Archive for November, 2010

Hotel Metropole, 5 star hotel in Brussels

Saturday, November 27th, 2010



  • Overview of the Hotel: This excessively grand hotel is located in downtown Brussels at 10-minute walk away from the Grand Place and Brussels Central Train Station. There you can stay at Hotel Metropole which involves like 6 free minibar drinks. There you can enjoy the French cuisine in the Baroque setting at the award winning Restaurant L’Alban Chambon. The De Brouckère metro station is situated around 5-minute walk away from European Commission. Brussels Airport is about 7.5 miles away. In total, hotel has about 298 rooms.
  • Amenities in Hotel: In hotel one can enjoy a good number of amenities and services, some common services in the hotel are restaurant, bar, 24-hour front desk, newspapers, terrace, non-smoking rooms, rooms/facilities for disabled guests, elevator, express check-in/check-out, safe, soundproofed rooms, heating, baggage storage, all public and private spaces non-smoking and air conditioning. Whereas services in the hotel that a visitor can enjoy  includes room service, meeting/banquet facilities, business center, babysitting/child services, laundry, dry cleaning, vip room facilities, breakfast in the room, ironing service, currency exchange, car rental, fax/photocopying, ticket service.
  • Hotel Rules: There are some general hotel rules in hotel to be followed in Hotel Metropole and these hotel rules, however can vary from hotel rooms to hotel rooms. The check in time into hotel is 15:00 hours and one can check out from hotel until 12:00 hours. The cancellation and prepayment policy into hotel room vary from room to room. The Children below the 6 years can stay for free of charge in hotel while using the existing bedding.  The older children are charged about 30 euro per night per person for extra beds. Pets are there allowed in hotel. The hotel even accepts the credit cards like American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, Diners Club and JCB.
  • Hotel Room Type and Rates

Superior Room: € 135 (Per Night)
Privilege Room: € 165 (Per Night)
Champagne Room: € 180 (Per Night)

Sandton Brussels Centre, Brussels hotels near Train station

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Sandton Brussels Centre, Brussels hotels near Train station

Sandton Brussels Centre, Brussels hotels near Train station

Overview of the Hotel: Sandton Brussels Centre is ideally located, 110 yards from Brussels Central Train Station and the St Michael_ St Gudule Cathedral. Grand Place is a 6-minute walk from Sandton Brussels Centre. The European Institutions are a short ride by metro from Brussels Central Metro Station. At the main square of the Grand Place, you can admire Brussels’ remarkable Gothic Town Hall or visit the City of Brussels Museum. More Gothic grandeur is to be found in the St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral at the Treurenberg hill. You can also browse around the large City 2 mall or discover the charming little boutiques and brasseries of the Royal St. Hubert arcades. Part of the EU Quarter, Brussels Park is surrounded by the Royal Palace of Brussels, the Belgian Parliament and the U.S.A. embassy. The hotel has a private parking and a lounge with healthy snacks. There are 70 rooms and suites with free Wi-Fi. The hotel also has interconnecting rooms for families. The breakfast buffet is available until 11 a.m. in the breakfast area. There are many bars and restaurants in the immediate surroundings for lunch and dinner.

Amenities at the Hotel: There are various facilities at the hotel including Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Non-Smoking Rooms, Rooms/Facilities for Disabled Guests, Elevator, Baggage Storage, All Public and Private spaces non-smoking, and Air Conditioning. Various other services include Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, and Fax/Photocopying. Wi-fi is available in the entire hotel and is free of charge. Private parking is possible on site (reservation is not possible) and costs EUR 35 per day.

Hotel Rules: The check in time for the hotel is from 15:00 hours and the check out time is until 11:00 hours. Cancellation and prepayment policies vary by room type. All children under 2 years stay free of charge when using existing bedding. All children under 2 years are charged EUR 15 per night per person for cots. All older children or adults are charged EUR 35 per night per person for extra beds. Maximum capacity of extra beds/babycots in a room is 1. Any type of extra bed/cot or crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by the hotel. Supplements will not be calculated automatically in the total costs and have to be paid separately in the hotel. Pets are not allowed. Accepted credit cards are American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, and Maestro. The hotel reserves the right to pre-authorize credit cards prior to arrival.

