If you’ve come to Belgium to get your lips on a few of those alcoholic bad boys you’ve heard so much about, St Christopher’s Inn makes it easy for you. The travelers’ bar in their adjoined step cable houses stocks over 40 typical Belgian beers and hosts tastings and two happy hours every single day. Partygoers will be happy to know that check-in and check-out are possible 24/7, so no going home before you’re done enjoying Bruges‘ nightlife.
Blending in with the city that likes to call itself the world’s comic capital, Brussels’ Meininger Hotel has decked itself out in murals of paper heroes and cartoon drawings. The incredibly spacious, industrial-looking communal spaces are perfectly stylish with street art thrown in, and there’s good news for the environmentally conscious traveler as this place is completely CO2 neutral.
Giving a real feel for personal and authentic Brussels is The Captaincy. This guesthouse/hostel is especially great for the opportunity to stay in one of the capital’s historic 17th-century townhouses at an affordable price. The impressive home at the ‘lime dock’ in the tranquil Saint Catherine neighborhood used to house the captaincy of the Brussels Harbor before becoming the private property of a well-off merchant. With its full capacity at 16 guests and a wooden rooftop terrace, it’s almost a boutique hostel.
The Captaincy, Quai à la Chaux 8, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, +32 496 59 93 79
Rooms with private en-suite bathrooms are a rarity in the hostel scene, a fact that immediately lifts the Antwerp Student Hostel out above the bunch. Designed originally for students, researchers, and even professors, the ASH now attracts a great deal of international guests from all walks of life. A tranquil library is still preserved for people trying to study or work, while more carefree guests can enjoy the outdoor patio or game room. Expert tip: room 1701 offers a spectacular panoramic view of the city’s Cathedral.
The ASH, Italiëlei 237-239, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium, +32 3 500 88 17
One of the most wonderful things about life in Ghent is the city’s collection of crisscrossing canals. Visitors enchanted by the waterways might want to give Ecohostel Andromeda a try as it’s located inside a converted barge a little ways out of the center. Eco-friendly with a biological breakfast included and a distinct nautical charm, it’s the most original way to spend a Ghent getaway.
Ecohostel Andromeda, Eargiekaai 38, 9000 Ghent, Belgium, +32 486 67 80 33