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Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, five stars hotel in Brussels

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Radisson blu royal five stars hotel in Brussels

Radisson blu royal five stars hotel in Brussels

•   Overview of the Hotel: This beautiful and elegant hotel with a glass dome is situated about five minutes walk away from Grand Place and Brussels Central train station. The restaurant in the hotel Sea Grill is awarded with 2 Michelin stars. The hotel has the rooms in five respective styles like classic, maritime, art deco at home and oriental and each room having Wi-Fi and coffee/tea facilitates.   Hotel has about 281 rooms and it is the chain of Radisson Blu.

•    Amenities at the Hotel:
As for the general services in the hotel it provides the amenities like as restaurant, bar, 24-hour front desk, newspapers, non-smoking rooms, rooms/facilities for disabled guests, family rooms, elevator, express check-in/check-out, safe, design hotel, allergy-free room and air conditioning. As for services in the hotel there prominent ones are room service,       meeting/banquet facilities, business center, babysitting/child services,        laundry, dry cleaning, breakfast in the room, ironing service, currency exchange, shoe shine and fax/photocopying.

•    Hotel Rules: With respect to hotel rules there are some rules that are necessary for every person to follow who is visiting the hotel as guest. However, these hotel rules can vary from hotel rooms to hotel rooms. The check in time into hotel is 15:00-00:00 hours whereas the check out time there is between 07:00 -12:00 hours. Cancellation and prepayment policies too depend upon the type of room where a person is staying in the hotel. Pets are allowed in the hotel. The hotel even accepts the credit cards like American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard and Diners Club.

•    Hotel Room Types and Rates:

Standard Room: € 219 (Per Night)
Business Class: € 279 (Per Night)
Magritte Package: € 259 (Per Night)

The Frenchification of Brussels transformation into a multicultural city

Monday, December 20th, 2010

The Frenchification of Brussels is the change of Brussels as happened a century back from a Dutch dominant city into one that is amply bilingual or rather multilingual. Into the activities of new system, French was placed there as an alternative language with reference to being as a majority language and lingua franca. The most influencing aspect of this change was a shift from Dutch to French within the local Flemish residents as well as through the medium of immigration of French-speakers and international immigration and other related aspect and methodology.

The transition started slowly in the 18th century, but the activities for the transition occurred as the results of Belgian Revolution, where Brussels was the capital of the new independent Belgium. Irrespective of Dutch speaking mass in the prominence, demographically, French was constituted as the only official language and the language of the courts, culture, the medial and education. And this led to the major shift from Dutch to French as reaching by the late 19th century. Initially, there was a rise in the number of people who were bilingual and who learnt French at the cost of Dutch speaking masses. And with the passage of time, the number of monolingual francophones grew in the tremendous number and considerably. At the Half mark of the 20th century, the number of monolingual French-speakers crossed over even the number of bilingual French/ Dutch speakers.

By the 1960s the Belgian language barriers were made rigid and the limited the official bilingualism somehow to the 19 municipalities of Brussels. As the French speakers became prosperous, by the time Dutch too regained their lost prestige and reputation   and the Frenchification of Dutch speakers thus was restricted and prohibited. On the other side around the second half of the 20th century, Brussels became an impressive and effective international city and its internationalization brought an admixture of foreign immigrants, who, use to work in French or any other foreign languages instead of Dutch. Thus as Brussels expanded, there a good number of Dutch speaking municipalities in the near by areas at Dutch speaking municipalities at surrounding Flanders became rather French speaking.

As it is evident that Brussels became a center of immigrants from Flanders where economic strife and hunger was too common and this led to the feeling of the superiority of the Native Flemish Brussels residents as they developed over there other Flemish immigrants from the poor countryside who entrusted the decision to speak the rather “superior” French language. This led to the development of an education system that was bilingual in its effect and the Dutch was even not passed down by many to their children.    French there was used to be as main language as spoken at home by many Flemings. And this way, it occurred to be an apparent mode of education and learning.

Crowne Plaza Brussels Airport, Brussels hotels near Airport

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Crowne Plaza Brussels Airport, Brussels hotels near Airport

Crowne Plaza Brussels Airport, Brussels hotels near Airport

Overview of the Hotel: Crowne Plaza Brussels Airport is in close proximity to Brussels National Airport and surrounded by the corporate village, with many international companies, plus the beautiful 3HA park. Brussels Airport is an international airport 6 NM (11 km; 6.9 mi) northeast of Brussels, Belgium. The airport is partially in Zaventem partially in the Diegem area of Machelen. The airport is home to around 260 companies, together directly employing 20,000 people. There is a free shuttle service that runs for part of the day to this Crowne Plaza Brussels.Guests can start each day with an American-style breakfast buffet. There is a fitness center, sauna and there area Turkish bathtubs. When the weather is sunny, guests can enjoy the terrace or organize a barbecue. The modern restaurant serves lunch and dinner. The [email protected] serves a selection of Belgian beers and has views of the terrace and park. There is 24-hour room service.

Amenities at the Hotel: The hotel offers Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Grounds, Terrace, Non-Smoking Rooms, Rooms/Facilities for Disabled Guests, Elevator, Safe, Soundproofed Rooms, Design Hotel, Baggage Storage, Air Conditioning, Sauna, Fitness Center, and Turkish/Steam Bath. Other services include Room Service, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Airport Shuttle, Business Center, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Breakfast in the Room, Ironing Service, Shoe Shine, and Fax/Photocopying. Wi-fi is available in public areas and costs EUR 25 per 24 hours. Public parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed) and costs GBP 15 per day.

