Hotel Karel de Stoute
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... the day and watch the people walk by.
As the sun started to set, we found our way to the Market centre and got on a horse drawn cart. Our driver was funny in his accent (think Mr Bean speaking English with a Dutch accent) and explanations as he took us on a 30 minute tour around town. It was quite a charming and romantic experience - not as tacky as it may sound! Although the ...
Europe. The sculpture was sold for 4,000 florin.
The sculpture was removed twice from Belgium after its initial
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... we got on a train to Brussels. At Brussels, we switched to one in Brugge.
We got out of the station at Brugge, and realized we had no idea where the hotel was. I had a small map, and typed directions, but it didn't make much sense. We dragged our suitcases through residential streets of Brugge, over rough cobblestone roads. It was a nice day, in a beautiful city. But, we were tired, and my suitcase likes to flip over on it's small ...
After a short stroll thru Ameins where we visited the Cathedral and the old town we headed north into Belgium. We travelled thru small rural villages which are dotted all over the country side as the French farmers do not stay on their land but in a nearby village and travel to their various plots. Also their plots may not be located next to each other but scattered in the local area.
We entered Bruges which ...
... all about town, costing only €7 each we thought why the hell not. The cruise was excellent; we saw a lot of the beautiful city including a familiar scene from the movie where Colin Farrell jumps out of his hotel’s bedroom into the canal. We had seen a lot of frite (hot chips) stands everywhere and decided to dig into some overlooking the canal for lunch.
One of our favourite scenes from the movie is set in the town square ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Karel de Stoute Brugge
I liked very much Hotel Karel de Stoute. It's located in the town centre, near the Markt. The breakfast is excellent. Guests have free Internet access. The hotel is managed by the owners, who are very nice and helpful. The room was comfortable, clean and quiet, with a great view of the towers of Brugge. I would strongly recommend it.
Hospitality plus a bit
Where to stay in Brugge we thought - obviously check out tripadvisor.com. We didn't want a fancy hotel with bars/restaurant/sauna but we did want somewhere central and well priced. All the reports about Karel de Stoute were encouraging except a strange one from some guy who didn't actually stay there ! We were not disappointed. The owners Winke and Daphne could not have been more helpful. Good size clean rooms,substantial breakfast and a great cellar bar all just a couple of minutes from the centre. Good restaurants within a stones throw. Great place !!
Another satisfied customer!
Another satisfied customer...Karel de Stoute was perfect for our famiy. My husband and I and our two children (ages 8 & 4) stayed there the first weekend in September. For the price, you can't beat it! It's a quaint little hotel on a quiet street just off the main shopping and tourist areas. The place was surprisingly quiet. Our room was right next to the stairs and I was a little concerned when we first arrived because the floors were pretty squeaky. We didn't hear a thing all night long and I was very surprised in the morning to find the breakfast room filled with other vacationers!
Breakfast was very good; fresh breads, homemade jam (outstanding), meats, cheeses, fruits...a typical European breakfast. They even offered us fresh cooked eggs and a pot of hot choco for the kids! For dinners we got two excellent recommendations from Winke, one local Flemish, one Italian.
One NOTE...I feel like I have to comment about the negative rating that the hotel received. When I was originally searching for a hotel, that comment had not yet been posted. I have to tell you that our experience was completely different. We had to cancel one night of our stay. We notified the hotel via email prior to our arrival and received immediate confirmation of our cancellation. No questions asked. Not sure what this guy's circumstances were but my guess is that it's an isolated incident.
Final comments...definately recommend staying here. 5 star service!
Absolutely NOT recommended!
We were extremely disappointed by this hotel and would not recommend it to anyone.
They abuse of their cancellation policy and took advantage of my credit card number to charge a room that was cancelled.
We travel a lot and we understand why and how cancellation policies should be use. I'm sorry to say that I never been so disappointed and tricked before. I would not make a reservation there even if it's the last place available in Bruges.
We loved this hotel. First of all, it is situated right in the center of town, but on a very nice and quiet street. The hotel itself is a gorgeous historic building. Our room was very basic, but large and spotless and had a beautiful view. The breakfast room was breathtaking and the breakfast itself was a treat. The service provided by the owners was top notch and we felt well-taken care of at all times. This hotel is truly a great value and I would definitely come back to this lovely place!
We loved the Hotel Karel de Stoute. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful with everything from restaurant recommendations to storing our bags for several hours after checkout. The hotel was spotlessly clean and the made-to-order eggs for breakfast were a welcomed treat. Our family room was adequate with a double and two single beds, but much smaller than the townhome style accomodations we had outside Amsterdam. I thought our kids (ages 17 and 12) would complain after having had two bedrooms and a kitchen for the previous three nights, but they agreed that they liked the Hotel Karel de Stoute much better. Great location also, with a reasonably priced parking garage close by.
Very friendly hotel owners!
We love this hotel because the owners Winke and Daphne are very friendly. We were coming from a long flight from Singapore but the warm welcome we received made us forget about our jetlag. We received a lot of tips on ongoing special tours which were not mentioned in our travel guides (like the summer bicycle tour around the city of Bruges---it's good exercise and you get a lot of amusing stories from our fun guide!
They've become like family to me and my husband. And we have been back to Bruges 3 times when we are in Europe. We have recommended the hotel to our friends and they were all very thankful. The hotel has a homey feel. The renovated rooms, where we usually stay, are tastefully decorated. The continental breakfast is sumptuous. It's right at the centre of Bruges but surprisingly in a quiet area.
Great place to stay!!
The Hotel Karel de Stoute is a great place to stay. I've been there four times now and have always enjoyed it. The building is rich in history, it dates from the second half of the 14th century. Its located just a short distance off of the market square. The prices are great and they offer a free breakfast. If you go, make sure to check out the arched brick ceiling in the basement bar, very nice.
Wonderful place to stay
I have stayed here twice now and plan to return to this fine hotel everytime I visit Brugge. The hosts Daphne and Winke are very pleasant, informative and make you feel very welcome in their home. The rooms are clean, quite and very reasonably priced. The breakfast in the morning was awesome starting off with a fresh glass of orange juice, pastries, cheeses, meats and omelets. The hotel is a few minutes walk from the Market square but is on a quite street. A great place to stay and I would highly recommended it.
My home in Brugge
I have now stayed at the Karel de Stoute on three different occasions.
It is small and friendly and all three different rooms I have had were nice and distinctive. Winke and Daphne are wonderful and remember me from trip to trip. A fried who lives in Oostende stopped in one day to see what the hotel was like and tells me they remembered my name. The cellar is a fun room to relax over a good Belgian beer in the evenings after dinner and always has some cool jazz music playing on the stereo.
Winke will often have a beer with the guests and visit. The breakfast that is included with the room starts with a glass of fresh orange juice and has a nice continental selection of meats, cheeses, fruits, pastries, and cereals. I will be going back this fall and will definitely be staying here again!