Travel Blogs from Brugge
... shrapnel in a farmers field next to hill. After touring the museum we had dinner in a fantastic Belgian restaurant - I had a Flemish stew that was amazing and Josh had steak and oysters. We finished out the day taking in the ceremony at Menin Gate. Josh and the SFDCI students had an opportunity to take part in the ceremony. The students laid a wreath in honour of the fallen. Unfortunately, I couldn't see a ...
... years error, her holy grail - The Hieronymus Bosch Museum.
Sure enough on a wet and cold Wednesday this week, we set off in search of Hieronymus and, firstly, the park and ride scheme on the outskirts of the city. After no debate at all I was left in the van and they caught the free bus into Den Bosch.
There should be a Government Health Warning.
I want to give all of you, my readers, an early but necessary warning that should ...
... I swear to god! I politely declined and took myself on a sweet date to a ton of remarkable sites. One of them was an old hospital museum owned by a church. They had all sorts of creepy old surgical instruments on display and paintings of doctors performing surgeries. Stumbled upon a jazz fest at night and then ended the evening in the bar next to my ...
... away. They hid priests who said mass and helped the poor, nuns still live there today and it was beautiful. Thanks Leigh for telling us we loved it. Spent afternoon wandering round the little roads poking into shops and churches. I must add that it's nice to be in a place where there are Catholic churches as in Britian they were few and far between in fact never saw any in London at all think the prods ...
... in these dainty surroundings for a day trip, but my god it'll get sickly if you stay too long.
I had high expectations for Bruges; the 'fairy-tale town' from 'In Bruges', the 'Venice of the North' and various similar reviews from other travelers. As is the danger with preconceived ideas of a place I was worried I would be disappointed. Ray despises Bruges' allure and I was sure I would as well. I was born and bred in an area that too describes itself as ...
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.