Best Hostels in Brussels, Belgium a complete guide and overview for backpackersLet’s jet set to the Belgium capital and discover the 3 best hostels in Brussels.

Hand-picked by us, specifically for you.

Before you can scoff too much chocolate and sip one too many Belgian beers: you must choose your preferred hostel.

There may not be a 5 Star Hostel in Belgium, but we’ve found great hostels in Belgium you will enjoy for your backpacking Brussels trip.

Whether you’re a solo traveller or a party hostel lover – we’ve covered all bases.

Your shortcut:

  1. 2GO4 Quality Hostel City Centre – best for solo-travellers
  2. Sleephere – best for quiet-seekers
  3. Jacques Brel Youth Hostel – best for backpackers

This guide is perfect for YOU, when …

  • you’re tired of bad and crappy hostels
  • you want to avoid the “young party kids”
  • you’re happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience

We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Brussels.

For those looking to extend their travels, have a gander at our 5 Star Hostels in Europe.

Quickly then, what else can you expect in this article…

Let’s set those horses free and get right down to it, shall we?

A Quick overview of the 3 Best Hostels in Brussels

To keep things simple, here are the 3 best hostels in Brussels:

  1. 2GO4 Quality Hostel City Centre – best for solo-travellers
  2. Sleephere – best for quiet-seekers
  3. Jacques Brel Youth Hostel – best for backpackers

1. 2GO4 Quality Hostel City Centre (wacky design hostel)

Get ready for striking design and relaxing ambience at 2GO4 Quality Hostel City Centre.

This Brussels hostel is a real mix of vintage and modern, ideal for budget travellers, individuals and friends.

There are dorm and private rooms available.

All vary in size, and some come with an en-suite. What’s great is that all rooms include linen!

Note: the age limit for dorm rooms is 35 years. We at Hostelgeeks do not like this kind of rule. We think a cool hostel should welcome all types of travelers.

Groups are also catered for, with a maximum booking of 10 people.

What to expect:

  • high-speed WiFi – for free
  • Full-equipped kitchen
  • Free cereal + hot drinks every morning
  • A free city tour to join
  • No curfew

There is a large lounge area that will instantly grab your attention.

It’s evident someone with a wacky personality designed the place! Tiny wooden chairs hang off walls, and bicycles from the ceiling.

What else can you spot?!

It’s a perfect opportunity to update your Instagram.

What about the location of 2GO4 Hostel in Brussels?

2GO4 Hostel Brussels is secure and convenient, located right in the city centre. All major points of interest are within walking distance.

This includes bars, restaurants, shops, cool architecture, and nightlife.

2GO4 is the best hostel in Brussels for:

  • budget traveller
  • Solo travellers
Book 2GO4 Quality Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

2GO4 Quality Hostel City Centre is one of the best hostels in Brussels, Belgium

2GO4 Quality Hostel City Centre is one of the best hostels in Brussels, Belgium

2. Sleephere Hostel (intimate setting)

Are you in search of a small, home-away-from-home style accommodation?

We’ve found you a suitor: Sleephere Brussels.

This guest house cum hostel sleeps a maximum of 16 guests. How cute is that?

Read: 7 types of Hostels

During the 20th century, the Botanique area became the Brussels City center of film-makers. This building hosted many major film companies during that time.

It’s evident the staff are incredibly accommodating because…

  • The whole house is available for use
  • Beds, mattresses and linen are 5-star quality
  • Luggage storage is available (even before you check in)
  • Typical Belgian foods are served during breakfast

All rooms are superior en-suite.

That includes private, shared, family and group-sized rooms. That is quite unusual for Brussels hostels, but after all, that is what makes these places good hostels.

Enjoy all of the common spaces designed to make you feel at home. These include terraces and a suspended garden with table tennis and BBQ area.

Relax in front of the TV or play some games. Why not, you’re on holiday!

Sleephere is perfectly located next to the botanical gardens. All major sights are within walking distance. A fun hostel in Brussels, no doubt.

We deem Sleephere Hostel to be a top pick for:

  • Couples
  • Peace + quiet lovers
Book Sleephere here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

Sleephere is one of the best hostels in Brussels, Belgium

Sleephere is one of the best hostels in Brussels, Belgium

Sleephere is one of the best hostels in Brussels, Belgium

3. Jacques Brel Youth Hostel (atmospheric, minimalist design)

Jacques Brel Youth Hostel is certainly hipster friendly.

This lively, international hostel is bright and spacious. The minimalist design creates a comfortable atmosphere to suit all traveller types. This place is our coolest hostel in Brussels for backpackers.

Quality twin, triple, 4 and 6-bed rooms are on offer. All with an en-suite and free breakfast, yippee!

Psst! Linen and a towel are also included. Pay attention to this to avoid any extra fees.

Let us tempt you some more with these extras:

  • Free organic buffet breakfast
  • 24/7 key card access = NO curfew
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Free Wi-Fi + PC access

There is an on-site bar here that serves fresh Belgian Craft Beer daily. Yum!

