The capital of Belgium is not an extremely large and sprawling city, but even so, you should choose well where to stay in Brussels to make the most of your stay.
From the experience of a recent visit to Brussels, and speaking with Portuguese friends living in the Belgian capital, here are my recommendations on where to stay in Brussels.
In short, choose to stay in a hotel in the neighborhoods of Sainte Catherine (downtown), Chatelain or Flagey (both in Ixelles), or Saint Gilles. For business travelers, the European Quarter may be the best option.
The best neighborhoods to stay in Brussels
1. Center of Brussels (Sainte Catherine)
The center of Brussels is the preferred area for tourism travelers staying in the Belgian capital if they are willing to pay the price for the central location. Some of the best hotels in Brussels are in the center.
In this area of the city, it is difficult to find a hotel more Motel One Brussels, but I wanted to focus my recommendations on the area around the Grand Place and especially on the square Sainte Catherine. This is because Sainte Catherine is one of the areas that I liked to know, and I think it's a great base to sleep in Brussels; is in the downtown area and has a bohemian atmosphere with many bars, cafes and restaurants. It also has, in my opinion, the best Brussels Christmas market.
Among the best options are the highly praised B & B Be in Brussels e Art de Sejour - B & B, or the studios of the Citadines Sainte Catherine Brussels Aparthotel. For luxury in the Grand Place, try maybe the Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo.
The center of Brussels is the area where there are more hotels in the city, do not miss options for all tastes and budgets.
2. Chatelain and Flagey (Ixelles)
O neighborhood Ixelles has two of my favorite areas to stay in Brussels: Chatelain and Flagey. Chatelain is the most chic, rich and welcoming; While Flagey is the most vibrant and bohemian. The Louise Avenue is a kind of partition that also has some of the best hotels in Brussels.
If you choose to stay in Ixelles, avoiding the large impersonal chains and taking into account the location, comfort, price and opinions of other guests, I recommend the B & B House Ninety, or Maison Flagey Brussels, or B & B TheBedToBe, or Hotel Made In Louise or the most economical Hygge Hotel. These are excellent chances to consider when trying to decide where to stay in Brussels.
Note that there are many great quality options in Ixelles, as you can easily check here.
3. Saint Gilles
Saint Gilles is a mix of other areas. It is an area of Art Deco buildings, with many markets and a hipster and multicultural, the result of the presence of many immigrants, namely Moroccans. It is, so to speak, midway between the Gare du Midi and Chatelain, and is an excellent choice for staying in Brussels.
If you do not like the style do not despair: there are many more hotels in Saint Gilles.
4. European Quarter
Finally, for business travelers, the European Quarter is a popular choice for sleeping in Brussels. Among the various quality hotels in the area, consider hotels Aloft Brussels Schuman EU e Radisson Blu Hotel; or search other hotels in the European Quarter, where you will find the best hotels in Brussels for the business travelers.
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