Jacques Brel

Rue de la Sablonnière 30, Brussels, Belgium, 1000

Two-bed dorm

By Emma Thomson, your Brussels expert

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#29 of 30
expert-rated hotels in Brussels
Expert overall rating:3.6 out of 5
Location:
3.6
3.6
Bedrooms:
3.5
3.5
Eating/drinking:
3.5
3.5
Public areas:
3.5
3.5
Leisure facilities:
3
3.0
Service:
3.4
3.4
Value for money:
3.9
3.9
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Singles, No fuss, Sightseeing

Best for On a budget - Expert review of Jacques Brel

Lively hostel with great public areas located in the northeast of town.

This white-wash building was once a hospital, but has been a hostel now for over 20 years, which is testament to its popularity. The staff make a real effort to organise extras such as summer BBQs or city bike tours.

Location: 

Sits in the northeast corner of town about a 12-minute walk from the Grand-Place; the nearest metro station is Botanique.

Bedrooms: 

Range of 2-, 3-, 4- and 6-bed dormitories. Rooms are spacious and modern — if a little devoid of character — and all have a spotless en-suite shower; toilets are down the hall. Every bunk has an individual reading light. Bed sheets are included in the room rate, but you’ll need to bring a towel.

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Public areas: 

Bright, dynamic spaces painted in ‘happy’ colours.

Eating and drinking: 

The buffet breakfast is a good spread and included in the price; there’s a café that stays open late and serves filling snacks for around 3 euros; the lively Babel Bar (open: 7pm—1am) in the basement serves Belgian beers and snacks; and there’s a communal kitchen (open:12pm—10pm). In summer, the staff usually host BBQs on the terrace.

Leisure facilities: 

Facilities include free internet, laundry, paid luggage storage, games rooms with table tennis, and a TV room.

Service: 

Staff were fun and friendly when I visited.

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Who stays there: 

Backpackers galore!

Price advice: 

Non-Hostelling International members have to pay a three euro supplement.

Pros: 
No curfew — come and go with a keycard
Family and disabled-traveller rooms available
Non-smoking hostel
Cons: 
Ten-minute walk to the historic city centre

More information on Jacques Brel:

Type:
Hostel
Address:
Rue de la Sablonnière 30, Brussels, Belgium, 1000
Free tags / Keywords:
cheap accomodation
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Restaurant
Neighbourhood:
Congres

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