Brussels is the capital city of Belgium as well as the European Union. This might make it sound daunting to find where to stay in Brussels but worry not as we are here to help. We put together a useful guide to help you find the best neighbourhoods in Brussels for your needs. We included hotel recommendations tailored to all budgets and made sure to add some tips on each area, to ensure it’s best for your stay. Here is where to stay in Brussels for first-time travellers.
Where to stay in Brussels
We stayed in Saint Gery as we wanted our hotel to be close to the main market. We very much enjoyed the area and we recommend it with love. We took the time to explore the rest of districts and see what’s their secret ingredient for making travellers excited about where to stay in Brussels.
Saint Gery is a lively neighbourhood, home to various bars and restaurants as well as shopping boutiques. It’s minutes away from the main square, Manneken Pis and just 15-minute walk from Bruxelles Central train station.
We enjoyed our stay here as we honestly felt that we were walking distance from all major attractions. Just remember that it can get a bit crowded so make sure you pick your hotel carefully and ask for a room which doesn’t face the main street. We also loved this location as we were two minutes away from our favourite restaurant in Brussels called Spago. Overall, it’s a great place for tourists who wish to have access to everything.
Dansaert Hotel is situated in Brussels, at the heart of a chic neighbourhood 400 m from Grand Place Brussels and Brussels City Hall. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom. Dansaert Hotel features free WiFi throughout the property and prices start from £88 per night.
Boutique Hotel Saint-Géry
Hotel Saint-Gery is a boutique hotel in Brussels city centre, set in a classic mansion 350 m from Grand Place Square. All rooms have a modern interior with original wooden floors. It’s a very cute and romantic room perfectly suitable for couples. Prices start at £118 per night.
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place
Rooms at the Brussels Marriott Hotel are equipped with satellite TV, coffee and tea making facilities and a private bathroom with a bathtub.There is an open-kitchen restaurant and private parking facilities are available. A large breakfast buffet with hot and cold dishes is available in the morning. Guests can also enjoy steaks, fresh seafood and salads at the American-style Midtown Bar & Grill. This luxury option starts from £149 per night.
Sablon is known for its stunning gothic building and charming, well-preserved streets. It’s the place to be for chocolate lovers who wish to experience the many chocolate shops Brussels has to offer. If you are lucky enough to arrive here during the weekend, watch out for the Grand Sablon plaza which becomes a bustling market. Similar to Saint Gery, Sablon is very close to the main square and just minutes away from the central station. We very much liked this area and this is where we would want to stay in Brussels next time we visit.
Warwick Brussels – Grand Place
This luxurious hotel in the heart of Brussels is a 2-minute walk from the Grand-Place and Brussels Central Station. It features free access to the fitness centre and sauna. Although a five-star hotel, this luxurious, perfectly located accommodation offers rooms which start from just £139 per night.
Hotel Le Dixseptième
Historic features, luxurious décor and modern facilities are combined at Hotel le Dixseptieme, in the centre of Brussels. It is only 240 m from Grand Place in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed area. Dixseptieme features many grand public areas including a bar with armchairs and a fireplace. There is also an intimate garden courtyard. Prices start at £157 per night.
Hilton Brussels Grand Place
In the heart of the historic city centre of Brussels and next to Central Station, the newly refurbished Hilton Brussels Grand Place is located between the Grand Place and the Square Meeting & Convention Centre. Public parking is available on site. Prices start at £212 per night.
Les Marolles old neighbourhood located between the Palace of Justice and the south railway station. This is a diverse neighbourhood where you can hear locals speak French as well as Flemish. It is a multicultural district which experienced an influx of immigrants throughout the years. This is perhaps the best place to stay in Brussels if you wish to travel and experience the city like a local. You can find various flea markets in the area as well as cafes, bars and restaurants. As an interesting fact, inhabitants of the neighbourhood are called Marolliens. This is because the dialect known as Marols (marollien) was spoken in this very area.
Hostel Galia offers accommodation in Brussels. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Each room includes a private bathroom but there also bunk beds available in mixed dormitories. This is a great option for budget travellers. Prices start at £22 per night.
The Room Brussels
Situated in Brussels, 700 m from Egmont Palace, The Room Brussels boasts a terrace and views of the city. Your room will have slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer. The Room Brussels features free WiFi . A flat-screen TV with satellite channels is featured. Prices start at £68 per night.
