Zuid Station -- or to give it its full name, Brussels-Midi/Zuid -- is one of the Belgium capital’s two main rail terminals. Zuid, which is the terminal for high-speed Eurostar trains which travel overland to Paris, and to London via the Channel Tunnel, is in central Brussels. The restaurants and bars of Grand Place, the city’s main square, are just over a mile from the station. The area around Zuid Station has a choice of hotels ranging from the mid-price to the budget.
Ibis Brussels Centre Gare Midi Hotel
Opposite the Zuid Station, the Ibis Brussels Centre Gare Midi Hotel is housed in a modern corner property with six floors and 225 rooms. The on-site restaurant, L'Estaminet, serves a bistro menu featuring Belgian and international dishes in a street-level room overlooking busy Avenue Fonsny. A 10-minute walk from the hotel, Cantillon Brewery, founded in 1900, welcomes visitors to tour the premises with the promise of a free glass or two of their traditionally brewed Gueuze-Lambic beer.
Hotel de France
Less than 10 minutes’ walk from Brussels Zuid Station, the budget Hotel de France is set in two adjoining modern buildings with 60 bedrooms. Room rates include breakfast, and for other meals a selection of restaurants are within a 10-minute walk of the hotel. Chez Maria serves a brasserie menu and Comme Chez Soi serves a fine-dining French and Belgian menu in an Art Nouveau setting. Theatre Royale de la Monnaie, a 20-minute walk from the Hotel de France, stages opera, ballet and classical concerts.
Floris Ustel Midi Hotel
Housed in a building with an Art Nouveau facade and contemporary minimalist interiors, the Floris Ustel Midi Hotel is a 10-minute walk from Zuid Station. Decorated in neutral tones, the 114 bedrooms have stylish modern furnishings. The on-site restaurant, La Grande Ecluse, serves a French menu with Mediterranean influences and features a terrace for summer al fresco dining. Just under one mile from the hotel, the Musee de la Ville Brussels traces the city’s history with paintings, tapestries and other exhibits.
Hotel Van Belle
The family-run Hotel Van Belle is a 15-minute walk from Zuid Station and operate a free shuttle service to the station. The hotel restaurant serves homemade Belgian and French dishes. Alternative dining options include Brasserie La Paix 1892, which serves a gourmet French menu, and the In't Spinnekopke offers traditional Belgian dishes. Set in a 17th-century house a 20-minute walk from Hotel Van Belle, the Brussels Lace and Costume Museum has a range of clothing and delicate lacework spanning three centuries.
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