Where to Stay in Brussels – Top 6 Areas & the Best Hotels

Hello dear traveler, and welcome to the capital city of Belgium! As a major political location for the European Union, Brussels is well known for its history, architecture, and let’s not forget the delicious chocolate! As you might’ve known, people in Belgium speak 3(!) languages, French, Flemish-Dutch, and German. Maybe you’re lucky enough and you know one of them!

Enough about that, let’s talk about all the delicious chocolate, waffles, and beer that Brussels produces! Make sure you taste them all, but definitely not all 3 on the same day! 😉 By now you’re probably wondering where to stay in Brussels, and it’s understandable since all the neighborhoods in Brussels are so amazing!

I’m here to help so don’t worry, I’ve made a list of the best hotels to stay in the city, according to prices and interests and no doubt you’ll find just the place for you! One thing that you should remember, especially if you want to find hotels near the Brussels Grand Place area, is that you have to book in advance. This major European capital city is a top holiday location for people worldwide!

Let’s go, the Grand Place is waiting for us!

If you are in a hurry

If you want to book your hotel where to stay in Brussels right now, then there’s no reason to wait, quickly check this list with the best hotels, all located in the City Centre neighborhood:

luxury hotel

Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo

Best luxury hotel

airbnb

Modern Apartment

An Airbnb with amazing reviews

mid-range hotel

Hotel Hubert Grand Place

Best value for money

budget hotel

Hygge Hotel

Best affordable accommodation in the center

Here’s a map of all the areas for where to stay in Brussels that I will be talking about in this post:

City Centre
for first-timers
Saint Gilles
trendiest place
Sablon & Marolles
for budget
Avenue Louise
for budget
Saint-Josse-ten-Noode
multicultural

1. City Centre (incl. Saint Gery) – where to stay for first timers

Grand gothic architecture, historical buildings and tons of attractions, as you might’ve guessed, the Brussels City Centre is a place that can’t be missed, especially if you’re visiting the city for the first time! This is one of the best areas in the city as it also includes Saint Gery which was an island before the River Senne was covered up. Now it’s a famous place where everyone goes to enjoy the nightlife!

The star of this neighborhood is the Brussels Grand Place, which is so old that one can’t help but wonder how many people and important figures have walked the streets around it! This UNESCO World Heritage site is located in the heart of Brussels, and it used to be a food market. At the moment, it almost serves the same purpose, to feed people, but in places like high-end restaurants, bars.

Most tourist attractions are located within walking distance from each other here, and I’m sure the first stop will be at the Brussels Town Hall. The main train station, Brussel Central, is also located in this area so if you need to use public transport to get around or visit other Belgian cities, like Bruges it will be super easy!

As you can see, this area has everything a tourist dreams of, that’s why the best hotels here sell out quickly, so I definitely think you should book them in advance!

Luxury hotel

Such an elegant and unique five-star hotel that has a restaurant and family rooms. Enjoy the unique view of the Belgian streets on the rooftop terrace or head down to the bar for a glass of wine. The Bourse Metro station is located within walking distance of the hotel.

Other accommodation options in the City Centre

Mid-Range

Enjoy your stay in Brussels City Centre at this modern hotel that has cozy rooms and offers parking spots

Budget

A well-equipped hotel in the capital city, perfect for budget travelers that has modern rooms and free wifi

Airbnb

This studio apartment is a lovely place to stay in the city centre and it offers a kitchen and paid parking spots

Things to do in the City Centre

  • Explore the beautiful Brussels Grand Place
  • Dive into the history of chocolate at Choco-Story Brussels Museum
  • Take a pic of the two rude Jeanneke-Pis and Manneken Pis statues
  • Check out the Brussels Town Hall in the Grand Place
  • Enjoy the nightlife in the city of Brussels at the Saint Gerry Halls
  • Learn new things about the city at the Brussels City Museum
  • Feel like a kid again at the Royal Puppet Theater Toone

2. Ixelles – the best of both worlds in Brussels

Located 3 km (2 miles) from the Brussels City Center and the Grand Place, this lovely neighborhood, is one of the best places to stay in Brussels if you’re looking for that perfect balance, that includes a few green spaces with tranquility, but also some cool Belgian bars where you can have a drink.

This is also the birthplace of the famous actress Audrey Hepburn (Breakfast at Tiffany’s fans will love this)

Ixelles is such a diversified neighborhood for where to stay in Brussels, and it attracts all kinds of travelers, from backpackers to those visiting with the family. It is also the home of two universities which means that you’ll find a few affordable bars and restaurants on the streets of this area.

And hey, if you’re in the mood for a trip, go to the nearest railway station, in this case, that would be the Brussels-Luxembourg Railway Station. I highly recommend you visit Lille, a beautiful town that has some of the best places to stay!

Besides all the nice leafy parks where you can get a break from all the city noise, Ixelles is home to some unique museums that are worth a visit! But make sure you don’t get caught up in all the things that you have planned and enjoy some coffee and tea on a terrace somewhere, you are on holiday after all!

