Hotels in European Parliament - There are many choices of hotels for travellers who prefer hotel near European Parliament, Brussels and the European Commission building. Most budget hotels here offers decent rooms with clean beds, basic amenities and some even have good restaurants. Usually budget hotels in Brussels near European Parliament do have other additional premium amenities due to vast amount of business travellers but you'll have to foot the extra charges.
If you prefer a touch of luxury and have high expectation for hotels in European Parliament, you can opt for stay in one of many upscale hotels in the vicinity. Comfortable beds, lavish rooms with posh toiletries plus outstanding customer service, you can be sure that these luxury hotels comes no less than international standards for luxury hotels. Most restaurants offer French and international cuisine since most visitors are from Europe countries, but if you prefer some other style, then head on to one of many restaurants at Place du Luxembourg, just opposite the European Parliament. Make sure to check the menu and price as some restaurants are known to charge extra at tourists.
European Parliament - European Parliament is a district in Belgium, which holds two most powerful bodies in European Union, the European Parliament located in Espace Léopold building and European Commission, stationed in Berlaymont building. These two bodies rules over vast issues pertaining to legislative and administration aspects of European Union including the approval of its yearly budget.
The Espace Léopold complex houses the Paul-Henri Spaak building, the Altiero Spinelli building, Willy Brandt building, József Antall building and a newly refurbished building, which was the former entrance to the Brussels-Luxembourg Station. Between the Spinelli buildngs and the Brant-Antall buildings, which are connected by the circular Konrad Adenauer footbridge, runs the esplanade of the European Parliament.
While the Berlaymont building however, has a cruciform design with four wings of unequal size spanning from a central core, built on piles located beneath each wing that supports a 40 metre high narrow ridge of concrete. This structure supports the steel beams forming the frame of the glass façade covering the prefabricated floors. The top 13th floor supported directly by the upper beams and suspended entirely making the lower level free standing except for the core. The design is intended to convey a feeling of light and transparency, with decorative details such as sculptures and frescos to prevent the building from becoming monotonous.
The entire area becomes busy whenever meetings or summits held in Espace Léopold, being the second meeting place for Europarl. While the Berlaymont building enjoys constant visitors all year long from architectural enthusiasts and photographers alike due to its modern and sleek design.