We stayed for a week at the Marriott executive apartments the 3rd week of September 2012. From the airport, we took the airport line bus #12 to hotel. Cost is $3.50 (euro) one-way. It was very easy to use. When you check in at the hotel, you have to go to the Renaissance hotel next door. Our room was very spacious; it has a small living room and kitchen so we were able to buy groceries at a small supermarket called Shop & Go on Rue d’arlon street that is close by. Also, there is a good Gryo fast food restaurant called the Kabob House that is across the street and is open late if you want a late bite to eat. The work out facility is downstairs and is owned by another company but is free use if you are staying at the executive apartments or the Renaissance.
We took the metro station Trone to the Grand Place. It about a 10 min walk to the station from the hotel. Beware of pickpockets when riding the metro trains or in the terminals. On our first day, we had pair of guys in business suits that try to open my backpack in the morning while we were riding the train. These guys are slick, I was standing in the train since there were no seats available, two guys that look like business men entered the train and one was stand next to me pretending to read a newspaper and the other guy was in front of me with is back turned. After a few minutes, my wife saw the guy (the one reading the newspaper) had one hand already in one of my backpack pockets and grab his hand and said “honey” loud and then whispered to me that he is trying to pick picket me and when I turned around, he and his counterpart were gone and they just got off the next stop. They timed it perfectly when they try to pick pocket, when it get close to the next stop they will try to get something or if they get caught they have a easy was to escape. Later in the evening (going back to the hotel) waiting for train, we had a pair of young girls getting a little too close to us on the train platform and also when we entered the train. My wife told one of the girls to back off and they realized that we were on to them and they whispered something to each other and got off the next stop.
I notice there is a network of them around and at the metro stations and they use their cell phones to communicate to each other on who pickpocket. So be aware of your surroundings and if someone is really close to you, be alert.
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