Brussels, the bustling capital of Belgium is a magnificent city to visit for its rich history, culture and mouthwatering food scene. In the few days that I visited Brussels, I found the city to be very lively and swarming with tourists, but it was still a fascinating European city.
Whenever I find myself in overwhelming cities such as Belgium, I try to locate a hotel that is comfortable and quiet but close to the main attractions and transportation. There are times that I choose wisely, but there are other times that I just try to make it to the last night’s stay.
While in Brussels, I booked my hotel stay at The Dominican using my Marriott Rewards and points. Since I am a Gold Member, I was also upgraded to one of their quieter courtyard rooms with a nice view.
For awhile now, I had been holding off posting my review of my stay here at The Dominican, considering the pandemic shut down. Now that life is normalizing, The Dominican is now open and that is very exciting!
I enjoyed the little luxuries of my stay; the comfortable soft linen, the cozy white robe and slippers, plenty of towels and a European Nespresso machine. There was also a kettle with a tea assortment and a mini bar refrigerator.
Brussels’ former Dominican abbey exudes a feeling of dramatic intimacy with soaring ceilings, luxurious textiles, and original stone flooring.– DESIGN HOTELS Website
I typically do not eat in hotel restaurants, but I kept making the exception while I was on my eight week tour of Europe. I found the restaurant and bar inside The Dominican to be a swanky and upscale place, serving outstanding food and drinks. I had eaten there twice; once for dinner and then for breakfast on my last morning in Brussels.
Poppy and Sesame Seed Roll
The attention to detail was apparent with this fresh Artisan bread roll, plus a pat of butter that was covered in a lovely Dominican embossed wrapping paper.
For starters, I ordered the mushroom soup which has always been a comfort food of mine. This version was rich in flavor, creamy and delicious. My favorite part of this soup was the bowl of croutons, which added a great texture to this tasteful dish.
Terrine de Foie Gras
For my main course, I decided on the Foie Gras Terrine served with mango chutney, pistachio and Belgian waffles. This style of Foie Gras is very flavorful and one of my favorite ways to enjoy this luxurious dish. I thought it quite clever that it was served with waffles considering that I was in Brussels. I laughed to myself and thought this dish was a fine level up on American Chicken and Waffles!
Room Service Pizza
There was one evening that I had a craving for pizza while lying in my comfortable bed, and wearing that cozy white robe. We have all been there! Fortunately for me, room service offered a pizza with a couple of my favorite toppings; prosciutto and arugula. It was a great evening in!
In conclusion, my stay at The Dominican was excellent. The hotel was comfortable, quiet and the location was perfect for my exploration of Brussels. This luxurious accommodation was approximately a six minute walk from the train station and a six minute walk to the Grand Place. It was that comfortable yet classy hotel stay, that makes a bustling city more pleasurable.
For hotel information and reservations, please visit The Dominican
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