We all know that Belgium is a great place for a cycling holiday, the question is, what are the best places for cyclists to stay?!
In this article we share some of the best cycling hotels Belgium has to offer. The good news is that cycling is such a big part of the culture here, quite a few of Belgium’s bike hotels don’t just welcome cyclists, cyclists are their main clientele. So your hotel is not just somewhere to store your bike, but will offer all the “nice to haves” like bike wash down facilities, early breakfasts, bike tools and maybe even some guiding.
We’ve written this article to share our pick of the best bike hotels we’ve come across during our travels and conversations about Belgium. They’re a mix of the hotels we’ve most enjoyed staying in or most wanted to stay in.
Read on for some of our recommendations for the best places to stay in Belgium when planning a biking holiday.
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Belgium bike hotels: comparison table
|Flandrien Hotel (sponsored)
The Leopold Hotel
La Villa des Fleurs
The Daft Boutique Hotel
Remember to double-check accommodation bike storage arrangements (and any other services you need) before booking as policies often change.
Belgium accommodation: things to know before you book
Layout of Belgium
Belgium is essentially split into two – the northern region of Flanders, where they speak Flemish, and the southern region of Wallonia, where they speak French. Somewhere near the middle you find Brussels (for where to stay in Brussels, check out our guide to cycling Brussels.)
The weather can be cold and bleak in both Flanders and Wallonia, but the cycling experiences are quite different, so you need to know what to expect when you plan the best base for cycling Belgium.
Flanders is famous – or should that be infamous – for its cobbled climbs. Cobbles really aren’t ideal for inexperienced cyclists. Conversely, they are considered a must-do amongst experienced cyclists looking to tackle a robust challenge.
Arguably the best place to say in Belgium for cycling breaks is in/near Oudenaarde (pronounced Ow-den-arder). Stay in the city if you want to be close to bars and restaurants – or head to a cycling friendly hotel in one of the surrounding villages for a more tranquil experience.
Alternatively, if you want to combine your cycling holiday with more mainstream tourist attractions, check out Ghent and Brugges for their cultural delights and big(ger) city vibes.
Some of the best cycling events of the Flanders region include the Tour of Flanders, the Ghent-Wevelgem and the E3 Harelbeke. The Tour of Flanders is considered one of the main options for the Spring Classics.
For more on cycling in Flanders, read our full guide which is here.
In the southern stretches of Belgium, you find the Wallonia region, which offers a different experience to Flanders. Here the roads aren’t cobbled, but there are some challenging valleys.
Roads in Wallonia have a reputation for being poorly maintained. But they are also typically deserted – and so if you prefer to get away from the crowds and enjoy rolling farmlands and dramatic gorges in peace, this is a great place to base yourself.
Well-known events include the Tour de Wallonie, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, and the Flèche Wallonne. The latter two are part of the famous Spring Classics series of races.
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Bike hotels in Flanders
There are some excellent Belgium cycling hotels in Flanders – cycling is such a popular pastime here that many hotels specifically target those on a biking holiday.
The Flandrien Hotel, Brakel
The Flandrien Hotel is a beautifully restored 19th Century farmstead, situated in the heart of the Flemish Ardennes.
It’s run by Australian owner Jamie Anderson, and his knowledgeable local team, and is set in a tranquil, rural area between Oudenaarde and Geraardsbergen. It’s also close to famous Tour de Flanders climbs and cobbled sections.
The hotel has fifteen bedrooms spread across three buildings, including a ten-bed apartment for groups. The bedrooms are individually decorated with cycling art and memorabilia. Guests have access to a spacious Clubhouse Restaurant and Bar, as well as a library, co-working space and garden. There is an impressive retro bike collection and art gallery that features rotating collections.
Cycle facilities include secure storage, bike wash area, rental bikes and spare parts store. There’s also an SOS pickup service in case of mechanical mishaps, free washing machines and dryers.
Opened in 2021, this cycling-oriented set up attracts cyclists and professional teams from around the world.
- We love: The hotel lives and breathes cycling. Don’t be surprised to find pro teams in residence during your stay.
- Be aware: It’s in a rural area (transfers can be arranged). There are no double beds.
- Best for: Cyclists looking for an inspiring location from which to ride the cobbles and climbs of the Tour of Flanders.
Address: Hollebeekstraat 6, 9661 Brakel, Belgium
Telephone: +32 (0)4 84 79 64 43
Leopold Hotel, Oudenaarde
The Leopold Hotel is a four-star boutique hotel situated in the heart of Oudenaarde, a short walk from both the Market Square and the train station. Rooms are spacious and have a contemporary, comfy style.
Guests can start their day with a hearty breakfast, and both lunch and dinner are available too. The hotel’s very welcoming for cyclists and can offer secure underground parking for up to 40 bikes, as well as arranging bike rental for you.
