The top hostels in Brussels/Belgium
Belgium,  Western Europe

The top hostels in Brussels/Belgium

Are you a fan of chocolate and beer? If so, you should consider visiting Brussels, the capital city of Belgium!  And if you decide to go for it, read further to find the best hostel property Brussels offers! You can save your money on accommodation and enjoy it for gastronomy and culture instead. Are you looking for the perfect itinerary? Check this blog post and save your time making the comprehensive plan! If you would not have enough of Belgium, you can also check our post about the best hostels in Bruges!

The City of Brussels is the largest municipality and historical center of the Brussels-Capital Region and the capital of Belgium. Besides the strict center, it also covers the immediate northern outskirts where it borders municipalities in Flanders. It is the administrative center of the European Union, thus often dubbed, along with the region, the EU’s capital city.

The Brussels-Capital Region is located in the central portion of the country and is a part of both the French Community of Belgium, and the Flemish Community, but is separate from the Flemish Region (within which it forms an enclave) and the Walloon Region. Brussels is the most densely populated and the richest region in Belgium in terms of GDP per capita.

Brussels grew from a small rural settlement on the river Senne to become an important city-region in Europe. Since the end of the Second World War, it has been a major center for international politics and home to numerous international organizations, politicians, diplomats and civil servants.

The top hostels in Brussels/Belgium

Brussels is the de facto capital of the European Union, as it hosts many principal EU institutions, including its administrative-legislative, executive-political, and legislative branches (though the judicial branch is located in Luxembourg, and the European Parliament meets for a minority of the year in Strasbourg). Its name is sometimes used metonymically to describe the EU and its institutions.

The secretariat of the Benelux and headquarters of NATO are also located in Brussels. As the economic capital of Belgium and one of the top financial centers of Western Europe with Euronext Brussels, it is classified as an Alpha global city. Brussels is a hub for rail, road and air traffic, sometimes earning the moniker “Crossroads of Europe”. The Brussels metro is the only rapid transit system in Belgium. Also, both its airport and railway stations are the largest and busiest in the country.

Historically Dutch-speaking, Brussels saw a language shift to French from the late 19th century. The Brussels-Capital Region is officially bilingual in French and Dutch, even though French is now the lingua franca with over 90% of the inhabitants being able to speak it. Brussels is also increasingly becoming multilingual. English is spoken as a second language by nearly a third of the population and many migrants and expatriates speak other languages as well.

Brussels is known for its cuisine and gastronomy, as well as its historical and architectural landmarks; some of them are registered as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Main attractions include its historic Grand Place, Manneken Pis, Atomium, and cultural institutions such as La Monnaie/De Munt and the Museums of Art and History. Due to its long tradition of Belgian comics, Brussels is also hailed as a capital of the comic strip.

The top hostels in Brussels/Belgium

Brussels experiences an oceanic climate with warm summers and cool winters. Proximity to coastal areas influences the area’s climate by sending marine air masses from the Atlantic Ocean. Snowfall is infrequent, averaging 24 days per year. The city also often experiences violent thunderstorms in the summer months.

The City of Brussels is the location of many national institutions. The Royal Palace, where the King of the Belgians exercises his prerogatives as head of state, is situated alongside Brussels’ Park (not to be confused with the Royal Castle of Laeken, the official home of the Belgian Royal Family). The Palace of the Nation is located on the opposite side of this park and is the seat of the Belgian Federal Parliament.

The office of the Prime Minister of Belgium, colloquially called Law Street 16 (French: 16, rue de la Loi, Dutch: Wetstraat 16), is located adjacent to this building. It is also where the Council of Ministers holds its meetings. The Court of Cassation, Belgium’s main court, has its seat in the Palace of Justice. Other important institutions in the City of Brussels are the Constitutional Court, the Council of State, the Court of Audit, the Royal Belgian Mint, and the National Bank of Belgium.

Brussels contains over 80 museums. The Royal Museums of Fine Arts has an extensive collection of various painters, such as Flemish old masters like Bruegel, Rogier van der Weyden, Robert Campin, Anthony van Dyck, Jacob Jordaens, and Peter Paul Rubens. The Magritte Museum houses the world’s largest collection of the works of the surrealist René Magritte.

The top hostels in Brussels/Belgium

Museums dedicated to the national history of Belgium include the BELvue Museum, the Royal Museums of Art and History, and the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History. The Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), housed in the Old England building, is part of the Royal Museums of Art and History and is internationally renowned for its collection of over 8,000 instruments.

As you can see there are many reasons to visit Brussels, all of them are great hostels offering fantastic service for an even more fantastic price so your stay won’t cost a fortune! Let’s look at the top hostels Brussels offers! Just be kindly aware the price mentioned below each property is only average and could vary based on the chosen date and type of room/dorm!

