The main tourist sights and attractions in Brussels are spread over a number of different neighbourhood quarters. You’ll most likely want to use the Metro to visit the different areas, but if you want to be in the centre near Grand Place, I can recommend several hotels near Brussels Christmas Market.
Grand Place is a convenient location allowing you to walk to many popular places, but it also makes it easy to hop on the Metro at the Bourse or Brussels Central when you need to.
This guide lists several hotels near Brussels Grand Place across all budgets.
Hotels near Brussels Christmas Market
The Christmas market in Brussels is held in Grand Place, the beautiful market square in historic Brussels. The huge central square is lined with buildings dating back to the 14th and 15th-century and includes the gothic Town Hall, the gold-decorated Maison Grand-Place and various guild halls.
This square is where all the main events are held in Brussels. As there are more than 200 Christmas chalets, they have extended the location of the Christmas markets to other squares in the city centre, but you’ll most likely want to stay in a Brussels hotel near Grand Place.
Top PickRocco Forte Hotel Amigo
Address: Rue de l’Amigo 1-3, Brussels, Belgium
The elegant Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo is located just behind Hotel de Ville de Bruxelles, the Town Hall on Grand-Place. Some rooms have a view of Grand-Place or the Town Hall and the pedestrian-only streets of the old town are at your door. The rooms are quite traditional in their design and the hotel is known for its exceptional service and location. The hotel has a gym, a highly rated restaurant and an electric vehicle charging station if you need it.Check Availability
Location of Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo
Hotel near Brussels Grand Place
Address: Rue Léopold 9, Brussels, Belgium
A 5-minute walk through quiet streets to Grand-Place, The Dominican is well-located opposite the classical facade of the La Monnaie De Munt opera house and Place de la Monnaie. There is a small Christmas market at Place de la Monnaie opposite the hotel, and there are many restaurants and bars in this area too. The boutique hotel has an abbey-inspired interior, an inner courtyard and a small gym.
Hotel des Galeries
Address: Rue des Bouchers 38, Brussels, Belgium
The minimalist design of this boutique hotel features timber floorboards, an inner courtyard and green accents. The small hotel is located inside the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, a glamourous antique shopping arcade, a 2-minute walk to Grand Place. This is one of the newer and more modern design hotels in Brussels.
Great Value for Money
Pillows City Hotel Brussels Centre
Address: Rue des Paroissiens 15-27, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
While the Pillows City Hotel is 7 or 8 minutes to Grand-Place, it is conveniently located near Brussels Central train station, an ideal location if you’re arriving by train. The rooms are modern and stylish in black and white with marble bathrooms. While it’s not a budget hotel, it is good value for money if you book in advance.
Cool and Quirky
Boutique Hotel Saint-Géry
Address: Place Saint Gery 29-32, Brussels
This quirky boutique hotel is opposite the Halles Saint-Géry exhibition centre, around 500 metres from Grand Place. The design is very unusual and unique. There is a jazz bar on the ground floor where you can often listen to live music. Some rooms have an open bathroom, so keep this in mind when booking.
Latroupe Grand Place Hostel
Address: 159 Boulevard Anspach, Brussels
Don’t be put off by this being a hostel. Latroupe has private rooms and family rooms for those travelling in a group. As the hostel is located at Grote Markt, it’s only around a 4-minute walk to Grand Place. But there are Christmas chalets in this location too. The reviews are excellent, and there are some great facilities here, so it’s definitely worth considering.
Address: Rue de la Concorde 59-61, Elsene – Ixelles
The Zoom Hotel is not near Brussels Christmas market but in the hipster Ixelles neighbourhood. This is a great area to stay in if you’re interested in somewhere away from the touristy centre and close to some excellent bars and eateries. Having stayed in this neighbourhood a number of times, I can assure you it’s a great part of the city. Decorated in an industrial vintage style, this hotel is 600 metres from Louise Metro Station. Zoom Hotel has an intimate garden courtyard and a bar serving local Belgian beers. The hotel does not use single-use plastics; most food is organic and locally sourced, and the hotel displays artwork from local artists. The rooms are modern and very stylish.
For more information on visiting Brussels in December, read my guide to Brussels Christmas Market that has been updated for 2023.
Alternatively, travel further afield or find other destinations for your holiday with this list of Belgium Christmas market locations.
Where to Stay in Brussels
Grand Place: As you’re deciding where to stay in Brussels, consider the iconic Grand Place. It’s a vibrant area teeming with history and charm. Staying here, you’ll be close to the heart of the Christmas market, which brings unique magic to the city. Cafés, shops, and cultural landmarks abound in this neighbourhood.
Marolles: For a dose of local colour and some independent shopping, consider Marolles. Known for its daily flea market and a wealth of unique shops, this area is perfect for those who love to browse. Its café culture is also pretty impressive, making it a great spot to relax and watch the world go by.
Saint-Gilles: Home to numerous galleries and art studios, Saint-Gilles is a paradise for art lovers. On top of this, you’ll find a bustling nightlife and a collection of cool bars to explore once the sun goes down.
Ixelles: Ixelles stands out for its café culture and vibrant nightlife. You’ll find everything from high-end boutiques to local shops alongside a wide selection of restaurants. It also hosts some of the city’s most popular green spaces for those quiet moments amidst the city buzz.
European Quarter: Aptly named for hosting European Union institutions, the European Quarter is more than just politics. It’s teeming with museums and offers plenty of green spaces to relax. Despite its serious daytime persona, it also has a lively night scene with a variety of cool bars.
Saint-Josse-ten-Noode: Saint-Josse-ten-Noode is perfect for those wanting a quieter base but still being within easy reach of the city centre. It’s renowned for its rich cultural diversity and offers a mix of restaurants, cafés, and bars.
Uccle: Nestled towards the south of Brussels, Uccle is perfect for those seeking peace and tranquillity. Known for its lush green spaces, it provides a perfect retreat after a day of sightseeing.
Each of these neighbourhoods has its unique character, making your choice depending on what you want from your visit. The beauty of Brussels is that it’s compact, so no matter where you choose to stay, you’ll be able to explore all the city has to offer.
Recommendations are independently chosen based on personal travel experiences and extensive research. This post contains affiliate links to hotels in Brussels, Belgium. This means I get a small commission from any bookings at no extra cost to you.