10 Locally Run B&Bs in Brussels

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There is nothing better than waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee and fresh pastries. Add to that a gregarious host with a passion for his city and plenty of local knowledge to share and you have the ingredients for a perfect stay. These 10 B&Bs in Brussels deliver on all fronts and more!

I always love staying in a B&B, it supports the local economy and provides invaluable cultural insights that are often lost when staying in a hotel. Finding a good bed and breakfast in Brussels however is not as easy, it seems the city has a clear preference for boutique hotels.

As a Belgian, living in Brussels I get to traipse its beautiful streets daily. On my many explorations of the city, I came across a handful of top-notch B&Bs in Brussels. To ensure you have a unique stay in the city, I am spilling the beans and sharing all of these little gems with you!


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B&B’s in Brussels at a Glance

TOP B&B PICKS

  • Best time to visit: Brussels is a year-round destination. Although prices swell in July and August, it will never feel too crowded as it is not a tourist hotspot like Amsterdam or Paris. The weather is unpredictable in these months. May, September and October are traditionally the driest months.

Where to Book a Bed and Breakfast in Brussels

READ | 10 Areas to stay in Brussels – a local’s guide

The city of Brussels is made up of 19 different communes (neighborhoods), each have a different name and postal code. Depending on the map you receive, this name can be in either French, Dutch or English. Which makes things overly complicated at first.

Let’s look at a concrete example. The Historical Center of Brussels has postal code 1000 and is called Brussels in English, Brussel in Dutch and Bruxelles in French.

BRUSSELS BED AND BREAKFAST LOCATIONS BREAKDOWN

1000 – BRUXELLES/BRUSSELGREAT FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS OR SHORT STAYS
This is the historical center of Brussels and where you will find most of the highlights of Brussels incl. Grand Place & Manneken Pis. (Reco: B&B X2Brussels or B&B Le Vaudeville )

1050 – IXELLES/ELSENETOP PLACE FOR NIGHTLIFE AND GASTRONOMY
A trendy neighborhood in Brussels known for its abundance of restaurants, and bars. Traditionally the place where European expats move due to the vicinity of the European Institutions. (Reco: Suites 124 or Maison Flagey )

1060 – SAINT-GILLES/ SINT-GILLESCLOSE TO BRUSSELS MIDI STATION AND PLENTY OF BARS
If you are looking for a place to stay in Brussels that is more budget-friendly and easy to get to if you are coming to the city via train, this is the perfect neighborhood. This part of Brussels has undergone a real transformation in the past 10 years.

10 Cozy Brussels B&B’s

1. Art de Sejour B&B (Adults Only)

SUSTAINABLE ELEMENTS: Locally Run; Bicycle Tours; Walking Tours
WHY BOOK: Soundproof Rooms, Adults Only; Large Room; Accommodating Local Host; Location
BOOKING.COM RATING: 9.8

Located in a 19th-century townhouse smack in the historical center of Brussels. The rooms, thoughtfully decorated, strike a harmonious balance between contemporary design and classic charm. The commitment to creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere ensures guests feel at home from the moment they arrive.

People love staying at Art de Sejour B&B in Brussels for its unique blend of personalized service, historic charm, and modern amenities. Reviews consistently highlight the friendly staff, comfortable accommodations, and delightful breakfast, creating a memorable and homely experience.


2. B&B Suites 124

SUSTAINABLE ELEMENTS: Locally Run; Locally Sourced Foods; No Single-Use Plastic
WHY BOOK: Sun Terrace; Soundproof Rooms; Babysitting Services; Tranquil & Safe Neighborhood
BOOKING.COM RATING: 9.1

Located in the most upscale street of Brussels, Avenue Molière in the hip neighborhood of Ixelles (Elsene). This recently renovated bed and breakfast in Brussels is housed in a beautiful Art Deco & Modernist Townhouse with a mere 5 rooms, each with an en-suite bathroom.

People love staying at Suites 124 for its unique combination of personalized service, contemporary design, and eco-friendly ethos. Reviews consistently highlight the welcoming staff, the stylish accommodations, and the emphasis on sustainability, creating a memorable and conscientious experience for every guest.


