I’ve made it no secret that it took me a long time to warm up to Brussels.
In fact, one of the first posts I ever wrote on this blog (almost five years ago!) was about how much I was disappointed by the Belgian capital.
However, three visits later (and a lot more travel know-how under my belt), I realized my mistake: it wasn’t Brussels that was the problem, it was me. I simply had no idea how to do Brussels justice.
And one of the major mistakes I made? I was always staying in the wrong place!
See, Brussels is a fascinating city with plenty to do, but if you make the fatal mistake of staying in the wrong neighbourhood or hotel, that’s a sure recipe for a ruined trip. So, while it’s fairly easy to figure out what to do in Brussels, it’s not always evident where to stay, which is why I’d love to help you out. Below you’ll find a guide to the best places to stay in Brussels to help narrow down your search!
The best Brussels hotel if you want bang for your buck
Recommendation: Courtyard by Marriott EU
If it’s excellent value for money you’re after, the Courtyard by Marriott EU is a great hotel located in the European district of Brussels, not far from the European Parliament and the Royal Palace of Brussels.
It may not be in the very center of town, but it’s within close walking distance to Brussels’ main attractions, while being in a quiet and safe neigbhourhood. All the rooms offer AC and free WiFi, plus a fitness center too. The best part? Book early and you can secure amazing rates that are less than 100 euros a night!
For a luxurious getaway in Brussels
Recommendation: Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo
If it’s a swanky and luxurious stay you’re after, then check out the Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo, a 5-star hotel located next to Grand Place, Brussels’ main square.
Staying here puts you only two minutes away from the most famous attractions in the city, including the iconic Manneken Pis, all while allowing you to enjoy your downtime in luxury. This hotel is the epitome of Belgian chic, with spacious rooms offering free WiFi and AC, plus luxurious marble-detailed bathrooms. And if you don’t feel like leaving the hotel, you can enjoying award-winning cuisine at the in-house restaurant, Ristorante Bocconi.
… Don’t worry though, there’s also a beautiful fitness center where you can work off all the additional calories!
For the cheapest place to crash in Brussels
Recommendation: 2GO4 Quality Hostel Brussels Grand Place
If you’re a budget traveler, 2GO4 Quality Hostel Brussels Grand Place might be the perfect compromise between cost and location.
This perfectly located hostel (right next to Grand Place) offers 6-bed and 10-bed dorms, with a nice common area and shared kitchen where you can meet fellow travelers. Every room comes equipped with a private bathroom, and a bonus free towel is included with your stay.
Best of all? Everything is easily accessible by foot.
For something cheap and central in Brussels
Recommendation: Motel One Brussels
Looking for a nice affordable hotel in Brussels that’s not too far from the center? Then check out Motel One Brussels, a reliable ‘cool chain hotel’ in the heart of the city. I stayed here on my last Brussels visit and it was perfect!
This contemporary Brussels hotel offers soundproofed rooms with free WiFi, AC, a flat-screen TV and of course all the standard amenities like free toiletries and a hairdryer. The lobby and lounge area is also massive, so there is loads of space to hang out, and the staff here are all really nice.
The best part though is the price tag! Rooms here are not only affordable, but the whole building feels very secure, which is an important factor when picking a place to stay in Brussels. I can definitely vouch for this hotel if you want a clean and central place to stay.
For a Brussels hotel that is quirky and unique
Recommendation: Stanhope Hotel by Thon Hotels
Brussels has a lot of cool boutique offerings as well, and if you want something luxurious and smart, then Stanhope Hotel by Thon Hotels is probably the place to be!
This beautiful 5-star boutique hotel offers chic decor with a unique, ecclectic flair – think all the charm of an English manor house (delicious Full English breakfasts included!), a library-themed bar, and even its own 100 year old Magnolia tree in the backyard.
Need to unwind? They also have a wonderful fitness center and sauna.
For something family-friendly in Brussels
Recommendation: Renaissance Brussels Hotel
If you are travelling with your family, then there are also plenty of options. The Renaissance Brussels Hotel for instance is a family-friendly hotel located in the European district, with plenty of kid-friendly amenities like an indoor swimming pool and sauna. Plus, if you (or the kiddos) are feeling exhausted at the end of the day, there’s a lovely bistro on side serving up all kinds of traditional Belgian specialties like mussles and fries. Best of all? Free coffee-making and tea facilities, and a mini-bar if the kids get too overbearing 😉
For something cute and homey in Brussels
Recommendation: B&B BE in Brussels
For a cute and charming place to call home during your visit to Brussels, head to B&B BE in Brussels, a small bed and breakfast close to Place Sainte Catherine. Besides the charming and quiet location, all the rooms offer a nice city view, free WiFi, and a flat-screen TV.
Guests overwhelmingly rave about the outstanding hospitality at this B&B, which makes every visit feel like home. Besides the comfy private rooms, there is also a shared lounge space and of course, a delicious continental breakfast served every morning.
For something chic and cool in Brussels
Recommendation: The Hotel Brussels
Last but not least, if you want something chic and cool, then check out The Hotel Brussels, an elegant five-star hotel located in the city center of Brussels.
Thanks to its location in one of Brussels’ tallest buildings, the rooms offer an amazing panoramic view of the city, with bonus perks like a swanky fitness center, a spa with a sauna and a hammam, a classy in-house restaurant and of course, a bar. If it’s a design-minded stay you’re after in Brussels, this would be a perfect option.
Consider staying at an AirBNB in Brussels
I’ve stayed at AirBNBs a few times while in Brussels and always found them to be a great, homey and affordable option. Click here to scope out the options.
PS: If you’ve never tried it before, I can save you $50 CAD off your first booking. Click here for an AirBNB discount code!
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