Where to Stay in Brussels: Best Areas to Stay

Where to Stay in Brussels: Best Areas to Stay

Brussels is the capital and largest city in Belgium. It is also the de facto capital of the European Union. This multicultural city with a population of nearly 3 million people offers its visitors a wide range of accommodation, from budget hostels to luxurious palaces. You will definitely find an accommodation that suits your style and budget. Thinking about where to stay in Brussels? We have an answer!

This article will introduce you to the best places to stay in Brussels and will help you to plan your Belgium trip more conveniently and easily.

1. Brussels City Center

When we talk about accommodation in Brussels, of course, the city center is a perfect place to stay for tourists. Brussels city center is the area around the main square of the city known as the Grand Place, one of the most beautiful Gothic squares in the world.

Highlights of Brussels city center

Close to the most important tourist attractions in Brussels such as the Grand Place, the most famous small statue of Mannenken Pis, the girl statue Janneke Pis, Mont des Arts, Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, St. Michael and St. Gudula cathedral.

There are many restaurants, shops, bars and nightclubs to choose from in the city center. Don't forget that when you are coming to Brussels, Beer Tasting is a must. You might have to spend 2-3 hours getting familiar with the variety of Belgian beers.

Super convenient to travel because the main train station, Gare Centrale, is located right in the city center and just 1 station away from Gare du Midi, which connects to other European cities.

Hotels in Brussels city center

ibis Hotel Brussels off Grand'Place. This 3-star hotel is located in the historical center of Brussels, just 150 meters away from the Grand Place and Manneken Pis Statue.

Hotel Novotel Brussels Off Grand Place. This 4-star hotel is just 170 meters away from the Grand Place. The famous Manneken Pis statue is just a 5-minute walk away. Parc de Bruxelles, the Magritte Museum and the Royal Palace are within 10 minutes from the hotel.

Hotel Le Dixseptième. Hotel in the historic district with elegant decoration and modern facilities. The rooms are spacious and have a private courtyard. The hotel is located just 240 meters from the Grand Place, 500 meters from Le Dixseptieme and it takes less than 5 minutes' walk to the train station.

Hilton Brussels Grand Place. The newly renovated hotel, formerly known as Le Meridien Brussels, is located in the city center, next to the central train station. Magritte Museum and Manneken Pis are just 500 meters from the hotel. Parking is available onsite.

Warwick Brussels - Grand Place. The luxurious hotel, formerly known as R. Windsor, offers modern accommodation. Hotel’s restaurant Chutney has a terrace next to the Grand Place. In the evening you can enjoy drinks and music at the Piano Bar. The train station is 200 meters away.

2. Avenue Louise & Ixelles

Avenue Louise and Ixelles area is located in the south-eastern region of Brussels. It is also known as the second center of the city. In fact, this area is just 2 kilometers away from the Grand Place.

Highlights of Avenue Louise & Ixelles

A cultural center and nightlife spot with many theaters and cinemas. There are many high-end shops and big brands around the Porte de Namur and Toison d'or.

This area is the most popular for expats and students in Brussels as it is a neighborhood with many accommodations. Many famous people such as Audrey Hepburn, Karl Marx and General Boulanger were living here.

The sights that should not be missed is the Chausée d’Ixelles which is the main shopping street in this area with various shops that sell a wide range of products from food to fashion clothes.

There are metro stations and tram stations in the area, so it can be convenient to travel.

Hotels in Avenue Louise and Ixelles

Aqua Hotel Brussels. This contemporary hotel is located on a narrow street in the city. The hotel is brightly decorated. The nearest Porte de Namur Metro Station is just 2-minute walk. The iconic Manneken Pis and the Grand Place is 2 km away.

NH Hotel Stephanie. This is a modern style hotel. The rooms are contemporary and airy. The upgraded rooms have views of the city. The hotel is located near Louise train station which is just a 3-minute walk away.

Argus Hotel Brussels. This is a casual hotel with simply furnished rooms. There are family rooms that can accommodate a maximum of 4 people. The hotel is located in the commercial area, just a 3-minute walk from the metro. Manneken Pis and the Grand Place are about 2 km away from hotel.

Steigenberger Wiltcher's. This hotel is surrounded by the luxurious shops of Avenue Louise. It is located 1 km away from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts and 2 km away from the Royal Palace of Brussels. Rooms here are contemporary and chic.

Hygge Hotel. The hotel is beautiful with modern corporation. The rooms are clean with colorful tiled bathrooms. Some rooms offer garden view. This hotel is close to restaurants, shops, cafés and just a 3-minute walk from the tram station.  The hotel is within a walking distance from the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and the Musical Instrument Museum.

3. European Quarter

The European Quarter (or European District), formerly known as Quartier Léopold, is located in the eastern part of the city. Although this area is a little far from the historic sites of Brussels, it is still an ideal area for businessmen and tourists to stay in the city.

Highlights of European Quarter

European Quarter is a bustling area with lots of shops, restaurants, green spaces to relax, museums and many interesting buildings as well as the headquarters of various European institutions.

It is also one of the most international residential areas in Brussels.

The main attraction in this area is the Place du Luxembourg, commonly known as "Plux".

It's a very convenient area to travel from as there are bus and tram stations, Bruxelles-Luxembourg train station and many metro stations like Maelbeek, Schuman, and Arts Loi.

Hotels in European Quarter

Leopold Hotel Brussels EU. This is a luxurious hotel featuring comfortable rooms with classic decoration. The hotel is a 9-minute walk from the Palais Royal de Bruxelles and just a 2-minute walk from the Brussels-Luxembourg train station. A complimentary breakfast is served.

Holiday Inn Brussels Schuman. This is an affordable hotel where it’s not too expensive to stay. The hotel offers comfortable rooms with full facilities and also a café, bar and furnished terrace. Parking and breakfast are also available for guests. This hotel is located just 3 minutes from the Schuman metro station.

Sofitel Brussels Europe. This is a luxury hotel with airy rooms and modern decoration. The suites have additional amenities such as a separate sitting area. A chic rooftop restaurant/bar is serving local and organic food. The hotel is located only 1.9 km away from the Royal Palace of Brussels.

Renaissance Brussels Hotel. It is another luxury hotel located in the European Quarter. There are rooms and suites with warm and contemporary style. The upgraded rooms have access to the lounge and special facilities. The presidential suite has a dining room and meeting rooms. There is a gym with an indoor pool and sauna.

Radisson RED Brussels. This is a modern hotel with contemporary room style. The hotel has facilities such as a gym, sauna, bar, an all-day restaurant and meeting rooms. Breakfast buffet is available. The hotel is just a 10-minute walk to Maelbeek metro station.

Tips

If you cannot find a suitable accommodation in the recommended areas of Brussels or the hotels you are finding are too expensive, we recommend checking for the hotel in less central parts of the city but near one of metro stations. City’s transportation system and traveling within Brussels is fast and convenient. You can check for other hotels in Brussels here: Brussels Hotels

For those on a tight budget or visiting Brussels as a group and looking for an affordable accommodation, our recommended Hostels in Brussels.