Jacques Brel Youth Hostel
Rue de la Sablonnière 30,, Brussels, Belgium
Doubles from: $52 to $56
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The Jacques Brel Hostel (named for the famed Belgian singer-songwriter) isn’t your average, run-down backpacker establishment, as evidenced by its charming courtyard with wooden garden furniture. Situated close to tram and subway lines, it’s a good base for budget-conscious travelers.
The 46 rooms fall a bit short of inspiring. The yellow curtains and flimsy mattresses are dated, and some of the rooms have linoleum flooring. Many, though, afford views of the lovely Art Nouveau residences that surround the hostel. All doubles and singles have adequate en suite bathrooms. Dorms have clean but dark communal bathrooms with a shower stall and a toilet, either attached or in the hallway.
What the rooms lack in character, the lobby makes up for in liveliness. The ping-pong table, free Internet stations and comfy sofas draw residents downstairs. There is also a big TV lounge and free lockers (but bring your own padlocks).
The included breakfast is very generous, and the communal kitchen is sparkling clean.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Handicap accessible rooms
About the Jacques Brel Youth Hostel neighborhood
Gare du Nord, the city's northern train station, isn't as busy (or occasionally sketchy) as the southern Gare du Midi station. Located a 20-minute walk from the Grand Place, the area is full of mid-price shopping centers, cheap eateries and budget hotels. Its highlight is the Botanic Garden, a green oasis amidst office buildings and heavy traffic.