In Brussels, the European capital, you will find a variety of places to stay, all with excellent reputations. Here is Brusselslife's selection of unusual possibilities for accommodation.
Ah Brussels, my dear beauty. Capital of Europe and french fries! You will finally be able to discover the boy who pisses 624 litres of water per day, admire a 102 meters high giant atom, try a refreshing beer, and taste a crunchy chocolate ... In short, the weekend promises to be magical ! And to allow you to relax at low prices after a busy day of sightseeing, we've dug up some ideas for cheap or even free housing!
Camping in Brussels
Amateur of the great outdoor, you never travel without your tent and cooking stove! Even in the city you prefer spending the night in a sleeping bag rather than under a duvet! The municipality of Ixelles thought of you! The "Ciel Ouvert Camping" in the gardens of "La Viale Europe" is open from July 1st to August 31st. A small green corner secretly nestled in the heart of the capital, the place is quite comfortable and well equipped. Only tents (6 euros per night) are allowed. If you have a motor-home or camper van, do not panic! It is possible to book a private parking for 12 euros per day. At the outskirts of Brussels, you can settle at the campsite of Wezembeek-Oppem or the "Druivenland" in Overijse.
You are a backpacker, broke and touring the four corners of the world? For you, the "hostel" option remains the must of the must? No problem! In the centre of Brussels, close to the Grand Place, the Youth Hostel Jacques Brel or the Hostel Bruegel are perfectly situated to welcome you. The Auberge de Jeunesse des 3 Fontaines is on the other hand the most remote. Located in the park of the Sports Center of the Forest of Soignes (15 minutes from the nearest metro station), you can walk around the ponds or even play a game of tennis outside the bustle of the city!
Still cheaper than a youth hostel since it's free! The concept of couchsurfing consists to be welcomed and hosted in private homes. Simply register on the site of the couchsurfers community and find a local willing to host you in his humble abode during your stay in Belgium.
HomeExchange or TrocMaison
You live in a beautiful green setting in the depths of the Ardennes and you would like to spend some time in the capital for a weekend? Try the home exchange! The concept? You offer your home to a family from Brussels keen to go green for a few days and, in return, you will live at the same time in their Brussels home. In short, this is a win-win formula and it's free. Everything is organized through an online platform. The website HomeExchange offers more than 40,000 exchanges in 153 countries all over the world.
Nights in B & B or hotels generally represent the bulk of your holiday budget. An interesting formula to use when you are travelling as a group is to rent an apartment on the spot. For a week or a weekend, the price is often quite advantageous since it should eventually be divided by the numbers of people staying with you. There are many sites available such as the apartment rental platform of Airbnb. With a kitchen at your disposal, you can also save money by preparing your own meals.
One blind night
One more idea of housing for the adventurous spirits: the purchase of a hotel blind night. On the site Hotwire , you pay one night of accommodation at a reduced price. You will only know the area where you will spend your stay and the number of stars the hotel has. It is only shortly before the arrival day that the secret of the facility will be unveiled. You could then find yourself in a luxury hotel such as the Sheraton, Le Chatelain Hotel, the Royal Windsor, the Stanhope Hotel, the Thon Hotel ... Regout Olivia