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... wandering around the little streets, watching, listening, tasting. It continues to amaze and humble me when you chat with the locals and they can speak a variety of languages fluently. While I know little of the history of Belgium, I did learn that a couple of locals played a role in a war that resulted in Belgium having Dutch as the national language, rather than French. Although from our ...
... efforts to bring back the glorious past were made. During the 1650s, the city was the base for Charles II of England and his court in exile.
The maritime infrastructure ...
... in last night, so we had company for breakfast. They are a nice young couple and we could compare life in both countries. They were very well spoken and we had a delightful time. So off we go again to visit the center of Brugges.
This time the Cathedral was open, so in we go. These churches are much more simple in their decoration, but are still expansive in their size. This Cathedral had some beautiful stained glass and side altars as well. The unique thing ...
... church towers, and small boats guiding people through the waterways. This my friends, is what my first impression was of the wonderful town of Brugge, Belgium.
The morning before our arrival in Brugge, the 14 Clemson students and I took the train from Paris to Brussels with our European Business Culture professor. After a quick 80 minute train ride, we walked to the European Commission (the governing body of the EU) and participated in a lecture ...
... famous Belgian fries! In one of the arcades, we came across a man dressed in medieval kit with the frilly shirt and a feathered hat. We spoke to him for a wee while and went into his "shop" where he made this huge play of having a photo taken - what a scream! The photo was awful and printed with a map of the city on a printer that Barry and I remembered from the 80's! A medieval masterpiece indeed, and a good laugh!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Aragon Brugge
What a wonderful hotel. The employees were all so nice and the facilities were top-notch. The buffet breakfast was delicious and the rooms nicely decorated and furnished. It's less than five minutes' walk from the Grote Markt and just 50m or so from Vino Vino, a Spanish tapas blues bar favored by locals and run by an engaging and fun-loving owner. A stay at Hotel Aragon is the perfect way to put an exclamation point on a tour of this beautiful and accessible city.
Fantastic Comfortable Hotel
Loved the Hotel Aragon Brugge, on a quiet street but near the main square, this hotel had such nice big comfy beds, a fantastic bath and shower. Big sized room and clean. Plus a great breakfast. Highly recommend this place and also very friendly staff.
Nice Easter weekend at the Hotel Aragon
A nice hotel in a central location. Very nice and clean room, medium sized, good facilities. Nice breakfast, but limited choice as with any continental breakfast. Helpful and friendly staff. Brugge gets very busy over the Easter weekend, so I'd recommend reserving a room.
We'd definitely stay there again.
Getting there by car was interesting, but that's due to Brugge's one-way roads (virtually the whole town centre is one-way cobbled streets). Just head for the underground parking behind the hotel (cost us 12 Euros for 48 hours parking, which is pretty cheap), and make sure you've got a decent street map or directions.
Go for the Aragon
My wife and I have just returned from three nights at the Hotel Aragon.
(25-28.02.05) The weather was more like the Siberian desert but we found the Hotel warm and and welcoming. The rooms have been refurbished to a very high standard and the breakfast menu was varied to suit all tastes (except those who require the full English breakfast). I was astonished at the linguistic skills of the staff - all European languages seem to be catered for. Their professional and polite approach proved refreshing and helped to forget the cold weather.
I highly recommend a visit to this establishment if Brugges is on your tourist list.
Being Australian we have stayed at many hotels and for the price we would certainly recommend the Hotel Aragon. Stayed Feb 2005. Location terrific and with a bus stop 2 minutes away outside the Library so easy to get around. Rooms were light, clean and very quite. Continental Breakfast was of a high standard with everything you need.
Just as a point get the bus from the station to the library and walk the two minutes to the hotel. Its 1 euro p/p and goes every 15 minutes. A taxis will cost 15 euro.
This hotel is location location location and of a very good standard while being well priced.