Besides that, make yourself at home in the huge outdoor courtyard – unique to the town.

Jacques Brel Youth Hostel makes it even easier to make friends with the available table tennis, air hockey, and football.

The question is; are you feeling lucky?

In the summer months this hostel hosts concerts, themed evenings, exhibitions and much more.

As for location, Jacques is a stone’s throw from Grand Place. The European district is only 1 mile away. Seriously, do you need anymore? Make Jacques Brel Youth Hostel your home when backpacking Brussels and Belgium!

Jacques Brel Youth Hostel is a number one pick for:

  • Backpackers
  • Social travellers
Book Jacques Brel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Jacques Brel Youth Hostel is one of the best hostels in Brussels, Belgium

Jacques Brel Youth Hostel is one of the best hostels in Brussels, Belgium

Jacques Brel Youth Hostel is one of the best hostels in Brussels, Belgium

Best Hostel in Brussels for Solo Travellers?

We know what solo-travellers need when traveling the world on your own: A cool place to meet even cooler people, safe, clean, and fun! Right?

There’s two places we recommend for solo-adventurous:

  1. Brussels 2GO4 Quality City Centre Hostel – but remember the age limit of 35 years
  2. Jacques Brel Youth Hostel – fun with the in-house bar

Yet, there is one more cool Brussels hostel we think you would enjoy too.

It’s likely you’ve travelled by train and perhaps even slept on one during a long journey. But have you ever stayed in a train carriage transformed into a hostel?

Welcome to the aptly named Train Hostel in Brussels.

We believe we’ve found the best hostel in Brussels for solo travellers. It’s got solo traveller written all over it!

A huge library (introvert alert), spacious common area, games, beer and courtyard – plenty of opportunities to integrate…

If you want to, of course!

Book Train Hostel here

Compare rates at: Hostelworld

Train Hostel is the best hostel for solo travellers

Best Party Hostels in Brussels?

Well, although Brussels can have some fun nightlife with its cool bars, it is not really a place to party. For party hostel Brussels, better hop over to Bruges or Ghent. Especially Ghent has a vibrant nightlife, it is a students city.

After extensive research, it would seem that Brussels doesn’t have a party hostel per se. Bummer…

Instead, what is on offer are great hostels with on-site bars and close proximity to the city centre.

The best party hostel in Brussels is Brussels Hello Hostel.

The bar is lively, the rooms spacious and the centre is just a 5-minute subway ride away. Brussels party hostel comes with a young vibe, also pretty cool to meet more people as a solo-traveller and backpacker.

Oh and of course, the Belgian beer is worth a try!

Book Hello Hostel here

Compare rates at: Hostelworld

Brussels Hello Hostel is the best party hostel in Brussels

Other hostels worth a mention

Because we are well traveled and we want the best for you, we can’t just limit your choices into three hostels. We have here more hostels to choose from. Let’s go!

  • Sleep Well Youth Hostel
  • Generation Europe Youth Hostel

Sleep Well Youth Hostel Brussels

Sleep Well Youth Hostel is one of the most convenient hostels in this list.

The staff here are extremely well-mannered and offers help  whenever you need it. The rooms are big and the beds are very comfortable. You see that plush hotel beds? Their beds are exactly like that.

Their breakfast is delicious, you no longer have to worry where to get the energy for the whole day trip. If you want to have a late night drink, their bar is open until late and they serve local beers at an affordable price.

I don’t know with you but shower rooms are the first thing I check whenever I go to hostels, I must say that Sleep Well’s shower areas are pretty decent.

The location is near to other stores so you’ll never run out of stocks – food, batteries, etc.

Facilities and amenities you can enjoy:

  • family rooms
  • bar
  • free wifi
  • gift shop
  • game room with board games/puzzles, table tennis, and pool table
  • library
  • bikes
  • shared kitchen
Book Sleep Well Youth Hostel here

Compare rates at: Hostelworld | Booking.com

The best hostel for solo travellers in Brussels, Belgium Best hostel for solo travellers in Brussels

Generation Europe Youth Hostel

Before you say anything, I’d like to clear it up – Yes. it’s a coincidence that we have hostels with the word Youth in it.

Generation Europe Youth Hostel’s breakfast is awesome. Let’s start it with breakfast because it’s not often that you have free options for breakfast. You can change your menu if you like.

This hostel has a garden where you can just relax and appreciate the greenery. It also has a bar if you want to let off steam and have some drink.

If you love the hustle and the bustle of the city, this hostel may not be for you. It’s quiet and calm here. The vibe is leaning to Eco-friendly too.

Facilities and amenities you can enjoy:

  • picnic area with sun terrace, BBQ facilities, and outdoor furniture
  • walking tours and evening entertainments
  • game room with table tennis and pool table
  • family services including indoor play area, books/DVDs for children, and board/puzzle games
  • special diet menus (on request)
  • snack bar
  • bar
Book Generation Europe Youth Hostel here

Compare rates at: Hostelworld | Booking.com

Generation Youth Hostel is one of the best hostels in Brussels, Belgium Thebest hostel for female solo travellers in Brussels

How about Cheap Hostels Brussels?

