Indulgent cuisine, rich cultural heritage; Wallonia’s most historic city is all about the good life. Naturally, the top hotels in Mons are a study in old-world luxury – bookable on Culture Trip.
Best known outside Belgium for a World War I battle in 1914, the capital city of Hainaut province and the cultural capital of Wallonia has plenty to offer besides military history. There’s fabulous food: Belgian classics like meatballs, waffles and chocolate or ever-changing seasonal surprises. There are woodland walks aplenty whilst popular zoological garden Pairi Daiza is also nearby. In fact, no other Belgian city has so many Unesco sites nearby, from a 17th-century belfry to the archives and exhibitions at the Mundaneum. Whatever brings you to the city, here are some of the top places to stay in Mons.
The innovative four-course menu of fresh, local produce is a major star at this restaurant in a contemporary house with two garden-facing bedrooms. Apart from allergies and so on, there’s no choice of dishes in this private dining room with a fine-weather terrace, but they tend not to disappoint: homemade terrines and pickles, stuffed courgette flowers, seared scallops with girolles, meat-filled agnolotti or risotto with truffle. Any of these could turn up on your plate at the Table, followed by a delicate raspberry tart or light mille-feuille slices. After all that, you’ll be glad only to have to stagger upstairs. It’s tucked away on leafy Vieux Chemin de Binche just a ten-minute drive or bus ride from central Mons.
A bi-coloured modernist block, northeast of Mons in the village of Casteau, this resort has nearly 100 bedrooms, a restaurant, sauna and gym. Belgium’s most popular zoo, the Pairi Daiza, with pandas, elephants, tigers and koalas among its 7,000 residents, is a 20-minute drive north. The hotel has a choice of cosy doubles, larger executive rooms or full apartments with kitchens and living rooms. All come with spa access, whilst the hotel’s own restaurant offers a light menu featuring classic meatballs and braised endive with cheese sauce. Stroll a few steps from the door to L’Envers du Décor for a classic French feast, a decent wine list and the iconic dame blanche au bon chocolat, Belgium’s answer to a hot fudge sundae.
This is an updated version of an article originally by Nana Van De Poel.
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