I spent one night in Mechelen during my Flanders is a Festival blog trip in August 2012. I’d heard about Mechelen in a Europe a la Carte post written by Andy Hayes. There’s a lot of beautiful architecture, but one of its charms is that it’s not quite so full of visitors as some of the better known destinations like Bruges. I spent a very enjoyable couple of hours wandering around Mechelen. I loved all the colourful buildings and the sculptures.
I dined at the Grand Cafe Lamot in Mechelen, on a complimentary basis, during my Flanders is a Festival blog trip in August 2012. The second floor restaurant is flooded with light, as the glass walls were put in during the conversion from a brewery. There are great views over the canal.
View from Grand Cafe Lamot
I decided to dispense with a starter, so that I’d have space for a dessert.Â While I was waiting for my main course, I was brought a Tuna Amuse-bouche.
Tuna Amuse-bouche at Grand Cafe Lamot
I stayed at the NH Nechelen for one night, on a complimentary basis, during my Flanders is a Festival blog trip in August 2012. It took me around 15 minutes to walk from Mechelen railway station to the hotel; thankfully the hotel had very clear walking directions on their site. Although it’s a modern building, it’s located very close to the historic centre of Mechelen.
Exterior of NH Mechelen
I was allocated a room on the fourth floor at the back of the hotel overlooking a residential street. The room was very spacious. I was very grateful for the air conditioning, as it’d been another hot day. There was a kettle in the room; I really enjoyed having a cup of tea. The toiletries in the bathroom were of an unusual fruit variety.
My room at NH Mechelen