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Where to Stay in Brussels: The Best Areas and Hotels for Your Interests

Ornate merchant houses in Brussels city center
Charming Grand Place

From the energetic historic center to the charming outer neighborhoods, there are plenty of options for where to stay in Brussels. We’ve returned to this beautiful city three times in 18 months. The multiple visits have given us plenty of opportunity to research the best places to stay in Brussels from high-end hotels to welcoming bed and breakfasts and to try out a handful of them while exploring the neighborhoods. This guide will help you find the best area to stay in Brussels to meet your needs.

Selecting the best area to stay in Brussels

Brussels is one of the most under-rated European capitals. It’s full of fun things to do. It has stunning architecture, great food, and just enough quirks to keep you on your toes. I mean, the main attraction is a statue of a little boy peeing. Brussels is also well-connected by train to other cities in Belgium, so you can easily use it as a base for day trips to Bruges, Antwerp, Ghent, and beyond.

The neighborhoods of Brussels, Belgium, are communities that each have a different feel. Whether you want to be right in the heart of the action near Grand Place, in the upscale Sablon, or amidst the Art Nouveau buildings of Ixelles or Saint-Gilles, there are diverse experiences to choose from.

statue of a boy urinating
Manneken Pis

Each neighborhood has varying architecture, a different vibe, diverse restaurants to choose from, and different levels of noise and crowds. The good news is that Brussels is easy to get around by walking or the extensive public transportation system, so wherever you stay, you’re never very far away from the attractions and the beautiful UNESCO-listed center of the city.

This list is focused on where most visitors will likely want to be for their first or second time visiting Brussels. We’ve included hotels near Grand Place and the adjacent Saint-Gery as well as places to stay near Midi station for those who may be connecting to somewhere else by train.

We’ve also included the charming neighborhoods of the Sablon, Ixelles, and Saint-Gilles. Avenue Louise is also a desirable place to stay partially in Ixelles and partially in Saint-Gilles, so the hotels and guesthouses in that area are listed separately. Each hotel is also classified based on budget to help with your trip planning and research.

Street art mural showing couple in the streets of Brussels

Best areas in the center of Brussels

Hotels in Grand Place and Saint-Gery

The medieval center of Brussels is dominated by the gorgeous Grand Place, ornate buildings, chocolate stops, frites stands, the famous Manneken Pis statue, and other fascinating attractions. The historic center can be an ideal place for first-time visitors who want to stay in the heart of everything.

A couple of blocks west of Grand Place is the Saint-Gery neighborhood, which is full of bars, restaurants, and boutiques. Together with Grand Place, these bustling areas make up the center of town, so we’ve combined them here. It’s worth noting that the historic center is lively and can be crowded, so ask for a room away from the street.

People in Grand Place and the square's historic buildings

Marriott Grand Place

$$$ It doesn’t get more central than the Marriott. Just one block from Grand Place, this property has everything you would hope for from a larger chain hotel in the center—satellite TV, coffee and tea making facilities, deluxe beds, and 24-hour room service. The non-smoking rooms are even pet-friendly. There is also an executive lounge.

The Midtown Bar & Grill is the Marriott’s American-style steakhouse, offering steaks, fresh seafood and salads. There are also multiple options for breakfast. Steps from the Bourse metro stop, it’s easy to visit anywhere in the city using the Marriott Grand Place as a base. Check reviews and prices for Marriott Grand Place.

Warwick Brussels

$$$ Just 3 minutes from Grand Place and from the Central Station, the Warwick is a great place from which to explore Brussels or to take a day trip to a nearby city. This luxurious hotel offers free access to a fitness center and sauna.

One of the top-rated hotels in Brussels, the Warwick offers a cozy piano bar and an excellent restaurant serving Belgian specialties, steaks and pastas. Modern rooms have flat-screen TVs, free internet, and a marble bathroom. Check reviews and prices for Warwick Brussels.

Church with two bell towers
Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula

Hotel Le Dixseptième

$$$ Four-star accommodations in the heart of the city, Hotel Le Dixseptième is a modern hotel with an historic heart dating from the 17th century. Beyond the bar and lobby and up the original staircase, you’ll find classic, patio, and garden rooms. Some rooms feature authentic fireplaces, terraces, and garden views. This 37-room charming hotel also offers a fitness room and sauna. Hotel Le Dixseptième is a refuge in the middle of the city. Check reviews and prices for Hotel Le Dixseptième.

