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Belgium's charms are frequently underplayed, even by loyal Belgians. But if you dismiss this country as just good for beer, chocolate and the European Parliament you'll be the one missing out. Belgium is perfect for those who like the finer, more beautiful things in life, but without the attitude some other nations are known for. And many of the best places to stay in Belgium reflect this with their understated service and charming yet chic interiors.

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Don't let the European Parliament put you off, Brussels isn't at all bland. This multicultural city is rife with fascinating museums and packed with art and design and good food, and it’s got a very independent cultural flavour, influenced by its international meting pot of inhabitants.

Antwerp has a historic reputation for fine living: this city had held an important spot on key trade route since the 16th Century - which is also when many of Antwerp's most grand and glorious buildings were built. The art came in the 17th Century, when the city inspired the likes of Rubens and Van Dyck. Antwerp's more recent pursuit is fashion. Many of Antwerp's main sights are within the old walls - about a 2km radius. And of course it has the diamonds.

Bruges is one of Europe's best preserved pre-motorised cities. A charming warren of cobbled streets, vast churches, canals lined with gorgeous old warehouses, a spectacularly lovely main square and chocolate shops. Lots and lots of chocolate shops. And beer. And waffles. And moules and frite. But mostly beautiful, romantic architecture and lots of the the best places to stay in Belgium! And Ghent’s beautiful canal-side architecture makes it look similar to Bruges, but more intimate and romantic. And with significantly fewer visitors.

These cities are some of the best places to stay in Belgium if you're looking for a city break, or you only have a few days, but if you get out into the undeniably flat countryside you'll find your visit even more rewarding.

Northern Belgium, oft called Dutch-speaking Flanders, is the flatter region, dotted with pretty towns and cities and significant battlefields. Leige is historic, Leuven is an ancient university town, known for its brewing, while Ypres is best known for its war memorials. Southern Belgium is French speaking, called Wallonia, and this is the more rural of the two, a great place to see by bike - it’s especially lovely around Namur. This is the countryside of the Ardennes Forest and Spa, the elegant small town which put the 'spa' into spa-town. Close to the French border, Mons has a fantastic collection of museums and a beautiful medieval centre with a Grand Palace. It also has a great dragon fighting festival…

What not to Miss

  • A portion or two of moules and those famous double fried frites. Possibly washed down with a local beer? some of the best as brewed in local abbeys, think Orval, Chimay, Val Deiu or Florette. And a bit later on you might want to try a proper Belgian waffle, Belgian chocolate and a pastry? These are the foods typically associated with Belgium, but there are many more treasures to come out of the blend of Flemish and French cuisine that you see hereabouts.
  • You might also want to eat in one or two of the old grand cafes.
  • It’s a bit obvious to say not to miss the architecture, as it’s not possible to, but we mean go out of your way to see the great variety of Belgium’s great architecture. From the medieval palaces, to the Heritage Listed Grand Place, to Brussels’ space age Atomium, which was built in the 1950s. Belgium has some fantastically beautiful churches to admire too.
  • The same can be said for the art of Belgium. It’s everywhere, from posters advertising the latest exhibition of Flemish Old Masters to modernist art in the metro stations. Belgium has a number of excellent art museums, and you’ll find them in every city, and some of the towns too. Bruges’ Groeningemuseum is a prime example, as is the Rubenhuis in Antwerp.
  • In Brussels kids will love Manneken Pis, the fountain statue of the little boy relieving himself cheerfully. It is just back from Rue Charles Buls, the tourist street of chocolate shops. They may also be interested in taking a chocolate tour or chocolate making workshop. Or visiting the Musees Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, which has an excellent ancient Egyptian section. The family of stuffed iguanodons at the Musee des Sciences Naturelles, will be another highlight for kids.
  • In Bruges visit the Markt, and climb the Belfort - there's not much to see inside, but the view is worth the long climb. Take a ride on the canals and see the Begijnhof. Or take a horse and trap ride to the Minnewater. Visit the tiny Basilica of the Holy Blood in the Burg, and admire the Stadhuis and Brugse Vrije, which are the Gothic town administration buildings.
  • Antwerp's weekend markets are a lot of fun and you can find stalls selling the usual foods, clothes and gifts to antiques and bicycles. There's a big market on the Theatreplein Square. Those with an interest in fashion may prefer the Kammerstraat, which is where you'll find the Fashion Museum, and boutiques belonging to some of Antwerp's big name designers, including Dries van Noten. Antwerp also has a Diamond Museum, the Diamantmuseum. There's also 'Diamondland' where you can see them being cut and set in the daily 'show'. And if you want to purchase a diamond, skip the sellers near the station and visit the diamond merchants in the diamond district around Hoveniersstraat and Schapstraat.
  • If you’re even mildly interested in the Battle of Waterloo then visit Hougoumont, a recently restored fortified farm which could have made all the difference to the battle’s outcome. And Memorial 1815, an underground museum.

