Halleluja! A Cool Brussels Hotel With History
If business or pleasure takes you to Brussels, consider a stay at the gorgeous Dominican Hotel. Located in the heart of old Brussels, The Dominican boasts all sorts of assets. Its high design is inviting and actually comfortable.
The main lobby is divided up into various spaces -- indoor and out -- including a bar, restaurant, sitting area, and cafe. Free WiFi here (as well as throughout the hotel) ensures there are always a few guests working and people watching in the common areas. Breakfast, included in the room rate and served in the ground-floor restaurant, is copious and delicious.
The beautifully designed rooms are super comfortable, and include nice touches like an ample sitting area, and plenty of desk and bathroom counter space. The bathrooms have a subtle blue night light to help avoid stubbed toes at night. You'll also find a free and easy-to-use espresso and tea maker. Many rooms have great views of the city, including historical buildings in every direction.
It's within a 5 or 10-minute walk to the rue du Marché au Charbon/Kolenmarkt section, the main gay area with all its fun bars, cafes, and shops.
Be sure to print out a Google map before you go since the walks from the train station and to the gay section take some getting used to, especially for a New Yorker more used to a grid pattern of numbered streets and avenues. (Below: view of main plaza in Brussels by Salvato.)