Last updated on January 02nd, 2023
Leuven is a university town. The oldest university in Belgium, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) was founded here in 1425. It is also home to the famous beer, Stella Artois. They claim to have been brewing in the town since 1366. It’s the perfect combination, students and beer. The town is home to 25,000 students and this much is clear on an evening or a warm summer’s day in the parks.
Best hotel in Leuven is Martin’s Klooster, a 4 star accommodation within walking distance from the Oude Markt in the historic centre. Another top rated property is The Fourth – Tafelrond, this boutique style hotel is located near the town hall. Read on below.
What are the Best Hotels in Leuven City Centre?
1. Martin’s Klooster ★★★★ (Top)
Grand Market Square, 5 min. from Martin’s Klooster
2. pentahotel Leuven ★★★★ (Good Value)
3. The Fourth – Tafelrond ★★★★ (Top)
Leuven Town Hall, 1 min. from The Fourth Tafelrond
4. Park Inn by Radisson Leuven ★★★ (Good Value)
5. Hotel De Pastorij ★★★ (Boutique)
Leuven City Centre
6. Boutique Hotel Löven (Boutique)
7. Hotel The Lodge Heverlee ★★★ (Farmhouse)
Arenberg Castle, 4 min. from Hotel The Lodge
8. Theater Hotel Leuven Centrum ★★★ (Affordable)
Old Market Square, 5 min. from Theater Hotel
9. Novotel Leuven Centrum ★★★★ (Modern)
What’s the Best Hotel in Leuven with Free Parking?
1. ibis Heverlee Leuven ★★★ (Free Parking)
What are the Best Cheap or Affordable Hotels near Leuven Train Station?
1. Hotel Mille Colonnes ★ (Affordable)
2. ibis budget Leuven Centrum ★ (Affordable)
3. Hotel Industrie ★ (Affordable)
Leuven City Centre
The heart of historic Leuven is the Oude Markt, heaving with bars and restaurants, there are 33 in all and they all spill out onto the pavement when the weather is warm. The town hall was built at the same time as the KU University. This ornate building has 236 sculptures adorning the side and various biblical reliefs. The Vanderkelen Museum displays 3 sections, paintings, sculptures and craftwork. The works come from Belgium and other counties dating from the 12th century. Much of Leuven was destroyed in the First World War, only the town hall survived as is was the German HQ, so a great deal of the city has been rebuilt. The town is perfect for a weekend break. It is small enough to explore by foot, indeed, the centre is closed to traffic. Most of the shopping streets are pedestrianised and the top hotels here are peaceful and free of noise and pollution from cars. It is a relaxed and friendly town with plenty of bars and restaurants.
Best Hotels in Leuven City Centre
What’s the Top Accommodation near Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (University)?
Founded in 1425 it was the main university and flourished until its abolition in 1797. It is one of Europe’s oldest Universities. It originally offered humanities, civil law, canon law, medicine and theology. It was a magnet to some of the most famous scholars, including Erasmus, the cartographer Mercator, the anatomist Vesalius, mathematician Gemma Frisius and the scholar Vives. The botanical gardens were established in 1738. The university became the centre of physics research when labs and theatres were established, one of these labs is now the M-Museum. When it closed in 1797, most of the library’s books were sent to the Central School of Brussels, although the most precious were donated to the National French Library in Paris. The library was burnt down during the German occupation of the First World War. It was rebuilt after the Second World War with financial backing from American universities. Visitor should visit the neoclassical library and climb the Scandinavian-style tower. Each floor has podcatcher points where visitors can listen to an audio recording of the building’s history and the story of the town along with a photographic display. The top floor has a balcony with breathtaking views of the city and the 7 ton bell built in 1928.
Best Hotels near University of Leuven Belgium
- Hotel De Pastorij – Boutique Hotel
- Getaway Studios Leuven – Apartments
- Hotel Ladeuze