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Quite a lot of Bruges' hostels find themselves in gorgeous step-gabled houses and other UNESCO-protected buildings | Courtesy of St. Christopher's
Quite a lot of Bruges' hostels find themselves in gorgeous step-gabled houses and other UNESCO-protected buildings | Courtesy of St. Christopher's
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The 5 Best Hostels In Bruges, Belgium

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Charming Bruges is a must-visit for any traveler keen on walking around in a prosperous merchant city where time seems to have stood still. But while a couple of days of strolling through ‘the Venice of the North’ can be romantic beyond words, the price tag for such a getaway can get up there too. These five hostels will let you experience Bruges’ medieval joy at a reasonable price.
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St Christopher’s Inn at the Bauhaus

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 of 30 years that’s usually pleasantly packed with locals and travelers alike, there are over 25 types of beer to taste at any given 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.

Langestraat 133-137, 8000 Bruges, Belgium, +32 50 34 10 93

One of St. Christopher's main assets is its downstairs bar with many Belgian beers and an eclectic, warm style | Courtesy of St. Christopher's

One of St. Christopher’s main assets is its downstairs bar with many Belgian beers and an eclectic, warm style | Courtesy of St. Christopher’s

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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 fair-trade breakfast when the sun rises.

Ezelstraat 42, 8000 Bruges, Belgium, +32 50 33 31 33

Snuffel boasts modern facilities a mere 500 meters away from Bruges' historic Belfry and main square | Courtesy of Snuffel Backpacker Hostel

Snuffel boasts modern facilities a mere 500 meters away from Bruges’ historic Belfry and main square | Courtesy of Snuffel Backpacker Hostel

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HI Europe Bruges

One of Bruges’ most pocketbook-friendly hostels – rates are known to dip below 15 euros – has its own quiet patch a fifteen-minute walk from the city center. 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 center will not only wake you up but also give you a glimpse at Bruges’ lovely countryside to boot.

Baron Ruzettelaan 143, 8310 Bruges, Belgium, +32 50 35 26 79

Spacious, clean and on a quiet patch just outside the city center, HI Europe offers beds at unbeatable fares | © Vlaamse Jeugdherbergen

Spacious, clean and located on a quiet patch just outside the city center, HI Europe Bruges offers beds at unbeatable fares | © Vlaamse Jeugdherbergen

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Hostel de Passage

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 20-somethings. The pastel blue townhouse, not even half a kilometer away from the main market square, has ten 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.

Dweersstraat 26, 8000 Bruges, Belgium, +32 50 34 02 32

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Hostel Lybeer

They’re a tight-knight family of their own at Hostel Lybeer, which is exactly why we’ve featured them before in our list of Belgium’s best hostels. 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.

Korte Vuldersstraat 31, 8000 Bruges, Belgium, +32 50 33 43 55

A strong family-minded atmosphere pervades Hostel Lybeer, a go-to home away from home for people of any age | © love trotters.net/courtesy of Hostel Lybeer

A strong family-minded atmosphere pervades Hostel Lybeer, a go-to home away from home for people of any age | © love trotters.net/Courtesy of Hostel Lybeer