Spent three nights here as a base for exploring Antwerp, Mechelen, Leuven, Liege and Brussels. Central location, next to bars, restaurants and a very handy supermarket across the bridge - 1 min from hotel. 15 mins walk to and from train station. Longer if carrying bags. Bus 1 from the station will take you to the city centre if you prefer.
The hotel is a refurbished fish smokery and the furnishings are very modern, but has character. Room has multichannel TV, lovely bathroom, good continental buffet breakfast and a small bar by reception if you don't want to go out. Look for good weekend deals at accorhotels.com for this hotel.
Mechelen is a nice city and is also about 25 mins on the train to Brussels, Antwerp or Leuven. About 1 hour 20mins to either Bruges or Liege. You can get really cheap tickets online for the trains in Belgium http://www.belgianrail.be/ - just select weekend Internet ticket from the drop-down list.
There is a very useful free on-line guide that can be printed out at this address:
They also do other cities, such as Antwerp, Brussels, Leuven, Bruges, Gent etc. Finally, if you get a chance, pay a visit to Antwerp. I was really impressed with the city and if you get a chance, wander down to the south district, called 't Zuid - very nice buildings and up and coming area. Old historical centre and river walk are lovely, especially on a sunny day. Good shopping streets too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Mercure Vé is located in the dazzling city of Mechelen along the river Dijle. Our hotel is situated in a former fish smokery dating from 1923. On walking distance from the hotel you will find trendy restaurants, bars, shops and musea. Our goal is to make our guests feel home away from home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- vé Hotel Mechelen