Hotel Room Types and Rates:

Standard Double Room
Included in room price: 6 % VAT, EUR 3.50 city tax per person per night
• Non refundable: € 479

• FREE cancellation: € 499

Included in room price: 6 % VAT, EUR 3.50 city tax per person per night

• Non refundable: € 309

• FREE cancellation: € 339

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium located in Brussels is one of the popular museums in Belgium. In Brussels, the museum is located at the downtown area on the Coudenberg region. However, Royal Museum is not as a whole in totality and there about four other museums too are associated with it. The Museum of Ancient Art and the Museum of Modern Art, Brussels are located in the main building. The another two museums, the Constantin  Meunier Museum and the Antoine Wiertz Museum is dedicated to specific Belgian artists and too are rather smaller in size and are located a few kilometers away from the city center.

The Royal Museum has the collection of about 20,000 drawings, sculptures, and paintings those have life span of as old as from the early 15th century to the present age and time. The museum has vast collection of Flemish painting, including the work of art by the world renowned painters like Bruegel and Rogier van der Weyden, Robert Campin, Anthony van Dyck, and Jacob Jordaens. The museum also has a very attractive and much praised “Rubens Room” that has about 20 paintings by the artist. The Museum also has the much famous painting like the The Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis David. The painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, long-attributed to Brueghel, is also located at this museum. Here too paintings are on the forms and the subject of W. H. Auden’s poem Musée des Beaux Arts as named after the museum. The exhibitions at museum too keeps on changing as in February 2007, the museum showcased the exhibitions of Belgian artist Leon Spilliaert and showcase of the Christmas food in Flemish painting.

As far as the structure that houses the Museum of Ancient Art was constructed as the Palais des Beaux and was designed by the Belgian Architect Alphonse Balat and further funded by King Leopold II. Balat was the king’s principle architect, and this museum was one of the primary objectives to the contribution in creation of Belgium.  The building was entirely made in 1887, and is a brilliant example of the Beaux-Arts architecture that uses the themed statuary to relate to the identity and meaning of the building. The extensive program of architecture in museum is architectural sculpture including four primary elements as Music, Architecture, Sculpture and Painting. The museum exhibits the works of Égide Mélot, Georges Geefs, Louis Samain, and Guillaume de Groot, respectively.

Some other popular works of Art in the museum are the three rondels of Rubens, van Ruysbroek, and Jean de Bologne, who shows painting, architecture, and sculpture, are the work of Antoine-Joseph Van Rasbourgh, Antoine-Félix Bouré and Jean Cuypers. However, one can relate him to the museum only after visiting it.

The Pantone Hotel Brussels, 3 Star Hotels in Brussels

Friday, November 19th, 2010

The Pantone Hotel Brussels

The Pantone Hotel Brussels, 3 Star Hotels in Brussels

Overview of the Hotel: Located in Saint Gilles quarter of Brussels, the Pantone Hotel is just a 5 minute walk away from Hotel Des Monnaies metro station and also the Louise metro station. Gare du Midi train station is also only 3 metro stops away. The hotel is in close proximity to the fashionable Avenue Louise.

There are 59 quiet, well-decorated A/C rooms with a flat-screen TV, designer furniture and unique photography by the Belgian artist Victor Levy with beautiful view of the city. Besides free Wi-Fi in all the rooms, the hotel also has a breakfast room, a 24-hour reception, a hotel bar and a dry cleaning service.

Amenities at the hotel: There are various services offered by the hotel including a bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Non-Smoking Rooms, Elevator, Safe, Soundproofed Rooms, Heating, Design Hotel, Baggage Storage, Gay Friendly, All Public and Private spaces non-smoking, and Air Conditioning. Guests can also avail of meeting/Banquet Facilities, Dry Cleaning, Souvenirs/Gift Shop, Tour Desk, and Fax/Photocopying services. Free Wireless Internet Hotspot is available in the entire hotel. However, parking facilities are not offered by the hotel.