Luxury hotel

The interior designer of this hotel in Brussels went all out with this one! Enjoy fine dining at the restaurant and some late summer nights on the terrace! There’s a fitness center on-site and the hotel offers parking spots for a fee.

Other accommodation options in Ixelles

Mid-Range

I love the unique design of this hotel that has family rooms and offers a beautiful garden view and free wifi

Budget

Drink your coffee on the terrace of one of the best budget hotels in the area that offers breakfast

Airbnb

Enjoy the city view from bed in this trendy studio that offers free parking spots, a kitchen, and free wifi

Things to do in Ixelles

  • Admire the art pieces at the Museum of Ixelles
  • Check out the art nouveau buildings like Hôtel Solvay
  • Party the night away at Spirito Brussels in Ixelles
  • Visit the unique Abbaye de la Cambre
  • Enjoy a relaxing walk by the Ixelles Ponds
  • Pass by the birthplace of the famous Audrey Hepburn

3. Saint Gilles – the trendiest place where to stay in Brussels

Located 3 km (2 miles) southwest of the Brussels City Centre and the Grand Place, this neighborhood is well known for its amazing art nouveau architecture and cool art galleries. The atmosphere is super laid back in the area and its vibe attracts tons of writers, painters, and actors.

La Gare du Midi train station will help you easily reach other parts of the city, just be careful to not walk alone around the area at night as it can be dangerous. Right near the railway station, you will also encounter the Midi Market, each Sunday, which is thought to be one of the largest European markets, after Ventimiglia, the one on the Italian Riviera! So make sure you don’t miss buying some fresh and delicious veggies.

As you know, I always prefer to walk on foot and explore the areas, especially in Belgium that has such interesting architecture. So I definitely recommend you do the same and discover all the restaurants here, everyone raves about the multicultural cuisine of Brussels Saint Gilles!

Luxury hotel

This is definitely my kind of hotel! The rooms have a beautiful vintage design and large windows. You can chill in the lounge of your room before going to eat breakfast or visit the attractions nearby. The accommodation offers free wifi and air-conditioned rooms with deluxe bathrooms to enjoy.

Other accommodation options in Saint Gilles

Mid-Range

Relax in the spa of this modern hotel that offers stunning city views, and has a terrace and a pool

Budget

This Saint Gilles hotel is well-equipped and has some good prices, they offer a great breakfast and free wifi

Airbnb

Did a designer do the decor? A cool place that has lots of space, a kitchen and it’s near the train station

Things to do in Saint Gilles

  • Learn new things at the ​​Halle Gate Museum
  • Catch a Belgian sunset at the ​​Forest Park in Brussels Saint Gilles
  • Admire the architecture of the Church of Saint Giles
  • Buy some fresh veggies at the Midi Market near Gare du Midi
  • See the cool stained glass windows in the Horta pre metro station
  • Eat some delicious Belgian chocolates at Leonidas

4. Sablon & Marolles – best places in Brussels for budget

These 2 neighboring areas are located south of the Brussels City Centre and Grand Place, just 2 km (1 mile) away. Sablon and Marolles combine two of my favorite things, budget hotels, and chocolate, and can you say you’ve been to Brussels, Belgium if you haven’t had their chocolate?

Marolles is the best area to stay in Brussels, Belgium if you’re traveling on a budget, the prices are fantastic! Also, you’ll find the well-known flea market that takes place every Sunday and some fine examples of street art.

What can be better than staying in an area that has cheap hotels and that’s located right next to another stunning neighborhood like Sablon with its lovely European historic charm. Well, you’re definitely super lucky! The area is also known as Zavel and it’s a paradise for any foodie who is visiting Brussels, as you’ll find some nice waffle stands and delicious chocolate shops.

Near the Grand Sablon Square, you’ll find the Church of Our Lady of Victories at the Sablon, also known as the Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon, which is a beautiful piece of gothic architecture that’s worth a visit.

Luxury hotel

A luxurious place to stay in Brussels that offers a unique view of the city right from your bed! Located in one of the tallest buildings in town, this hotel offers a gym and a bar. Enjoy a delicious meal at the restaurant and relax in the spa center all day long! This is what I call a perfect holiday!

Other accommodation options in Sablon & Marolles

Mid-Range

Order room service and enjoy the city views at this mid-range hotel that has a bar and a restaurant

Budget

Budget travelers will be happy about the prices of this hostel that has family rooms and a restaurant

Airbnb

Such a cozy and well-equipped apartment that has two rooms, a kitchen, and offers paid parking spots

Things to do in Sablon & Marolles

  • Buy cool souvenirs at great prices in the Marolles flea market
  • Visit the Church of Our Lady of Victories near Grand Sablon square
  • Walk around the Royal Palace of Brussels
  • Admire the art at the Musée Magritte Museum
  • Spend a whole day tasting the delicious sweets at Passion Chocolate 

5. Avenue Louise – where to stay in Brussels for luxury

If you’re going all out during this holiday to Brussels, Belgium and you don’t care about the hotel prices, then Avenue Louise, that famous shopping boulevard in the city is the best area to stay in town for you!

