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Playing tourist in my city is something I really fancy because it adds a fresh perspective to the way I see and experience Brussels. And since it’s not every often that I get to do so, whenever I get the chance it makes it all the more special. A couple of weeks ago I had a day like this, full of exploring armed with my camera and loads of enthusiasm – courtesy of Visit Brussels. After exploring the Eat! Brussels Drink! Bordeaux festival in Parc Royal, a comfy room was waiting for me in Hotel Barsey by Warwick. 

Located on Avenue Louise, the Hotel Barsey by Warwick forms part of the Warwick International Hotels hotel group and has been recently renovated. It’s not necessarily the closest venue to the city centre but access to public transport is easy and you’re not too far from the lively Chatelain area as well as the beautiful Bois de la Cambre, one of the best parks in Brussels. I’ve actually wanted to have dinner at the hotel’s restaurant for a while now but never got around to it. I finally got to spend the night there though and luckily, it’s another spot I would recommend to anyone looking for accommodation in Brussels.

The staff were overall really nice, check-in was a breeze and a small bottle of champagne was waiting for me in my room – a really kind gesture to welcome a new guest. The interiors of the Hotel Barsey by Warwick may have got a makeover but their “old elegance” kind of style is still there. A bit too heavy or even extravagant for some but I didn’t mind at all. My room was spacious with a very comfortable bed, flat-screen TV, wifi and a bathroom with both a bathtub and a shower (always a plus in my books!). Sadly, I didn’t have a terrace but the views were really nice and there was plenty of light coming in through the windows. What I was slightly disappointed with was breakfast as I expected a bigger variety in terms of the food on offer, like more fresh fruits or the option to ask for a freshly-made omelette. No worries though, there are plenty of nice cafes nearby, such as Chyl and the Cafe de la Presse to name a few, where you can have a bite in the morning.

If you’re looking for a charming place to stay around Avenue Louise, the Hotel Barsey by Warwick is a good option. Aside from the breakfast, I enjoyed my stay there and I’m sure you will do too.

Address: Avenue Louise 381, 1050 Brussels, Belgium  
Telephone: +32 2 6499800
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Sandy (@smarksthespots)