in 2021, I had cause to look and revise the page. I might need to go back.

More of my pictures are here….

 

About Hotels

Hotels in Brussels during the working week are expensive. I have at the moment a very long list of hotels on my del.icio.us tag list and on my google map. I am looking for an acceptably priced hotel near Rond Point Schuman, or on Metro Line 1 with internet access. The *** Hotels I have tried do not have either internet, nor mini bars, and while I am not desperate for booze during the night, it is nice to have some water.

My Brussels Map

This is the Google Map, I have focussed it on the Rond Point Schuman, in the European Quarter.



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Hotels

  • A stayed at the Sofitel in the European Quarter in the noughties, it is  located on the Place Jourdain in the European Quarter, near the Berlaymont and Rond Point Schuman.
  • Carrefour d’Europe, a Best Western near the Gare Centrale. On metro route 1 and the train to Zaventem. I have never stayed here since its always full and I book late.
  • Le Meridien, a Starwood Group hotel, again near the Gare Centrale. Nice but pricey, often full if one books late.

More Hotels

  • I wrote, I should try the Hilton Brussels, while I have a gold card, but never did. Good location, on the edge of the old town near to “Louise” and the “European Quarter”. Its pinned on the Map above.
  • I stayed in the “NH City Centre” once, good restaurant, smallish but adequate room, broadband internet, great views from the room I had, the location needs exploring, but it wasn’t so well located for the business I had.
  • I found this in 2021, Aparthotel Adagio

The Metro

 

 

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Wikipesia says, “MoBIB is the STIB/MIVB smart card, introduced in 2007. It uses contactless technology based on the Calypso system originally developed for Paris and is in some ways similar e.g. to the London’s Oyster card. All Metro stations, buses and trams have MoBIB readers. Passengers can purchase monthly passes, yearly passes, 1 and 10-trip tickets and daily and 3-day passes. These can be bought over the Internet, but require customers to have a smart card reader. GO vending machines accept coins, local and international chip and PIN credit and debit cards. ”

Here is the metro ticketing site.

Getting there

  1. Looks like Eurostar is the way to go these days, and I could reopen my Club Eurostar membership.

CV19

  1. Country Risk assessments by the Belgian Government
  2. Incoming by the UK Government
  3. What Eurostar think …
  4. Travellers exempt from tests on entry . the UK Gov

For the vaccinated, it looks like, you need a PRC test on arrival in Belgium, but possibly not if staying under 48 hours, and on return from Belgium. Do I have to pay for the UK one? Yes! One needs a GHIC and travel insurance (if British).  Also, now, you need to complete a passenger locator form.

Things to do

  • You can visit the European Parliament building.
  • The pictures in the Musee des Belle Artes.
  • The awesome Grand Place
  • The Winterfest in St. Catherine’s.

Old Links

I have finally worked out how to recover my old delicious links, here, they are.

RSS Bruxelles

RSS London

  • Boris Bikes Map
    This is a rather cool mash up. Guerrilla programming is the way to go. Its amzing how these are never produced by the original service provider
  • a charity changing peoles lives through sailing
    Based in Deptford, SE London, the Centre is open to everyone and is a place where you can have the opportunity to enjoy the experience of sailing and boating activities on the Thames in the heart of London.
  • Cartoon Museum
    On 23rd February 2006 London's first cartoon museum opened to the public. Situated at 35 Little Russell Street, a stone's throw from The British Museum, The Cartoon Museum exhibits the very finest examples of British cartoons, caricature, and comic art from the 18th century to the present day.
  • Untitled
    One excellent value hotel chain
  • online - Transport for London
    Buy or top up your Oyster card
  • Canary Wharf
    Looking for a bar to drink at, although this only does the official malls, and excludes the shops on the colonades and squares
  • Power of Yes | Theatre review | Stage | The Guardian
    On at the NT, this is the Guradian's review, on their front apge, not the back.
  • Stirling Ackroyd
    They say "Home - Estate Agents in Bankside, Clerkenwell, Hackney and Shoreditch"
  • Residential Estate Agents in Docklands
    Their home page, with a good district filter
  • - 1 Lombard Street
    Well located and the Restaurant upstairs has a Michelin *.

Comments ( 3 )

  1. ReplyAuthorDave
    The rss feeds have failed and I can't be bothered to work out to fix them as the links contained in the list are just so out of date.
  2. ReplyAuthorDave
    I may have to return, and so I amended the page. I added comments about Eurostar, which maybe the best way to travel now, particularly given the CV19 restrictions and risks and removed the comments about the Comfort Hotel Siru. I also note that Brussels seems cheaper than Brighton, at least during conference season.
  3. ReplyAuthorDave
    The CV19 stuff changes seemingly daily.

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