The Best Hostels to Book in Bruges, Belgium

A number of Bruges hostels sit in gorgeous stepped-gable houses and Unesco-protected buildings
A number of Bruges hostels sit in gorgeous stepped-gable houses and Unesco-protected buildings
Nana Van De Poel

Charming Bruges is a must-visit for any traveller keen on walking around a prosperous merchant city where time seems to have stood still. But just as a couple of days of strolling through this Venice of the North can be romantic beyond words, the price tag can leave you speechless, too. Consider these great hostels in Bruges, which will let you experience the city’s medieval wonder at a reasonable price.

1. St Christopher’s Inn at the Bauhaus

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Brown-toned seating area in St Christophers Inn at the Bauhaus, with leather seats by tables and large mechanical clockface
Also part of our national list, St Christopher’s Bruges edition draws Belgian beer lovers in like moths to a flame. Located above the Bauhaus – an authentic Belgian beer bar that’s usually packed with locals and travellers alike – there are over 25 types of beer to taste at any time, right below your bunk. Upstairs, St Christopher’s – smartly using their tons of experience in the hostel business – has equipped their pod-style bunk beds with slide-around curtains for extra privacy. Plus, their flashy green bikes are a great option if you want to explore Bruges’ green countryside.

2. Snuffel Backpacker Hostel

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Interior courtyard at Snuffel Hostel, with a small green lawn between its white-painted frontage and many windows
Courtesy of Snuffel Backpacker Hostel
With a friendly and convivial atmosphere as their top priority, Snuffel has a habit of attracting locals in search of a casual beer as well as international backpackers. Exotic strangers soon become exotic friends on the hostel’s spacious patio that’s home to a pop-up bar serving a mean sangria and hosting live concerts during the summer months. Sleeping in their simple dorms comes easy knowing you’ll be treated to a complimentary breakfast when the sun rises.

3. HI Europa Bruges

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Many tables and chairs in a dining area with a radiator and gold tree mural at HI Europe Bruges; serving area through doors
One of the most pocket-friendly hostels in Bruges – rates are known to dip below €15 – has its own quiet patch a 15-minute walk from the city centre. Dorms may be simple and the place might sport a ‘back to basics’ vibe, but the breakfast is free, the staff is friendly and a brisk walk towards the city centre will not only wake you up but also give you a glimpse at Bruges’ lovely countryside to boot.

4. Hostel de Passage

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What you’d call a boutique hostel if there were such a thing, Hostel de Passage is just a tad more luxurious and intimate than your typical crashing den for nomadic twentysomethings. The pastel blue townhouse, not even 500m (1,640ft) away from the main market square, has 10 rooms that are all limited to two, three or four beds. The pièce de résistance is its downstairs bistro Gran Kaffee de Passage, where Flemish comfort food is served in the most charismatic of art deco interiors.

5. Hostel Lybeer

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Several people in a moodily lit bar with red walls, sofas, tables, chairs and chandeliers at Hostel Lybeer
© lovetrotter.net / Courtesy of Hostel Lybeer
They’re a tight-knit family of their own at Hostel Lybeer, which is exactly why we’ve featured them before in our list of the best hostels in Bruges. With a staff dedicated to making you feel at home and fellow guests from every walk of life, the atmosphere is intimate and cosmopolitan at the same time. An especially fancy bar downstairs with high ceilings, chandeliers and red velvet drapes awaits when you return from your free walking tour in time for the nightly happy hour.

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