Art de Sejour

$$ Five minutes south of Grand Place, Art de Séjour is an exceptional bed and breakfast set in a 19th-century, renovated townhouse. The spacious air-conditioned rooms come with wifi, satellite TV, Nespresso machine, and even a computer to use while you’re there. The breakfast, served in the drawing room every morning, is also delicious.

Guests at the Art de Sejour B&B rave about the service and attention to detail. They appreciate the personalized recommendations from the owner and that he’s willing to go the extra mile to make sure they have a great visit to Brussels. Check reviews and prices for Art de Sejour.

People walking through gallery of indoor shops

Hotel Dansaert

$ Between Place Sainte-Catherine and Grand Place in the trendy Saint-Gery neighborhood, you’ll find Hotel Dansaert. This newly-renovated hotel is a great value for money, especially when you consider the location.

Hotel Dansaert’s 41 rooms feature wifi, satellite TV, and L’Occitane en Provence toiletries. A breakfast buffet is available. Check reviews and prices for Hotel Dansaert.

Large building with statues and columns

Ibis Hotel City Centre

$ This big, modern hotel offers comfortable rooms right next to the Church of Saint Catherine and a 6-minute walk from Grand Place. Rooms come with a flat-screen satellite TV, desk, and shower. Rooms can be on the cozier side but generally offer a good value for the price. Breakfast is available at the hotel. Check reviews and prices for Ibis Hotel City Centre.

Hotels near Midi Station

Many travelers enter and leave at Midi Station (Gare du Midi). The Eurostar and international trains stop here, so staying near Midi can be convenient if your stay is short or if you have an early-morning departure.

A 15-20 minute walk from the historic area of Brussels, the neighborhood around Midi Station can feel a little desolate, so it may not be ideal for some people, particularly solo female travelers. Fortunately, there are several good options for hotels in or right by the Midi train station.

People and buildings in a city square

Pullman Brussels Centre Midi

$$ In Midi Station, Pullman Brussels Centre Midi features air-conditioned rooms, comfortable beds, free wifi, and rain showers in a location ideal for travelers coming or going to international destinations by train. There is also a fitness center and a sauna. The on-site restaurant and bar offer European cuisine and a broad selection of international wines. Check reviews and prices for Pullman Brussels Centre Midi.

Novotel Brussels Centre Midi

$ Located next to the train station, Novotel Brussels Centre Midi is just a few minutes from the train platforms. This mid-scale hotel has air-conditioned, soundproof rooms with modern décor and satellite TVs. The on-site bar offers cocktails, Belgian beers, and Belgian specialty dishes. Free wifi throughout. Check reviews and prices for Novotel Brussels Centre Midi.

Beer bottles and glasses on table

YOOMA Urban Lodge

$$$ Named among the most luxurious and trendiest hotels in the world by Conde Nast Traveller, YOOMA Hotel is a 5-minute walk from Gare du Midi, between the station and world-famous Cantillon Brewery.

The modern rooms and suites are decorated in black and white with natural black stone floors, metallic curtains, and other design details. The hotel has a rooftop terrace and a sauna and steam bath. Breakfast is available, and the on-site cocktail bar offers a wide array of drinks and a tapas menu. Guests have access to a free shuttle to and from the train station upon request. Check reviews and prices for YOOMA Urban Lodge.

Where to Stay in the Sablon

Adjacent to Grand Place, the Sablon is centrally-located but has a neighborhood feel and lacks the crowds that can be found in the main squares. There are cobblestone streets, antique shops, stunning Gothic architecture, and lots of chocolate shops. It’s the best area to stay in Brussels if you want to be close to attractions but need a quieter environment, especially during the Christmas markets when the center can be very busy.

Gothic cathedral
Gothic Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon

Every weekend, Place du Grand Sablon hosts an antique market that draws vendors from across the region. You can find all kinds of décor, books, and household items. Steps away is the Gothic Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon (Eglise Notre-Dame du Sablon). The Catholic Church from the 15th century is full of colorful stained glass and ornate carvings under a soaring vaulted ceiling. My favorite spot in the Sablon is across the street from Notre-Dame, the peaceful park at Place du Petit Sablon.

