We started our adventure at the swoonworthy St Pancras International where we stopped off for a quick coffee before hopping onto our Standard Premier seats on the Eurostar – I would always recommend upgrading to these where possible as the seats are roomy and comfy, plus the little breakfast meal is so super cute – and settled in for our short hop across to Brussels. Can you believe it's only 2 hours direct from London, perfect for a weekend away!
After F enjoyed a short train nap *bliss* and I watched the world whizz by, coffee in hand, it reminded me how much I love to travel and soak up new experiences, especially being able to share them with my little family. We arrived at the Brussels International at Gare du Midi and had directions to get over to the hotel but initially got a little confused by the tram vs Metro system going on as the signage at the station isn’t the best – Tip: Head to signs for Tram and buy a ticket to De Brouckere on the green or pink line going north, where it is less than a minutes walk to the hotel.
The apartment itself was just the right size for a weekend getaway, with a clean modern bathroom with power shower and complimentary products, a compact open kitchen looking onto a lounge space, with writing desk, open plan shelving and tv. The bedroom was on the smaller side but very comfortable and the apartment was clean throughout with air conditioning *yay* oh and the coolest reflective mirrors outside the windows! My only two suggestions would be fitting child locks on the window so they can't open so wide and that the sofa needed updating as it was a little tired, otherwise it’s good value with rooms roughly around £100 a night for families or couples looking for an affordable stay and definitely a great location for exploring. After we got settled and changed we headed downstairs where a friendly receptionist happily marked all the must do activities on a map and gave us a few suggestions for good coffee and a bite to eat.
We headed out for an evening stroll to take in the beautiful Grand Place Square situated a minuteswalk away and watched as F ran and excitedly jumped amongst the crowds. The architecture is certainly breathtaking and the setting sun casts a golden glow over the opulent setting.
In the morning we got dressed and headed downstairs for breakfast, just like a hotel their is a hot and cold buffet to tuck into with a selection of fruit, cereals, toast, waffles *obviously* as well as a full english. F soon moved to the modern sofa chairs to try and peek at the large screen TV showing cartoons, giving me just enough time to finish my coffee.
Brussels certainly is an interesting city, with a laid back atmosphere where grand and old meets new. It has for me, a Paris meets London meets Amsterdam vibe, with the centre being quite traffic filled like London, stunning architecture and museums like the city of lights and the smallest of hidden streets filled with delight just like the lined canals of Amsterdam. I especially enjoyed wandering around the Place St Jean area and the Place Royal Koningsplein and Mont des Arts Kunstberg with its beautiful chalky avenue, perfect for people watching and taking in the views over the city.
NB. This post was scheduled to go live soon after we arrived home but I feel I should mention we travelled home the evening before the horrific terrorist attack took place and I felt it only right to hold off a while before sharing our story. I am thankful to have been welcomed by such a wonderful city and pleased to see it standing strong and together after a testing time.
*We'd like to thank Adagio Aparthotels for our stay as part of the this review. As always all of my words and opinions are 100% my own.