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Belgium's charms are frequently underplayed, even by loyal Belgians. But if you dismiss this country as just good for beer, chocolate and the European Parliament you'll be the one missing out. Belgium is perfect for those who like the finer, more beautiful things in life, but without the attitude of, say, the French. And many of the best places to stay in Belgium reflect this with their understated service and charming yet chic interiors.
Bruges and Ghent are famed architectural beauties packed with wonderful art, Brussels is rife with fascinating museums and a very lively multicultural cultural life and Antwerp has long been a key trading port - and of course it has the diamonds.
These cities are some of the best places to stay in Belgium if you're looking for a city break, or you only have a few days, but if you get out into the undeniably flat countryside you'll find your visit even more rewarding.
Northern Belgium, oft called Dutch-speaking Flanders, is the flatter region, dotted with pretty towns and cities and significant battlefields. Leuven is an ancient university town, known for its brewing, while Ypres is best known for its war memorials.
Southern Belgium is French speaking, called Wallonia, and this is the more rural of the two, a great place to see by bike. This is the countryside of the Ardennes Forest and Spa, the elegant small town which put the 'spa' into spa-town.
Don't let the European Parliament put you off, Brussels isn't at all bland. This multicultural city is packed with art and design, good food and a very independent cultural flavour, influenced by its international meting pot of inhabitants. It is also home to many of the best places to stay in Belgium.
Antwerp has a historic reputation for fine living: this city had held an important spot on key trade route since the 16th Century - which is also when many of Antwerp's most grand and glorious buildings were built.
The art came in the 17th Century, when the city inspired the likes of Rubens and Van Dyck. Antwerp's more recent pursuit is fashion. Many of Antwerp's main sights are within the old walls - about a 2km radius.
Bruges is one of Europe's best preserved pre-motorised cities. A charming warren of cobbled streets, vast churches, canals lined with gorgeous old warehouses, a spectacularly lovely main square and chocolate shops. Lots and lots of chocolate shops. And beer. And waffles. And moules and frite. But mostly beautiful, romantic architecture and lots of the the best places to stay in Belgium!
Ghent's beautiful canal-side architecture makes it look similar to Bruges, but more intimate and romantic. And with significantly less visitors!
Simple contemporary hotel with bright splashes of colour and lots of natural light. Bright rooms and suites without clutter, some with private balconies. Excellent breakfasts and bikes to rent. An understated spot.
Centrally located, super contemporary chic, this hotel offers great working space, is light and airy with great facilities, including fitness area. The bar provides light snacks while you listen to music with a DJ in the evenings, live music on certain dates. The European Parliament is 500m away.
Historic 16th century listed building with classical rooms. Bedrooms, suites, and family rooms, all with noble themes, have marble mantlepieces, oak beams, four poster beds, romantic fabrics and wall papered walls. Stunning boxed hedge garden, bar and sitting room.
A charming redbrick house with a gorgeous little garden. Rooms, small and large, sleep up to five people. All are colourful and modern. An excellent value choice for groups of friends or a family.
Beautifully decorated B&B with classic rooms and apartments. Enormous rooms, some with four poster beds, have creamy furnishings, stand alone bathtubs, fireplaces and parquet floors. A romantic choice for couples, and the apartments serve families or groups well.
Sleek designer loft-style rooms and suites in a 16th century townhouse. All white walls, sloping wooden beams, minimalist lines and sky lights. Cosy sitting room with fireplace, breakfast rooms and meeting area. Urban cool.
Modern boutique hotel set in a 19th century townhouse. Light rooms decorated in soft hues with splashes of colour coming from feature wallpaper and contemporary art. An Irish bar and restaurant. A short walk from the centre. Ideal for business stays.
Situated in an ancient monastery, this characterful and good value hotel offers a range of rooms. A number of awe inducing venue halls set in the old church. Well positioned near the historic centre. Spacious bedrooms, many with multiple beds, makes this an ideal choice for groups or families.
A modern countryside hideaway with a spa, fitness centre and large golf course. Surrounded by gorgeous countryside, this converted farm offers contemporary, elegant bedrooms featuring parquet floors, natural stone and fine fabrics. La Cuisine offers fresh inventive menus from local produce.
Intimate and eclectic hotel close to river Meuse. Unique rooms honour Namur's history, and have wooden floors, flat screen TVs and modern bathrooms. Outdoor pool, spa, gym and beautiful vertical garden. Innovative Belgian cuisine in atmospheric restaurant. Something different and good value.
This former chapel in Mons city centre has cleverly combined the heritage of its past with contemporary design. Rooms are all unique with exciting furniture, original church windows and vibrant colours. There's also a gourmet restaurant, bar and brasserie, plus a spa is on offer for a small fee.