Hotel Rules: The check in time for the hotel is from 15:00 hours and the check out time is until 12:00 hours. Cancellation and prepayment policies vary by room type. All children under 1 year stay free of charge when using existing bedding and all children under 2 years stay free of charge for cots. Although one can avail of ant type of extra bed, cot or crib upon request, the maximum capacity of extra beds/babycots in a room is 1. Pets are not allowed in the hotel. The cards accepted here are American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, JCB, Maestro, and Bancontact. The hotel reserves the right to pre-authorize credit cards prior to arrival.

Hotel Room Types and Rates: (Inclusive of 6% vat)

Large Double/Twin Room: € 219 and € 229
Extra Large Double/Twin Room: € 219 and € 229

Musical Instrument Museum (Brussels), renowned collection of 1,5000 instruments

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

The Musical Instrument Museum in the ‘Old England’ building is a music museum in central Brussels and is the part of the Royal Museums for Art and History and is world famous for its collection of around 1,5000 instruments. Initially, it was placed close to the Brussels Royal Music Conservatory as with aim to showcase the earlier music instruments for visiting students. The, MIM collection was developed in 1877 with a collection of a about Indian instruments provided to King Leopold II of Belgium by Rajah Sourindro Mohun Tagore in 1876 and the collection of the celebrated Belgian musicologist François-Joseph Fétis, as from the procurement by the Belgian government in 1872 and kept on deposit in the Conservatory, where Fétis was the first director.

The first curator of the museum Victor-Charles Mahillon, expanded the museum extensively as by the period of his death in 1924, the MIM had the collection of around 3,177 original and related musical instruments. He was known for its smart judgments in obtaining these large augmentations by becoming friendly with generous donors and in   friendly relations with Belgian diplomats designated at the  foreign posts, that brought those instruments back even beyond Europe.  After him, Mahillon’s successor at the Conservatory, François-Auguste Gevaert, organized several successful concerts of professors and students playing early instruments in the 1880s.

After the First World War, donors and philanthropists there became rarer, and there between the period of between 1924 and 1968 only a thousand instruments were added to the museum. The exhibits in the museum shows up the Belgian musical history,   European musical traditions, and even some non-European instruments. The mechanical instruments there are shown in the basement of the museums, traditional instruments on the ground floor, the development of the modern orchestral instruments on the first floor, and keyboard and stringed instruments on the second floor. Visitors even in the museum are provided with infrared headphones so they can listen to about almost 200 musical extracts of the instruments on show.

Some of the most famous collection in the museum is work of the famous Rottenburgh a Alto recorder, instruments as discovered by Adolphe Sax, a unique set of giant Chinese stone chimes, and the only existing copy of the luthéal, an instrument used by Ravel. The current location of the museum as if of 2000 is in the former Old England department store, constructed in 899 by Paul Saintenoy out of girded steel and glass in the art nouveau style as well as an eighteenth century neo-classic building designed by Barnabé Guimard. Operating hours for museums are between 9:30 AM to 4:45 PM Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and between 10:00 AM and 4:45 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

Bedford Hotel & Congress Center, 4 star hotel in Brussels

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Bedford hotel and congress center, 4 star hotel in brussels