3. B&B HOTEL Brussels Centre Louise

SUSTAINABLE ELEMENTS: Pets Allowed; 100% Renewable Energy; No Single-Use Plastic
WHY BOOK: On Site Gym; Cinema Room; Modern Design; Good Location for Night Out; Karaoke
BOOKING.COM RATING: 8.6

This Brussels B&B is a hybrid between hotel and B&B, with 148 rooms it is considerably larger than any of the others. This in turn means there are a lot of amenities for guests including a cinema room, karaoke night and a well-equipped gym.

Guests love staying at B&B HOTEL Brussels Centre Louise for its strategic location, attentive staff, and the modern comfort it provides. Reviews consistently highlight the stylish accommodations, the welcoming atmosphere, and the commitment to sustainability (Save the Planet Voucher).


4. B&B X2Brussels

SUSTAINABLE ELEMENTS: Family Run; 100% Renewable Energy; Plantbased Menu; Supports Local Art
WHY BOOK: Location
BOOKING.COM RATINGS: 9.3

A small, family-run B&B. Brussels does not have an abundance of these types of intimate accommodations, and they tend to book out at lightning speed. Located a mere 350 meters from Manneken Pis and with top ratings, B&B X2Brussels tends to book out months in advance.

Guests love staying at B&B X2 Brussels for its strategic location, attentive owner, and contemporary comfort it offers. Reviews consistently highlight the stylish accommodations, the welcoming ambiance, and the seamless blend of modern aesthetics with practical amenities.


5. B&B Le Vaudeville

SUSTAINABLE ELEMENTS: Renovated Historical Building
WHY BOOK: Unique Location; Limited Rooms; Cozy Design
BOOKING.COM RATING: 8.1

The most unique B&B in Brussels city center, located inside the famous Galeries Royal St. Hubert. The gallery dates back to 1847, the beautifully renovated rooms have kept their historical character but have been outfitted with modern amenities.

If you do decide to book B&B Le Vaudeville, try and snag a room overlooking the Galeries. There is simply no better vantage point to see this key attraction of Brussels. The Grand Place is located a mere 3-minute walk from the Galeries.


6. Maison Flagey

SUSTAINABLE ELEMENTS: Locally Run; Bicycle Rental
WHY BOOK: Inside Classified Art Nouveau Building Local Neighborhood; Accommodating Host; Terrace
BOOKING.COM RATING: 9.2

Anyone who knows me understands my deep love for Art Nouveau. When I found a boutique B&B set in a classified Art Nouveau building, decorated with exquisite taste I was over the moon. The fact that it is locally run just made it even better!

Maison Flagey is located by the eponymous square, which is the de-facto beating heart of the lively Ixelles Elsene) neighborhood. As a local, I have spent many an evening drinking and eating around the square as it is choc-a-bloc full of bars & restaurants.

When the weather is good, locals flock to the lakes surrounding Flagey Square for picnics or languorous strolls after which they head to the square for a drink on the sun-drenched terrace of Café Belge. Maison Flagey is the perfect boutique hotel to book if you want to get a feel of local Brussels life


7. Guesthouse La Maison Chantecler

SUSTAINABLE ELEMENTS: Locally Run; Walking Tours; Works with Local Suppliers
WHY BOOK: Tranquil; Outdoor Pool; Garden; Wellness Facilities
BOOKING.COM RATING: 8.4

Guesthouse La Maison Chantecler is located in the Uccle (Ukkel) neighborhood of Brussels, slightly further from the historical center. This part of the city is beautifully green and residential. It is the perfect spot for travelers looking for some peace and quiet.

Guests can indulge in an organic breakfast, swim in the 15-meter outdoor pool in summer, or curl up with a good book by the fireplace in winter. Book either a room in the stunning Anglo-Norman mansion or opt to book the standalone cottage next door.

Reviews consistently praise the guest house for its attentive staff, stylish interiors, and peaceful atmosphere that allows guests to unwind after exploring Brussels


8. La Senne

SUSTAINABLE ELEMENTS: Locally Run
WHY BOOK: Recently Renovated; 15-min walk Mont des Arts
BOOKING.COM RATING: 9.1

Set in a beautiful 1850 townhouse, La Senne B&B has 3 tastefully decorated rooms, each with a private en-suite bathroom and – not unimportant – a coffee machine! Located a comfortable 12 min walk from Manneken Pis and the Grand Place of Brussels.