9Hotel Sablon

$$$$ The 9Hotel Sablon is a boutique hotel in the upscale Sablon neighborhood. Less than 10 minutes from Grand Place, it is centrally-located but quiet. This 4-star boutique hotel has 34 air-conditioned rooms with cable TV, a fridge, wifi, and high-end touches like heated towel rails. In addition to standard rooms, family and duplex rooms are also available.

Guests at 9Hotel Sablon are offered an excellent breakfast buffet spread and have access to a 24/7 bar. There is also a pool, hot tub, and sauna to relax in after a long day of sightseeing. Check reviews and prices for 9Hotel Sablon.

Large building with arched windows

NH Grand Sablon

$$$ The NH Grand Sablon is located on historic Grand Sablon Square, close to museums and Grand Place. Its comfortable air-conditioned rooms feature satellite TV and a minibar.

Guests can enjoy a large breakfast buffet in the mornings. The on-site restaurant Hispania Brasserie by Marcos Moran is available for casual lunch and dinner. Check reviews and prices for NH Grand Sablon.

Les Chambres de Martin

$$ In the heart of the Sablon, Les Chambres de Martin offer spacious rooms and a suite in a stately, neo-renaissance style house. The large rooms have exposed beams, African-inspired art, satellite TV, and great views overlooking the Grand Sablon. Soundproofed and with free wifi, Les Chambres de Martin is above the restaurant Au Vieux Saint Martin, which serves French and Belgian cuisine. Check reviews and prices for Les Chambres de Martin.

Art Nouveau-style windows

Where to stay for a neighborhood experience

Hotels in Saint-Gilles

Saint-Gilles, a southern district of the city, may not be on most tourists’ radars as a place to stay, but it is popular with the young, creative set. This funky, eclectic, bohemian neighborhood of Brussels is known for indie galleries and Art Nouveau buildings like the Horta Museum.

Saint-Gilles also has street art, vintage shops, and a wide variety of cuisine from around the world, making it an attractive option for people interested in music, art, and culture. There are frequent festivals and creative events, too. Despite all this activity, the neighborhood has a distinctly laid-back atmosphere and is quieter at night than other hip neighborhoods like Saint-Gery.

Hotel Catalonia Brussels

$ About five minutes’ walking from the Horta Museum, the Hotel Catalonia is located in the heart of the Art Nouveau district. The hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV at a great value. Each room includes a marble bathroom and minibar, and a buffet breakfast with omelets, pastries, and more is provided. There is also a restaurant, snack bar, and bar on-site for guests’ enjoyment. Check reviews and prices for Hotel Catalonia Brussels.

Decorative Art Nouveau tiles

Jam Hotel

$ The Jam Hotel is an affordable, funky option in Saint-Gilles. From its exposed brick, bright colors, concrete, and unique architectural elements, it’s no wonder that this cool hotel used to be an art school.

Rooms include comfortable beds, flatscreen TVs, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. There is also a heated outdoor pool and a rooftop bar for relaxing as the weather allows. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant and game room. It is worth noting that the hotel does not offer air conditioning. Check reviews and prices for Jam Hotel.

Harmon House Hotel

$$ One of the top-rated hotels in Saint-Gilles, the stylish Harmon House opened in 2018 near the area’s main attractions.

The 27 air-conditioned rooms are attractively furnished and come with flat screen TVs, a minibar, and an electric kettle. Some have garden views or a balcony. Harmon House also features a terrace, shared lounge, bar, and free wifi. A buffet breakfast is available, and the on-site restaurant specializes in international cuisine. Check reviews and prices for Harmon House.

Fountain in front of an arch

Where to stay in Ixelles

East of Saint Gilles, the Ixelles neighborhood is also lively and trendy thanks, in part, to the presence of several universities. Ixelles also boasts Art Nouveau and Art Deco architecture along with lots of opportunities for shopping and artistic experiences like galleries and concerts.

Ixelles has a little bit for everyone—locals and tourists, alike. There are parks and lakes, fun bars and restaurants, and local markets. Ixelles is also important internationally as the home to the European Parliament.

