For those who prefer to explore the city on foot, a hotel is within walking distance Large market (Grote Markt) is ideal as it is located in the middle of the old town’s cluster of well-known sights and monuments, such as Manneken Pis and Saint-Michel Cathedral. Some of the city’s best restaurants are also located in this compact area, as well as plenty of shopping. Public transport is a great option for those who choose to stay a little further from the center or want to visit the outlying sights and museums. Those driving should be aware that parking is scarce in the city center and is often not included in the room rate in the more popular tourist areas.
Where to stay for luxury
Just in an ideal place three blocks to the Grote Markt and less than two for Manneken Pis, Hotel Amigo has modern, spacious rooms that are individually decorated. Services available include babysitting, room service, airport transfers, turndown service and an excellent restaurant serving breakfast. Guests are welcome to take advantage of the large and well-equipped fitness center or get in a little cardio by climbing the impressive spiral staircase that rises from the core of the building.
The Hotel – Brussels puts a hip spin on luxury stays with its aura of modern sophistication in the communal areas and rooms. It is renowned for its excellent city views and is just a two-minute walk to the Jardin du Petit Sablon and less than five minutes to the Place Royal and other excellent old town attractions. Featuring a trendy gourmet restaurant and a chic spa, the hotel offers airport transfers, concierge services and a fully equipped business center.
Those looking for a quieter area will enjoy the Tangla Hotel Brussels, located on the eastern edge of the city, close to the university. Although it is a five-star hotel, the prices at this Asian-themed hotel are very reasonable. It is best known for its breakfast buffet with specialties from the hotel’s Chinese restaurant.
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Where to stay: Mid-range
Just three blocks from the Parc de Bruxelles and Place Royal, the Courtyard Brussels EU Marriott hotel is a reasonably priced hotel with a simple design and modern amenities. It is ideal for anyone who wants to combine reliable service and quality 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.
Motel One’s rooms are ultra-modern and efficient, and there are several lovely public areas, including a terrace with a patio with cozy dewdrop-shaped corners. This hotel is conveniently located close to Central Stationjust two blocks from Saint-Michel Cathedral, a five-minute walk from the Belgian Comic Strip Center and about ten minutes from the rest of the city’s main attractions.
The Aloft Brussels Schuman Hotel is located a little further from the center of the old city, but is convenient to several attractions, including the Cinquantenaire Park, Autoworld, the Museum of Natural Sciences and the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History. Designed for younger travelers, this trendy, tech-focused hotel features spacious rooms and public areas with social games such as pool and table football.
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 accommodation with a guest kitchen and pride for being carbon neutral. It is about 20 minutes walk to the city center or a short bus ride and sits on the Brussels-Charleroi Canal, next to the museums of MIMA and La Fonderie Bruxelles.
The budget, family-run Hotel a la Grande Cloche offers surprisingly spacious rooms that are bright and spotless, some with private bathrooms. The city center is easily accessible via the nearby bus or metro or can be reached by a fifteen minute walk, and it Manneken Pis is just four blocks away.
EasyHotel Brussels City Center is located about a ten-minute walk from the main attractions and just two blocks from the Comic Strip Museum. It has cozy but immaculately clean rooms, all with private bathrooms. Facilities are modern, including dedicated USB charging points for electronics.
Where to stay for families
Families looking for a luxurious retreat will love Made In Louise, a family-run boutique hotel in the Ixelles district, close to the shops and boutiques of Avenue Louise. The breakfast spread has freshly baked bread, Belgian waffles and several good gluten-free options, and there is a small market in the lobby. There are family rooms, plus many comfortable communal areas such as the lounge, a games room with board games and pool table and a lovely courtyard with a giant chess set. Childcare is available for parents who want some time for themselves.
The FunKey Hotel has a name that sums it up: the place is indeed funky and kids of all ages will love it. Brightly colored carpet in primary colors and architecture with clean lines give the hotel a modern but playful appearance. The activity room offers something for everyone, with board games, table football, a keyboard, video games and a vending machine. Family rooms come with a kitchenette and there is a guest kitchen for everyone to use. Breakfast is free, as well as snacks and drinks for the whole family at any time. Parking is included and the accommodation is close to a supermarket and a bus stop that can take you to the city center in ten minutes.
Where to stay for romance
The four-star Pillows Grand Hotel Place Rouppe is located just outside the city center in a safe, quiet area, just a five-minute walk from the Manneken Pis and ten minutes to the Grote Markt. There is a gourmet restaurant on site and several good restaurants nearby to choose from. The décor is modern yet chic, with tastefully decorated rooms featuring a wireless audio system, a Nespresso machine and a luxurious marble bathroom. The hotel also features a new state-of-the-art fitness center and spa.
For a more relaxing romantic getaway, seclusion seekers will love the MAS Residence. This boutique hotel is alone a fifteen minute walk to most major attractions but is located in a quiet part of town. There are small supermarkets nearby for those who want to take advantage of the kitchen that comes as standard with all suites. The rooms are spacious, with high ceilings and decorated in a way that perfectly combines the old and the new.