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Innovative design meets comfort at Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Brussels
By: David G   |    www.davidgregory.org
July 5, 2012   |   1 Comments

The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel is an efficient, well-run 5* hotel in Brussels that opened in 1990, the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel also happens to shelter one of the city’s restaurants that consistently earns two Michelin stars, the Sea Grill.

The hotel is surrounded by the main shopping and restaurant streets, lace and chocolate boutiques and other attractions. Central Station is within walking distance with easy train connections to the airport, Paris, London and Bruges. The Brussels Royal Fitness Club is nearby and offers a sauna and private massage room.

A total of 281 rooms and suites fill the seven floors of Radisson Blu Royal Hotel. More utilitarian than stylish, guest rooms have ample living and storage space for a single traveler or couple.

Bathrooms with marble sinks and floors (plus a lighted magnifying makeup mirror) add a touch of class. In some rooms, the hotel supplies bathrobes or slippers to protect feet from the bare floors, but oversize towels are provided.

Dining at the two-Michelin-star Sea Grill restaurant, presided over by inspired chef Yves Mattagne, is a rare culinary treat. Although the décor of the room itself is passé, the food is thrilling. On the plate, Mattagne is as attuned to the visual as he is to the gustatory, and fortunate diners get to taste a variety of his sophisticated seafood dishes.

In addition to Mattagne's temple of haute cuisine, the hotel has another restaurant and also offers a complimentary buffet breakfast in its stylish first-floor PebbleWood Corner

In the evenings, a pianist plays in the lobby, serenading drinkers in the adjoining Bar Dessiné. The bar has a cartoon theme, homage to Belgium's beloved Tintin comic strip and heritage of comedic art.

COMIC STRIP MUSEUM

In the land of Smurfs and Tintin, visitors to the Comic Strip Center can discover a range of permanent exhibitions, illustrated with original comic strip drawings and unique objects

The Belgian Comic Strip Center is also the former Waucquez Warehouse, a gem of Art Nouveau.  Take a video tour of the Comic Strip Centre

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