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Hôtel Métropole, Brussels

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Brussels, Belgium, Europe
31 Place de Brouckère
Belgium 1000
Tel: 32 2 217 2300's insider take:

A robust and blowsy dowager duchess of a hotel, this 298-room Victorian has seen continuous service since 1895—amazingly, it's the only 19th-century survivor in the city. The higher-grade rooms are worth the extra splurge (which is not too huge, especially if booked through the Web site), since the "medium" rooms have faded a little too far beyond the charming level. A Louis XIV–style "privilege" room facing the Place de Brouckère is a good bet. The vast scale and fusty decor are anachronistic pleasures, if you're tuned to that pitch. It's very central, next to the Place de la Monnaie.

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