Whether you’re solo travelling through Brussels or vacationing with family and friends, staying in a hostel is a great way to meet like-minded travellers. Here are Culture Trip’s best hostels in the Belgian capital.
Meininger Brussel City Centre – The all-round best hostel
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Meininger Brussels City Centre Hostel is one of the coolest hostels in Europe. Walls plastered in street art have accentuated the industrial vibe inside the hostel, where you’ll find mixed and female-only dorms alongside a fully equipped kitchen. Located on the canal, a 15-minute walk from the centre, it’s close to the highlights of Brussels without being in the thick of things. Meet new friends in the bar during the evenings before challenging them to a game of pool or Nintendo Wii, available in the spacious common areas.
Location is everything for the 2GO4 Grand Place Hostel, which literally sits on the Grand Place, Brussels’s central square. The common areas in the hostel, which are filled with antique wooden furnishings, old lamps and chesterfield sofas, tend to be quieter, but those looking to feel the city’s bustle can easily do so. Staying in the historic Medieval part of the capital means that you’re only a few steps away from the best restaurants, pubs and clubs. Get acquainted with the city and meet fellow travellers by signing up to the free walking tour.
Sleep Well Youth Hostel – Great for solo travellers
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Sleep Well Youth Hostel is ideal for solo travellers. It’s within walking distance of all the cultural attractions on offer in the city, and if you’re in need of travel companions then look no further than the bustling common areas and on-site bar, decked out with sleek black feature walls and industrial-style lighting. On top of that, the hostel also offers bike hire, a free walking tour and a complimentary breakfast buffet.
2GO4 City Centre Hostel – In the heart of Brussels
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The 2GO4 Hostel in the heart of downtown Brussels is a bit older than the hostels near the Grand Place, but no less great a stay. Comfortable mixed and single-sex dorms that sleep up to six people in each room can be found here, and the entire place is decorated with antique furniture and quirky bric-a-brac. Partygoers will love the general buzz, and the hostel is only a short walk from the best bars, pubs and clubs in the city.
The Youth Hostel Van Gogh, situated next to the botanical gardens where the artist had his workshop, combines affordable prices with a great social atmosphere. Mixed and female-only dorms are available, while the large terrace for sunbathing is a nice touch. The hostel bar stocks a range of Belgian beers and hosts regular live music, making this one of the best spots for those looking to socialise. A continental breakfast buffet is included.
If you’re looking to stay somewhere a bit more low key, you can’t go wrong with the Jacques Brel Youth Hostel. The biggest dorm has only six beds, and there’s a bar, a terrace for lazy afternoons and a great kitchen for self-caterers, as well as foosball and a pool table. The neighbourhood, Saint-Josse, is home to the botanical gardens and leafy squares, perfect for those looking to explore a more quiet side of Brussels. The overnight rate includes a sustainably sourced breakfast buffet.
Located steps from the Marolles Flea Market and the museum district, the Hostel Galia is a small but lovely lodging. The dorms have a historic and regal feel, with solid wooden furnishings and old pictures hanging on the wall. A free breakfast is included, serving pastries, fruit, bread and cereal. As for tourist attractions, the Palace of Justice, the Grand Place and the city centre are within easy walking distance.
Make your visit to Brussels extra special by staying at the Train Hostel. Located north of the city centre in the multicultural and residential Schaerbeek neighbourhood, here you can book a bed in a train’s sleeper compartment. The sleeping area is decked out with unique pieces of furniture that the owners picked up at flea markets across the city, giving each room its own flair. The hostel also offers regular dorms, family rooms and private rooms. A bar serves up delicious local craft beers, and the common room is furnished with comfortable chesterfield sofas, adding to the retro feel.
Génération Europe Youth Hostel – Suitable for all travellers
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Génération Europe Youth Hostel suits everyone, from families to solo travellers and party fiends. The hostel offers dorms as well as private and family rooms, and there’s even parking space for camper vans. For those looking to socialise, there’s a bar, a games room, great common areas and an outdoor terrace. Located in the slowly gentrifying Molenbeek-Saint-Jean neighbourhood, the area is an exciting one to explore with loads of new places to eat and drink. If you’re looking to party, head 10 minutes down the road to Saint-Géry, a neighbourhood full of bars and nightclubs.
Located in the city centre’s charming Medieval Sablon neighbourhood, the HI Hostel Bruegel has a great reputation for its international vibe, acting as a place to network, meet new friends and generally have a great time with your fellow travellers. There aren’t any kitchen facilities available, but there is a good continental breakfast included in your booking, and the on-site bar is one of the livelier spots in the capital. A gorgeous terrace soaks up the sun, and the hostel is just 10 minutes from Brussels’s main attractions.