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Historical Traveler Reviews Bryghia Hotel Brugge
Bryghia highly recommended
We spent 3 comfortable, peaceful nights in the "room at the top" - it's huge, spotlessly clean, large bathroom, and all you would expect. The stairs provide a laugh after a few Triples, but good to work off some of the excesses. It's lovely to be woken by the bells to an excellent, unhurried breakfast with quiet efficient service. Beautiful views over the rooftops to the Belfry & back! See we do like stairs really! Good short walks to Markt, windmills on Ring and along canals on sunny evenings.
We'll definitely stay here again.
About 5 minute's walk from the tourist centre (the Markt), this hotel is on a back street next to a canal, so it was very quiet (I could sleep with the window open and not be disturbed by any noise or traffic - Belgium was going through a rather uncharacteristic heatwave with temperatures reaching 34 degrees while I was there). My room and bathroom were a decent size, well appointed (safe, coffee and tea, minibar, satellite TV, etc.) and very clean. Breakfasts were very good - lots of fresh fruit, yogurt, boil-your-own eggs, etc.) It's about a 20 minute walk from the train station (which is on the south edge of the old town) but there are buses that go very near the hotel, and Bruges is very flat so it's easy walking (just don't wear heels because of the cobblestones). The hotel is also really near a nice outdoor cafe (Cafe Jan Eyck, in the square of the same name, is a great place to sit looking over the canal with a drink in the evening; food's good too).
Nice, Peaceful, Quiet hotel
My extended family of 5 (3 rooms) stayed here. The building itself is old and a bit worn. The rooms are a bit small and my bathroom was a bit cramped--each bathroom I saw was layed out differently. However, despite this, the owners/managers were very accomodating and helpful in orienting us to the sights we wanted to see. The hotel is a bit tucked away from the heart of Brugges (only a 10 minute walk) but we liked that because it was quieter. The breakfasts served were very fresh and well presented. The elevator, holding just 2 person and luggage, were a bit slow as should be expected in a 15th century building. The only criticism I would have is that the rooms need more lighting. I would definitely stay at this hotel again.
The Bryghia Hotel is excellent in its class. Comfortable, spotless, secluded. Run quietly and efficiently by its equally unassuming owners. Breakfast is a perfectly organised delight. Only minutes walk from the Market Square it is recommended highly.
Cosy, warm and welcoming
We have just spent four delightful days in Bruges at the Bryghia Hotel, travelling Eurostar via Brussels. The additional cost from Brussels to Bruges is included in the train fare. We took a taxi from the station but later discovered it is quite easy to go by bus to the centre of town, the Bryghia is a few minutes walk away from the Market Square. The hotel is tucked away beside a canal in a quiet part of town, cosy, warm, clean and welcoming. Room safe, tea and coffee making facilities all included plus a minibar. Breakfast includes excellent choice of cereals, bread, rolls, croissants, ham, cheese, jams and fresh fruit. You can boil your own egg and time it by a huge rotating clock hanging from the ceiling and seen from every table. Eggs take about five minutes, depending of course on how you like them! Eating out can be expensive so choose carefully. Cafeteria in Hema store ideal for morning coffee or lunch. Canal boat trip and yellow minibus town tour both highly recommended. Remember your camera and comfortable shoes - you will walk miles. Beware bicycles - they are everywhere, have priority and go both ways on a one way street!
My 2nd stay
This is the 2nd time I have stayed at this hotel. The previous visit was in the summer (for the Klinkers Festival!) and this time for some Christmas atmosphere. This time we had a twin and triple room. The triple was on the top floor and huge! No lift for this last floor and very steep steps - still, it gave us a lot of amusement on our return in the evening! Bathroom huge as well. Tea/coffee making facilities as well as minibar. Breakfast great and constantly replenished, with fresh rools, bread, croissants, cold meats and cheeses etc.
Hotel staff very friendly (manager gave me his parking space on last day)
Hotel offers parking space 5 min walk away, but this is cramped. We drop off bags and check in, then drive to main station and park there. We then take free park'n'ride back to main square. Parking here is 2.50 euros max per 24hours.
Have sampled most of restaurants on main square now and quite a few in back streets. Have never had a bad meal yet, although I tend to go for the local Flemish stew!
Shopping good, with some great bargains to be had - check out Casa and Hama for home stuff and At Home for wacky home stuff (just off main square).
