Having read repeatedly that Brussels, as the center of the EU, was more ”political” and “corporate” than “quaint European,” we anticipated streets filled with bankers and void of much character (save for a small central square and a famous statue of a boy urinating).
Boy, were we wrong! From the bright, grafitti-lined streets to the yummy, chocolately waffles, steamed mussels, and frothy beer, we were drawn in. The locals were friendly, the artistic vibe apparent everywhere, and the multitude of architectural icons loomed—most distinctly in the medieval Grand Place—and all across the metropolis.
And, we got a few crushes along the way.
First up, Hotel La Madeleine.
Hotel la Madeleine
rue de la Montagne, 22
Ah, ma Madeleine. Rooms at this 2-star gem are decorated with a modern, artistic sensibility. Purple and beige walls are accented by sleek furnishings (lamps, wardrobes and desks), and bedspreads are luxuriously thick, with pretty gold and magenta prints. Some triples and larger rooms even have terraces. Downstairs, the Madeleine has a modern, even funky, breakfast room.
Given the hotel’s style and reasonable rates, its central location made it a real value. Rue de la Montagne is just a few blocks from the Grand Place, ensuring you’re never far from a waffle stand, cafe, or metro. We were sold.