Apartment Hotels in Brussels
A city of national and international importance: Apartment Hotels in Brussels
Brussels is the capital of Belgium, the seat of the french community in Belgium and of the flemish community. The city has 1.2 million inhabitants with a metropolitan area of 1.8 million people. Its situation on the boarder of the french speaking and dutch speaking part of Belgium makes Brussels a very important city for both communities. Officially Brussels is bilingual, even though the majority of people name French as their mother tongue. This bilingual setting makes Brussels also very attractive to internationals and expats. Year by year many international move to Brussels. For many of these visitors our apartment hotels in Brussels offer a temporary accommodation for the first couple of month.
Sightseeing near the apartment hotels in Brussels
Despite its political importance, guests in our apartment hotels in Brussels have the opportunity to see beautiful sights and landmarks. If you want to see all the sights in one day, we recommend taking the hop-on-hop-off bus in Brussels. If you prefer discovering the city on your own, then you can of course do so. The Royal Palace of Laeken is one of the most important sights in Brussels. It should not be mistaken with the Royal Palace of Brussels in the city center of Brussels. The Royal Place of Laeken was built as a summer residence of the governors of the Habsburg Netherlands, while the Royal Palace of Brussels is the official palace (but not permanent residence) of the king and queen of Belgium. Another famous sight is the Atomium, which was built for the world fair of the year 1958, which was hosted in Brussels. Guests in our apartment hotels in Brussels should grasp the opportunity and access the top of the Atomium to enjoy spectacular views on the city of Brussels.
The political capital of Europe
Brussels political importance has evolved since the end of the second World War. The main institutions of the European Union, such as the European Council, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission, are based in Brussels. Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers of the EU countries regularly meet up in Brussels. This is the reason why Brussels also serves as the “steering wheel” of the European Union. Many people working for the European Union also stay in our apartment hotels in Brussels. Furthermore, the headquarter of the NATO is located in Brussels. Its central location in the Benelux region is also the reason why the secretariat of the Benelux is also situated in Brussels. Due to Brussels’ political importance, many multinational companies have set up branches in this city.
Still, one must note that also many local craft breweries have evolved into big companies in this region. Many people staying in our apartment hotels in Brussels feel like getting a beer after a long day of work or sightseeing in one of the numerous beer bars.
Image: Cityscape of Brussels
Restaurants in Brussels
Even though many guests in our apartment hotels in Brussels make use of the opportunity of cooking in their serviced apartments, many people also want to check out various restaurants. Especially after a long day of sightseeing in Brussels or work, many guests prefer eating out. Brussels’ restaurants have a lot to offer. You can discover regional as well as international cuisine. We have some recommendations for you:
Fat Boy’s is one of the best burger places in Brussels. We loved the atmosphere in the restaurant, as it reminded us of a restaurant and a sports bar at the same time. If you feel like watching sports, while having a great burger and a great Belgian beer with friends, then definitely check out Fat Boy’s. We highly recommend this cosy restaurant to all guests staying in our apartment hotels in Brussels!
Adress: Place du Luxembourg 5 , 1050 Ixelles
Tel: +32 2 511 32 66
Website: Fat Boy’s
Le plattesteen is a restaurant which already exists for 30 years and is known for its local specialties. From the outside it looks like a pub, but inside it has a great atmosphere of a restaurant. We highly recommend to try one of the Belgian dishes. Le plattesteen is located just around the corner of Grand Place. Highly recommendable to people staying in our apartment hotels in
Adress: Kolenmarkt 41 Rue du Marché au Charbon
Tel: +32 2 512 82 03
Website: Le plattesteen on Yelp
Doing Groceries in Brussels
If you want to get your ingredients for a home-made meal in one of the apartment hotel in Brussels, you can visit one of the numerous supermarkets, butchers and bakeries in Brussels. Here you will be able to find all the basic ingredients you need for your favorite meal. However, if you want to get in touch with local food and people, we highly recommend to everyone staying in our apartment hotels in Brussels to check out one of the markets. We want to highlight the market Gare du Mindi, which always opens on Sundays.
Gare du Mindi Market
The market is located at the exit of Gare du Mindi station and opens on Sundays from 6am to 1pm. Here you can get various European specialties, from fresh vegetables, to olives, cheese and meat. If you feel like preparing your home-made meal in one of our apartment hotels in Brussels, you should grasp the opportunity and get your ingredients here. It is a great experience to visit the market, as you will meet people with different cultures and experience different food.
Activities close to the apartment hotels in Brussels
Beer tasting tour
Brussels is a city full of small and bigger breweries. No country has such a diverse and rich beer culture. Beer-aficionados staying in our apartment hotels in Berlin will love to experience the different tastes of the beers. We recommend to just arrange a pub tour yourself with your friends and let the waiter serve you the best Belgian beers. You can also book organized beer tasting tours, such as the one offered by Viator. If you feel like tasting the beer in a private manner, we highly recommend to all guests in our apartment hotels in Brussels to check out some of the amazing beer bars in Brussels.
Day Trips to Ghent and Bruges
Ghent and Bruges are two very nice towns with a lot of history. You can easily arrange day trips there and just take the comfortable trains to easily reach these two cities. Ghent is a very historic city with a lot of cathedral and historic buildings from the middle age. The same accounts for Bruges where guests in our apartment hotels in Brussels will also be able to visit the convent Beguinage.