#1 MEININGER Bruxelles City Center

8.5 on Booking.com    9.0 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 77 USD 

MEININGER Hotels Bruxelles City Center

The hotel is situated directly on the Canal de Charleroi a short 15-minute walk from the Grand Place and 300 meters from the Porte de Flandre, at the heart of Belgian city life a perfect starting point for your exploration of this European metropolis. Take note!… the comic-book theme can be found throughout the entire building.

Walls, tables, and floors are resplendent with comic-book figures and modern street art. For the sake of the environment, the hotel has CO2-neutral management! An all-you-can-eat-and-drink breakfast buffet awaits you in the morning. A self serve guest kitchen is also at your disposal, where you’ll find a stove, microwave oven, and kitchen utensils, as well as washers and dryers.

MEININGER Hotels Bruxelles City Center

The bar, snack machines, and the reception are there to provide you with information, small snacks, and drinks. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, and if you don’t have your laptop with you, our internet terminals are located in the lobby next to the gallery. Lockers are available for a small fee.

If you’ve had your fill of sightseeing and are looking for entertainment in the hotel, you can meet people from all over the world over a game of kicker, billiards, or Wii. There are single, double, and multiple-bed rooms or dormitories, and bed linens are included. All rooms have their 3-piece bathrooms and television.

Pros and Cons of Meininger Bruxelles City Center

Pros

  • Various dorms and rooms available
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Bar available
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Shared kitchen available
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Family rooms
  • Children friendly
  • Bicycle hire (for a fee)
  • Packed lunches (for a fee)
  • Pet friendly (for a fee)
  • Parking (for a fee)

Cons

  • Towels not included (in dorms only)
  • Breakfast not included

#2 Hi Hostel Bruegel Brussels

8.3 on Booking.com   9.0 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 77 USD 

Hi Hostel Bruegel Brussels

Completely renovated in 2017. Very centrally located in Brussels, capital of Europe. Youth hostel “Bruegel” is at a walking distance from Central Station and the Grand Place. This means easy access to the numerous monuments, museums, and attractions of this Capital of Europe. This hostel is famous for its international atmosphere and animated bar. The place to improve your international networking! 

Situated in Brussels and with Mont des Arts reachable within 400 meters, Hostel Bruegel features a restaurant, allergy-free rooms, free WiFi throughout the property, and a bar. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The property is close to popular attractions like Brussels City Hall, Museum of the City of Brussels, and Place Royale.

Hi Hostel Bruegel Brussels

At the hostel, rooms are equipped with a desk. Continental and buffet breakfast options are available each morning at Hostel Bruegel. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Manneken Pis, Notre-Dame du Sablon and Place du Grand Sablon. The nearest airport is Brussels Airport, 15 km from Hostel Bruegel.

Pros and Cons of Hi Hostel Bruegel Brussels

Pros

  • Great central location
  • Breakfast included
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Bar available
  • Restaurant available
  • Meals available
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Family rooms
  • Packed lunch

Cons

  • Towels nor sheets not included

#3 MEININGER Bruxelles Gare Du Midi

8.6 on Booking.com    9.0 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 75 USD 

Meininger Bruxelles Gare du Midi

MEININGER Bruxelles Gare du Midi is a great base from which any traveler can explore the city of Brussels. The hotel is located in the charming neighborhood of Anderlecht, in the southern part of Brussels. The building itself is fantastic inside and offers 150 rooms and 678 beds.

As for the facilities, there is everything you need and more! 24-hour reception with a helpful and multilingual team, air conditioning, washing machine, and dryer. Also, check out the public zones including guest kitchen and the lively game zone!

Like all MEININGER hotels, this one offers super public transport connections to all over Brussels. Gare Du Midi train station is just 5 minutes´ from the hotel and from here you can get trains to not only great destinations in the city but to all over Belgium and to other countries (the Eurostar stops here).

Meininger Bruxelles Gare du Midi

Brussels Central Station is just 3 minutes on the train from Gare Du Midi. Also, Zuidstation underground is very close to the hotel and is great for connecting via the subway to numerous landmarks, restaurants, parks, and neighborhoods. 

Brussels is home to some truly stunning museums and this hotel is very well connected to all of the major ones. The Magritte Museum is a particular delight to visit- it is a shrine to the artist René Magritte, who was one of the great surrealists of his generation. Located in the neighborhood of Zavel, closer to the city center, and just a 15-minute journey from the hotel, it is a great option for families. The museum itself is one of six museums that make up the ‘The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium’.

If you are looking for a breath of fresh air and some green space to have a picnic, then there are some great options in the local vicinity. Plaine de Jeux Pierre Paulus is just 1.8km from the hotel whilst the larger Parc de Forest is just a little further south. You can also discover the nearby Halle Gate- a medieval fortified city gate dating back to the 14th century. 

