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Historical Traveler Reviews Absoluut Verhulst Brugge
My wife and I had a wonderful, memorable stay in Brugge with Freida and Benno at the Absoluut Verhulst. Brugge is a wonderful city and we will definitely stay here again if we have the opportunity.
Our room was very nice - beautiful wood floors, large bathroom with shower, nice bed, tv, refridgerator, and fan. The whole house is quite lovely and you will feel at home from the moment you arrive.
Benno and Freida are just wonderful hosts. Benno greeted me at the door by name, which made my day after a long day of travel and impersonal service at most of the other "standard" hotels we stayed at on our trip. We were given oustanding suggestions on dining, shopping, and chocolate (very important for Brugge) locations.
Quite possibly the highlite of our stay was the morning breakfast. We dined in a sun drenched room just off of their back courtyard. Our plates overflowed with delicious food and it was literally a joy to sit and soak in the atmosphere.
You will not regret staying here. The location is great ... just far enough away from the busy part of town, but an easy five minute walk to the center. Your hosts will make you feel welcome and will go well out of their way to help you. This is the place to stay in Brugge.
Fabulous, perfect, beautiful..what more can I say?
My husband and I stayed at Absolut Verhulst for two nights in May of this year and I have nothing but compliments to share about this terrific B&B. What a perfect location...walking distance to windmills, the city centre, shopping and terrific restaurants. Our hosts, Benno and Freida were friendly, helpful and accommodating and certainly helped make our stay in this wonderful city a real pleasure. The room (the classic) was clean, quiet and tastefully decorated with a comfortable bed and ensuite bathroom. Breakfasts were fabulous with fresh fruit each morning and Benno's custom-made egg and bacon dish, fresh breads, croissants and delicious coffee. Surprisingly, for a bed and breakfast, our bed was made up each day. What a treat...in fact our whole visit to Bruges was wonderful and I shall not hesitate to recommend this B&B to friends and in giving full marks to Absolut Verhulst and its hosts for making it all so perfect.
Truly the best B&B we've ever stayed in...
Myself and my husband headed to Bruges to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We selected Absoluut Verhulst after reading the reviews here and we were NOT disappointed. This is far and away the best B&B we've ever stayed in (and we've done a lot of travelling). Benno and Freda are absolutely fantastic and have impeccable taste so their home is fabulous. We stayed in the 'loft suite' and it comes highly recommended. The breakfast is superb, they provide a range of complimentary travel guides (to borrow), and you can rent bikes for the day for €5/day (highly recommended)! It's a five minute walk (if that) from the centre of the city. The only thing we would say is that this property may not be suitable for those who may have difficulty with stairs as there's a lovely original but narrow stairwell to the bedrooms.... Book in now or you'll end up disappointed!
Reunion in Brugge
Two friends and I converged from London, Paris, and the US to spend three nights last week at Absoluut Verhulst and we cannot say enough positives about our experience. We arrived late Sunday evening while Frieda and Benno were entertaining guests - they immediately attended to our needs, including lugging a large suitcase up the winding staircase. The rooms were wonderful - my two friends had the suite with a loft, allowing them each to have privacy while sharing common space. My room was on the floor below and was extremely comfortable with a large double bed, sitting area, refrigerator, and bathroom with shower.
The location is perfect - a short walk to virtually any destination in the town, and easily identified on return from a distance by its distinctive red color. Others have mentioned Frieda and Benno's hospitality, which we found to be superb. The maps, the recommendations, the breakfasts (including one at 4:45am so I could make a 5:30am train to the Brussels Airport), and the kind sharing of Frieda and Benno themselves made the stay a memorable three days, surpassing even the expectations that had been generated by reading previous reviews on this site. It was truly a great highlight of our time in Belgium and set a perfect tone for visiting the lovely town of Brugge.
The secret is out about this B&B!
The Absoluut Verhulst was one of the best B&B's we stayed in during our three weeks in Belgium and France in September, and we highly recommend it for many reasons.
One is location - it's in a quiet part of town, yet only a 5-10 minute walk away from the Burg and the Market square, two almost adjacent town squares with enough history to make you almost want to forget about visiting museums. In fact, we covered an awful lot of ground in 2 1/2 days touring the amazing, living outdoor museum that is Bruges, and never felt short-changed! There are several excellent restaurants within a few minutes walk, and Frieda will provide you with a hand-drawn map with all you need to know about eating, shopping and sightseeing in Bruges. There is also an internet/phone cafe about 3 minutes away, and a laundromat within a ten-minute walk - also important and necessary conveniences!
Another reason we loved this place was our room (the Garden Room)- bright, spacious, quiet, with a king-sized bed, a serene view over a courtyard garden with pond, lots of space to hang clothes, and a spotlessly clean bathroom with a huge, walk-in shower. The only trick is navigating the steep flight of narrow steps down to the bathroom. It is ensuite, but on a lower level, and just adds to the charm of this wonderful 400 year-old house. But make sure you have the lights on if you need to heed a nocturnal call!
Last, but not least, Bruno and Frieda's generous hospitality, and their wonderfully presented and filling breakfasts (served up in the glassed-in breakfast nook adjacent to the garden), leave you wanting for absolutely nothing. In fact, only one other B&B we encountered in France actually measured up to the comfort, cleanliness, convenience, and reasonably-priced luxury of this delightful spot! We hope to be back, but now that the secret is out, we'll have to reserve a good while ahead!!