The best places to stay in Belgium

In Brussels

  • Close to the Abbey of la Cambre, the National Geographic Institute and the Avenue Louise, Made in Louise is an unfussily elegant townhouse with lots of natural light and choice of local beers.
  • For more traditional decor, try Le Dixseptieme. Two minutes from the Grand Palace, this hotel has four poster beds, fireplaces and wooden floors - but it's refined not opulent.
  • The Dominican is also just off the Grand Place, and is a good choice if you prefer elegance, in addition to all the comforts a larger hotel can offer. There's a very good restaurant, and a bistro in the courtyard, as well as a gym and spa.
  • The Hotel, Brussels is a modern, high rise hotel in the centre of the designer shopping district. The views are incredible - if you book a panorama room you’ll have at least two different angles. The bar is chic and the restaurant gourmet.

In Antwerp

  • Book The Glorious Inn if you're looking for something traditionally Belgian. This old inn only has three rooms, and they all have glorious details - wonderful antiques and art, and cracking original features. And it's on top of one of Antwerp's trendiest concept stores.
  • For the ultimate in intimate urban simplicity try the Hotel Matelote's airy, loft style rooms. These and the charms of the 16th Century building speak for themselves.
  • For unfussy city style perfectly located in the shopping and fashion district, you can't go past Sleeping at Linnen's three rooms.
  • 'T Sandt is a beautiful townhouse hotel. Its original beams and stairways have been tastefully added to, creating light and airy spaces even the pickiest guests couldn't fault. If your partner needs luxury, this is definitely one of the best places to stay in Antwerp.

In Bruges

  • Right on the canal, just around the corner from the Basilica of the Holy Blood, you'll find Die Swaene. Sophisticated and historically listed, this hotel also has a Michelin Bib Gourmand recommendation.
  • If you're looking for somewhere small and personal try Number 11. This beautiful guesthouse has been tastefully and comfortably decorated in creams and neutrals, to make the best of the building's gorgeous original features and its quiet courtyard.
  • If you love chintzy luxury and old fashioned manor house hotels, the Hotel de Orangerie is probably for you. It's right on the canal - the boat trips leave from just outside its tea rooms.

In Ghent

  • Around the corner from Castle Gravensteen and St. Bavo Cathedral and right on the canal, Hotel Harmony has some of the best views of Ghent in Ghent.
  • With only four gorgeous rooms in an 18th Century mansion house, Hotel Verhaegen, run by two interior designers, is a romantically restored haven of charm.

To Refresh

  • Right on the edge of the Ardennes forest in Spa, the Manoir de Lebioles is a sumptuous spa getaway. Rooms and suites have open fireplaces, four-poster beds and roll-top baths and there’s a world class gym and spa plus a gourmet restaurant.
  • Ne5t Hotel & Spa is a beautifully revamped Belgian farmhouse outside historic Namur. The six rooms are stylish and minimalist, with exposed brick and simple whitewash. The spa has a hydrotherapy pool, and there’s also an outdoor pool.

