Named after the famous Belgian musician, Jacques Brel, this hostel in Brussels is the perfect mix of international and Belgian. We stayed four perfect nights in this youth hostel in Brussels, and we definitely don’t regret it. This hostel in the heart of the capital of Belgium is a great sustainable and budget-friendly choice. We’ve put together a review of this hotel to describe all the facilities and tell you everything we loved about this accommodation.
Why should you choose the Jacques Brel Youth Hostel in Brussels?
Do you care about the environment, but can’t break the bank to stay in a modern eco-hotel? The Jacques Brel Youth Hostel in Brussels is a perfect choice for eco-conscious backpackers, young travelers, and families on a low-budget. If you like to make a sustainable choice but you can’t afford eco-luxurious hotels, then this hostel would be perfect for you. The hostel is perfect for solo travelers, friends, couples, and families with kids as well.
Eco-friendly hostel in Brussels
The Jacques Brel Youth Hostel is part of the Les Auberges de Jeunesse Belgium brand (part of the HI – Hostelling International). They have lots of youth hostels in Belgium, all of them focusing on being budget-friendly and sustainable as well. Their commitment to sustainable living was rewarded by the Green Key award, making them the most eco-friendly accommodation on a budget in Belgium.
The hostels of Les Auberges de Jeunesse are implementing energy and water-saving strategies, to protect the environment. They have a “low energy” design and constantly work on installing more heat-saving systems, LED and energy-saving bulbs.
They also use certified eco-friendly cleaning and bathroom products, and in the kitchen, they rely on local and sustainably sourced produce. The organic produces are also sourced in bulk to avoid plastic packaging.
If you want to read more about the sustainable initiatives of Les Auberges de Jeunesse Belgium, click here.
How to get to the Jacques Brel Youth Hostel Brussels?
The hostel is in the city center, close to the Grand Palace. We really liked the location, as it’s in a calm area, but also very close to the main attractions in Brussels. You can also easily reach the hostel by public transport.
Address : Rue de la Sablonnière 30, 1000 Brussels
By metro : Metro line 2 ou 6 (Botanique or Madou)
By public transport : Bus 61, 65 ou 66, trams 92, 93 ou 94 (Botanique or Madou)
The check-in starts at 3 pm, but the hostel has a luggage room as well. We arrived before noon, left our backpacks in the luggage rooms, and then left to explore the city. If you want to use the locker, you’ll need a lock. However, if you don’t have your own locks, you can buy one at the reception of the hostel. The staff of the hostel is very kind and helpful, and the check-in was super fast. The receptionists answered all our questions and helped us to choose the best things to see in Brussels.
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The hostel of course has mainly 4-bed dormitory rooms with shared bathrooms. The beds are fitted with hypo-allergenic pillows, and every bed has reading lights and chargers next to them. All the rooms have a bathroom with a refillable natural soap gel. There are also lockers in the room and a small desk with chairs. Overall, the rooms are very clean and comfortable, perfect for the tired backpacker. The towels are not included in the room rate, but it’s possible to rent them at the reception.
The hostel not only has dormitory rooms but private rooms as well. We stayed for 2 nights in a private room with two beds. This twin room is perfect for backpacking couples because it’s affordable and comfortable as well. If you’re traveling with your partner on a budget, this room can be perfect to have some privacy after staying many nights in dormitory rooms (trust me, we have been there!). The room has twin beds, so you can also book this with your family members or friends.
Quadruple room for double use
As most of the hostels, the Jacques Brel Hostel also has quadruple rooms for double use. These rooms have bunk beds, that’s why they’re even cheaper than the normal private rooms.
The delicious breakfast is served between 7 am and 9.30 am from Monday until Saturday, and from 7.30 am until 10 am on Sunday. The breakfast is organic and sustainable, the buffet includes local fruits, veggies, and bakery products.
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The hostel has vending machines and a coffee machine on the main floor. There is also great wifi everywhere. This accommodation has overall a lovely and friendly atmosphere. Although it’s called a youth hostel, it’s definitely a family and kid-friendly hostel too, as it has game rooms with lots of board games. In the hostel, we met lots of international people and families with kids as well.
If you need to do your laundry, in the basement there are laundry machines. There’s also a kitchen where the guests of the hostel can cook. We also stored our groceries in the fridge, which is really practical if you want to buy your own food in the store and want to cook your own dinner.
The bar and the game room
There is a cool game room with table tennis and other games, where you can find entertainment after a long day of exploring the city.
The hostel has also a bar where they serve all kinds of Belgium beers (who doesn’t love Belgian beer?), so you don’t even have to go out every night to search for your favorite local beer. We came here every night to try different Belgian beers, play some board games, and meet new people. The bar also has a garden where you can sit down, sip your coffee or wine, and socialize with other international travelers. Pretty cool, huh? 🙂
(right now the hostels are CLOSED UNTIL 6/07/2020 because of COVID-19, but please consider supporting this business when domestic and international travel will be allowed again)