- We love: The fantastic central location that’s great for exploring Flanders.
- Be aware: Lunch and dinner options are simple but there are plenty of restaurants nearby.
- Best for: Being right at the heart of this cycling haven – cobbles and all.
Hotond Sports Hotel, Kluisbergen
The Hotond Sporthotel in Kluisbergen is a three-star Belgium cycling hotel that is specifically aimed at cyclists and hikers who are tackling the Flemish Ardennes. It’s a very modern building with plant life growing on the roof and lots of beautiful outdoor spaces to relax. There’s a grill and café on-site too.
Rooms are aimed at groups and families – a standard room includes a double bed and a bunk bed, while a double room has two bedrooms. You can store your bike in your room, and according to the hotel’s website, ‘dirty shoes’ are allowed – this is a hotel where you’re encouraged to explore the region.
- We love: The natural vibe throughout the whole hotel.
- Be aware: It’s a small hotel with just 10 rooms, although rooms sleep up to 4 guests each.
- Best for: Small groups or families looking for a quiet escape.
Hotel Velotel, Bruges
Hotel Velotel describes itself as a four-star cycling hotel, so instantly you know it’s going to be welcoming to those looking to take on the cobbles of Flanders. It’s on the outskirts of Bruges and has 115 rooms, all recently renovated (including some with cycling-themed art).
There’s a sauna for when you need to unwind, and bike rental is available (you need to reserve a bike in advance). If you’re bringing your own then the hotel has secure bike storage available.
- We love: The whole cycling theme, including the artwork!
- Be aware: Only city bikes and touring e-bikes can be rented (along with kids’ bikes), so look elsewhere for quality road bikes.
- Best for: A fully-immersed cycling hotel break in a great city outskirts location.
Café Coureur is a cycling experience centre with rooms. This means it is perfect for group cycling breaks. Situated in Borgloon, it is well placed for exploring the beautiful scenery and nearby towns of the Flanders region.
There’s a ‘cycling café’ which is where you’ll enjoy a hearty meal once you’ve finished your day’s ride. And there are, of course, extensive cycling facilities including electric bike charging stations, a repair shop, a storage cellar and a bike wash area. Rentals are available and there’s a store selling cycling gear.
- We love: The extensive facilities and the terrace where cyclists can share stories of their day.
- Be aware: This is one of the more expensive Belgium accommodation options for cycling breaks.
- Best for: Groups who want a base focused on cyclists.
Bike hotels in Wallonia
Despite Flanders being seen as the go-to place for cycling in the country, some of the best cycling hotels Belgium has to offer can be found in Wallonia.
Hotel la Ville de Fleur
La Villa des Fleurs is a four-star 19th century mansion in Spa, offering comfortable rooms decorated in a classic, premium style. The hotel feels quite luxurious, and it serves an excellent breakfast along with dinner options.
The city-centre location is fantastic – if you’re staying here for the Flèche Wallonne it’s less than 1km from the start/finish. There’s secure parking behind a locked gate where you can leave your bike at night too.
- We love: The incredible location and beautiful décor.
- Be aware: While breakfast is served in the hotel, dinner is at a restaurant 50m away.
- Best for: The Flèche Wallonne, or just as a base for exploring the region independently.
Daft Hotel Malmedy
The Daft Boutique Hotel is a charming three-star hotel in Malmedy from the renowned Daft brand (they make cycling gear and accessories). The hotel is bright and modern, with a nature theme inspired by the surrounding forests. They also offer glamping in spacious, luxurious tents.
There’s a small spa where you can relax after a day’s riding, while the hotel offers secure bike storage, a bike wash area and a repair kit. Bike rental can be arranged too with local partners.
- We love: The vibrant atmosphere of the hotel and the friendly staff.
- Be aware: If you choose a glamping tent, use of the wellness facilities isn’t included.
- Best for: A fun and scenic base for exploring the valleys nearby.
Sporthouse Worriken in Butgenbach is a three-star bed and breakfast that offers simple, back-to-basics accommodation at reasonable prices. Rooms are comfortable but a little retro, and there’s a restaurant for evening meals too.
It’s a good choice for cycling groups seeking budget-friendly accommodation. There are 28 rooms in total, and plenty of storage space for bikes. Cycle rental can also be arranged.
- We love: The great prices and the ease of access to local cycle routes.
- Be aware: The property describes itself as being closer to a hostel, although rooms sleep two guests max.
- Best for: Affordable group accommodation without the frills.
Whether you’re planning a Springs Classics getaway to test yourself on an iconic sportive course, or you just want to plan your own Belgium cycling break when things are quieter, we hope the suggestions in this guide help.
If you have your own favourite cycling hotels in Belgium, then we’d love to hear them too – make sure you leave a comment if you have tips on where to stay in Belgium for cycling holidays!
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