Jacques Brel

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Address: Rue de la Sablonnière 30, Brussels, 1000, Belgium

Star rating:
1 star hotel

3.6

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
3.6
90%
Eating/drinking
3.5
90%
Leisure facilities
3
90%
Service
3.4
90%
Value for money
3.9
90%
Bedrooms
3.5
90%
Public areas
3.5
90%

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.

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.

Who stays there

Backpackers galore!

Price advice

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

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Singles
  • Sightseeing
  • No fuss

Pros & Cons

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