Bedford hotel and congress center, 4 star hotel in brussels

  • Overview of the Hotel: This hotel with capacity of around 326 rooms provides a very big and massive indoor parking and a piano bar with a massive TV for sport events and activities. Manneken Pis is hardly 2 minutes walk away from here. All rooms in the Bedford Hotel _ Congress Centre have satellite TV and a marble bathroom with a bath. There is also available free Wi-Fi in the business centre and lobby area, where you can even get 2 internet computers. After having workout in fitness center more you can start American breakfast buffet in the Thomas cook restaurant in the hotel. Grand Place and the Anneessens metro station is a 5-minutes walk away The Brussels Midi Station with its Eurostar and Thalys connections is a 15-minute walk away.
  • Amenities in Hotel: One can avail facilities like Restaurant, Bar 24 hour front desk, newspapers, non smoking rooms, elevator, safety deposit box, heating and luggage storage. Among the activities in the hotel it has an ultra modern Fitness center. The services in the hotel includes room service, meeting and banquet facilities, business centre, laundry, dry cleaning, breakfast in the room, ironing service, currency exchange, shoe shine, car hire, fax and photocopying. For internet there is available WiFi that is a business centre and entirely is free of charge.
  • Hotel Rules: There many general hotel policies are available for and are provided in the hotel Bedford Hotel and Congress Center. However hotel policies and rules even can change from room to room. Check in time into the hotel is 14:00 hours and one can even checkout from hotel at 11:00 hrs. The policies in the hotel for cancellation and prepayment vary upon on room type. All children living under 6 years there can stay for free even using the same bed. Children below two years can stay there for free of charge for cots. In a room maximum baby cots can be kept. Pets are not allowed in the hotel. While booking more that 5 rooms there different policies are applicable with additional supplement. The hotel still accepts the credit cards like American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard. Here hotel keeps all the best rights to pre-authorize credit cards before arrival.
  • Hotel Room Type and Rates:

Single Room : € 119.44 (Per Night)
Standard Room (Hot Deal) : € 123 (Per Night)
Double Room  : € 129 (Per Night)
Business Class Room : € 154 ( Per Night)

MiniEurope, the miniature world in Brussels

Monday, November 1st, 2010

It is very apt and seems this decision is being taken after too much of consideration to create miniature world “MiniEurope” in Brussels as city is the capital of European Union, itself. The miniatures, at the MiniEurope showcases the renowned and popular buildings in Europe per guidance and appropriate locations, therefore, showcases the inheritance of Europe and its manifoldness in multiple and varied way.

Mini-Europe is situated close to the Atomium, a landmark of Brussels that was constructed for the World Exhibition 50 years ago. Though area, where MiniEurope is constructed is not too extensive, its first appearance, but indeed has enough space so that many monuments of international relevance has been kept and constructed there in scale of 1:25.

The first building while entering into the park you will face is based upon the theme of MiniEurope is the Berlaymont-building, where the European Commission has its headquarters. In Brussels, the building is actually is situated at the Schumansquare in Brussels, that is named after the Robert Schuman, who is considered as “father of the European Union”.

On the opposite of the modern Berlaymont-building, there is Vikings settlement from the ancient European culture, and the country of Denmark. The fortress of Vikings is consisted of about 31 longhouses, thus creating a rough circle that is surrounded with the moats and walls. Apart from this, Denmark section of MiniEurope also showcases the houses from Nyhavn, and the old stockmarket. Next to Denmark is located, Sweden, that also shows the City Hall, where on 10th of December, the celebrations and cult as related to Noble Prize are depicted.

The next location in the park is the last Nordic country, Finland that as the monument to show and display is The Castle of Olavinlinna that actually is located at the East of Finland and once was employed as the defensive fortress against Russia. Another monument close to there is Monument of Freedom, from Riga, the capital of Latvia that was constructed in 1935, during the first period of independency. The country of Lithuania is represented by its university, which was founded in 1579 in the Old Town, near the Palace of the Bishops.

The neighboring countries of Belgium, the Netherlands, has around 15 buildings there to showcase the things as most of the tourists come to the park from the Netherlands rather than Estonia or Austria. The Townhall of Maastricht is shown there as an important center and the oldest city of Netherlands, but because in 1991, there a treaty was signed between as an important step for the formation of European Union. Next attraction from Netherlands is windmills that are too integral and inherent too the Culture of Netherlands. Over all in MiniEurope there are about monuments from 80 countries has been shown. The “Spirit of Europe” showcases an interactive and interesting overview of the European Union in the form of multimedia games. The park is constructed over an area of about 24,000 meter square area.

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