Hotel and Travel Information

Location | Getting There | Travel Assistance | Rental Cars | Air Travel


Location

Hotel Le Plaza
Boulevard Adolphe Max 118 - 126
1000 Brussels Belgium
Phone: +32 2 278 01 00
Fax: +32 2 278 01 01

The Hotel Le Plaza was built in 1930 and is close to the Place De Brouckère, the Grand-Place and the shopping district. The Hotel also has easy access to the main train stations, Gare du Nord, Gare Centrale and Gare du Midi. The building was modeled on the famous George V Hotel in Paris and was endowed with spacious, luminous interiors and was remarkably well equipped for its time. Le Plaza quickly became a meeting place for Brussels' high society, and well-known figures in politics, finance and the arts soon began staying there whenever they were in Brussels. In 1996, the hotel was completely renovated in a spirit of traditional luxury combined with the most modern equipment.

The guest rooms are personalized with elegant decorations and furniture, combining traditional and modern comforts. The hotel offers the following services: 24-hour room-service, air-conditioning, direct-dial telephone, satellite television, DVD, e-mail messaging, internet access, mini-bar, hair dryer, luxury guest amenities, in-room safe, etc. Dry cleaning, pressing, baby-sitting, limousines, taxis, car hire, business centre, fitness centre and non-smoking rooms are available on request.

Reservations

Complete the hotel reservation form (MS Word), and send it directly to the hotel to make your reservations.

Guest Room Rate: €185.00 includes American Buffet Breakfast served in the hotel restaurant.

To receive the conference room rate, please identify yourself as attending "O'Reilly EuroOSCON" by completing the attached form and sending it to the hotel. The cut-off date for the group rate is 23 August 2006. Reservations received after 23 August 2006 (or after the room block sells out, whichever comes first) will be honored on a space-available at the prevailing rate of the hotel. All rates are single or double occupancy, traditional room.

Please provide 72 hours' notice when canceling your reservations to avoid deposit forfeiture or penalties.

Getting There

Brussels International Airport

Brussels International Airport lies 8 miles (13 Km) northeast of the city center. The train station is located on the lower level of Brussels International Airport (- 1st Floor). There is a train shuttle service from the airport to the Gare du Nord, Gare Centrale and Gare du Midi. Train stations in Brussels. The shuttle runs at least every 20 minutes and takes approximately 20 minutes. It operates between 05:30 - 12:20 from the airport and 04:45 - 23:10 from the city. The cost is €2,60. Buy your ticket before getting on the train to avoid a surcharge fee.

Taxi service from the airport to the city center is approximately €30.00. Taxis are available 24 hours. Discount round-trip rates are available.

Entry Requirements and VISAS

For EU and US citizens, a valid passport is needed to travel to Belgium. Passports must be valid at least 90 days beyond intended your stay. Travelers must also have tickets or documents for onward travel.

For non-EU and non-US citizens, please check with the Belgian embassy or consulate in your country to learn the Visa requirements for travel to Belgium. Your visa application may require a letter of reference from O'Reilly Media, Inc. proving you will attend the O'Reilly European Open Source Convention. Please contact if you need such a letter. We advise you to apply for a visa as soon as possible.

Weather

In September, the average high temperature for Brussels is 70°F (21° C) and the average low temperature is 52°F (11° C). More information about Brussels weather may be found here.

Directions to the Hotel Le Plaza

For a fee, Hotel Le Plaza has secure indoor parking.

From BERGEN - RIJSEL (LILLE) - PARIS (E19)
On the E19 highway from Paris, take the Ring road direction Bruxelles Centre/Koekelberg. Take the exit Koekelberg and go straight on the Avenue Charles Quint for about 3 km. Just before the Koekelberg basilica, turn into the tunnels, direction center. Take the exit Rogier from the tunnels. At the second crossing, go right on the Boulevard Adolphe Max. You will find the hotel on your right hand side after about 100 meters.