B&B La Maison Haute
Enjoy a modernly designed guest room and a shop selling toiletries. This bed and breakfast include free Wi-Fi. Elegantly decorated, the rooms at La Maison Haute come equipped with a flat-screen TV, a small seating area and a private bathroom with a shower, a wash basin and a toilet. The rooms feature double-glazing and wooden shutters. Prices start at £105 per night.
For shopping enthusiasts, Avenue Louise is the best to be in Brussels. Find an array of fine dining and luxury boutiques. Find several Art Nouveau buildings worth photographing and marvel at the many homes where diplomats live. Because of the upscale experience, expect to pay for luxury here. This is most suitable for couples and travellers looking for a unique, high-end experience.
Decorated in industrial vintage style, this hotel is only 600 m from Louise Metro Station. Zoom Hotel has an intimate garden courtyard and a bar serving local Belgian beers. Guests benefit from free WiFi throughout the hotel. Prices start at £119 per night.
Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie
Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie is located on the famous Avenue Louise in Brussels, 600 m from Louise Metro Station.You can enjoy the Shopping Stree Avenue Louise This 4-star hotel has an award-winning restaurant and soundproof rooms with Smart TV with mirroring function. Free WiFi is available. Prices start at £115 per night.
Louise sur Cour
Louise sur Cour is situated in Brussels, 100 m from Place Stephanie and Avenue Louise. The neighbourhood offers many quality restaurants and designer boutiques.The rooms are equipped with a private bathroom. Extras include bath robes, slippers and free toiletries. This accommodation has an exceptional review and prices start at £144 per night.
First of all, let me tell you: we stumbled across Saint Gilles by mistake. We got lost and ended up exploring Saint Gilles, a residential area not well known for tourists and travellers. We found a variety of indie galleries here and many beautiful buildings in the art nouveau style. This area stoke us as the bohemian quarters of Brussels, a laid-back neighbourhood which attracts artists and musicians. We investigated and also noticed prices were cheaper here too. This might be a great option for those wishing to explore a more off the beaten path Brussels. We found and visited the Horta Museums and The Museum of the Gueuze.
B&B L’Art de la Fugue
This elegant bed and breakfast offers themed rooms and communal spaces with original features. Fugue benefits from public parking nearby. Prices start at £87 per night.
B&B Nowhere Else
Bed and breakfast Nowhere Else is set in the heart of a multicultural neighbourhood in Brussels, with Art Nouveau architecture and a daily market at the Parvis de Saint-Gilles. Free WiFi access is available. With wooden floors, each room here has its own living area with a TV and sofa. Prices start at £79 per night.
Ixelles is an interesting and diverse neighbourhood which attracts pretty much all sort of travellers. Ixelles is known to offer a little bit of everything, hence the diverse influx of travellers (from luxury to backpackers). Ixelles can offer a piece of quiet with its leafy parks and avenues but is home to many restaurants, bars and party places which know how to entertain. There are two different universities in Ixelles which makes this neighbourhood a lovely cultural centre. Find exclusive boutiques and charming restaurants or marvel at the belle époque posters displayed in The Museum of Ixelles.
Maison Flagey Brussels
Housed in a classified Art Nouveau building dating from 1906, Maison Flagey Brussels is located in Ixelles, next to the two ponds in Flagey. The building is an architectural attraction featured in one of Brussels’ official guided tours. Avenue Louise is 400 m away. Free WiFi access is available. Prices start at £127 per night.
Jardin Secret is a garden themed hotel located within the city centre of Brussels and features a secret garden. Guests can enjoy a meal in the restaurant or have a drink at the bar. Prices start at £113 per night.
The property is set in the Elsene / Ixelles district and Avenue Louise is a 14-minute walk away. Prices start at £105 and all rooms offer soundproofing and private bathrooms.
Saint Josse-ten-Noode is located just 10 minutes from the centre of Brussels and it’s the perfect place for travellers who want to experience a real residential area in Brussels. Saint Josse-ten-Noode is the most densely populated area in the city. Rent here tends to be a little under the average, which means that this area is ideal for backpackers and travellers on a budget.
NH Brussels Bloom
NH Brussels Bloom offers spacious, brightly colored rooms with unique designer décor. This elegant hotel, which has a certificate in sustainability, includes a gym and is 160 metes from Botanique Metro Station. Free WiFi is available throughout. Prices start at £130 per night.
B&B Welcome To My Place
This modern bed and breakfast is just 350 m from the Botanical Gardens of Brussels and its Metro Station. B&B Welcome To My Place offers free Wi-Fi. Each individually decorated room has a flat-screen TV with DVD player and comes with a wooden floor. Prices start at £99 per night.