We stayed for 3 nights in December as an Anniversary trip and to visit the Christmas markets. Arriving by Eurostar, we walked from the Gare du Midi which is only about 25 minutes once you work out the directions. Later found that you can go for free to the Gare Central, which is right next to the hotel, on the train. The hotel is located in a quiet side street by a church and you would hardly know that you were in the centre of a capital city. Check in was quick and efficient and the receptionist showed us to our room which was in the new part of the hotel across a small courtyard. Our room was a junior suite which was large and comfortable with a separate seating area. This is not a chain hotel so don't expect everything to be the same as each room has its own character, it is also fairly old so floors creak but not enough to be a problem. The bar was closed for refurbishment so we didn't use that but the breakfast the next morning was good quality continental style with different bread, croissants, meat and cheese etc with plenty of choice. It is located in a cosy room just off reception which was tastefully decorated for Christmas.
The huge plus for this hotel is its location. On leaving the hotel turning left takes you to a small square. passing good class shops (EXK does very nice food for lunch). There were a few Christmas stall there but if you continue for no more than 50 yards a left turn takes you straight into Grand Place, the medieval heart of the city, which is lit up at night for Christmas. The nearby Bourse has a small Christmas market and 10 minutes walk takes you to St Catherines where the main market (240+ stalls) is located. To explore further, a right turn from the hotel entrance takes you to the Gare Central where you can go the the Metro station and buy various passes giving use of the metro, tram and bus systems. once you work out where these run you can get anywhere quickly and efficiently.
On our last day we had a late afternoon Eurostar so the hotel were happy for us to leave our bags with them for us to collect later.
All in all a great stay in a great hotel.
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