Most Romantic

  • If you're looking for somewhere you can feel like it's just the two of you, then have a look at the three bedroom B&B, X2Brussels - in Brussels. Close to the main sights, and also the fashionable Dansaert area, this B&B has large airy rooms done in white. It's simple. And reasonable. And most important, intimate.
  • Manos Premier is a beautiful hotel in the centre of Brussels, with 50 chic, contemporary rooms. Expect lots of natural light, lush gardens, a fully equipped spa and a fantastic French restaurant.
  • Also in Brussels, the Hotel Des Galeries is a boutique hotel inside the Galleries Royales Saint-Huber, with 23 beautiful rooms and suites - some spread over two floors. Expect parquet floors, wooden shutters and a cool, modern Belgian restaurant.
  • Slightly out from the main square, but still within walking distance of the highlights of Bruges, Ter Duinen is one to book if you're looking for somewhere to relax by the canal. This hotel has a beautiful courtyard, and a breakfast room which looks out onto it, so it's a peaceful haven to come back to.
  • Bruges’ Canal Deluxe is a 17th century canal-side townhouse converted into a two bedroom B&B. This cosy spot has a wonderful log fire and a grand stone fireplace (the perfect place to curl up with a good book), whilst the characterful rooms have high ceilings and original wooden beams. Wonderfully intimate.
  • 'T Sandt is a beautiful townhouse hotel. Its original beams and stairways have been tastefully added to, creating light and airy spaces even the pickiest guests couldn't fault. If your partner needs luxury, this is definitely one of the best places to stay in Antwerp.

In the Countryside

  • The Royal Snail in Namur is an intimate hotel close to the river, with an outdoor pool, spa, gym, atmospheric Belgian restaurant and a beautiful vertical garden. The decor is unusual and eclectic and celebrates the history of Namur.

For Families

  • The Vintage Hotel, with large rooms sleeping up to six, is a good choice for families. Located only 10mins from the Grand Place and just up from the Avenue Louise, this is one of the best places to stay if you don't want the bother of transporting your brood around. Kids will, hopefully, find the colourful, 60s decor fun and will probably want you to stay in the vintage Airstream caravan on the terrace!
  • The Stanhope is a more traditional hotel, converted with elegance from a convent. The hotel's seven family apartments, which also sleep up to six, make it perfect for families. It's also only a 10 minute walk from the European Parliament.
  • For a home from home feel, little three roomed B&B, St Niklaas is one of the best places to stay in Bruges. You're staying in a gorgeous townhouse in the centre of town, with enough original features to make it feel special, but not so many that you have to worry your kids are going to break something...

For Great Value

  • Starting from just £54 per night, the Pantone Hotel is perfect if you're visiting Brussels but watching your wallet. As the name hints, this hotel is contemporary, with bright, bold splashes of colour amongst basic white, clean lines. You're right next to the Avenue Louise, some rooms even have great views of the city.
  • Or for around £75 per night you can stay at the Brussels Welcome Hotel, a fun, quirky, 17 room hotel converted from an elegant 19th century mansion. Expect original artworks and antiques in historic St. Anne.
  • Dream! is a wonderfully unique hotel in a converted chapel right in the heart of Mons. While the building itself is wonderfully historic, the decor is exciting and contemporary, and each of the 57 rooms is different. Rooms start from around £80 per night.
  • The Hotel Hors Chateau in Liège is a charming hotel in the centre of the historic city which effortlessly blends the old with the new - modern art hangs in rooms with original wooden beams, The service is friendly and this is a great base from which to enjoy both the sights and nightlife.
  • For Brussels romance at less than £100 per night try the Fish Market B&B, a charming, neo-classical B&B with two large rooms, one apartment and a lovely breakfast terrace. Quiet, but well located for the city’s highlights.

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Travel Information

  • Brussels Airport, or Zaventem, as it’s often named, after the town it’s actually in, has excellent connections to the UK and other European destinations. It’s only nine miles from the centre of town and one of the easiest ways to transfer is by train, which takes about 25minutes. From the airport you can also catch a train to Ghent, Mons, Antwerp and West Flanders. Belgium is pretty small so the train is a fairly swift way to get around. The country’s other international airports are Brussels South Charleroi Airport, which is popular with low-cost carriers, Antwerp Airport, Ostend Airport and Liège Airport. If you’re coming from elsewhere in Europe i’s very easy to catch the train into Belgium as well.
  • If you want to hire a car we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
  • Belgium has a mild, temperate climate with mild winters and fairly cool summers. There’s not really a bad time to visit. Christmas is magical, spring is pretty and the long summer days are perfect for sightseeing.

