About This Listing
Incredibly central and well located 3 storey apartment (between the Grand Place and the Mannekin Pis if you know your sights). The apartment is 80m2 with a small south-facing, protected terrace and is exclusively yours for the time you are here.
My protected, private terrace to enjoy even for a ten-10 minute lunch between rain showers
It's on 3 floors - 1st living room/kitchen, 2nd large bedroom, 3rd bathroom (with a bath/shower and a window so natural light in the bathroom) and the optional sofa bedroom (if you are not a couple). The 'real' bed is a king size and the sofa-bed is a regular double. Despite two double beds I tend to limit the number of occupants to just 2 people except in occasional cases.
It's my home when I am in Brussels and I love it.
Triple-glazed so the street noise is cut to a minimum. It has a dishwasher, washing-machine, wifi and a piano (in case you want to practice).
The apartment is exclusively yours during your stay.
Interaction with Guests
As I am mostly away at the time of renting, you will be met by a friend to welcome and orientate you.
It's good to say your proposed itinerary when you reserve so that we can find the best solution. My cleaner and her daughter live nearby and are really very flexible and helpful but not available at all hours for check-in.
It's the very centre of the city next to the Grand Place. It's a lively neighbourhood with shops and bars and restaurants. At one end of the street is the 'gay village', at the other end is the Brussels Parliament. It's where a lot of people and things meet...
There is an online map of local amenities that I've filled out with restaurant and other suggestions nearby - the neighbourhood as I experience it, but please let me know if you discover some new top tips.
Basically as you will be in the very centre of the city it's perfect to discover the city on foot (and easy to find your way home for those, like me, with a poor sense of direction).
For public transport you have the tram/metro at the end of the street (La Bourse) and the Central Station is 8 minutes walk for the mainline trains. Oh and there's a Villo! station, for city bikes, in the street 25 metres away.
There's lots of other precise and detailed information about arriving by train or plane that you'll receive once you've reserved.
Other Things to Note
The fact that it's on 3 floors may not suit an older person - the apartment starts on the first floor (above a boutique) and there is no elevator. There are a lot of stairs - they are what keep the ceilings from being too low...
If check-in is not immediately available for when you plan to arrive or if you are leaving the city late and another guest is arriving, then there are lockers in the nearby central station that are very cheap (Midi Station too if that's where you are leaving from). Mostly we can work it out to leave the luggage in the apartment but it's good to know anyway.
I'm English but I speak French too. If you have any further questions in either language - just ask.
Unless you want to book for the entire month (never happened yet but possible) then I accept reservations 5 months in advance.
Otherwise I look forward to hearing from and maybe hosting you.
Smoking - only on the terrace please
Please carry (rather than bounce) your bags up the stairs when you arrive to avoid chipping the paintwork.
Some time ago I had several times people traveling "device free" who had trouble dialing from a payphone to alert us of their severe delays. If you are planning to travel this way then maybe let me know in advance and please make sure you have the necessary info and numbers to call if something goes wrong.
Appartement très lumineux, calme (double vitrage très efficace) et cosi. Mark est un hôte charmant et son ami Luis était également présent pour répondre à toutes mes questions. Je suis restée 8 semaines dans son appartement.
Beaucoup de marches comme annoncé dans le descriptif, mais une rampe centrale fonctionnelle qui facilite la descente (le premier niveau de l'appartement est au deuxième étage de l'immeuble et non au premier comme annoncé).
Cuisine très bien aménagée : excellent piano de cuisson, four et frigo. Microonde en hauteur pas forcément pratique d'accès mais on s'y fait.
La salle de bain et le wc séparé sont également très agréables et joliment refaits.
Seul bémol de taille : aucun rangement dans la chambre comme tous les meubles présents sur les photos ont été retirés (hormis le lit)! Rien non plus pour pendre le linge lavé donc j'ai dû acheter un étendard pour le linge. Enfin le canapé du salon est plutôt défoncé et des clous sortaient par endroit du parquet.
A noter l'appartement est à côté d'un grand centre de police et d'un hôpital donc il faut s'attendre aux bruits des sirènes jour et nuit mais rien de dramatique, surtout lorsque les fenêtres sont fermées. Il y a eu également parfois quelques musiques bruyantes ou conversations qui émanaient du magasin de tatto du bas et un violoniste jouait de son instrument parfois plusieurs heures par jour dans l'immeuble d'à côté.
Au final, malgré les quelques désagréments cités, j'ai beaucoup aimé mon séjour dans cet appartement et j'y retournerais nourrir les jolis poissons!
I am a little bit baffled by Eve-Maud's message and I feel I should address the inconsistencies in her comments.
There was one photo that showed a wardrobe that is no longer in the apartment and that photo has been removed. There was a chest of drawers and hanging rail available. Given the amount of things Eve-Maud brought with her she needed to buy an additional rail but I don't think that the average guest would have 5 suitcases.
There is also an enormous clothes airer on a pulley on the top floor and therefore plenty of hanging space for washing for anyone not doing more than 2 loads of washing a day, so I don't really understand the comment about nowhere to hang washing.
The noise of sirens may indeed be audible if you open the windows at the front of the house yes - the triple glazing works less well in that case. There are plenty of windows to the back (and in February how many windows did you want to leave open with the central heating on all day?).
I have to confess I regretted renting to Eve-Maud immediately with all her exhaustive messages and the chaos of all her many many belongings.
I think a suite at the Amigos Hotel might have been more appropriate. But by mistake I rented to her for the price of a camping ground in Torremolinos.
