Not really, you would have to walk several blocks to get to the tram at Arts et Métiers and it's not an especially nice part of town. Nor is the area around Gare du Midi itself: if you must stay in that area because of an early or late train, the only hotel I would recommend is the Ibis Gare du Midi, purely because it is just across the road from the station, in Avenue Fonsny, so minimising exposure to the surroundings.
As your Eurostar ticket permits you to start your journey to London by travelling to Gare du Midi from either of Brussels' other main stations - trains run between the 3 of them every 5-10 minutes - I would advise you instead to stay near Gare centrale: there are loads of hotels in that area (Méridien, an Ibis, a Novotel, Centrale, NH Arenberg..).
Alternatively, but then you would have to pay for the metro to Gare du Midi, somewhere close to Bourse (Marriott..) or De Brouckère (if you are looking for somewhere cheap, try www.2GO4.be).
There are reviews under "Brussels hotels" in the list on the left of this page.
Thank you for your advice. I didn't know I could start the train journey at any of the stations. Is the Centrale you speak of the hotel on Rue des Colonies?
Yes, that's the one: close to the cathedral and Gare centrale.
Thank you very much. I also had booked the Aris Grand Place Hotel for the 3 days in August. That is in the same area, as far as I can tell. So I feel much better now.
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