Travel Blogs from Brugge
After dropping the bikes off and having a quick feed, we went and saw Luc Vanlaere . He is a famous musician who plays all of his own compositions on a variety of harps (orchestral, classical, meditation one, one with 240 strings he had crafted… and some others!). All hand made, no electronics or synthetic sounds. What a character! It was free entry, with donations welcomed. ...
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Along with a few other canal-based northern cities, such as Amsterdam, it is sometimes referred to as "The Venice of the North". Bruges has a significant economic importance thanks to ...
... serif&qu ot;; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;">Chilling – as per Use-It, we took a chill pill! We spent many hours relaxing in the sun in one of the numerous parks or sitting beside the canal. My favourite spots for this were the canal side park underneath the Sint-Janshuis windmill, the sheep park where we picnicked, and Hof Sebrechts (where we sat eating cheese and bread from the most amazing cheese store you can imagine!). I find something ...
... of statues and sculpture. Quite amazing.
Caught train to Amsterdam. We think We are getting pretty smart at finding our way around all the many platforms on different levels. An experience in itself. Train journey only 1 Hr 10 mins. No sooner got ourselves settled and it was time to get off again. Visited the Delphi Experience, Ann Franks house, van Gough Museum, Flower Markets and a Coffee Shop. (not the sort you drink!!)The country ...
... they claim to have a drop of blood from Jesus. The buildings are built with tiny bricks that were apparently made in the factories by the women and children Following the tour we explored the Belgium chocolate shops. You cannot imagine how good the chocolate is. We had the most beautiful chocolate covered cherries. I think it was the best thing ever. We went to sort of bottle shop where the had 1300 ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Room service
Historical Traveler Reviews Die Swaene Brugge
Absolute perfection !
The hotel and restaurant are absolute perfection. And Bruges is a true gem. We enjoyed our stay tremendously and we will return, for sure.
Worth every penny.
.. a very nice junior suite which was beautifully decorated
We spend 2 nights at the Small Luxury Hotel Die Swaene at the end of August. The location of the hotel was extremely convenient, right in the historical centre and along a lovely canal.
We had a very nice junior suite which was beautifully decorated. The buffet breakfast was marvellous and no extras were charged for our omelette with mushrooms and bacon. The staff at the front desk was really helpful and friendly. At night we had an excellent dinner in the restaurant. A top of the bill wine-list and the prices were more than reasonable.
What a beautiful place to stay...
What a beautiful place to stay. The food and service outstanding! What a charming and friendly hotel in Bruges.
So helpful and friendly !!
We were so fortunate to stay in the " Die Swaene " hotel in Bruges last month for 3 days. What a place! Our room overlooking the canal was just fantastic: extremely romantic, very spacious bathroom, fresh flowers , luxurious fabrics.... And the staff was superb. So helpful and friendly. In short: a place never to forget !!!
Very Special, precious furnishing,
Beautiful place, beautiful view,
People are very nice. We will go back.
OK if you like that sort of thing
I wanted to book somewhere for a special occasion and this hotel seemed to fit the bill -luxury and romantic. I booked via a travel company which included the Eurostar tickets. We stayed ( July 2004) for two nights in their superior delux room which was in a block just opposite the main hotel. The room was very nice, but should have been at 295 euros a night. It had air con and a gas effect log fire and overlooked the canal, altogether very pleasant. The breakfasts were good and the staff helpful and quick to deal with any request. We never eat dinner there and no one asked us to. The set meals including wine at 99 euros seemed the best bet, but soup at 20 euros seemed very expensive. I certainly enjoyed the trip but probably will not rush back to this hotel. However the location is wonderful. Bruge is a great city and has loads of good hotels this one was nice but expensive and probably not the best value for money.
Since 2007, we've opened a new trendy Wine&Dine Pergola Kaffee on the other side of the canal.
In the summer guests can have lunch on the terrace, while watching the boats drift along the canal. In the winter they can have dinner at water level.
We offer a 4-course dinner at €60 per person and a 3-course dinner at €33,50 per person.
Swanee, How I love ya!
Die Swanne (the Swan) is centrally located in Brugge along a canal near the fishmarket (now a craft market), within a short walk of the central square. It's location is ideal, and it's staff are friendly and attentive. Most of the structures in Brugge date from the Flemish Renaissance, and so if you are looking for modern appointments of glass and chrome, look elsewhere. Die Swanne has the feel of a Victorian Bed and Breakfast, with narrow stairs, overstuffed furniture, a small lobby, walnut paneling and period fabrics. The rooms are smallish, and configured individually. This is to say, they are not uniform or modern. Plumbing works fine, but is late European 20th century. So, why am I raving about the Swanne? The food. The breakfast buffet and especially dinner in the conservatory are worth every penny. Delicious.
Authentic! The wait staff is exceptional. Dinner is the reason to stay at the Swanne. Brugge is amazing, a theme park on the Flemish Renaissance that most Americans do not know about. The lacey stonework and lovely urban plan leave you appreciating the Flemish and wanting more.
An incredible ripoff. And NOT romantic.
Our room was a shoebox, with tatty furnishings, poor lighting, and a cramped bathroom. When we opened the window (granted, it had a nice view of the canal) our room was soon covered in flies. We had booked a two-night stay, which required that we eat in the hotel's restaurant.
Much to our chagrin, most of the entrees on the menu were in the $40-$50 range! We pleaded with the desk clerk to let us opt out of dinner. He did, but required that we stay at least one of the two nights.
The next morning, we moved to Hotel de Tuilerieen, where we were altogether happier.
What a disappointment!
The hotel is described as charming and romantic, but all you can see is peeling paint, folding doors to the bathroom, and faded vinyl where leather supposed to be. The towels with greyish tint do not remind you of the word 'luxurious' overused in the official description. The hotel is located on a charming canal street full of noisy tourists and sightseeing boats with loud speakers. Since the rooms facing it have no air conditioning, you can forget about quality sleep. The staff is less than friendly and every small service is charged for. If you plan on eating in the pricey restaurant make sure it is open since vacations are in the middle of the summer. They certainly do not belong in the SLH group of hotels.
The Die Swaene is on a quiet canal street central to everything in Bruges - a walkable ancient city. The hotel is well furnished and small (rooms are spacious) with a lovely dining room. Hotel requires you to dine one night at the hotel - sounded like a good idea but .... it's very, very expensive and NO one goes except the hotel guests. We were the only people in the dining room. Food is very elegant and let me repeat, VERY expensive. We paid 128 Euros for one glass of wine each, one entree and a shared salad. Would not consider returning to the hotel because of the dining requirement.