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Hilton Antwerp (Groenplaats 32, Antwerpen) - Right in the centre of historical Antwerp, the Hilton Antwerp is a matter of minutes from the Cathedral and Peter Paul Rubens house. Rooms are spacious and facilities are modern. A high scorer in the comfy carpet and good bathroom stakes. There's also a rather enjoyable cafe overlooking Groenplaats for people watchers. One of the more expensive hotels in Antwerp - but you get what you pay for in location, comfort and facilities.
Hotel Ibis Antwerp Centrum (Meistraat 39, 2000 Antwerpen) - Does what it says on the tin. Reasonably priced budget hotel. Weekend market is in the square directly outside. Walking distance (around 10 minutes) from the Cathedral and the historical centre of Antwerp. Bathrooms are tiny and service can be quite functional. But you get what you pay for.
Four Points by Sheraton (Rue Paul Spaak 15, B-1000 Brussels) - The Four Points by Sheraton in the Ixelles area of Brussels around a 30 minute walk or a short tram ride to the old town and right around the corner from the shopping street of Avenue Louise. Rooms are generally clean, comfortable and improved after a Sept 2009 refurbishment. Breakfast offers a respectible spread of meats and cheeses and a good selection of coffees. Staff are helpful and responsive to comments / questions etc. Pretty good value all round.
Novotel Brussels off Grand Place (120 rue de Marche Aux Herbes, B-1000 Brussels) - Right around from the Grand Place Square, the Novotel Brussels off Grand Place is extremly well located to explore Brussels and a short walk from Brussels Central station. Rooms are clean and comfortable. Overall a solid performer providing the usual Novotel combination of handy location, cleanliess, service and value for money.
Antwerp - what to do, see, stay and eat - What to see, where to stay and eat in historic Antwerp
Antwerp - the Cathedral seen from Groenplaats - View of the spires of Anterwep Cathedral as seen from Groenplaats
Antwerp - de Kathedraal - Historical information about the gothic Antwerp Cathedral
Brussels - City Hall on the Grand Place - The Town House of Brussels on the Grand Place in the old town
Brussels - Grand Place - Grand Place in the central old town of Brussels
Brussels - museum on the Grand Place - The museum of Brussels on the Grand Place in the old town of Brussels
Brussels - The Mannekin Pis - The world famous Mannekin Pis fountain in the Belgian capital Brussels
Brussels - a day around town - A weekend trip to Brussels and Luxembourg
Brussels and Luxembourg - Travel plan for a short weekend trip to Brussels and Luxembourg
Antwerp - interior of the train station - Interior of the Antwerp main train station
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