Brussels hostels

5 Best Hostels In Brussels, Belgium

Updated: January 25, 2022

Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the European Union, is a fascinating city with exciting things to see around every corner. Its cobblestone streets wind through an eclectic mix of architectural marvels, historical monuments, and stunning plazas.

International visitors love visiting Brussels for many reasons. There is impressive architecture all around the city, including the 335-foot Atomium sculpture, the Cathedral of St. Michel and Gudula, and the Victor Horta Museum.

You can wander around the city’s exciting public spaces like the Grand-Place central square and the remarkable Parc du Cinquantenaire. If you enjoy shopping, you’ll love the luxury shops at Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, a mid-19th century retail arcade.

Food lovers are in heaven in Brussels, where you can find exquisite chocolate, Moules et Frites (mussels and fries), and beer.

If you want to visit this exciting capital, there are many places where you can stay. Here Brussel’s five best hostels:

 

Meininger Brussels Center

Meininger Bruxelles City Center

The Meininger Bruxelles City Center hostel is along the Canal de Charleroi, only 300 meters away from Porte de Flandre station. If you want to get to the city center and the Grand Place, it is an easy 15-minute walk from the hostel.

You can find this artsy hostel housed in an old brewery. Guests can choose from single, double, multi-bed spaces, and dorm rooms. If you want to prepare a meal for yourself, they have a fully stocked kitchen. The hostel offers a complete breakfast for a small fee. You can grab a drink at the bar or relax on the terrace.

Guests love that this hostel is nearby public transportation, has spotless rooms, and is close to everything.

Hostel details

Address:
Quai du Hainut / Henegouwenkaai 33, 1080 Brussels, Belgium.

Guest rating:
4.5 out of 5.

Price per night:
from $15.

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Sleep Well Brussels

Sleep Well Youth Hostel

This centrally located hostel is close to all of Brussels’ main attractions. It takes 10 minutes to get to North Station, Grand Place, and the Botanic Gardens. The Rogier Metro Station is within steps of the hostel. Shopaholics can get to the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert shopping arcade in less than 7 minutes.

Sleep Well Youth Hostel offers guests dorm rooms with private bathrooms. There are complimentary linens and storage lockers. Every morning, the hostel serves a free breakfast for guests, and if you want to save money, you can cook in their kitchen. Onsite, there is a private garden that is open all day.

This hostel has high ratings due to the incredible value, convenient location, and delicious free breakfast.

Hostel details

Address:
23 Rue Damier, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Guest rating:
4.5 out of 5.

Price per night:
from $25.

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HI Brussels hostel

HI Hostel Bruegel Brussels

Chocolate lovers rejoice! You’re only ten minutes away from the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate if you stay at HI Hostel Bruegel. Other landmarks that you can find in the neighborhood include the Marolles flea markets, just 10 minutes away on foot, and the Atomium, only 20 minutes away by bus.

The hostel offers male and female-only dorm rooms that are key-card accessible. Guests can enjoy a fun night at the onsite cocktail bar and disco. You can relax in the common room with fellow travelers and unwind by watching TV. If you want to spend more time exploring the city after you check out, the hostel offers luggage storage.

Travelers love the central location, great happy hour, and excellent value.

Hostel details

Address:
Heilige Geeststraat 2, Brussels, Belgium.

Guest rating:
4.5 out of 5.

Price per night:
from $23.

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2G04 Burssels

Brussels 2GO4 Quality Hostel Grand Place

If you want to be in a calm neighborhood near all of the main attractions, 2G04 Quality Hostel is for you. The hostel is only 10 minutes from Grand Place. Just a four-minute walk away is the South train station. If you’re unsure where to go, the hostel can take you around on one of their free walking tours.

This 18th-century mansion hostel has ornate decorations and a cigar lounge-style common room. There are mixed or female-only dorms and private rooms as options. You can pack light because all rooms include bedding, towels, and hairdryers. In the morning, free hot coffee is available for guests who are still half asleep.