Are there any cheap hostels in Brussels City centre? There can be cheaper and the cheapest hostels than the ones mentioned above.

In our opinion, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.

Why?

The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2), and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen. Keep also in mind a bad location far away from the city center costs you more in transport. This can be pricey in the Belgian capital.

However, if you are travelling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find Brussels cheap hostels.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations in Brussels
  2. Order the listing by price

Remember to read the comments carefully. Pay extra attention to the best and worst reviews. These reviews usually give you the best idea on what to really expect and what not to expect.

Yet again, better stick to this list. There is a good reason we handpicked these places to stay in Brussels. They are safe, clean and fun!

How to book?

We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.

Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.

Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Here is the overview:

  1. 2go4 Quality Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  2. Sleephere: Hostelworld
  3. Jacques Brel Youth Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  4. Train Hostel: Hostelworld
  5. Brussels Hello Hostel: Hostelworld
  6. Sleep Well youth Hostel: Hostelworld | Booking.com
  7. Generation Europe Youth Hostel: Hostelworld| Booking.com

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! Remember to check availability of the hostels you want to stay in before booking.

Brussels Map of Hostel Locations and Sights

Just to make life that little bit easier, we’ve included this map with all the hostel locations.

Of course no adventure it complete without some great things to see and do.

And there’s plenty to do in Brussels!

Our top recommendations for Brussels are:

For simpler travel around the area, take the hop-on hop-off tour bus.

FAQs

You’ve reached the FAQ part and you’re itching to pick your hostel from the list above. Don’t worry, this won’t be long. We have here some of the top questions we often get.

What are the best hostels in Brussels for solo travellers?

Brussels 2GO4 Quality and Jacques Brel Youth Hostel are great for solo travellers. On both hostels you have a great common area where you will be able to meet other backpackers.

What are the best hostels in Brussels?

This list pretty much sums up the best hostels in Brussels. Any hostel you get here is surely good. We’ve handpicked it for you to choose from.

What are some good and cheap hostels within walking distance of the train station in Brussels?

We don’t often suggest in getting the cheapest hostels there is because you get what you really paid for. This means not having the best sleep and may be having your entire trip compromised because of lack of comfort. With just 1-2€ you get a much a better experience.

A great hostel just 15 minutes walking to the train station is Jacques Brel Youth Hostel .

Note: normally, the area around the main station in big cities in Europe are a bit sketchy. No need to be scared, just pay attention to your personal belongings while walking around.
If you need any indications to get to your accommodation, ask in the ticket counter or the information point before going out. It will help you to know which direction you need to walk to.

What are the best sites for finding hostels?

We would like to say that Hostelgeeks is a great resource for it! We work really hard to put all the information in our guides. For booking your hostels, Hostelworld and Booking.com a great resources. That is why we add always the links to the hostel profiles in our articles, so you can book easily.

Which city is better for tourists, Brussels or Amsterdam?

Both Brussels and Amsterdam are great cities. If you do have the time, get the chance to travel to both.

Personally, I think Amsterdam has much more to offer than Brussels. The nightlife, the culture, the relaxed atmosphere and its canals make Amsterdam a unique place in the world.

We also have a hostel guide for the best hostels in Amsterdam if you go there.

Any Discounts or Promo Codes?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts or Promo Codes for hostels in Brussels. We had a 15€ discount, unfortunately it already expired.

Subscribe to our newsletter. Here we share our newest promo codes for hostels and hotels in Brussels first.

You can always get the 35€ discount for AirBnb here.

Flights to Brussels?

Brussels is really well connected, and there is a bunch of cheap flights from many destinations inside Europe to Brussels.

We enjoy Omio.com and Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Europe including Brussels, Amsterdam and more.

This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.

Here is our review of Kiwi.

Cheap Flights in Europe

More Hostels in Belgium and Europe

We have covered your question on where to stay in Brussels. But, where next? Your backpacking Europe trip does not stop here, right?!

We have handwritten even more hostel guides for you, so you can focus on your travels instead of researching.

Here you find all the best Belgium hostels.

Besides the places mentioned above, the coolest hostels in Belgium are:

We have written following guides for other European countries and cities for you:

Find all our destinations we have written about here.

Over to you

So there you have it – you’re all set for an exciting trip to Brussels!

Do you have any questions? Anything not clear?

Please please bother us with your question(s) and leave a comment below.

We want to make this guide to hostels in Brussels, Belgium as useful and detailed as possible. Your question(s) actually help us to improve and helps you to get your travels sorted out.

Last note: Our commitment

This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! Here we ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.

We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. Hostelgeeks only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

Enjoy this fine hostel selection and all 5 Star Hostels.

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