Cheap hotels in Ste. Catherine, Brussels
Sainte Catherine, situated just a 10-minute walk northwest of the Grand Place, has come a long way from its days a medieval shipping port. The neighborhood’s street names still reflect the products—wood, bricks and the like—that were once sold here, but these days Scandinavian furniture is much more common tha firewood. This is a fast-changing neighborhood where you might see a rundown townhouse holding out against a wave of boutiques, galleries and restaurants.
Underneath the veneer of gentrification, the neighborhood’s original charm is undeniable. The medieval cathedral of Saint Catherine (patron saint of firefighters and guardian against sickness) is an imposing sight, and the alleys radiating from the church provide a delightful respite from the hectic tourist zone by the Grand Place.
Address Rue du Rouleau 15,B-1000 Brussels (Ste. Catherine)
The Hotel Les Ecrins is a cozy one-star budget hotel situated in a 19th-Century townhouse in the heart of Ste. Catherine.
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Address Boulevard Emile Jacqmain 110 (Ste. Catherine)
The three-star Queen Anne is a 60-room budget alternative to design hotels, located close to Sainte Catherine and Gare du Nord. The staff comes across as courteous and professional without trying too hard, and the airy lobby has cozy seating, free Internet stations and a small bar. Best of all, it’s very reasonably priced.