Recommended Brussels Hotels

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As Europe’s capital city it’s hardly surprising that Brussels has such a wide range of accommodation. Brussels’ hotels cover the spectrum from sumptuous Art Deco palaces (boasting more stars than the EU flag) to cheap and cheerful backpacker’s hostels. There’s something to suite all tastes and budgets, but being a year round destination rooms fill up quickly; so book early.

Luxury hotels:
Brussels is Belgium’s showcase city and has a number of world class hotels to choose from. The Astoria is arguably the city’s finest, and most expensive, hotel. Built in 1910 the Astoria oozes old world charm and has a guest book that reads like a copy of Who’s Who. Past guests include political figures as diverse as Sir Winston Churchill, Emperor Hirohito and Dwight Eisenhower. A short walk from the Grand’Place, the understated Hotel Amigo is another of Brussels’ favourite celebrity haunts. In 2002 the hotel benefited from a £10 million makeover and today boasts just about every facility you could think of.

Mid range hotels:
Brussels has plenty of mid range hotels to choose from, but if you aren’t careful you could find yourself marooned in the suburbs surrounded by eurocratic grey suits. If you’re looking for something with more personality, that won’t break the bank, try the three star Hotel Arlequin. Located in the fashionable district of Illot Sacre the hotel’s rooftop restaurant enjoys great views of the capital and warrants a visit even if you aren’t staying. Nearby, in Rue du Vieux Marche aux Grains, the Atlas Hotel is another popular guidebook choice offering a comfortable, reasonably priced rooms.

Budget hotels:
Brussels isn’t an obvious ‘budget destination’ and frugal travelers often arrive to find that all the cheap beds have been booked for months. Nevertheless there are number of hotels worth looking at, including the Welcome Hotel (Rue de Peuplier), Hotel la Madeleine (Rue de la Montagne) and the ivy clad George V (23 Rue t'Kint). If you’re finances won’t run to a hotel there are a number of well appointed hostels, such as the Bruegel Youth Hostel (Heilig Geeststraat 2) and the Generation Europe Youth Hostel (4 Rue de l'Elephant). For a comprehensive list of Brussels’ hotel accommodation contact the Belgium Tourist Board.

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