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.
Find here our guide to best hostels in Bruges.
Whether you’re a solo traveller or a party hostel lover – we’ve covered all bases.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- 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…
- 3 Best Hostels
- Best hostel for solo travellers
- Best party hostels in Brussels
- Cheap hostels in Brussels
- A map of all hostel locations and sights
- More hostels in Belgium and Area
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:
- 2GO4 Quality Hostel City Centre – best for solo-travellers
- Sleephere – best for quiet-seekers
- 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 bhostel is a real mix of vintage and modern, ideal for brdget 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:
- Free high-speed WiFi
- Free cereal + hot drinks every morning
- Free city tour
- Full-equipped kitchen
- 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 Bruxelles?
2GO4 Quality Hostel 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
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 centre 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 Brussel 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:
- Peace + quiet lovers
Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld
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, 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 keycard 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 makes it even easier to make friends with the available table tennis, air hockey and foosball.
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:
- Social travellers
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:
- 2GO4 Quality Hostel City Centre – but remember the age limit of 35 years
- 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!
Compare rates at: Hostelworld
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 hostels, 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!
Compare rates at: Hostelworld
How about Cheap Hostel Brussels?
Are there any cheap hostels in Brussels? 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.
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 centre 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 the cheapest places in Brussels.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations in Brussels
- 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!
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:
- Visit the iconic Brussels Atomium
- Join the fun and informative 2.5-hour walking tour
- Feel like a giant at the Mini-Europe attraction
- Take a day trip to Ghent and Bruges
For simpler travel around the area, take the hop-on hop-off tour bus.
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 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.
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 hostels in Belgium.
Besides the places mentioned above, the coolest hostels in Belgium are:
- best hostels in Bruges: Snuffel Hostel
- best hostels in Antwerp: Antwerp Backpackers Hostel
- best hostels in Gent: Hostel Uppelink
- best hostels in Leuven: HI De Blauwput Leuven
- best hostels in Liege: Youth Hostel Liege
We have written following guides for other European countries and cities for you:
- best hostels in Amsterdam
- best hostels in Rotterdam – the Ani&Haakien Hostel is the coolest one!
- best hostels in Paris, France
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! 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. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries