The Best Hotels in Liège, Belgium

The Van der Valk Hotel Sélys Liège is one of the Belgian citys charming hotels
The Van der Valk Hotel Sélys Liège is one of the Belgian city's charming hotels | Courtesy of Van der Valk Hotel Sélys Liège / Expedia
Phoebe Taplin

Forget Brussels. Liège is the true capital of culture in Belgium. Rich in gastronomy, history and architecture, the city’s hotel offerings are just as enticing.

Nicknamed “the ardent city” for its fiery history, Liège packs churches, galleries and bars into its winding, ancient streets. The city’s reputation as a centre for culture and entertainment goes back centuries, with theatres, parties, museums, great food and a cheeky puppet mascot all symbols of this Wallonian city. An hour from Brussels by train, Liège feels warmer and more welcoming than the capital. Here are eight places to stay that showcase the city’s charms, bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Hotel Neuvice

Hotel

Black sofa chairs opposite a sleek black fireplace and wooden shelving unit in stylish room with access to a patio at Hotel Neuvice.
Courtesy of Hotel Neuvice / Expedia
Consisting of three 18th-century wooden buildings surrounding a bamboo-shaded courtyard on the oldest pedestrian alleyway in Liège, the Hotel Neuvice enjoys an unrivalled heritage. The narrow, shop-lined street outside was once a medieval hub for printers and goldsmiths, and today the hotel includes a former bookseller’s house. The Place du Marché, Saint Lambert’s Cathedral and the Opéra Royal are all just steps away. Opened in 2012, the rooms here are immaculately modern, using natural brushed oak and varnished raw steel. The breakfast is local and organic; don’t miss the fruit-packed conserves made from gooseberries, rhubarb or cherries.

2. Auberge de Jeunesse de Liège

Hostel, Hotel

Brown ottomans and red sofas in an exposed brick and stone hallway with books lining the windowsills at Auberge de Jeunesse de Liège.
Courtesy of Liège Youth Hostel / Expedia
With 344 beds, communal spaces and a bar in a renovated convent, this big youth hostel is party central. The decor is playful with table football, neon signs and strings of lights contrasting with the timeworn brick archways of the original building. The nightly fee includes an eco-friendly, locally sourced breakfast buffet with fresh bread, cheeses and fruit. Be sure to leave room for the sugar-topped waffles, famous here and available across the city. On an island in the River Meuse, close to the market and the characterful Musée Tchantchès, the hostel is bang in the middle of the city.

4. Penta Hotel

Hotel

Twin double beds with white sheets in large suite room with a football table and dark carpet at Penta Hotel.
Courtesy of Pentahotel Liège / Expedia

This brutalist block on the curving Boulevard de la Sauvenière has good-sized rooms, wallpapered with a giant map of the city. There’s even a special Playerpad suite for gamers, with its own lounge, mega-screen, pinball and retro gaming machine or PS4, all likely to cheer up teens bored by too many art galleries. The Penta has a gym, an open-all-hours lounge and bar with billiard table, whilst breakfast is included. At other times, you can order herby duck risotto, the mighty Pentaburger or a citrus-infused crème brûlée. Better still, head off to explore the maze of pedestrianised lanes around the corner, full of fancy chocolate shops, Cuban cocktail bars and pizza vendors.

5. Van Der Valk Sélys Liège

Hotel

Red brick and stone exterior of Van der Valk Selys Liege on a sunny day. Black umbrellas and patio furniture in front of the entrance.
Courtesy of Van der Valk Sélys Liège Hotel and Spa / Expedia

At the heart of this imposing U-shaped hotel with a spa on the Rue du Mont Saint-Martin are two 15th-century mansions whose sloping beams and arched windows make the historic rooms here so special. Eat confit rabbit with sage and champagne sabayon surrounded by ornate gilded wood and delicate murals. Drink draught Hoegaarden Rosée on the summer terrace, watching the sun set over the roofs and towers of Liège or under the vaulted brickwork of the Cave Bar. The hotel is just across the boulevard from the huge City Mirror cultural centre housed in a former bathhouse.

6. Hotel de la Couronne

Independent Hotel

Sweeping steel and glass roof of the Santiago Calatrava train station.
Courtesy of Hotel de la Couronne / Expedia

Arrive at Liège-Guillemins by train and step straight into the smart rooms of the modern Couronne: you couldn’t get closer to Santiago Calatrava’s sweeping, otherworldly steel and glass-roofed railway station without sleeping on the platform. Kick off a day’s business or sightseeing with a Spanish omelette or rich dark chocolate cake from the breakfast buffet and end it with local beers in the business-friendly bar. With dozens of neighbouring eateries in Rue des Guillemins, the hotel doesn’t bother having its own restaurant, but staff are happy to recommend quality spots nearby.

7. B&B Villa Thibault

Bed and Breakfast

Low carved wooden bench with cushions in a rustic room with white washed stone walls and wood panelling at B&B Villa Thibault.
Courtesy of Villa Thibault / Expedia

At the junction of three old cobbled streets, this 19th-century mansion is part of the jumble of gables and windows that give Liège so much character. Art lovers Serge Schoonbroodt and Guido Vonk bought the house in 2009 and have restored it without destroying its individuality. Sloping attic ceilings, a balcony, tiled floors, carved wood or painted bricks make each of the three rooms totally different, each filled with treasures from the flea market. The organic breakfasts are as thoughtful as the decor, with fluffy omelettes, fresh crispy rolls and pastries.

This is an updated rewrite of an article originally by Nana Van De Poel.

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