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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
It doesn’t get any more central than the 14-room Saint Michel Hotel, which literally sits on the extravagant Grande Place. The only hotel located directly on the historic central square, this is a one-star hotel with a five-star view.
The elaborate façade, which is designated historic, looks medieval and is dotted with original architectural details. Inside, the rooms—nay, chambers—come with high ceilings, old-fashioned chandeliers and decorative fireplaces. But unfortunately, the hotel’s anachronism doesn’t end there. The furniture is decidedly 1970s middle-class European, and the dark carpeting has overstayed its welcome. The rooms, all equipped with a television, mini-fridge and telephone, are reasonably clean, though there is only so much you can do with old carpets. Luckily, the bathrooms have been renovated and boast very clean tiles.
Some rooms look directly onto the Grande Place, affording a dramatic view of the city hall, day and night. The panoramic view doesn’t come cheaply, though, and the front-facing rooms can be sometimes twice as expensive as the back rooms. Saint Michel isn’t exactly the lap of luxury, but its staff is helpful and unpretentious—a bit of a surprise, given the prime location.
The included breakfast is served in the adjoining pub, which has the same owners.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
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About the Saint Michel neighborhood
The undisputed tourist epicenter of Brussels, Grote Markt, or Grand Place, is an impressive square facing the medieval Town Hall. The always lively neighborhood is sprinkled with hotels, cutesy cafés, restaurants and chocolate shops. A maze of cobblestoned alleys leads to the opera house, a commercial drag or the gay district, depending on which turn you take.