Pros and Cons of Meininger Bruxelles Gare du Midi

Pros

  • Various dorms and rooms available
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Bar available
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Shared kitchen available
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Family rooms
  • Children friendly
  • Bicycle hire (for a fee)
  • Packed lunches (for a fee)
  • Pet friendly (for a fee)
  • Parking (for a fee)

Cons

  • Towels not included (dorms only)
  • Breakfast not included
  • Farer from the city center

#4 Sleep Well Youth Hostel

8.6 on Booking.com    8.9 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 48 USD Dorms from 23 USD 

Sleep Well Youth Hostel

Sleep Well Youth Hostel benefits from a central location in historical Brussels, a 13-minute walk from the Grand Place and Manneken Pis, and 150 m from a shopping district. This eco-friendly hostel offers free Wi-Fi, a bar, a terrace, and bicycle rental services.

The functional rooms and dormitories come with hardwood floors, a desk, and a wardrobe. They also feature a bathroom with a shower and a toilet. Sleep Well Youth Hostel serves a complimentary buffet-style breakfast to start the day. You can also enjoy a drink at the bar. In the immediate surroundings of the accommodation, you can find a wide range of eating facilities and supermarkets.

Sleep Well Youth Hostel

Guests who wish to explore the city can rent a bicycle at Sleep Well Youth Hostel. The property also provides a library and free-of-charge table tennis facilities.

The closest metro station is a 5-minute walk, connecting to Brussels’ many districts and sightseeing attractions. Brussels-Central Train Station is 1 km and Brussels-South Train Station with the Eurostar and Thalys terminals is 2.1 km away. From Sleep Well Youth Hostel, it is 15.6 km to Brussels Airport.

Pros and Cons of Sleep Well Youth Hostel

Pros

  • Various dorms and rooms available
  • Great value for the price
  • Breakfast included
  • Great central location
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Activities organized
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Bar available
  • Restaurant available
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Shared kitchen available
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Family rooms
  • Children friendly
  • Bicycle hire 
  • Street parking

Cons

  • Towels not included 
  • Lockout between 11 am to 3 pm
  • Age limit for dorms – up to 35 years

#5 Generation Europe Youth Hostel

8.1 on Booking.com    8.4 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 67 USD

Generation Europe Youth Hostel

Generation Europe Youth Hostel is located in Brussels within a 20-minute walk from the central Grand Place and Manneken Pis. Guests can benefit from free Wi-Fi access, a buffet restaurant, and a bar, a garden terrace, and free evening entertainment.

Rooms here will provide you with hardwood floors and soundproofing. Featuring a shower, the shared bathrooms also come with a toilet and a washbasin. At Generation Europe Youth Hostel you will find a 24-hour front desk. Guests can enjoy a daily bio breakfast to start their day.

Generation Europe Youth Hostel

Other facilities offered laundry facilities, a shared kitchen, and a lounge. An array of activities can be enjoyed on-site or in the surroundings, including darts.

The hostel is 1.8 km from the Grand Place, 2 km from Brussels-South Train Station, which includes Eurostar and Thalys terminals. Generation Europe Youth Hostel is 26 km from Brussels Airport. The property offers free parking.

Pros and Cons of Generation Europe Youth Hostel

Pros

  • Breakfast included
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Quiet surroundings
  • Activities organized
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Bar and Café available
  • Meals available
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Family rooms
  • Free parking

Cons

  • Towels not included

 

3 Comments

  • Antonio

    Hi

    Thank you for the trip down memory lane, as I use to live in Belgium in Antwerp and use to visit Brussels  frequently. I must say that the beer and chocolate  is outstanding  and well worth the visit by itself. It is such a beautiful  place to  visit, so many wonderful sights to see and the people are friendly  to. I am glad I came across your website and the hostels  that you recommend to visit. It is often a difficult  choice but you have help to narrow it down. I am sure that my son will found it very interesting as he it planning to visit the city very soon. I think everybody should experience the hostel experience  at least once.

    Thanks

    Antonio

  • Tom

    Hey,

    I am so pleased I came across this article. My friends and I are looking into our trip following lockdown, and I believe Brussels could be it. We went to Munich last year and stayed in an amazing hostel, very similar to the ones you have reviewed here. You have made our lives a lot easier to choose which one quite quickly and at a decent price.

    I will let you know when we are going and when we return I’ll let you know what we thought of the city, the time we had and the hostel we decide to stay in. I will even give my own review.

    Thank you for sharing and keep up the amazing work.

    All the best,

    Tom

  • Jeff

    This is an awesome guide for the top hostels in Brussels Belgium, you know this information can be a big factor for anyone visiting Brussels on a vacation. When you are not staying at a comfortable place on a vacation you have much less fun, and often that can cause you negative feelings about the vacation.

    Jeff

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