The boulevard is located south of the City Center and Grand Place, just 3 km (2 miles) away from it. Avenue Louise and the European Quarter are two of the most modern neighborhoods in Brussels, and Avenue Louise is for sure the most expensive one. This area is filled with high-end designer stores, like Chanel and Dior, fine dining restaurants, and beautiful examples of art nouveau architecture.

One of the biggest attractions in the neighborhood is probably the Phoenix 44 bronze sculpture, made by Olivier Strebelle which celebrates the commemoration of Brussel’s liberation.

If you’re looking for some luxurious hotels where to stay in Brussels, then the hotels near Avenue Louise are perfect for you, they have super high prices but the services you get are top-notch! But don’t worry I’ve looked for some affordable places to stay as well!

Luxury hotel

Swim all day long in the indoor pool in one of the most luxurious hotels where to stay in Brussels! Perfect for a romantic getaway to Brussels, Belgium, this accommodation has a restaurant and a bar! Enjoy a romantic breakfast in your room and admire the stunning city views!

Other accommodation options in Avenue Louise

Mid-Range

Warm-up by the fire pit and enjoy a delicious breakfast in the garden of this hotel that has a bar and modern rooms

Budget

This well-equipped hotel will make you feel like you’re at home, it offers breakfast and free wifi and great prices

Airbnb

With lots of space and an incredible view of Brussels, this apartment offers two rooms and a kitchen

Things to do in Avenue Louise

  • Eat at the luxurious Gazzetta Restaurant on rue de la Longue Haie
  • Go shopping in all the high-end stores on Avenue Louise
  • Admire the Phoenix 44 sculpture and celebrates Brussels liberation
  • Check the art nouveau architecture of the Hôtel Tassel
  • Visit the Musée Constantin Meunier Museum

6. Saint-Joose-ten-Noode – for a multicultural experience

Located in the northeast part of Brussels, Belgium, just 2 km (1 mile) away from the city center, this neighborhood really represents the diversity found in many European capital cities! This residential area offers visitors an insight into how people in Brussels live, you’ll notice many ex-pats who’ve made a home out of this lovely place and the different cultures that blend together in a harmonious community.

Many visitors who are looking for where to stay in Brussels book their hotel room here because firstly you’re super close to the city center and you have access to the Rogier metro station, but also the prices of the accommodations are much cheaper than the ones you’ll find in the city center.

The biggest attraction in the neighborhood is definitely Le Botanique, a cultural center located in a former botanical glasshouse where they hold concerts, art exhibitions, and theatre plays!

Luxury hotel

I love the interior design of this Brussels boutique hotel, it’s like you’re staying in the actual Botanical Garden! Enjoy a delicious meal at the restaurant of this accommodation and head to the bar for a glass of wine at the end of the day!

Other accommodation in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode

Mid-Range

Enjoy your stay in Brussels at this modern hotel that offers a stunning city view, a breakfast, and parking spots

Budget

A cozy B&B that has a great location, comfortable rooms, an elevator, and free wifi around the accommodation

Airbnb

The colors of this place make me so happy! A lovely house that has a spacious room, a kitchen, and a bathtub

Things to do in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode

  • Enjoy a relaxing walk in the Botanical Garden 
  • Check out the art at the Charlier Museum
  • Catch a concert at Le Botanique cultural center
  • Explore the Square Armand Steurs
  • Have a delicious dinner at the La Belle Epoque Restaurant located near the Rue du Progrès
👑 Luxury price:€180
🏨 Mid Range:€130
🛏️ Budget:€60
🏠 Airbnb:€80
💰Accommodation prices:Medium
📍Best Area:City Center & Saint Gery
🛎️ Best luxury hotel:Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo
👛 Best budget hotel:easyHotel Brussels

Frequently asked questions about Brussels

🇧🇪 Which is the best area to stay in Brussels?

One of the best neighborhoods in Brussels is the City Center including Saint Gery, this is where you’ll find all the attractions, amazing nightlife, and all the best hotels, like Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo.

🙅 Where should I NOT stay in Brussels?

You shouldn’t book hotels near the Quartier Nord, Mantonge, and Porte de Hal neighborhoods, these are thought to be the most dangerous ones in Brussels, Belgium.

📅 Is 2 days enough in Brussels?

Yes, although you get to see many attractions if you stay 2 days I would add 2 more just so you can get to experience the city to the fullest. 

🧐 Where is the main square in Brussels?

Grand Place, the main square in town, is located in the City Center, one of Brussel’s best areas. And if you want to be close to Grand Place you can book a room at the Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo.

Conclusion

I’m definitely craving some Belgian chocolate right now! And don’t get me starting on the beer! I hope this article helped you decide which are the Brussels best areas and which hotel you should book!

There are many amazing hotels in this post but if you’re still wondering where to stay in Brussels, here are my top two favorite hotels both located in the City Center, one of the best areas in town. Just make sure you book them in advance!

Enjoy eating all the delicious coffee and waffles during your stay in Brussels. I hope you find your favorite neighborhood in the city and enjoy the nightlife of Saint Gery! Leave me a comment if you have any questions about prices or just want to say hi or talk about that weird Manneken Pis statue!

Safe travels

Victoria

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