Grand Place 15, Brussels, Belgium, 1000
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Couples, Singles, Stag / hen parties, Great views / scenery, No fuss, People watching, Sightseeing
Best for Nightlife - Expert review of Hôtel Saint-Michel
Hôtel Saint-Michel’s 14 rooms are unremarkable — it’s the postcode you’re paying for: Half the rooms have views over Brussels’s exquisite UNESCO-listed Grand-Place — you couldn’t get any closer to the action unless you slept on the famous cobblestones.
On the eastern side of the Grand-Place square; a five-minute walk from Bruxelles-Central train station.
Seven rooms overlook the Grand-Place and seven overlook brick walls or decaying roofs; the latter are about 20—50 euros cheaper, but this isn’t the place to scrimp and if you can’t get a room overlooking the square I’d probably stay somewhere else.
Rooms 21 (twin) and 22 (double), on the second floor, are the best because they boast floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Grand-Place. Also worth staying in are: room12 which has a large decorative fireplace and views of the square; and room 41 on the fourth floor, which has turret stairs leading up to port-hole also overlooking the square. Avoid rooms 43 and 30 at all costs; the latter is little more than a broom cupboard. Bedspreads in all the rooms are aging, but bathrooms are very clean.
Discounting the attached restaurant, there are none. The unpromising-looking reception is located down a long green corridor, and immediately to the left of this is a small lift (I don’t think it would fit a wheelchair) leading up to the rooms.
The continental buffet breakfast (included in the price; 7am—10.30am Monday—Sunday) is served in the clean and cosy L’Estaminet du Kelderke brasserie (open: 7am—11pm Monday—Sunday) on the ground floor — try and get a seat by the window for uninterrupted views of the Grand-Place.
After check-in, you’re pretty much left to it.
Backpackers splashing out on the unbeatable view, young couples who don’t mind rooms a little rough round the edges, and hard-up businesspeople.
You’ll need to book well in advance if your stay coincides with the Tapis des Fleurs (see When to go to Brussels for dates) as the hotel is overrun with photographers using the rooms for their birds-eye view of the square.
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- Grand Place 15, Brussels, Belgium, 1000
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