The Smallest World-City
Bed and Breakfast in Brussels
Bed and Breakfast’s in Brussels are an excellent and affordable option to staying in hotels whilst still being in the hub of the action. More personable with fewer guest rooms often individually decorated or themed, and providing breakfast in the morning, Brussels has a vast array of high quality and highly recommended bed and breakfasts when it comes to choosing a place to stay. Most b&b’s are located in the city centre within walking distance to restaurants, shopping, museums, transit and other top attractions such as the Grand Place. Hosts provide a friendly and relaxing atmosphere away from the city’s bustle and often speak French or Dutch and most of the time English or German. Guests can enjoy private bathrooms, and all the amenities you would expect such as TV, free internet access, parking, gardens, and of course a full breakfast. Most bed and breakfasts in Brussels provide secure on-line reservations through their own websites and bookings are available year round. Payment, however, is typically cash only.
Rates: €40 -€70
Apartments in Brussels
Renting an apartment in Brussels is a great alternative to staying in an downtown hotel particularly when you are travelling with two or more people. Furnished apartments range from catering for two people up to eight people and can be booked by the night, week or month. Cheaper than downtown hotels apartments in Brussels provide comfortable and spacious rooms with amenities such as gardens, equipped kitchens, cable TV, high-speed internet, laundry and free parking. Apartments can be found in downtown Brussels on quiet streets close to theatres, hospitals, public transit and restaurants. Prices range from €50 to €165 depending on the season and availability. Summer is the most expensive and winter is the cheapest. Do note some properties charge a cleaning fee (usually €25). Most proprietors accept cash, credit cards, cheques, and traveller cheques as payment.
Hotels in Brussels
Brussels offers a diverse range of hotels catering to all guests’ needs and budgets, from high end luxury hotels to budget minded accommodation. Brussels offers all the major hotel names you would expect such as Marriott, Hilton and Radisson. Here you find standardised luxury and reliability in high quality; these mainstream hotels are conveniently located near major attractions, including the Grand Place, Royal Palace, Rue Neuve shopping district, and Museum of Fine Arts. Typical amenities include on site gourmet restaurants and bars, indoor heated pools and/or whirlpools and modern gyms.
Prices: €75 – €180.
Luxury and Boutique Hotels are also a popular choice for travellers offering guests a unique and more personal experience. Hotel Plaza Brussels (a listed historical building), Royal Windsor, and Sofitel Brussels Le Louise are excellent choices. Prices:€80 - €210.
Budget Hotels can make a dream holiday a reality. Although not necessary high quality most budget hotels in Brussels are conveniently located and of a higher standard than other major European city budget hotels. Offering the basic amenities such as a telephone, television and wireless internet access. Prices: €40-€60 a night.
Hotels can also be found near the airport such as the Express by Holiday Inn or Sheraton, and can be a good base if you have limited time to explore the best of Brussels either before or after a flight. Free nights and reduced winter rates apply: €75 approximately a night.
Hostels in Brussels
Brussels hostels can be found on the doorstep of the city’s many attractions and in the heart of the Grand Place vicinity. From here, enjoy easy access to shopping, bars, clubs, restaurants and public transport networks. Hostels provide free maps of Brussels offering the latest suggestions of where to find pubs, nightclubs, cheap and good food, chocolate, waffles and beers. Book an affordable private room or shared dorm (up to typically 4 people). Linen and towels are usually included in the price, however, hostels in Brussels do not always offer breakfast. Hostels in Brussels are a great place and way to meet other travellers and usually provide communal lounges, kitchen facilities, internet access, planned activities and helpful, multilingual staff. Prices range from €25 for shared accommodation and € 30 for a private dorm with shared bathroom. Stored luggage and lockers in dorms are used to protect your valuables whilst you’re out exploring beautiful Brussels. Best to book a week or two in advance in summer as popular hostels get booked up early. Hostels can be booked online from such sights as www.travelcuts.ca, hostelworld.com and hostelbookers.com. Here properties are rated and availability as well as useful information is provided.