Where to Stay in Brussels on a Budget

On our recent trip to Brussels, we stayed at the Hello Hostel in Koekelberg. While planning the trip a few months ago, we were looking for a place that’s affordable, comfortable, and has a good location. These are pretty much the main criteria for us when it comes to selecting hotels. Luckily for us, Hello Hostel Brussels scored high on all of them.


The stairway at Hello Hostel Brussels
The Stairway of the hotel

Why Hello Hostel Brussels?

This was our very first experience of staying at a hostel. So honestly, we were a bit unsure of what to expect. We chanced upon Hello Hostel Brussels on Booking.com and it had some amazing reviews there. It had a rating of 7.7 out of 10 based on 827 reviews.

Quite unlike a usual hostel, Hello Hostel Brussels had options for booking a double room (preferable for couples and small families). They also have twin rooms, female dormitories with 4 and 6 beds, and mixed dormitories with 4 and 6 beds.

The bar at Hello Hostel Brussels
The Bar

The only con, if I had to mention one, is that they didn’t have attached bathrooms. The bathrooms are all shared ones. However, it seemed like a decent value for money. We booked a double room for 3 nights at $60 per night which included free breakfast too!

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Highlights Of Our Stay

It was only when we landed at Hello Hostel Brussels did we realize the gem we’d discovered.

Kitchen at The Hello Hostel Brussels
  • The Hello Hostel Brussels is just a minute’s walk away from the Simonis/Elisabeth Metro station. You can’t imagine how easy this made it for us to explore the city!
  • Plus, the area is a nice, quiet, residential one with lots of shops, cafes, and restaurants to choose from.
Pro tip:

There is a Godiva factory outlet close to Hello Hostel Brussels where you can buy Godiva chocolates at incredibly low prices!

Godiva store near Hello Hostel Brussels

Accommodation At Hello Hostel Brussels

Our room was a cute one. Pretty neat and tidy too. They gave us freshly laundered sheets and pillow covers to use.

Our Room At The Hello Hostel Brussels
Our Room At The Hello Hostel Brussels

We had to make our bed using these by ourselves. But I guess that’s a common thing at hostels. The day you are supposed to check out, you need to drop them off at a laundry basket.

Another View Of Our Room At The Hello Hostel Brussels
Another View Of Our Room

I was apprehensive about the bathrooms but they turned out to be quite clean and hygienic.

The staff at the Hello Hostel Brussels were available 24×7 and were very helpful. They helped us with tips on what to see and do in and around Brussels.

Lounge at The Hello hostel brussels
The Lounge

Some more cool stuff

  • They have a pretty terrace area where you can hang out or enjoy a drink.
  • A really cool bar where you can get beers and cocktails for cheap.
  • They also have a lounge area where you can have your breakfast or other meals and watch TV, read books or play board games.
Lounge at Hello Hostel Brussels
Reading area at the Lounge
  • If you feel hungry in the evening but don’t feel like going out, try their pizzas.
  • They have locker facilities that you can use free of charge.
  • Computers and Internet should you need one.
  • Storage space for your bikes.
  • Plenty of maps and guidebooks for some local sightseeing!

We really enjoyed our stay at the Hello Hostel Brussels and would highly recommend it to all. If you’re heading to Brussels anytime soon, you know where to stay πŸ˜‰ And before you go, don’t forget to check out this 1 week Brussels itinerary.

If you have any questions or need additional information about this hotel, let me know in the comments below.

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Hello Hostel Brussels


  1. I’ve has as many great hostel experiences as I’ve had terrible ones, glad to read this review, I’d definitely stay here and I’ll for sure be back to Brussels soon!

    1. Chandrima says:

      You should. I’m confident you’ll like this one 😊

  2. Samantha says:

    I’ve stayed in my fair share of staying in hostels and so far I’ve had a great experience! This hostel looks like something I would love to stay in. I’ll put it on my list of accommodations for traveling in Brussels! Thanks.

    1. Chandrima says:

      You’re so welcome 😊

  3. angela says:

    A Godiva Chocolate Outlet nearby — that’s amazing and a reason itself to stay there! I love when my accommodation is close to the train station, it’s tough getting off a travel day and then having to navigate the new city!

    1. Chandrima says:

      True, the location really matters 😊

  4. Liked reading this review. Hostels are my preferred choice as they are well in budget and if they closer to stations it cant get better than this πŸ™‚

    1. Chandrima says:

      Totally! Thank you 😊

  5. Sapna says:

    It is a very useful review. I am saving this place and would love to stay there. I like that they have good food available because sometimes after a long day, would love to eat at the accommodation.

  6. Joy Generoso says:

    I never experienced staying in a hostel ever since. The shared bathroom really turned me off. However the rooms looks nice. Great review though. πŸ™‚

    1. Chandrima says:

      Thank you! 😊

  7. Mitali Deshmukh says:

    Been to Brussels several times but always stayed in hotel provided by company and never Reallystayed in hostel… This looks like a niCe experience. M visiting myanmar next month and will be staying in hostels for the first time ever in my life. Hoping it to be a good one

    1. Chandrima says:

      Oh wow! I’m sure it’ll be amazing!

  8. Richa says:

    Looks like a great place to stay in Brussels. Will definitely keep this in mind when visiting there πŸ™‚

    1. Chandrima says:

      I think you definitely should check it out 😊

  9. Yamkins says:

    That lounge! Love the lighting. Puts you in a mood to…lounge around. It looks so casual.

    1. Chandrima says:

      I totally agree 😊

  10. Candy & Crystal says:

    I love how clean and bright this hostel is. Also a huge plus for couples looking for accommodation at hostels. Such a great thorough review!

    1. Chandrima says:

      Thank you! Yes, it’s particularly good for couples 😊

  11. Abby's Atlas says:

    What a fun place in Brussels! will have to check it out πŸ™‚

  12. amna says:

    You describe cities very relistic

    1. Chandrima says:

      Thank you 😊

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