Alright. Listen. I don’t want to start this blog post off by saying this is going to be a boring blog post. but. Lower them standards, okay?
The third stop on my 2 weeks trip around Europe was Brussels, Belgium.
I don’t mean for this post be be anti-Brussels, but I went in with incredibly low standards, and honestly, that seemed to be the right thing to do.
After the 3rd European friend of mine said, “Wait. What? You’re going to Brussels? Why?!”, I really lost hope.
The real winner on this leg of the trip? The train!
While staying in the Schengen zone, it’s incredibly easy to move from country to country. Show up at the station, find your platform, and go!
I opted to pay a bit extra and reserve my seats on each leg of my trip to save myself some stress. So once on the train, I grabbed my seat and enjoyed a relaxing ride with some excellent views while heading from city to city.
When I arrived to Brussels, I took the 30 minute walk to my hotel.
Let me tell you-when I walked in I thought I was in the wrong place. This hotel was far too nice for what I paid for….right?
After literal weeks of bad room after bad room, I actually shed a tear when I got checked in and dropped my bags.
Truly, I cannot recommend Qbic Hotels in Brussels enough. They have multiple locations, though, so be sure to check their website before you travel anywhere. (they are not compensating me for this, by the way. This is my personal opinion based solely on experience.)
A giant room all to myself? A king sized bed? No less than 500 pillows? (okay, maybe a bit less). Free champagne in the bar? Yes please!
Truthfully, the room was so great I gave up all plans to go out to see the city (which was quite frigid in late November, by the way) and opted to stay in.
I made my way down to the bar for my wine and asked for whatever food they could make me that was vegan. This is where the disappointment set in. I get all the jokes about vegans eating rabit food, but we are quite larger than rabits and need substantially more food.
Unfortunately, the nearest vegan restaurant was over a 30 minute walk away and i didn’t want to bother with the cold, so I was stuck with my half a carrot and single radish slice.
Which, of course, made for lots of fun with the wine they two lovely guys at the bar kept refilling.
The one major highlight was that the guys tending the bar did introduce me to someone else staying in the hotel. Someone that grew up in California and currently lived in New York, just like yours truly!
A weird coincidence, but a wonderful conversation.
So back up to my room I went, a bit hungry, but mostly excited for the giant, cozy, king sized bed.
For breakfast in the morning I did have a decent selection of fruit and nuts, but that was it. I asked the staff about some of the other items, mainly the bread, to see if it was vegan. None of it was, but they were very kind and helpful in getting that answer from me.
After breakfast I took my time wandering back to the train, and that was the extent of my stay in Brussels!
I don’t mean to say that Brussels has nothing to offer, because that is absolutely not true. But for my preferred way to travel, it is not a place I would personally go back to.
One major plus that I’d like to add- the train station was very easy to navigate. It was very easy to find my train, platform, and exactly where on the platform I needed to stand to get on the right train car.
The platforms are outside, though. So if you are traveling in the winter, be sure to bundle up!
Next up? My favorite stop on this trip. Amsterdam!