Best Place to Stay in Brussels and Short-Stay Accommodation in Belgium
It’s not only tourists who flock to Belgium to appreciate the beauty of its Medieval city squares and Renaissance architecture. Business travellers love it, too.
After all, the country sits at the heart of Europe, easily accessible to major markets across the continent, and Brussels is of course home to the EU, NATO plus hundreds of multinational organisations.
If you’re spending some time in Belgium, whether in the Brussels-Capital Region or in outlying cities such as Antwerp, Bruges, or Ghent, you can find world-class accommodations to fit your needs, taste and budget.
We’ve gathered a list of some particularly noteworthy hotels and B&Bs together with accommodation booking sites that may be useful when planning your next trip.
18 Resources, Hotels and B&Bs in Belgium
Short-Stay Accommodation in Antwerp
Most people don’t think of bed-and-breakfasts when looking for short-term accommodations, but the Atelier20 is something special. The B&B is in the centre of Antwerp, within the original monastery walls of St. Paulus Church. Owners Daniel and Nathalie offer two adult-only suites, each with a separate living area. Breakfasts are not only included, but served to your room.
If you want to stretch out in Antwerp, there’s a two-bedroom apartment with mini-kitchen available at Boulevard Leopold. Located in the middle of Antwerp’s Jewish Quarter, the house dates from the 19th Century. There are rooms available, as well, in this bed and breakfast, and breakfast includes homemade bread, baked fresh every morning.
A short walk from Antwerp’s diamond district and the central train station, the Leopold Hotel provides business travellers a choice of rooms and suites as well as conference and meeting rooms. With restaurants on the doorstep, a buffet breakfast is the only meal offered at the hotel, but there’s a lounge bar for drinks and an on-site gym to work it all off.
Short-Stay Accommodation in Brussels
In the centre of Brussels, The Dominican is on the site of a 15th Century abbey, and its 150 rooms and suites are designed to reflect that, with metalwork and original stone floors evident in the Monastery Corridor and Grand Lounge. Multi-functional meeting rooms are available and can accommodate as many as 300 people. If you’re looking for a split-level apartment for your short stay, ask about the The Jacques-Louis David Suite.
For the comfort of home and feel of a high class hotel, look to Smartflats to book your next short- or medium-term stay in Brussels (they also have hotels in Liège and Antwerp). The units are fully equipped and stylishly furnished, and you can arrange for concierge service when booking. Currently, large event spaces and boardrooms are only available in Brussels, in the EU Quarter on rue de la Loi, but should be coming on board in Liège and Antwerp later this year.
The be Manos is one of three family-owned Manos hotels in Brussels, and was selected by CNBC Business Magazine as one of the top 25 Best Business Hotels in Europe. It has has 60 rooms, which include junior suites, and two small meeting rooms on the site. There’s also the Manos Conference Centre within walking distance of the city centre, if you’re hosting larger event, with rooms that can fit 100 people.
Located south of Brussels, about a 20-minute drive from the city centre, DVM Belgium‘s 16 furnished properties offer off-road and indoor parking, a washer and dryer, and full cleaning with linen change twice a month. Choice of accommodation ranges from a family cottage to various sized apartments, with minimum stays of one week. By the way, the “Useful Links” page on the DVM site is an excellent resource for anyone new to Brussels.
Made in Louise
Owned by a brother and sister team, and totally refurbished in 2012, the 48-room Made in Louise hotel on rue Veydt is outside of the city centre, but in the middle of restaurants, bars and shops. If you’re looking for a quiet place to stay, take a look at the authentic and cozy rooms offered in this early 20th Century building, designed to preserve the « Belgian style of gracious living. » If you’re travelling by car, be sure to include the underground parking when making your reservation.
If you’re planning meetings during your next trip to Brussels, The Hotel Brussels has a full 12 conference rooms on its top floors, which have the added bonus of offering panoramic views of the city from the tallest building in town. The Hotel is conveniently located on Boulevard de Waterloo, close to the European Parliament and Commission, and the rooms range from superior to splendour suites.
Short-Stay Accommodation in Bruges
Hotel de Orangerie
If your short stay does not require an on-site conference room or restaurant (although breakfast and high tea are available daily), you may be charmed with the Hotel de Orangerie. On De Dijver canal in the heart of Bruges, this 20-room boutique hotel is set in a renovated 15th Century Carthusian cloister. Listed on the Small Luxury Hotels website, the hotel is a perfect fit in this Medieval city known to many as the Venice of the North.
One of the four hotels that form The Swan Hotel Collection, all located around the Market Square in Bruges, the Hotel Aragon and Aragon House offer the best selection of room types. These include rooms with kitchenettes as well as holidays flats with kitchens for longer stays, which can fit several people comfortably. If a conference room is required, the others in the group (Hotel Dukes’ Palace, Grand Hotel Casselbergh and Hotel Oud Huis de Peellaert) are equipped with event rooms that hold between 25 and 150 guests.
Short-Stay Accommodation in Ghent
A family-run hotel in the centre of Ghent on the Leie River canal, the Hotel Harmony has everything you need for a short stay, including rooms with kitchenettes and separate seating areas as well as two meeting rooms that can accommodate 25 people. There’s a heated outdoor pool at the back, and you’re just steps from the famous Gravensteen, Castle of the Counts.
Ghent River Hotel
The Ghent River Hotel is one of three owned by the De Witt family; you can see all three at Historic Hotels Ghent. Located in the car-free city centre, the Ghent River Hotel is made up of two buildings, one dating back to 1518, and another built in 1857. The only hotel in Ghent that can be reached by boat, it has 77 rooms and suites as well as meeting facilities.
Hotel Listing and Booking Sites
Brussels Destination, Brussels
With more than 350 short-stay locations in Brussels listed, you’ve got a pretty good chance of find accommodation that fits your situation, dates and budget. Brussels Destination lists furnished rooms and apartments, complete with images and detailed descriptions and price per week. Some listings are limited to medium and long stays, with one month being the minimum.
ApartmentsApart is a listing site offering apartments for short stays. Major cities across Europe and various parts of the globe are listed; however, when it comes to Belgium, it seems best to limit your search to Brussels. At the time of writing, only one loft was available in Antwerp, and neither Bruges nor Ghent appeared on the drop-down menu of cities. That said, there were about 120 apartments, from studios to five-bedrooms, available for Brussels.
Offering more than 800 flats, rooms and apartments throughout Belgium, Be Housing has self-catering properties that can accommodate up to five people for short or long stays. Tourists and business travellers alike can choose from a number of cities, including Leuven, Brussels, Antwerp, Ostend, Bruges and Blankenberge. Most buildings have coin-operated laundry facilities and allow pets.
While you may usually think of Airbnb as accommodation for budget travellers, why not consider it for a business trip or corporate retreat? Living abroad in a house or apartment that is conveniently located, is large enough for your needs and has amenities of your choice is often more comfortable (and usually more affordable) than short-stay suites for business travellers.
A relocation and a rental company, Globexs specialises in short-term accommodation for expats and business travellers. Whatever length of stay (less than two months is considered a short stay), the company has listings throughout Belgium. They also offers preferential rates on hotel packages for very short stays, taking advantage of their relationship with several business hotels in the country.
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