Mons was the European Capital of Culture in 2015, and that opportunity alerted many of us about its collection of entertaining museums, it’s beautiful medieval centre and Grand Palace, and its wonderful Ducasse de Mons of Doudou festival - a glorious week-long occasion with parades, golden carriages, mock battles between St. George and the dragon and plenty of beer. Our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in Mons are centred around the Grand Palace and the Gothic-tastic Church of Saint Waltrude.
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.