Because I had just one day in a stopover, I thought to go to Brussels, then decided to visit the town of the airport- Charleroi. It was easy to get a cheap bus from the airport. I went straight to the tourist information office at the train/bus terminal. Although the lady there had a horrible cold and was relatively busy, she took lots of time to help me with my options. She seemed surprised and pleased that I had chosen to spend my day there. I left with good directions and pamphlets of local interest. It was snowy and cold but the city is small and compact, with another tourist info office right in the town square. I was able to leave my suitcase there until closing.
I visited the art school/gallery,museum, cathedral, walked the technical school area(unfortunately, there was no showing at the time). A very attractive and friendly town in my experience.
Formula 1 was the least expensive option for a hotel (less than E50 for 2- breakfast extra and not worth it)) and I had to take a bus. A man who spoke some English walked me to the correct bus stand(because it was a weekend the bus did not leave from its usual place) and waited to speak with the driver. The driver dropped me right across the road from the hotel, cautioned me to take care of my belongings and not wander at night.
The receptionist, male, explained that the washrooms and showers were shared, and that I could access hot water for tea 24 hours free from the coffee machine. There would someone manning the desk all night. As there was a phone in the room I could have a wake up call. Both receptionists spoke perfect English and were more than helpful. They have an agreement with a local cab company to the airport for a reasonable rate.
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- Hôtel Low Cost : Rooms offer functional accomodation for 1, 2 or 3 persons. Ideal for families, couples or friends. A double bed (150x200) with a bunk bed, a "quick wash" corner with handbasin and mirror, TV, Wifi connection... 2 steps from the room, WC and Shower room (outside the room*)... The hotel and the reception are open 24 hours a day. PARKING: Free outdoor parking on site. PHONE CORNER: All our hotels provide a phone corner for coins and/or card. PETS: Pets in the care of their owners are welcome. A single animal is accepted per room, at a price of €5 per night and per animal. However, no pets are allowed in the hotel's cafeteria during breakfast time. ... more less
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