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Hotel recommendations for 2 nights in Brussels prior to the start of our RS Tour in Ghent

Can you please give recommendations for a hotel for 2 nights in Brussels that will put us close to the action. We're flying in on Monday am flight from Washington, DC and realize that some museums will be closed on Monday; however we want to walk and tour the city.

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Right by the central train station are a few hotels, NH Bruxelles, Hilton Brussels, and Novotel Brussels. They are about a 5 minutes walk from the Grand Place. When we were there in 2018, for our one night in Brussels, we stayed at the more basic Hôtel La Légende. It’s nothing fancy, but was adequate for our limited time in the city. It’s a couple blocks from the Grand Place and a block from the Manneken Pis statue. If you go see Manneken Pi’s, then you should also see Jeanneke-Pis. She’s at Imp. de la Fidélité 10-12, less visited than the male statue and a little harder to find.

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I'm curious. How do you plan to handle the mandatory quarantine when you arrive? It's my understanding that passengers arriving from the US must quarantine until they test negative after arrival.

I ask because I was planning a long layover in Brussels and as far as I can tell, I can only leave the airport to go to hotel to quarantine while I wait for the results of a COVID test. Any help would be appreciated!

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I just looked up the Belgium requirements. If you are vaccinated no test are required.

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We enjoyed staying at Hotel Amigo very close to the Grand Place. We had dinner in a lovely restaurant within the Grand Place but it's name escapes me.

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This is not the advice you asked for but for 2 nights I would go straight to Ghent and the tour hotel. If you want to, you can go back to Brussels on the train on your full day before the tour starts. If you let the hotel know you are part of the tour group you can usually stay in the same room. There us also plenty to keep you busy in Ghent.

For those concerned about the current Covid requirements, OP indicates they are taking a Rick Steves tour of Belgium and Holland which would not be until next April at the earliest.

I’m glad you are arriving to the country a couple of nights ahead! To me it’s always better to do that and allow some flex time for travel hiccups and to adjust to jet lag.

I’ll also add that several years ago I stayed at the Ibis Grand Place in Brussels which is steps away from the Grand Place and the Centraal Station. It was well pre-Covid though.

This is a great tour!