From NAMUR - LUXEMBOURG (E411)
On the E411 highway, take the exit to the Ring road (Brussel-Tervuren). At the crossroad Quatre-Bras take the second lane left, direction Centre. Go straight on the Avenue de Tervuren for about 5 km and continue through the tunnels under the Parc du Cinquantenaire. At the end of the tunnel, you will arrive on the Rue de la Loi. Go straight until you arrive at the crossing with the Avenue des Arts (Ring road, metro station Arts-Loi). Go right and take the tunnel. Take exit Botanique and continue straight on the Boulevard du Jardin Botanique. Keep the left lane. When you arrive at the crossing with the Dôme hotel on your left and the Sheraton hotel on your right, take a left on the Boulevard Adolphe Max. You will find the hotel on your right hand side after about 100 meters.

From BRUSSELS NATIONAL AIRPORT
When leaving the airport, take the direction Centre/Evere. You are now on the Boulevard Léopold III. Continue straight (passing the NATO on your left) for about 5 km until you arrive at a T-section. Take a left on the Boulevard Auguste Reyers. Go over the first bridge and under the second. Take a right, exit Brussel Centrum. You are now on the Montgomery roundabout. Take the first exit right and go into the tunnels, passing under the Parc du Cinquantenaire. At the end of the tunnel, you will arrive on the Rue de la Loi. Go straight until you arrive at the crossing with the Avenue des Arts (Ring road, metro station Arts-Loi). Go right and take the tunnel. Take exit Botanique and continue straight on the Boulevard du Jardin Botanique. Keep the left lane. When you arrive at the crossing with the Dôme hotel on your left and the Sheraton hotel on your right, take a left on the Boulevard Adolphe Max. You will find the hotel on your right hand side after about 100 meters.

From ANTWERPEN - AMSTERDAM (E19)
From the highway E19 (Amsterdam/Antwerpen) take the exit Zaventem/Evere and follow direction Evere. You are now on the Boulevard Léopold III. Continue straight (passing the NATO on your left) for about 5 km until you arrive at a T-section. Take a left on the Boulevard Auguste Reyers. Go over the first bridge and under the second. Take a right, exit Brussel Centrum. You are now on the Montgomery roundabout. Take the first exit right and go into the tunnels, passing under the Parc du Cinquantenaire. At the end of the tunnel, you will arrive on the Rue de la Loi. Go straight until you arrive at the crossing with the Avenue des Arts (Ring road, metro station Arts-Loi). Go right and take the tunnel. Take exit Botanique and continue straight on the Boulevard du Jardin Botanique. Keep the left lane. When you arrive at the crossing with the Dôme hotel on your left and the Sheraton hotel on your right, take a left on the Boulevard Adolphe Max. You will find the hotel on your right hand side after about 100 meters.

From GENT - BRUGGE - OOSTENDE (E40)
On the E40 highway from Oostende, take direction Bruxelles Centre/Koekelberg. Take the exit Koekelberg and go straight on the Avenue Charles Quint for about 3 km. Just before the Koekelberg basilica, turn into the tunnels, direction center. Take the exit Rogier from the tunnels. At the second crossing, go right on the Boulevard Adolphe Max. You will find the hotel on your right hand side after about 100 meters.

From LEUVEN - LIEGE - KÖLN (E40)
At the end of the E40, take the middle lane, direction Centre/Centrum. After the tunnel, you will arrive on the Avenue de Cortenberg. Go straight until the Shuman roundabout. On the roundabout, take the second turn right. You are now on the Rue de la Loi. Go straight until you arrive at the crossing with the Avenue des Arts (Ring road, metro station Arts-Loi). Go right and take the tunnel. Take exit Botanique and continue straight on the Boulevard du Jardin Botanique. Keep the left lane. When you arrive at the crossing with the Dôme hotel on your left and the Sheraton hotel on your right, take a left on the Boulevard Adolphe Max. You will find the hotel on your right hand side after about 100 meters.

Travel Assistance

Room Sharing

If you are looking to save money on your housing costs, you may wish to room-share. The EuroOSCON wiki contains a Room Sharing page where you can post information about yourself along with the type of room sharing situation with which you are most comfortable. If not comfortable with posting your info, simply peruse the listing of others looking for room sharing situations whom you can contact.

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Rental Cars

Hertz

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Air Travel

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