The 10 Best Airbnbs in Brussels

Brussels is a vibrant capital with an abundance of stylish places to stay
Brussels is a vibrant capital with an abundance of stylish places to stay | Getty Images / Tomasz Spychala
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6 January 2020

Experiencing the multicultural vibe of Brussels is easy with its range of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, historic landmarks and cultural institutions. Small but vibrant, the Belgian capital is also home to a range of stylish accommodation.

A downtown rooftop apartment

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This rooftop flat is 10-15 minutes' walk from central Brussels | Courtesy of Airbnb/Laura

Located near the St Boniface area in Ixelles, this hyper-modern yet minimalistic rooftop apartment is best suitable for a couple or two friends. The sleek furnishings perfectly fit the angled walls in the apartment, which comes with a fully equipped kitchen, a lounge area and a cosy bedroom. Overlooking the city’s Gothic rooftops, the apartment is centrally located, within 10-15 minutes’ walk to the central Brussels where you’ll find attractions like the Museum of Ixelles, an art museum founded in 1892.

Vintage style in a buzzing neighbourhood

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This trendy option is filled with vintage furniture | Courtesy of Airbnb/Juju

Nestled in the trendy area of Châtelain, this apartment has a charming bohemian vibe. Guests of this Airbnb are welcomed into a living room adorned with gorgeous pieces of vintage furniture, an open-plan kitchen and a newly renovated bathroom. Suitable for travellers looking to stay in a lively neighbourhood, the apartment is located close to Galerij Michel Rein, a contemporary art gallery, the Horta Museum and endless options of restaurants, bars and cafés.

A chic apartment that doubles as a furniture store

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This private walled-garden apartment is full of chic furnishings | Courtesy of Airbnb/Daphne

If you’ve ever loved a piece of furniture in an Airbnb so much that you wished you could take it home, look no further than this apartment in the Brugmann quarter. The spacious apartment is filled with custom-made furniture that comes with a price tag, allowing guests to purchase anything they fancy, from the couch to the coffee table. Folding wooden doors let plenty of morning light into the bedroom, which features chic furnishings that are set off by a black feature wall. Floor-to-ceiling windows give access to a lovely backyard that’s perfect on sunny days.

A spacious duplex with co-working access

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Large groups will find plenty of space in this duplex | Courtesy of Airbnb/Alex

Looking for an apartment that accommodates large groups? This spacious duplex situated in the historical centre can house six people in multiple rooms spread out over two floors. The sophisticated apartment has modest yet stylish decor, featuring a palette of earthy colours. A stay at the maisonette also gives guests free access to the nearby co-working space. After a day spent outdoors, wind down at the apartment’s rooftop terrace overlooking the city.

Modern Belgian art in a studio apartment

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This modern studio apartment is ideal for art lovers | Courtesy of Airbnb/Dorsan

This studio apartment in the laid-back and artsy area of Saint Gilles is a favourite among art lovers. Famous for its Art Nouveau buildings and galleries, the area, which is within walking distance of the city centre, is home to a multicultural population. The apartment is perfectly located on a quiet road around the corner from Avenue Louise, a street full of international fashion brands, but the style doesn’t stop there. Its decor honours Belgian modern art from the 1970s, with framed drawings and artworks on the wall and elegant furnishings.

A bird’s-eye view of Brussels

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This hip loft on the 18th floor comes with spectacular panoramic views of the city | Courtesy of Airbnb/Jean

Take in the amazing panoramic views of Brussels from the terrace that comes with this 18th-floor apartment in the northern quarter of the city. Inside the trendy apartment, you’ll find expansive concrete floors covered by colourful carpets, a cherry-red kitchen and a large selection of tropical plants, which create an alternative vibe. While the area is mostly known for being a business hotspot, this apartment is at the edge of the area, marrying the business atmosphere with the hip ambience of the local bars and restaurants.

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  • A celebration of Art Deco that’s great for families

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    The historic Haussmann apartment has been lovingly renovated | Courtesy of Airbnb/Dominique

    This modern Art Deco apartment is situated in a historic Haussmann building in the middle of Brussels’ St Catherine fashion district. Despite renovations, the place has kept its beautiful Art Deco details intact, featuring a black marble fireplace, high corniced ceilings, and a baroque mirror. Within easy walking distance are the upscale neighbourhood of Sablon and the Grand Place, the central square in the city.

    Nordic-style studio with a terrace

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    Enjoy Scandinavian living in the heart of Brussels | Courtesy of Airbnb/Alya

    Only a 10-minute walk west of central Brussels is the neighbourhood of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean where you’ll find this cute studio apartment. With a Scandinavian-inspired interior, the apartment houses minimalist and stylish pieces of furniture, including boxed wooden shelves and an exposed brick wall in the kitchen that add a rustic touch. The home comes with a small terrace area, providing guests with extra space to move around. The area itself is bristling with Art Nouveau architecture and is home to a large selection of cafés and bars.

    Historic apartment with worldly character

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    This 19th-century apartment comes with views of the medieval square | Courtesy of Airbnb/Bernard

    Stepping into this historic apartment is like stepping into the study of an old explorer. Dark wooden furniture is complemented by Middle Eastern carpets, bookcases overflowing with literature and shelves full of worldly antiques lit warmly with lamps. Situated inside a 19th-century building on a quiet square just beneath the Palace of Justice, the apartment is incredibly well-appointed with a fully equipped kitchen, sofa bed and two single beds in the bedroom. Thanks to its ideal location, guests also get great views of the medieval square.

    An Atomium flat next to nature

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    It's all playful colours and thoughtful design elements in the chic, cosy apartment | Courtesy of Airbnb/Camile

    This charming and colourful apartment north of central Brussels is located near the striking Atomium, a sculpture and iconic landmark constructed in 1958. Original floorboards from the turn of the century give the apartment a touch of rustic character, while the teal-coloured bathroom brings a dash of quirkiness into the apartment. Situated close to Brussels EXPO Centre that hosts concerts and exhibitions, the property is also near the Royal Park and the Japanese Tower – a part of the site of the Museums of the Far East.

    These recommendations were updated on January 6, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.