Perfect location, walking distance to all the main sights, great night life and restaurants. Right on the doorstep of the vibrant gay scene. The apartment is very comfortable, felt like a second home. Piano was an added treat! Beautifully decorated, clean and easy to navigate.
Parfaitement situé dans le centre de Bruxelles, l'appartement a un certain charme, les meubles et la décoration sont de très bon goût, je me suis sentie très à l'aise (personnellement les 3 étages ne m'ont pas dérangée du tout). La petite terrasse est très mignonne, et doit être très agréable au primtemps/été.
Mark's apartment was a wonderful place to stay at. It is very cosy, clean and located in the very centre within walking distance of everything we wanted to see. Even though we didn't see Mark he was a great host, helping where he could and leaving recommendations for his favourite places to go to. I would definitely book this apartment again!!
About the Host, Mark
I am a contemporary dancer and choreographer living between Brussels, Toulouse and everywhere. Though originally from England I have lived in Belgium for 20 years. I love my job but all the travel means that my apartment is often unoccupied. It is my home so it's not a corporate-style lodging. I'm an organised tidy person so you won't feel like you are living in someone else's clutter but hopefully you'll feel very much at home too. I love living here and the chaos that is Brussels is yours to discover. I'll be away when you come to stay so please give details of your arrival so I can arrange for someone to be there to let you in and show you how things work, and if there's anything more you need, I will be on the end of the phone to help during your stay.
The restaurant downstairs is really not bad if you are feeling lazy or just want to keep it very local.Rue du Lombard Brussels Brussels 1000
Probably your nearest bakery serving breakfast. Nice ambience. Pastries and coffee are good but the bread is better in the health food store.Zuidstraat Brussels 1000
Colonial-style restaurant and bar for cocktails maybe. Just around the block.Lievevrouwbroersstraat Bruxelles Bruxelles 1000
A good American-style coffee/muffin bar. The best coffee though is just across the Boulevard - Rue des Riches-Claire Moka (not on google) . A funky place but a bit unreliable with opening hours.Zuidstraat Brussels Brussels 1000
A good Ethiopian restaurant.Rue des Grands Carmes Brussels Bruxelles 1000
Great cheese shop and deli run by mother daughter and grandmother.Zuidstraat Brussels 1000
Very nice, funky, inexpensive Brazilian restaurant. Not a huge menu (always reassuring I find) including Feijoada. Not to be confused with La Cantina Cubana in the parallel street.Olivetenhof Brussels 1000
Google is not up to date so I couldnt pin right on the corner. But this is your new nearest supermarket. And its open until 10pm.Rue des Pierres Brussels Brussels 1000
Mostly (but not exclusively) gay bar with a nice terrace.Rue du Marché au Charbon City of Brussels Brussels 1000
Modern Italian.Boulevard Anspach Brussels 1000
Nice old-style Belgian barRue de la Bourse Brussels 1000
A great small authentic Italian restaurant. It might be wise to book - (phone number hidden).Rue des Harengs Bruxelles 1000
Nearest health food store. Open every day 10 - 8 Sunday 11 - 7Rue de l'Escalier Brussels 1000
If you are looking for a bit of bar-hopping then this cluster around Place St Gery is a good place to start. Its a young crowd.Jules Van Praetstraat Brussels Brussels 1000
The main supermarket in the neighbourhood.Brussels Bruxelles 1000
Its a tea-room with a great ambiance and a large menu of Marriage Frères teas (the best) and some great cakes. The cheesecake is delicious. The whole street is nice to visit actually.Kartuizerstraat City of Brussels Brussels 1000
Simple and cheap Chinese food. Lots of big noodle soups and you can ask for the speciality hand-made noodles.Rue P.Devaux Brussels 1000
An old-style Belgian classic restored to full glory. Recently started serving food though I havent tried yet.Rue des Chartreux Brussels Bruxelles 1000
Simple, inexpensive, family food and a lively, friendly atmosphere. Good stoemp saucisse.Rue des Chartreux Bruxelles Bruxelles 1000
Independent cinema in the beautiful galleryGalerie de la Reine City of Brussels Brussel Hoofdstedelijk Gewest 1000
Good for lunch or dinner. Proper burgers, salads and pasta.Place Rouppe City of Brussels Brussels 1000
For a good haircut - men and womenRue des Chartreux Brussel 1000
Table dhôte organic (but not vegetarian) restaurant. Lunch €15 Dinner €25. All-day brunch at the weekend. Its delicious!Rue du Vieux Marché aux Grains Brussels Brussels 1000
The fanciest chocolate in town.Rue des Minimes Bruxelles Bruxelles 1000
A selection of men and womens Belgian fashion.Antoine Dansaertstraat Brussel 1000
The now ubiquitous breakfast spot - started in Brussels, now expanding throughout the world. Its worth taking a pot of the praline spread home with you.Rue des Sablons Brussels 1000
Simply the best moules frites. (mussels and fries) phone: (phone number hidden)Quai aux Briques Brussel 1000
Cinema museum. Classic films, big screen, small price.Baron Hortastraat Brussels Brussels 1000
Fancy modern and classic cooking. They also do a good moules frites. Best to reserve. (phone number hidden)Rue de Flandre Brussels 1000
Jan Mot gallery - small, excellent gallery for contemporary art in the centre.Antoine Dansaertstraat Brussels Brussels 1000
The best flea market in Europe - daily.Place du Jeu de Balle Bruxelles Bruxelles 1000
A great theatre in Brussels for dance and theatre. Check out - http://(email hidden)/home.jsp (also the smaller Kaaistudios Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Vaakstraat 81 - 1000 Brussel)Sainctelettesquare Brussel 1000