Hostel visitors love the cozy atmosphere, perfect location, and nice facilities.

Hostel details

Address:
Boulevard Emile Jacqmain 99, Brussels, Belgium.

Guest rating:
4.4 out of 5.

Price per night:
from $22.

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Meininger Gare Midi

Meininger Bruxelles Gare Du Midi

Not to be confused with the first Meininger, this hostel makes a great home base within the city. Its location is in the enchanting Anderlecht neighborhood in southern Brussels. It only takes five minutes to walk to the Gare Du Midi train station, which can take you all over the city and country.

Onsite, visitors can choose from single/double rooms, family rooms, and dormitories. There is a 24-hour reception, game zone, and bar. Meininger Gare Midi offers several services for a nominal fee, including a packed lunch, public transportation tickets, lockers, city tours, bikes, and laundry facilities. Guests with cars have access to underground parking.

People gave this hostel high ratings because of its well-designed space, clean facilities, and friendly staff.

Hostel details

Address:
101 Rue Bara, Brussels, Belgium.

Guest rating:
4.4 out of 5.

Price per night:
from $18.

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About our Brussels hostel recommendations

Are you a solo traveler looking for a private room? Or a backpacker traveling around in a group wanting to stay in a cheap and cozy dorm? Above you will find the best hostels in Brussels for all your needs.

Please note, we only list hostels that have an aggregated guest review rating of at least 4.0 out of 5. We aggregate all reviews from different booking sites and other unbiased review websites. Hence, you can be certain all hostels listed above offer an excellent value-for-money stay in Brussels.

 

Best price guarantee

For our hostel recommendations, we work together with Hostelworld and Booking. These partnerships don’t have any influence on the recommendations we make or on the order in which our recommended hostels are listed. The reasons why we have chosen to partner with these companies is that they’re trustworthy, offer excellent service and they both apply the best price guarantee. This means you can claim a refund for the difference if you find your reservation cheaper on another website. It has to be for the same property, accommodation type, dates, cancellation policy and conditions, otherwise, you can’t claim the refund for the difference. If you book through Booking.com then all you need to do is contact them at least 24 hours before your check-in date. If you book through Hostelworld you must claim the refund within 24 hours after you made the booking.

 

Top 5 hostels in Brussels

To summarize again, based on thousands of guest reviews, these are the best hostels in Brussels:

 

Why you should be careful when booking the cheapest hostel available

The cheapest hostels available are typically not in a great location. If you want to go sightseeing or go for a night out in central Brussels, you probably end up having to pay for public transport or a taxi to get there. So your stay could end up being more expensive compared to a stay in a central location. For first-time travelers, we recommend staying central anyway, but also for frequent visitors, it’s probably worth it to pay a bit more to stay in a central location.

Another reason why you shouldn’t stay at the cheapest hostel is that the people staying at the cheapest hostels are often not the people that can afford to travel like you. Because a very cheap hostel is often cheaper than renting a flat, these places tend to attract migrant workers or local misfits. That’s probably not the crowd you want to hang out with, especially if you’re a solo traveler looking for friends.

The third reason why you should avoid the cheapest hostels is safety. Some of the cheapest hostels don’t check IDs, don’t ask for signatures, or only accept cash at check-in. The hostel won’t know who is actually staying there.

Lastly, the service at these hostels isn’t great. For instance, if you choose to store your luggage, your bags will be unattended in a public space. It won’t be recorded anywhere or tagged and stored in a locked room.

So, it’s probably worth it to spend a bit more on your hostel stay in Brussels.

And finally, a tip: always read the latest reviews of the hostel! All places have good and bad reviews, but the most recent reviews matter the most.

 

More Brussels tips

Get to know the city even better and check out our other articles about Brussels:

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Best cheap hotels in Brussels

Where to stay in Brussels

Best boutique hotels in Brussels

Best luxury hotels in Brussels