I travelled with a friend by Eurostar, first catching a train from Newcastle to London, and then connecting at Brussels Midi to a train to Hasselt. The journey was long and arduous but not complicated, although I’d advise leaving at least an hour between changes to accommodate any delays. The staff at Brussels Midi speak English, so you shouldn’t be shy to ask if you need help.
We arrived in Hasselt late on Sunday night. It’s a quaint, endearing place and the people are very friendly. Whenever we needed help the locals were more than happy to offer it and their friendliness leaves a lasting impression. The Radisson hotel is smart and clean, with every facility required.