A Wonderful Bed & Breakfast
We have recently returned from two weeks in Europe. We spent 4 nights in Bruges at Absoluut Verhulst and were very pleased. Benno and Frieda were very gracious hosts who took care of all of ours needs. The room was very clean and the breakfasts were great. Our last day happened to coincide with a country wide strike which shut down all rail and bus service in the country. Benno and Frieda offered to drive us to Lille, France to get the Eurostar to Paris. This saved us hours of frustration and inconvenience. We will always remember their kindness and consideration.
The best B&B we've ever stayed at
Having read some fantastic reviews on this website I felt compelled to write a very positive review following our recent stay.
Benno and Freda are the most lovely couple and really made us feel welcome from the moment we walked through the door at 9.30am on a Sunday morning. Nothing was too much trouble - the room (we had the garden room) was very comfortable although the stairs are steep down to the bathroom if you are a little unsteady on your feet!
The breakfast is a real treat and served at a nice leisurely pace - Benno makes a great scrambled egg, ham and cheese dish.
Although there's no designated hotel parking, Freda provided us with a pass and found us a space around the corner.
Loved this place
Just returned from a whirlwind trip through Europe and I must say staying at Absoluut Verhulst in Brugge was one of the biggest highlights of the trip. Location is great - the house is very centrally located but still on a quiet street. As far as comfort, my wife and I really felt at home here. The room was very spacious, nice furniture and a great view into gardens. Breakfasts were simply magnificent. Much, much more than other B&B breakfasts of coffee, juice and danishes. Benno and Frieda are great hosts- they were quick to handle any needs we had. They made great suggestions for restaurants, shopping for chocolates, even french fry stands (which we had plenty of!). They had a special map of all the suggestions that was much easier to follow than the one we had. I must say the most gracious moment came on our last day. We got a very early start and Frieda insisted at fixing us breakfast before we left even though it was 2 hours early! Simply a great place that we will definitely come back to.
My college age daughter and I spent two nights at this lovely B&B just a 5 minute walk from the medieval center of town. Benno & Frieda were charming, friendly and so helpful and accommodating. Our room overlooked a garden courtyard and the bed and duvet were so comfortable. The heat was regulated by us and the room was tastefully decorated and bright. The bathroom was several steps down en suite and was enormous, modern and bright as well with a walk in shower that could accommodate 4. Together with an incredibly sumptuous and delicious breakfast, this marvelous B&B was just 75 euros per night (cash) including tax and breakfast. Reserve early as there are only 3 rooms and it was full mid-week off-season.
They supplied us with a wonderful map prepared by Benno that was so easy to follow and had wonderful recommendations for snacks, meals, etc. All of their recommendations, without exception, were excellent. The town of Bruge is a gem and not overrun by tourists (this time of the year). In fact, we found the prices to be quite reasonable despite the euro being at an all time high against the dollar. Bruge is a definite 2 night + visit to enjoy it thoroughly. My daughter, who had been studying in London and travelling throughout Europe, was very surprised by how wonderful it was and has recommended it to her friends.
We would recommend Rock Forte for dinner although they have a reasonable prix fixe lunch (just around the corner from the B&B), Cafedraal for dinner, Carpe Diem for lunch (incredible pastries, bread and waffles!). These were just some of the places we tried. Also take the canal rides throughout the town and visit the Minnewater, bell tower, take a brewery tour and do not miss the incredible selection of Belgian brew!! My daughter made it a point to try as many as possible and was most impressed. De Garr is a great place to sample hundreds and is in a small alleyway between the B&B and the Burg. Definitely a must! I highly recommend Rick Steves' guide to Amsterdam, Brussels and Bruge. His recommendations, maps, etc. were very helpful and his musuem tours were excellent.
Bruge is so easy to get to--53 minutes by hourly train from any Brussels station. We came by Eurostar from London and spent one night in Brussels. Bruge is in my top 5 places to visit in all of western Europe.
Best B&B in Belgium!
We've just returned from a wonderfully refreshing stay in Bruges after discovering possibly the best B&B in Belgium! The Absoluut Verhulst Bed and Breakfast is in a quiet area (Verbrand Neiuwland), a pleasant 5-minute walk from the central market. The rooms are big, clean, warm and well-equipped with a TV, tea-making facilities and a fridge/mini-bar. The en-suite bathrooms are also spacious and pristine with a modern shower and plenty of mirrors and storage space. Our particular bathroom was on a different level and reached by a mini-staircase, which was a little challenging after indulging in Belgian beer!
All of the rooms are tastefully decorated and with comfy beds, thick quilts and quality linens. The B&B is set in a 400-year-old house which is full of character with old beams and squeaky stairs alongside quirky fittings such as futuristic lighting and coloured glass.
The highlight of a stay at Absoluut Verhulst is the hosts: Frieda and Benno. Not only are they one of the nicest couples you will ever meet, they are also very helpful, thoughtful and knowledgeable about the area. They have a library of travel books (including Belgium & Holland) and have even put together their own home-made and up-to-date map of the area including some of Bruges' best attractions and eateries. Benno and Freida love to pamper and each of our breakfasts was a never-ending feast of fresh and home-made delights.
I could not have dreamt up a nicer place to stay. We were lucky to find out about it and now so are you. www.b-bverhulst.com
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