Double room on the top floor of a typical Brussels house. Private bathroom. Quiet street and apartment, friendly and well located area, well served by public transport.
Room with a double bed (1.40m x 2m) and private bathroom, on the top floor (3rd floor by stairs) of a typical Brussels house built in 1901 in the charming Art Nouveau district of Saint-Gilles in Brussels.
A third place is potentially available on a mezzanine under the roof but I must warn that it is on the same open space than my office which is one floor below and where I often work (see pictures). Additionally, it is only accessible by narrow sloping stairs and therefore it is not recommended for aged or clumsy people.
Clean sheets and towels are provided.
You have access to the kitchen and dining room if you want to prepare your breakfast and meals because breakfast is not provided.
We also share the living room and the balcony (when it does not rain...) with you and if you feel inspired you can play the piano.
Interaction with Guests
I am often present in the apartment. Every two weeks my children (10 and 13-year old) are with me at home.
Nice neighborhood with a lot of "Art Nouveau" houses from the end of 19th century.
Saint-Gilles is quite central in Brussels. It became pretty lively and trendy in recent years with many bars and restaurants but the street where I live is very quiet with few passing cars.
There is nearby parks for children and joggers and a climbing gym two blocks away.
In summary: a quiet and bright apartment in a lively neighborhood.
The place is well served by public transport. It is 10 minutes from the Brussels-Midi south railway station or 20 minutes walking (1.6km).
There is also the possibility to rent a "Villo" bike (search for "Villo Brussels" on the web).
Other Things to Note
On vacation if I am not at home I can arrange with a friend to welcome you at my place.
You can enter and exit at any time paying attention to the sleep of the other inhabitants
Avoid noise and showers after 23h.
Mutual trust is the basis of a good amity.
The room and bathroom will be clean on arrival and should be left reasonably clean on departure.
Great room, great apartment and a great location close to Horta metro station. Ivan is a great host and made me feel at home from day one. A perfect home from home. Highly recommended.
It was a beautiful one-week stay at Ivan's. Ivan is welcoming and gave us great recommendations on the many nice pubs and shops around his place; also, it was really good to speak with him about a lot of interesting topics. The house is comfortable and warmly furnished, with lots of interesting books; it is located in a lively neighbourhood with a lovely grocery market on Sundays. Furthermore, Les Marolles and the Brussels South station are just a 10-15 minutes' walk away.
We had a very pleasant stay with Ivan in Brussels. The place was nice and clean, and Ivan was very helpful giving us maps and such to get around the city. Would recommend to anyone!
The Ivan's house is very big and well located in St.Gilles quartier. The room is big with a big private WC just outside the room. Ivan is a very disposed guys: when i forgot the keys inside the house and i was forced to be outside the house, when Ivan received my sms, it lefts his commitments in the climbing gym and arrived to open the door in a little while.
I recommend this room.
We had a wonderful four days at Ivans place. He's very kind and helpful. Don't forget to ask for Lebanon falafel place around the corner :-)
Great neighbourhood with lots of shops and places to eat nearby. Also only a short metro ride away from the Centre of Brussels.
The room was clean and tidy, very comfortable and I was able to make use the kitchen which saved lots of money on eating out. Ivan and Karen where both very welcoming, friendly and full of useful information!
It was a great place to stay for a few weeks.
Ivan was very helpful finding nice restaurants, pubs and places worth visiting in Brussels. His apartmant was very quiet, tidy and close to the city center even on foot.