Pleasant stay at Aragon
Just got back from a trip around Belgium and in Brugge we stayed at the Hotel Aragon after having a shocking disappointment with our initial choice, The Hans Memling Hotel (I'll be writing a review for that one too...). We found the hotel refreshingly pleasant and Pascoaline (not sure of the spelling), the very kind and helpful receptionist on duty at the time gave a nice warm welcome which felt sooo nice after our small ordeal. She even indicated a few restaurants for us to try and advised us against eating in the Markt as they are normally expensive and not very good quality as usually happens in more touristic areas. We tried two of her suggestions and they were very nice, specially Pieter Pourbus.
The hotel is a light and pleasant hotel only six years old, we were told, so everything still looks and feels new. Our room wasn't very big but it was certainly enough for the amount of time we spent in it. The glass bathroom doors are a little inconvenient, specially when you need to go to the bathroom during the night and have to put the light on. Your partner is sure to wake up if he's a light sleeper... Breakfast was simple but good. There was a good selection of bread and croissants, juices, cereals etc. The only down side is as has been said the fact that the only hot food are boiled eggs which of course are hard by the time they get to your plate. They have a small garage only big enough for 6 or 7 cars so if you need garage space you have to make sure they have a vacancy.
The location is great, a very short walk from the main square. All in all I would definitely stay there again. Oh! we paid Euros 120 a night, breakfast included. Not bad for Brugge!
The Aragon is a good base to explore the city as it is located near the Markt in the centre. Rooms were reasonably sized and ours have a pleasant enough view. Breakfast was ok, no cooked option but plenty of variety. Friendly staff. So good but not exceptional.
A Lovely Hotel
We stayed at the Aragon in early September 2003, and had a delightful stay. The front desk staff was very nice, and when we reached our room we were very pleasantly surprised. I was a bit worried, since we had made our reservation before reading the review that mentions the frosted glass bathroom door. However it did not take away any privacy at all, and I found it to be no different than a normal door. The room was very bright and airy, and not at all too small. It was very warm outside, but the air conditioning was a huge help, and we were quite comfortable. I am trying to think of a single complaint, and I am not sure I have one. For the first time in my life I used a mini-bar, because the prices were similar to the stores. Oh wait - one complaint, my husband and I were celebrating our first anniversary, and our double bed was actually two twins pushed together. But it still worked out fine, and I would not in a moment hesitate to stay here again. Bruges is so relaxed and beautiful, and the hotel only added to our enjoyment.
We had the breakfast delivered to our room once, for an additional 10 euros total, and received a variety of rolls, cheeses, meats, yogurt, hot tea, hard boiled eggs, and a variety of jams. The maids did an very nice job of cleaning without bothering any of our belongings. We would come back in the afternoon to beat the heat and have a nap, and always arrived to find our room spotless with new soaps and towels. It was such a nice stay. Enjoy Bruges!
A wonderful little hotel!
We stayed here in August 2003, having booked a room and breakfast for two at a promotional rate of 100. The service from the hotel staff from the moment we made a booking enquiry until the moment we left was first class.The hotel is very light, and the air conditioning in the public rooms and bedrooms was most welcome given the temperatures of over 30 degrees C. Each bedroom has digital temperature controls for the air conditioning.The bedroom wasn't the biggest I've stayed in but, at the same time, it doesn't give the impression of being cramped with the modern light furnishings. Yes, the bathroom door is frosted glass, but most of this is screened by an opaque backing which has been applied to the doors.The receptionist on duty when we arrived was happy to recommend restaurants around the city, and the parking space that I had requested when booking the room had been reserved for me, keeping my car sheltered from the sun.Breakfast was, as expected, a standard continental style, but with plenty there for a filling meal before a day exploring the beautiful city.The hotel's location is superb, and given that a room in an Ibis or similar would have been more expensive, we were very happy with our whole experience with the Hotel Aragon, and would definitely stay there again.
Glass toilet doors!
We stayed in this hotel in 2002. The location is ideal but our room was tiny and claustrophobic- you have to upgrade if you want a decent sized room which costs. The breakfast wasnt very 4* The only egg option was hard boiled. The worst feature of this hotel was however the frosted glass toilet doors. They mean that you can hear and see your partner in the bathroom even with the door shut! I think this hotel has been given the wrong number of stars. It would make a pleasant 3* but is in no way a 4* We would not stay here again.