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See all » 24 hôtels in Ghent

  • Charme Hotel Hancelot Ghent 12 rooms from £78

    City Style  -  A wonderful way to slip back to Ghent's glory days at this elegant townhouse, lovingly restored to maintain its aristocratic air
    Less £  -  With room prices starting from under €100 a night this is extremely good value
    Romantic Break  -  With its beautifully styled rooms, this is perfect for a romantic tryst
    Kayaking  -  For an interesting way to view the city try taking a kayak tour along the canals that criss cross the city.
    GardenParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    Once the home of a wealthy Baron, this C18th townhouse has been beautifully restored to exhibit the original period decor. High ceilings, glistening chandeliers and ornate fire places. Breakfast is served in a light airy room with views to the quiet street below. Comfortable, spacious bedrooms. See More

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  • B&B Kwaadham 52 Ghent 5 rooms from £82

    City Style  -  Stylish rooms above a piano shop with hard wood floors, crisp linen and Aga cooked breakfast — seriously cool European style
    Local exploring  -  A superb location overlooking the cathedral means that most of the city highlights are very close by
    Short break  -  This little B&B is perfect for a short city break with its central location and great price tag
    Sights nearby  -  Literally overlooking Ghent's famed Saint Bavo's Cathedral, the city's main place of worship for over 1,000 years.
    GardenParkingNo pets

    Five impeccably styled rooms situated above a piano store in the heart of Ghent. Spacious rooms feature parquet flooring, crisp white linen, large sash windows, and luxury bathrooms. Breakfasts are cooked on the aga and piano concerts are held in the courtyard. A stylish B&B. See More

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See all » 21 hôtels in Bruges

  • Hotel Jan Brito Bruges 37 rooms from £74

    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the centre of Bruges. All attractions can be reached on foot.
    Private Hot Tub  -  The four best rooms all have hot tub bath tubs
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Air conditioningGarden
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller

    Historic 16th century listed building with classical rooms. Bedrooms, suites, and family rooms, all with noble themes, have marble mantlepieces, oak beams, four poster beds, romantic fabrics and wall papered walls. Stunning boxed hedge garden, bar and sitting room. See More

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  • Anselmus Hotel Bruges 16 rooms from £86

    Garden  -  The hotel has a really charming garden.
    Groups  -  Triple/quaruples rooms.
    Value chic
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Michelin Travel

    A charming redbrick house with a gorgeous little garden. Rooms, small and large, sleep up to five people. All are colourful and modern. An excellent value choice for groups of friends or a family. See More

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See all » 20 hôtels in Brussels

  • Pantone Hotel Brussels 61 rooms from £56

    Value chic
    City Style
    Views  -  Many of the bedrooms have great city views
    Sights nearby  -  Located close to the Avenue Louise
    Air conditioningViewsNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Simple contemporary hotel with bright splashes of colour and lots of natural light. Bright rooms and suites without clutter, some with private balconies. Excellent breakfasts and bikes to rent. An understated spot. See More

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  • Aloft Brussels Brussels 157 rooms from £65

    City Style  -  Just over a 5-minute walk from Jubelpark and the Cinquantenaire Museum.
    Sights nearby  -  Leopold Park and European Union Parliament Building.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Air conditioningDisabled access
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller

    Centrally located, super contemporary chic, this hotel offers great working space, is light and airy with great facilities, including fitness area. The bar provides light snacks while you listen to music with a DJ in the evenings, live music on certain dates. The European Parliament is 500m away. See More

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See all » 13 hôtels in Antwerp

  • De Witte Nijl Antwerp 2 rooms from £117

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly located in the heart of the city within walking distance of its main attractions.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady, the tallest cathedral in the Low Countries.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
    Full of character
    GardenParkingNo pets

    A small boutique property located in the heart of the historic centre. The two rooms mix traditional and contemporary styles with antique furniture, fireplaces, white-washed walls and free standing baths. Indulgent breakfasts are served and there's a sunny walled garden to unwind in too. See More

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  • Abondance Logies Antwerp 4 rooms from £104

    Local exploring  -  Well located just a short tram ride away from many of Antwerp's attractions.
    Groups  -  The entire house is available to rent over specific holiday periods.
    Sights nearby  -  Stop by Rubenshuis, the former home of painter Pieter Paul Rubens.
    GardenNo pets

    A chic guesthouse situated in one of the oldest and most beautiful Belle Epoque streets in Antwerp. A handful of rooms and suites are fresh and contemporary with white-washed walls, crisp white linen and luxurious bathrooms. Expect a very friendly welcome and easy access to the city. See More

