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Historical Traveler Reviews Swan Inn Knowle Sands
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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... 30 minute walk to my hotel, same one I stayed at when I came last year (clean, cheap, and nice), before checking in and heading for bed.
Decide to wake up relatively early, around 7:45, since I know it is going to be a busy day, the plan is both Bruges and Ghent today. Get ready and by 8:15, on my way down to the Central Brussels station, which is much more conveniently located than the train station the Eurostar goes to. Buy my ticket to Bruges ...
... I'm lucky because I get a double bed and my siblings get single beds. Afterwards we went for an explore round Brugge we found a little café and had a coke. We then went for dinner in The Markt which is the main town square. For dinner I had croque Madame. Afterwards we went to have a waffle and went back to the hotel. Today was really exciting and ...
... once were. It was a really lovely walk with windmills to see and beautiful scenery. We then joined a walking tour (different company) for the rest of the afternoon and learnt a whole lot about Bruges. The walking tour looked at the history of the French and Austrian rule over the city. The people of Bruges didn’t have a fantastic relationship with the Austrian archduke, Maximilian, as they captured him and then tortured ...
... be in belgium!!! We shopped around for some boots for jason (without luck) and headed back to the train station grabbed some more cherry beer for the way and jumped back on our train. We were wrecked by the time we got home so we used the rest of our groceries to cook some more dinner the same as last night, played some cards and went to bed again as we wanted to get an early bus to Amsterdam the next ...
... a ton of laughs. Then we headed back to the hostel and crashed in the lounge. It was around 10, when I said it was time for me to go, assuming we'd say goodbye there. Well, they insisted on walking me to King's Cross Station. You know you've met some awesome friends when they all come and walk you to the train. After some hugs, I walked toward the station as they all stood there at the entrance with big smiles, all waving goodbye. Really such ...