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Hotel Manos Stephanie: Quiet and Relaxing
“Cabbed to train station ($8). Had our own compartment. Fell asleep. Arrived Brussels at 7:00. Mr. LeBruin, the art dealer showing my pictures, greeted us with a couple of hippie boys. Checked into the not-chic Hotel Brussels.”
— the 26.May.1977 entry in the diary of Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
CHIC OR NOT We cabbed to the train station, in Amsterdam, where we started our trip to the Low Countries. We took another from the train station in Bruxelles; where we took up residence at Hotel Manos Stephanie. Our room’s window is the open one on the first floor at the far left (see photo #1).
If not a chic hotel, it was certainly a very nice one, located in the Saint-Gilles district, a section of town outside the city center, just yards away from the fashionable shopping and business district, Place Stephanie and Avenue Louise. Considered a suburb in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, St-Gilles boosts a wealth of Art Nouveau buildings. Later in our visit we would take a self-guided tour of them.
Our room was a duplex, with a spiral staircase and a marble mantelpiece, without a firebox, in the living area. We had a week’s worth of great nights’ sleep on the hotel’s bed (see photo #4). The lobby (see photo #2) might suggest a snootier hotel, but the staff were very nice, especially the daytime desk attendant, Alexandre.
Stylish and close by
This 4* hotel is conveniently situated just outside the old city center. Both the tram station and the metro station are fairly close by and the taxi´s are up for grabs. It is only a 3 minute walk to the Palace of Justice for example. Next door you will find the luxury shopping area of Avenue Louise.
Unique Quality: The service is as you would expect in a 4* hotel. The interior is new, but made to look old and to give a cosy though luxurious impression. The rooms are also decorated with the idea to make them ´warm and comfortable´. They are not very big though. If you would chose to stay in the hotel, ask for a room on the top floor (7th) because you will have a splendid view and will be able to watch the sunset from your window (gorgeous sunsets....). Also make sure that you don´t get appointed to a room which is situated next to the elevator. (I heard some complaints about that).
The bigger brother of Manos Stephanie, namely Hotel Manos Premier (5*) is situated in the same street and is even more exclusive than the first one.
Directions: Near Place Stephanie and Avenue Louise
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