Editor’s picks • Top 3 hotels in Brussels
Hyper-colourful hotel that has the feel of an upmarket hostel (minus the dorms). Staff are uber-helpful and have good local knowledge. Best of all: your door key is essentially an old Nokia mobile phone that allows you to make free calls within Belgium.
Rue Artan 116, Schaeerbeek. +32 2 733 2353. Doubles from €59 per night.
Made in Louise
Five minutes’ walk from the shopping streets of Louise, 15 minutes from the hip St-Gilles bar area, this immaculate, family-run boutique hotel is ideally situated in a quiet residential area away from the bustle of the city centre. It even has its own billiards room.
Rue Veydt 40, Ixelles. +32 2 537 4033. Doubles from €90 per night.
Brussels Welcome Hotel
Just a minute’s stroll from Place Ste-Catherine, the friendly husband-and-wife team behind this eccentric hotel have decorated each room with artefacts from a country that they’ve visited. Sarcophagi, masks, antiques and souvenirs: you’ll wind up sleeping anywhere from Indonesia to the Congo.
Quai au Bois à Brûler 23, Bruxelles. +32 2 219 9546. Doubles from €89 per night.