About us

Les Auberges de Jeunesse asbl (Non-profit Association)

Staying at one of our 11 youth hostels in Brussels and Wallonia is a great way to explore everything that Belgium has to offer.

Come and visit a bustling, vibrant city or recharge your batteries in the great outdoors. Our hostels are modern, safe and suitable for individual travellers and groups alike.

Our extremely affordable prices per night include bedding, per-night membership and a sustainable buffet breakfast.  Our youth hostels also have meeting rooms and run group activities.

Our staff are on-hand to assist your group from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave – that’s one of the things that makes us so special.

Come and sleep, socialise, laugh, eat, relax, move and explore at our youth hostels!

Learn more about our 11 youth hostels in Belgium.

Our history

Les Auberges de Jeunesse asbl is a non-profit organisation that’s been providing hospitality in Brussels and Wallonia since 1933! Youth hostels were invented as a healthy, exciting travel experience for young people. These days they’re open to people of all ages, but are still primarily targeted at the younger generation.  This shift has come about as hostels have become increasingly better equipped, provided a higher standard of service and offered a wider range of activities.

Our mission

In line with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, our aim is to encourage social and cultural tourism, get young people travelling, contribute to their education, help them reach their full potential, and foster a sense of responsible citizenship in a humanist spirit.

More specifically, our aims are as follows:

  • YOUTH - Creating, managing and coordinating a network of youth hostels for young people to meet and sleep, and involving local young people in these hostels’ activities.
  • ETHICS - Creating and maintaining, in all our hostels, a welcoming atmosphere where all guests get along regardless of age, ethnicity, religion, nationality, language, gender or beliefs.
  • TRAVEL - Introducing young people to our network of hostels in Belgium and around the world in an appropriate manner.
  • SUSTAINABILITY - Doing all of this in a way that is sustainable and kind on the environment.


Our organisation upholds universal values and pledges to protect the environment and promote sustainability. 

This commitment is reflected in how we build and fit-out our hostels, as well as in our day-to-day activities.  And we want to encourage all our visitors to do the same.

Learn more about how we’re promoting sustainability and what you can do to help!

Learn more about what the Hostelling International network is doing around the world: https://www.hihostels.com/

Our accreditations and memberships

At Les Auberges de Jeunesse asbl, we are an accredited:

  • Youth Organisation by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, and all our youth hostels are recognised as Youth Centres under the “Meeting and Accommodation Centres” category.
  • Social Tourism Organisation by the Walloon Region and by the French Community Commission of the Brussels-Capital Region (COCOF).

All 10 of our youth hostels have been awarded the following marks:

  • HI-Q, Hostelling International’s (HI) quality mark awarded to hostels that deliver outstanding service, are well managed, and have a comprehensive quality and sustainability management system. 
  • Wallonia Quality Destination, a mark awarded by the Walloon Region to tourism establishments that deliver outstanding service, are well managed, and have a comprehensive quality management system.
  • Green Key, an international mark awarded to establishments that respect the environment and natural resources, and meet a set of criteria covering aspects such as water, energy, waste and cleaning products.
  • Bienvenue Vélo (Bike Friendly), a mark awarded by the Walloon Region to establishments with services and facilities geared towards cycle tourists along the RAVeL and other cycle trails.

The restaurant at our Jacques Brel hostel and holiday cottages has also been awarded the Good Food mark in recognition of its sustainable approach to food.

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