Reviews consistently highlight the welcoming atmosphere, comfortable accommodations, and the host’s dedication to ensuring a memorable stay. A little café is set to open in March 2024 on the ground floor of the building (run by the same owners).


9. Ambiorix Residence

SUSTAINABLE ELEMENTS: Locally Run; Pets Allowed; Locally Sourced Food; Platbased Menu Available
WHY BOOK: Art Nouveau Architecture; Garden; Central Local; Highly Rated Breakfast
BOOKING.COM RATING: 9.1

Situated conveniently near key attractions like the European Commission, Ambiorix Residence provides a central location for both business and leisure travelers. Set in a 100-year-old building with authentic Art Nouveau features. This is probably one of the prettiest Brussels bed and breakfast locations.

Guests are raving about the attentive local owner, who treats her guests like long-lost friends. Breakfast is served in the sun-drenched dining room with plenty of locally sourced ingredients. The B&B has but 3 rooms and tends to book out fast due to its strategic location.


Hooome Brussels B&B
Hooome is a great value for money bed and breakfast in Brussels

10. Hooome (Adults Only)

SUSTAINABLE ELEMENTS: No Single Use Plastic; Platbased Menu Available; Locally Sourced Ingrediënts
WHY BOOK: Value for Money, Quiet Neighborhood
BOOKING.COM RATING: 8.3

Located in one of the most bustling streets in the hip Ixelles (Elsene) neighborhood of Brussels. This is the perfect B&B if you are looking to be where the action is. As a local, I come to this part of town for drinks weekly, oftentimes even a couple of times a week.

Guests appreciate the well-curated amenities at Hooome B&B, which contribute to its popularity. Reviews consistently praise the accommodation for its attentive staff, comfortable interiors, and the overall sense of tranquility it provides.


Day trips from Brussels by train

Minimize Your Impact When Visiting Brussels

TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT: The historical center of Brussels is very walkable! A few of the tourist attractions (ex. The Atomium) are slightly further out but can easily be reached via the tram. Consider investing in the Brussels Card, which includes unlimited use of public transportation.

AVOID SINGLE USE PLASTIC: Tap water is drinkable in Brussels. Bring your refillable water bottle and simply fill up at your hotel.

PURCHASE LOCAL: Yuman Brussels offers the largest selection of ‘Made in Belgium’ products as well as a host of other sustainable brands.

STAY A LITTLE LONGER: Consider visiting Brussels for a weekend trip instead of a day trip.

GETTING THERE: Brussels is the perfect day trip from Paris by train or a train day trip from Amsterdam.

Good to Know Before Booking a Brussels Bed and Breakfast

LANGUAGE SPOKEN: One of the charming oddities of Belgium is the fact it has three national languages (French, Dutch and German). Within Brussels, each location – be it the name of a street, a square or a building, will have both a French and a Dutch name. These can sometimes vary significantly from each other. The Main Square in Brussels goes by the name Grand Place (French) or Grote Markt (Dutch).

EUROPEAN CAPITAL: If your stay in Brussels coincides with a NATO or EU summit, prices of hotels can skyrocket. It also means that certain sections of the city might be cordoned off.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Do not hesitate to book a hotel in Brussels that is outside of the Historical Center. The city is very well connected by a system of trams, metro and (night)busses. Metro and trams run from 5:30 am to midnight; night busses from 12.30 am to 03.00 am. After hours there is the possibility to make use of the ridesharing apps Uber and Bolt. Download transportation maps.

Map of Conscious B&Bs in Brussels

The various B&B’s are spread out across Brussels. In the map below you will find all the hotels that are covered in this guide plotted on the map of the city. If you click this interactive Google Map you can take a closer peek.

Map of B&Bs in Brussels
10 Locally Run B&Bs in Brussels

MORE TRAVEL RESOURCES FOR VISITING BRUSSELS

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PLANNING GUIDE: Is Brussels Worth Visiting?
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SEASONAL GUIDE: Visit the Bluebell Forest Near Brussels
DAY TRIPS: Brussels to Bruges One-Day Trip
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