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See all » 6 hôtels in Liege

  • Bienvenue au 31 Liege 1 rooms from £74

    Local exploring  -  A tranquil base located close to the city centre and many of the major attractions.
    Sights nearby  -  Stop by the striking gothic St Paul's Cathedral.
    Full of character
    GardenParkingNo pets

    A family-run boutique property occupying a quiet spot in Liège just a short distance from the city centre. Newly renovated rooms are contemporary and chic with whitewashed walls offset by bright modern artworks. Sumptuous breakfasts are served and the hosts always provide a warm welcome. See More

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  • The Street Lodge Liege 3 rooms from £82

    Value chic  -  A smart city base offered at very reasonable rates.
    Local markets  -  Get a sense of the city's life at the Sunday morning market, La Batte.
    Great walks  -  Climb the scenic staircase of La Montagne de Bueren.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the impressive Palais des Princes Evêques.
    GardenParkingNo pets

    A charming guesthouse well located in a quiet residential area yet with easy access to the city centre. A handful of individually styled rooms feature rich hues, plenty of light and contemporary furnishings. A quaint terrace is the ideal spot to unwind after a day exploring the city. See More

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See all » 6 hôtels in Leuven

  • Getaway Studios Leuven 49 rooms from £78

    Families  -  The serviced apartments give families a comfortable home-away-from-home when travelling
    Local exploring  -  Well placed in the heart of the city with many attractions within walking distance
    Local markets  -  Stroll through the Grand Place and buy local materials
    Disabled accessParkingNo pets

    A selection of modern studio apartments in the heart of Leuven. Spacious areas are simply designed with dark wooden floors, whitewashed walls and minimalist furniture. Studios feature kitchenettes, sofa beds, and smart modern bathrooms. An ideal city crash pad for families or groups. See More

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  • Martin's Klooster Leuven 103 rooms from £113

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly positioned in the heart of Leuven with many of the main attractions within walking distance
    City Style  -  The merging of a historic building with chic contemporary design makes this a stylish city choice
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the flamboyant Gothic Stadhuis (town hall)
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    RestaurantSwimming PoolGardenDisabled accessParkingNo pets

    A historic monastery converted into a chic contemporary hotel in the heart of Leuven. Spacious rooms divide into classic traditional options in the old building and swish modern rooms in the extension. Snacks and cocktails are served on the terrace and the city's attractions are steps away. See More

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See all » 6 hôtels in Spa

  • Le Grand Maur Spa 3 rooms from £84

    Romantic Break  -  A wonderful restaurant and just three rooms makes this a great option for an intimate weekend away 'a deux'
    Foodies  -  Restaurant Grand Maur is located on the ground floor
    Short break  -  Liege airport is located just 30km away
    Sights nearby  -  The town of Spa is located a 5 minute drive away. Visit Franchimont Castle, Thermes de Spa and the waterfalls of Coo
    RestaurantGardenParkingNo pets

    Three-room restaurant with rooms housed in a 19th-century villa just outside of Spa. Wooden floors, cosy fireplaces and tastefully decorated bedrooms make this feel like a home away from home. The ground floor gourmet restaurant also puts on cookery classes and there is lots of visit in the area. See More

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  • La Heid des Pairs Spa 6 rooms from £103

    Local exploring  -  The town of Spa is a short drive away, as well as forests, lakes, castles, thermal baths, markets and adventure parks
    Families  -  The large open garden and outdoor swimming pool are perfect for young children wanting to run around and play
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Grand Prix racing track - Spa-Francorchamps - Thermes de Spa, Franchimont Castle and the Caves of Remouchamps
    Great walks  -  Walk around scenic Warfaaz lake or take a hike in Spa Forest or the Belgian Ardennes
    TennisRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenParkingNo pets

    A friendly and welcoming 12 room owner-run hotel located just outside Spa. This converted mansion, dating from 1837, has a Michelin restaurant on-site. A quiet spot but well situated to explore. Families will love the large rooms, spacious garden and a range of activities for all ages. See More

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  • Faubourg St Martin Liège, Belgium 5 rooms from £113

    Local exploring  -  Located in the city centre close to the famous 'Square' district filled with eating and nightlife joints
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the spectacular Opéra Royal de Wallonie

    A contemporary and stylish hotel set in a beautifully renovated 16th-century building. Elegant rooms mix traditional and modern styles to great effect and the suites boast top of the range kitchenettes. Ideally positioned in the heart of the city making this a great spot for a city break. See More

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