This fine luxury hotel has an ideal location for exploring both the old Brussels of the city center and the newer upper city. You're transported to a more elegant age the moment you walk into the Belle Epoque foyer, where the sumptuous surroundings feature Corinthian columns, antique furnishings, and textured marble. The Astoria dates from 1909, and its plush interior recalls the panache of that vanished heyday. Rooms, which are somewhat smaller than in other hotels of this category, are attractively and comfortably furnished, though not extravagantly so, in a style that's in keeping with the character of the hotel. You can dine at the beautiful French restaurant Le Palais Royal, and have a drink in the ornate Pullman Bar, which is based on the restaurant car of the legendary Orient Express train.
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- Highly Recommended 2010