Despite this, we were won over by Brussels. At first unsure as we got to know it we found it's idiosyncrasies endearing and once we left we were genuinely sad to go.
Hostel: Sleep Well 6.5/10
This was a perfectly respectable hostel however not somewhere to go if you're hoping to meet other travellers. As we were only staying one night it didn't bother us however the place was dead considering we were in high season. It's about a ten minute walk from the central station and just down the road from a metro station so location is pretty good. The rooms were pretty spacious and what I really liked was how big the ensuite was- all rooms are equipped with their own bathrooms. There was a pretty good selection at breakfast which was included in the price and internet is available, but for a fee. There was a bar but I rarely saw anyone using it. Laundry facilities are available. The difference in this hostel compared to the previous two was the atmosphere; at times it all felt quite clinical and lacked the warmth we'd become used to. Saying that we did have lovely room mates and overall enjoyed our stay.
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The city: The moment we arrived we set off in search of the Cantillon Brewery. We simply could NOT leave Belgium without going on a Brewery tour, and as we were arriving on a Saturday afternoon we only had a chance of seeing it if we went immediately. However it probably wasn't the best idea to head straight there as it takes you to a rather seedy looking part of town. I thoroughly suggest letting yourself see some of the more beautiful aspects of Brussels before venturing out of the centre. Once we found it things got even more confusing as you have to enter through a side door which looks like nothing more than a back alley storehouse. We happened to walk in on the end of a tour and felt like we'd just gate-crashed a private barn party! However we soon realised that we were in the right place, got our tickets and started to relax. You're given a short introduction and then allowed to wander around by yourself following a written guide. The ticket includes 2 beers at the end where you can sample the brewery's famous Lambic beer.
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