Anyway, you could do a lot lot worse than stay at this hotel - quiet, convenient and friendly!
lovely weekend spent at the bryghia,lovely accomodation and friendly staff.the breakfasts are superb,especially the boiled eggs!!!!!!!lovely position for the city centre and sight seeing.would definately stay again.
A perfect weekend
The Hotel Bryghia was everything that previous reviewers have described - very friendly, small and quiet. It is away from the bustle of the Markt in restful surrounding overlooking the canal. Our room was spacious, clean, well-equipped and had a lovely large bath which was perfect after a bike ride to the little village of Damme (bike hire E-kar). Bruges is delightful and a complete break from London. Lots of lovely restaurants of all descriptions and we enjoyed Tom's Diner, Pieter Pourbus and De Schaar - all different from each other with excellent food and a nice local atmosphere. The bus trip was included in our trip and was a good way to orientate on the first afternoon of our perfect weekend.
Great hotel at a reasonable rate
Stayed for 3 days this May and enjoyed this historic, but updated hotel. The family that owns the hotel is very nice and helpful, and speaks English. The room was large for my family of three.
Decorated modestly, nothing elaborate, but still very comfortable, clean and not worn. There is an elevator as well. The bathroom was very modern as well with the exception of no curtain or shower separation.
The hotel is a short 5 minute walk to the Market
Square and is right off the inner canal. Also, there are buses about a block away from the hotel (Van Eyck Square) that goes to the train station.
The breakfast was a very nice selection of breads, fruit, cold meats, and eggs you can hard-boil.
All-in-all a very pleasant experience at an awesome town.
Lovely hotel on quiet canal
Bryghia Hotel was a lovely experience and I'd stay there again, happily. It's on a quiet street, hidden away on a picturesque little canal. Not much traffic (especially if you have a canal view room). The lobby is nice and the hotel staff is helpful. The breakfast was good (nice breads, cereals, fruits, cold meats and cheeses - typical fare, but nicely done in a lovely dining room). The guest rooms are non-descript, but comfortable. Our room had a sit-down bathtub with open shower head - not perfect for people who like stand up showers, but what the heck. It was well-furnished with a nice hairdryer and other amenities. The location was great - a few minutes walk to Market Square, but not in the bustle of the tourist areas (if there is such a thing in Brugge). Check out Dumon Chocolatier near Market Square - the best we found among plenty of delicious competition. Brugge is gorgeous. Bryghia is a nice place to stay there and is reasonably priced.
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In Brugge, you can communicate over a noisy bar with your pinky finger, and will receive a beer. Raising your pinky finger and your index finger will get you a Duval. I learned all this from Merinda and Amy, sisters who I am sure are surnamed 'Yohansson', given their resemblance. Brugge is tidy and pleasant, with 50 chocolate shops per square mile, great beer and friendly people. I'll come back here for a long weekend ...
... beer was so good that we decided to have another. We might be stopping by there once or twice more before we depart!
Lunch was at a little restaurant across the square. Johnny had a tasty curry chicken sandwich and I dived right into a bucket of mussels from Brussels... or Bruges I guess. They were steamed in white wine and were delicious. And, of course our meals came with frites! And, another beer from the brewery across the square, of course.
I smile at the irony that I originally planned this solo trip around Brugge to have a break from touring war monuments. Now, I've discovered one that I'm sure Lorne isn't even aware of.
As I walk back to the hotel, I realize that I've appreciated today's long elastic. But now, I'm looking forward to a relaxing evening, sharing our individual discoveries together over a good beer and a tasty dinner.
... Again, a very sobering site to visit and reminds us of the heavy price of war.
In between the two sites, we had a little snack on the town square in Ypres (if I'm honest, it was more of a treat really!). While eating our treat, we were taking pictures of the beautiful square and I happen to catch a young lady in a picture I was taking of a fountain. I thought she had gone right into the fountain to get wet, as it was getting pretty ...
... grocery store that was open that day and literally emptied their bakery stock as we were the ones who needed to stock up on food for breakfast, lunch and dinner that day. We definitely got some looks but we're a hungry family of seven giving them business so they really can't complain about anything.
After our breakfast we said goodbye to Belgium and arrived at the train depot where we stood waiting for our train, which coincidentally had been mislabeled. ...