Hotel Rules: The check in time for the hotel is from 14:00 hours and the check out time is until 12:00 hours. Cancellation and prepayment policies vary by room type. All children under 12 years stay free of charge when using existing bedding. All children under 2 years stay free of charge for cots. All older children or adults are charged EUR 50 per night per person for extra beds. Maximum capacity of total guests in a room is 2. Supplements will not be calculated automatically in the total costs and have to be paid separately in the hotel. Pets are allowed. Charges may be applicable.  Accepted credit cards are American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, and Diners Club. The hotel reserves the right to pre-authorize credit cards prior to arrival. The free shuttle service is available every 20 minutes from Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. until 10:50 p.m. At the weekends and during public holidays guests need to phone the hotel for a private shuttle from 6:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

Hotel Room Types and Rates:

Standard Room: € 132
Included in room price: 6 % VAT

Park _ Fly Offer - Free Parking: € 280
Included in room price: 6 % VAT

Double Room (Special Offer): € 225
Included in room price: 6 % VAT, Breakfast

Standard Room: € 320
Included in room price: 6 % VAT

29 square metres Deluxe Club Room: € 795
Included in room price: 6 % VAT, Breakfast

B-Aparthotels Grand-Place, Brussels hotels near Grand Place

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

B-Aparthotels Grand-Place, Brussels hotels near Grand Place

B-Aparthotels Grand-Place, Brussels hotels near Grand Place

Overview of the Hotel: B-Aparthotels is situated in close proximity to Brussels’ cultural attractions as well as important business and governmental areas. Stroll around the old town centre, along the famous small fountain statue of Manneken Pis. On the main square of the Grand Place you can admire Brussels’ remarkable Gothic Town Hall or visit the City of Brussels Museum. More Gothic grandeur is to be found in the St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral at the Treurenberg hill. For shopping, the centre is also an excellent base. Browse around the large City 2 mall or discover the charming little boutiques and brasseries of the Royal St. Hubert arcades.Part of the EU Quarter, Brussels Park is surrounded by the Royal Palace of Brussels, the Belgian Parliament and the U.S.A. embassy. Conveniently located near Grand Place and Rue des Bouchers, these apartment suites provide a trendy, stylish and comfortable base in central Brussels.

Amenities at the Hotel: The hotel offers Non-Smoking Rooms, Elevator, Safe, Heating, Design Hotel, All Public and Private spaces non-smoking, and Air Conditioning. Other services include Laundry and Dry Cleaning. Wi-fi is available in the entire hotel and costs EUR 9.95 per 24 hours. Public parking is possible on site (reservation is needed) and costs EUR 25 per day.

Hotel Rules: The Check-in time for the hotel is from 14:00 hours and the check out time is until 11:00 hours. Cancellation and prepayment policies vary by room type. All children under 3 years stay free of charge when using existing bedding. All children under 2 years are charged EUR 10 per night for cots. All older children or adults are charged EUR 45 per night per person for extra beds. Maximum capacity of extra beds/babycots in a room is 1. Any type of extra bed/cot or crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by the hotel. Supplements will not be calculated automatically in the total costs and have to be paid separately in the hotel. Pets are not allowed. When booking more than 7 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply. Accepted credit cards are American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, and Diners Club. The hotel reserves the right to pre-authorize credit cards prior to arrival.

Hotel Room types and Rates:

Apartment: € 249
Included in room price: 6 % VAT

Luxury Room: € 189
Included in room price: 6 % VAT

Royal Windsor Hotel Grand Place, five star hotels in Brussels

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Royal-windsor-hotel-grand-place-five-star-hotels-in-brussels

Royal-windsor-hotel-grand-place-five-star-hotels-in-brussels

  • Overview of the Hotel: The hotel is situated at the center of Brussels; hardly 2 minutes walk away from the Grand Place and Brussels Central Station. The hotel has well equipped air conditioned rooms with a flat screen TV, free internet and a marble bathroom. The Chutney’s bar-restaurant at the hotel provides meals and cocktails with terrace having a look of the city. The hotel is located 165 yards away from The Square conference center. Zaventem Airport is about 20 minute drives away from there. The hotel has about 266 rooms and it is the Chain of Warwick Hotels.
    • Amenities in Hotel: There are some general services and facilities in the hotel that is provided to the visitors.  These amenities include restaurant, bar, 24-hour front desk, newspapers, non-smoking rooms, elevator, express check-in/check-out, safe, baggage storage, gay friendly, allergy-free room available, air conditioning. The services that is provided to users are and included in the  hotel are room service, meeting/banquet facilities, business center, babysitting/child services, laundry, dry cleaning, vip room facilities, breakfast in the room, ironing service, shoe shine and fax/photocopying. Wired internet is available in the hotel and it is completely free of charge.
    • Hotel Rules: As per the policies and rules concerned in the hotel there are some common rules for every visitor to follow in the hotel. However, these rules in the hotel vary from hotel rooms to hotel rooms. The check in time into hotel is 14:00 hours and check out time there is until 12:00 hours. The cancellation and prepayment policy varies in the hotel from room to room.  Pets are allowed in the hotel. The hotel accepts credit cards of American Express, Visa, Euro/ Mastercard and Diners Club.
    • Hotel Room Type and Rates

    Standard Room: € 179 (Per Night)
    Deluxe Room: € 239 (Per Night)
    Business Premiere: € 209 (Per Night)

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