Maison Flagey

$$ Housed in one of the famous Art Nouveau buildings that dates from 1906, Maison Flagey has been renovated inside to bring modern amenities to the classic building. Guests rave about the location, comfort, and level of personalized service.

The five rooms of Maison Flagey are designed individually with an eye toward comfort and authenticity to the building. Some rooms have a terrace or a balcony and all have a minibar and a seating area. Breakfast and wifi are included in your stay. Check reviews and prices for Maison Flagey.

Cartoon-covered hotel bedroom

Radisson Red Brussels

$$ The Radisson Red Brussels is full of personality. In a city all about its cartoons, the Radisson Red brings fun and comic strips front and center with different drawings, mosaics, and other decorations everywhere from the walls to the napkins.

The Radisson Red has comfortable beds, satellite TV with numerous English channels, rain showers, and plenty of space to hang out in the lobby or the restaurant. Breakfast is extensive and features a variety of cooked-to-order items. In the evening, selections for dinner and wine are also top-notch.

Located just down the street from the European Parliament and Place du Luxembourg, the Radisson Red is super quiet. Grand Place is about a 15-minute bus ride from the stop just outside the hotel’s front door. Read our in-depth review for more information. Check reviews and prices for Radisson Red Brussels.

Hygge Hotel

$$ A beautifully appointed space near many restaurants, the Hygge Hotel is meant to evoke happiness and coziness in its design and offerings. Guests enjoy the extensive breakfast options and the helpful staff. Rooms have a desk, a flatscreen TV, and free wifi. Check reviews and prices for Hygge Hotel.

Church on a city square

Where to stay near Avenue Louise

Avenue Louise is a major shopping street that is partially in both Saint Gilles and Ixelles. Because it is a desirable area to stay in Brussels on its own, we’re listing it separately from the related neighborhoods. One of the most prestigious streets in Brussels, Avenue Louise is home to many upscale shops plus gardens, statues, and squares.

Louise sur Cour

$$$ Near the north end of Avenue Louise, Louise sur Cour is ideally located for exploring the historic center of Brussels and the cute areas in Ixelles and Saint-Giles. The hotel gets exceptional ratings from travelers who appreciate the elegant surroundings, high level of service, and “all the little things” the owner does to help them have a fantastic time.

With air conditioning, supremely comfortable beds, and flat screen TVs, the hotel is well-appointed. But offerings go beyond that with each room sumptuously decorated in a different style from the next. Extras include bath robes, slippers, and free toiletries. Plus, the breakfast is outstanding. Note that the property is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility. Check reviews and prices for Louise sur Cour.

Waffles topped with whipped cream


$ Zoom Hotel is a great value. With its “industrial vintage style” décor, a garden courtyard, and a bar serving local Belgian beers, the hotel has much more than the basics.

In this quiet neighborhood, guests at the Zoom Hotel enjoy spacious rooms with flat screen TVs and an affordable continental breakfast. Some rooms have tea and coffee-making facilities. Check reviews and prices for Zoom Hotel.

Made in Louise

$$ In the Art Nouveau district, this 48-room boutique hotel offers great service in a quiet location. Made in Louise is built for comfort and coziness from the fireplace to the billiard room to the leafy courtyard.

The soundproofed rooms at Made in Louise have satellite TV, contemporary furniture, and fluffy carpet. Some rooms also have courtyard views. The buffet-style breakfast is also a winner. Free wifi is available throughout the hotel. Check reviews and prices for Made in Louise.

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Tuesday 24th of May 2022

This information about accommodation is excellent. It has certainly helped our choice of areas to stay. Thank you


Tuesday 30th of July 2019

Hi Laura! great comments about the hotels! We are going to brussels in December and we would like to do day trips (in car). We have 5 days to do day trips! yeiii!!

We were thinking to stay in brussels as "hub" or "base" hotel and from there go every single day to another city. Is there any specific zone that we can avoid the hassle of downtown brussels and access easily to the freeways?

Thank you!!!!

Laura Longwell

Wednesday 31st of July 2019

That's a great question. I assume you'd still like to be in a location where you can easily access the attractions in Brussels, so I would recommend staying just outside the center. Avenue Louise is a major road and connects with the R20, so staying along there would let you get out of town without too much hassle. The Ixelles neighborhood could also be a good choice for its ease of reaching the R20. Belgium in December is beautiful :)

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