Where to Stay in Brussels: Best Areas & Hotels, 2018
For those who prefer to explore cities on foot, a hotel within walking distance of the Grand Place (Grote Markt) is ideal because it is in the center of the old town's cluster of well-known attractions and landmarks, including the Manneken Pis and Saint-Michel Cathedral. Some of the city's best restaurants are also in this compact area, as well as plenty of shopping. Public transportation is a great option for those who choose to stay a little farther from the center or want to visit the outlying attractions and museums. Those who are driving should be aware that parking is scarce in the center of town and is often not included in room charges in the more popular tourist areas.
Where to Stay for Luxury
In an ideal spot just three blocks to Grand Place and less than two to the Manneken Pis, the Hotel Amigo has modern, spacious rooms that are individually decorated. Available services include babysitting, room service, airport transportation, turndown service, and an excellent in-house restaurant that serves breakfast. Guests are welcome to use the large and well-equipped fitness center or get in some cardio by climbing the impressive spiral staircase that rises up the core of the building.
The Hotel - Brussels puts a hip spin on luxury lodgings with its aura of modern sophistication in the common areas and guest rooms. It is known for its excellent views of the city and is just a two-minute walk to the Jardin du Petit Sablon and less than five minutes to the Place Royal and other prime old town attractions. The hotel has a trendy gourmet restaurant and a chic spa and offers airport transportation, concierge service, and a fully equipped business center.
Those looking for a quieter neighborhood might enjoy the Tangla Hotel Brussels, located on the eastern outskirts of the city near the university. Although a five-star property, the rates at this Asian-themed hotel are very reasonable. It is best known for its breakfast buffet, which includes specialties from the hotel's Chinese restaurant.
Where to Stay: Mid-Range
Just three blocks from the Parc de Bruxelles and Place Royal, the Marriott property Courtyard Brussels EU is a reasonably priced hotel with a simple design and modern amenities. It is ideal for anyone who wants dependable service and quality combined with a good location, especially business travelers who want to spend some time sightseeing. Amenities include a fitness center, a restaurant that serves breakfast, and secure underground parking on-site.
The guest rooms at Motel One are ultra-modern and efficient, and there are several beautiful public spaces, including a terrace patio with cozy dewdrop-shaped nooks. This hotel is conveniently located close to Central Station, just two blocks from the Saint-Michel Cathedral, five minutes by foot to the Belgian Comic Strip Center, and about ten minutes to the rest of the city's prime sightseeing.
The Aloft Brussels Schuman Hotel is a bit farther from the center of the old town but is convenient to several attractions including Parc du Cinquantenaire, Autoworld, the Museum of Natural Sciences, and the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History. This trendy technology-focused hotel is designed for younger travelers and features spacious rooms and public spaces equipped with social games like pool and foosball.
Where to Stay on a Budget
Young travelers will appreciate the prices at the MEININGER Hotel Brussels City Center, a clean and modern hostel-style lodging that features a guest kitchen and prides itself in being carbon-neutral. It is about a 20-minute walk to the city center or a short bus ride and sits on the Bruxelles-Charleroi Canal, next door to MIMA & La Fonderie Bruxelles museums.
The inexpensive family operated Hotel a la Grande Cloche provides surprisingly spacious rooms that are bright and spotless, some of which have private baths. The city center is easily accessible via the nearby bus or metro or can be reached by a fifteen-minute walk, and the Manneken Pis is only four blocks away.
Around ten minutes by foot to the main sightseeing attractions and just two blocks from the Comic Strip Museum, easyHotel Brussels City Centre has snug but impeccably clean guest rooms that all have a private bath. Facilities are modern, including dedicated USB charging outlets for electronics.
Where to Stay for Families
Families looking for an upscale retreat will love Made In Louise, a family-run boutique hotel in the Ixelles neighborhood, close to the shops and boutiques of Avenue Louise. The breakfast spread has fresh-baked bread, Belgian waffles, as well as several good gluten-free options, and there is a small market in the lobby. There are family rooms, plus plenty of comfortable common areas, like the lounge, a game room with board games and a pool table, and a lovely courtyard with a giant chess set. Babysitting is available for parents who want some time to themselves.
The FunKey Hotel has a name that sums it up well - the place is funky indeed, and kids of all ages will love it. Brightly colored carpeting in primary colors, and architecture with clean lines gives the hotel a modern but playful feel. The activity room has something for everyone, with board games, foosball, a keyboard, video games, and a vending machine. Family rooms come with a kitchenette, and there is a guest kitchen that anyone can use. Breakfast is complimentary, as are snacks and beverages for the whole family at any time. Parking is included, and the property is close to a grocery store and a bus stop that can get you into the city center in ten minutes.
Where to Stay for Romance
Just outside the city center in a safe, quiet neighborhood, the four-star Pillows Grand Hotel Place Rouppe is just a five-minute walk to Manneken Pis and ten minutes to Grand Place. There is a gourmet restaurant on-site and there are several good restaurants nearby to choose from. Décor is modern but chic, with tastefully decorated rooms that include a wireless sound system, Nespresso machine, and luxurious marble bathroom. The hotel also features a new state-of-the-art fitness center and spa.
For a more laid-back romantic getaway, seclusion-seekers will adore the MAS Residence. This boutique hotel is only a fifteen-minute walk to most main attractions but is located in a tranquil part of town. There are small grocery stores nearby for those who want to take advantage of the kitchen that comes standard with all suites. Rooms are spacious, with high ceilings, and decorated in a way that perfectly merges the old and the new.