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The most popular Brussels districts in which to stay are in the extended zone around the Grand-Place; in the upper town district around place Stéphanie and boulevard de Waterloo; and along upmarket avenue Louise. The most noticeable lodgings in these areas are large, glittering three- and four-star establishments, yet there are numbers of decent medium-priced and even budget hotels to be uncovered in the streets around the Grand-Place and in the Ixelles district to the south of avenue Louise. The European District presents something of a special case: Its hotels are convenient for visiting Eurocrats, politicians, lobbyists, and media people, but that doesn’t make them a good choice for tourists.

Hotels in the upper price range, including deluxe hotels of just about every international chain that wants to be represented in the “capital of Europe,” have a wealth of facilities and efficient, although often impersonal, service. At every level, hotels fill up during the week with E.U.-related business travelers and empty out on weekends as well as during July and August. In these off-peak periods, rates can drop as much as 50 percent, making Brussels the perfect destination for weekend breaks.

Obviously the best way of securing rooms in your hotel of choice is to book online well in advance but if you find yourself stuck, staff at Brussels tourist offices  can make reservations for the same day if you go to their offices in person and pay a small fee, which is deducted by the hotel from its room rate.

Self-Catering in Brussels

If you would prefer to have a space to call your own in the city, there are plenty of self-catering options in Brussels. Aparthotels  have five buildings in the city center; check out www.b-aparthotels.com. Adagio Aparthotel (www.adagio-city.com) offers luxurious studios and apartments in two addresses, one near the European Union district  and one in the Anspach shopping mall . For recommended accommodation agencies or couch surfing opportunities.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.