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 ...
... that is outside Italy! I could see why the Germans wanted to take it and why the Monuments Men had to search for it in WW2! (It is the story of that new movie). Our next brief stop was one of the only breweries still located within city walls (can't remember the beer) but we had to almost squeeze through tiny alley ways to see it. We then saw many swans in the more historic part of Bruges as we headed towards one of the female abbeys. It is one of the few legit ...
... not done it justice. The Belfort was a complete change of pace, but just as enjoyable. The Belfort is Ghent's UNESCO World Heritage belfry, a dragon-topped behemoth from the 14th century. We climbed to its top, and the views from above really crystallized for us what a medieval gem Ghent is. We also enjoyed visiting past incarnations of the dragon weathervane on one of the belfry's landings.
After visiting those two top-rated highlights, ...
... by Jan Ven Eyck and his brother Hubert, the elaborately carved, massive pulpit and the altar painting by Rubens.
Before leaving Ghent, we knew we needed to try some different beers. Again following Rick Steves' suggestion, we found a unique bar where we tried a local beer, "Gruut", which is made without hops but is flavored with a medieval mix of herbs called ...
We rolled out of our slumber to find some breakfast before a walking tour at noon. The tour was hosted by Rachel, Becca's middle school friend. It was a happy and long overdue reunion :) We walked around the beautifully quaint city of Brugge. We saw many old churches, discussed the one-thousand beers of Belgium, and heard fairytale-like stories and truths of the medieval city. From now on I will refer these stories and truths as ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Golden Tree Brugge
Bon accueil mais chambre minuscule !
Un très bon accueil, le gérant est sympathique et à l'écoute. Cependant nous avions une chambre qui donnait sur le parking et la porte d'accès de nuit. Le bruit des personnes rentrant durant la nuit par cette porte était assez dérangeant. De plus, la chambre était très petite avec une toute petite fenetre... Pas de problème de propreté. Le petit déjeuner compris dans le prix était très appréciable.
From the moment of stepping through the front door into the lovely light filled reception area, our experience at The Golden Tree Hotel was a memorable one.
Beautiful hotel - perfect base
The Golden Tree Hotel was beautiful. Such fantastic value for money and somewhere I'd recommend for a relaxing getaway!
The breakfasts were amazing and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The room we stayed in were spacious and clean and had all we could ask for.
We are looking forward to our next trip.
Awful traffic noise
Brugge is a lovely city and the Golden Tree is ideally situated as a base from which to explore it. The main problem we had with the hotel was the awful traffic noise. The hotel is on a main through road that is very busy with traffic throughout the day and for most of the night. Some of this is heavy lorry traffic presumably on its way to Zeebrugge. The noise is probably worse at the front of the hotel (we were in room 22). It was so loud that it was difficult to sleep. We also felt that the quality of the room (size and quality of furniture and fittings) was poor for a 3 star rating. There were for example many broken bathroom tiles. The breakfast was however very good and as mentioned it is conveniently located. If driving, the car park and location would be very helpful indeed.
Das stilvolle Hotel in Randlage zur Altstadt ist ideal für Ausflüge zu Fuß in die Stadt! Der Chef "Dave" an der Reception spricht englisch & französisch. Er gibt bereitwillig Auskunft zu Ausflügen, Restaurants ect. Das Frühstücksbuffet ist Durchschnitt.Leider muß man den lauten Strassenlärm direkt vor dem Hotel erwähnen, da eine der 4-spurigen Hauptstrassen direkt vor dem Hotel lang läuft. Da ist ein Fenster zum Hof gold wert, aber selten!
Friendly and convenient
I couldn't have stayed in a more friendly, courteous hotel. Comfortable room, super food, Classic surroundings, car park and convenient location. Above all, the friendliness of Francine and Dave, their local knowledge of the best pubs, beer, restaurants and chocolate shops shared enthusiastically. I have no hesitation in recommending the Golden Tree to anyone visiting Bruges and I intend to visit there again next year.
This is a well run hotel of character, centrally located and good value for money. We were made to feel very welcome by the proprietors whose understanding and knowledge of Brugge made our stay all the more enjoyable.
We stayed at the Inter Hotel (as it was then) between Christmas and New Year, for a couple of nights. The staff were extremely friendly and were very efficient with allocating our room. The room itself was, as the advert said, "confortable", but could do with a little updating but am sure this will happen soon. The location was ideal to explore the t'Zand square and was only a brisk walk down the main shopping street to the main market square. The breakfast was continental and just what we needed to start the day. We would recommend this hotel and stay here again, should we return to Bruges.
A good base from which to explore
My husband and I just returned from Brugge and we stayed at the Inter Hotel, which is just a stone's throw from the t'Zand and the Concertgebouw, and about 10 minutes walking distance from all the main attractions.The outside and lobby of the hotel suggest lavishness. We were greeted very warmly by the proprieter, who speaks several languages fluently (so you never have to worry about communicating).I found it a tad overpriced, considering the location. Like I said, it was not very close to the tourist attractions, and it was on a busy street. So there was a lot of noise. The room was extremely basic and very plain looking, despite the lavishness of the lobby and breakfast room. The bed was not comfortable. And if you're allergic to dogs, you might not want to stay there, as the owner's dog is a constant fixture (I enjoyed the dog, but it did bark a lot).Good points: a parking lot with free parking, phenomenal breakfast (all you can eat buffet consisting of assorted breads, meats, cheeses, yogurt, jams, honey, nutella, cream cheese, juice, tea, coffee). We enjoyed our stay for the most part, but the largest problem, aside from the noise, was the price. I wouldn't pay that much again for such basic amenities and such a small and bland room and uncomfortable bed. And the shower head in our bathroom was about knee high, which made taking showers very interesting.