Out-of-towners

Finding a hotel for visitors in the city where you live is difficult. I’ve often struggled to recommend a nice, well-priced hotel in Brussels for friends or family coming to town. Lots of the hotels here cater to business travellers which aren’t always the best for weekend stays. And let’s face it, most of us don’t want to spend €200-300 a night. Thankfully things have changed since I first arrived in Brussels and now there is a decent choice of affordable, stylish hotels. Here are some of the best.

The recently revamped Le Berger Hotel is quintessentially Bruxellois – cool yet off the beaten track. Originally opened in 1933, it has long been a gathering spot for artists, fashionistas and the occasional secret rendez-vous in Brussels. Located on a small street near Porte de Namur, the unassuming timbered façade doesn’t hint at all to the hotel’s striking art deco interior, which still includes some of the buildings original furniture.

Le Berger has 50 rooms which run about €100 for a Saturday night stay. The décor is a unique combination of funky 1930s style (check out that wallpaper!) and modern amenities. There is a restaurant and bar on the ground floor (same management as the very good La Cuisine restaurant on Rue Lesbroussart) open all week and often with live music. The hotel also boasts a terrace, conservatory and free wifi everywhere.

If you have friends in town for a concert at La Botanqiue, Hotel BLOOM! is a good pick. This sleek, modern hotel opened just a couple of years ago and has a clever take on the typically awful hotel art. Students from famous European art schools were invited to paint murals in the guest rooms on the theme “blooming”. Eighteen of the rooms were left untouched so the hotel could host temporary exhibitions (see my previous post about the Art’n Bloom event).

This place gets consistently good reviews on TripAdvisor, with weekend rates starting at €75. It’s close to a metro stop and avoids the touristy center of Brussels. The hotel also has a stylish restaurant and bar called Smoods with DJs from 10pm to 2am on Friday and Saturday. Check the event calendar here. Do note however that, the artistic interior aside, this hotel is pretty barebones – no room service or bell boys.

For a quieter visit, I recommend Les Chambres de Franz, a lovely little B&B located between Place Chatelain and Place Brugmann. This is such a great area, especially for visitors who may not be as familiar with all the great shops and restaurants. Fellow Brussels bloggers Jessica and Bruxpat are also fans of the neighborhood.

Les Chambres de Franz is run by Florence and Miguel and offers three guest rooms – Le Studio (small apartment with kitchenette), La Terrasse (at rear of building with garden view) and Le Grenier (attic room at top of house). Rates are around €100 per night (less for singles, or if you stay two nights).  Each room has a small sitting area, internet connection and private bathroom. Breakfast is included in the rate and is left outside your door each morning. How sweet!

Any other suggestions out there for good places to stay in Brussels? Please share!

Images via Le Berger Hotel, Hotel BLOOM! and Les Chambres de Franz.

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3 thoughts on “Out-of-towners

  1. Alice Andrews says:

    I have stayed in the Le Berger Hotel before it was revamped, how has it changed??

    I know corporate apartments are usually placed for business travellers, but many agents do cater for personal and private clients. I found a gorgeous serviced apartment in Brussels which I think was called the Stallion Apartments from memory. It was very central with great views. I cannot remember how much I paid exactly, but It was not unreasonable.

    The Les Chambres does sound very reasonable and I love the fact your breakfast is left outside your room each morning! So personal and thoughtful…something you would not get in fancy business hotel im sure! I wish more places I stayed was like that!!

    • Thanks for sharing the link for the apartment – seems like a good option if you’re staying for a few days. The Berger Hotel was refurbished but in the style of the orignal decor, so they’ve kept a lot of the original style and furniture. I love the idea of breakfast outside your room too at Les Chambres – wish I could have that service every day at home!

  2. Alice Andrews says:

    Me to!!

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