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The German Meininger hotel group made a shrewd move when they took over the former Belleville brewery. Its large redbrick building with a large courtyard makes a perfect hostel and hotel. It's noisy, sure, but fun, especially for the young. It's not exactly in the City Center as they claim, but is very near it, and the Quai de Hainaut, which is just over the Charleroi-Bruxelles canal west of the fashion district of Dansaert, is one of Brussels's fastest changing areas. The basic rooms are well decorated, bright, and cheerful, with enough secure storage space for all occupants. Bathrooms and toilets are shared. There's also a kitchen, where you can cook your own meals, plus a bar and a lounge with a gallery above and a bar. Rates are a good value if you take a bed in one of the multi-bed rooms with bunk beds; they sleep up to six and are great for large families or groups of friends. The dorm rooms sleep up to eight. All prices vary a great deal according to demand and season: booking a twin room for two may mean that you end up spending much more, so treat it as you would a hostel and not a hotel and you'll be happy.