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... wandering around the little streets, watching, listening, tasting. It continues to amaze and humble me when you chat with the locals and they can speak a variety of languages fluently. While I know little of the history of Belgium, I did learn that a couple of locals played a role in a war that resulted in Belgium having Dutch as the national language, rather than French. Although from our ...
... It attracts some 2 million tourists annually.
The port of Zeebrugge was built in 1907. The Germans used it for their U-boats in World War I. It was greatly expanded in the ...
... did leave our mark, amongst the other writings and carvings on the wood. I had a sharpie, we left our names and "MSU 2014".
Eventually we had to descend the tight, steep, and narrow spiral staircase. By the time we reached the bottom, my knees were shaking. We stopped for photos in the staircase, but could hardly stand still that long, the lactic acid was too bad.
We kept moving, to resist collapsing. And we had to rush. Next ...
... It is very beautiful with cobbled stone streets and canals. Lots of really great places to eat, drink beer, and shop. I was most impressed by the number of chocolate shops! There are about 50 chocolatiers selling the most amazing and creative chocolate that I have ever seen. We didn't waste any time sampling a few stores and then headed to try some local brews. Beer is serious here and there are over 300 Belgian beers to choose from! We found a spot ...
... cultural Renaissance after being heavily damaged during WWIi. We saw a glimpse of the Train Station with it's Art Nouveau/industrial architecture that blends ample glass with cast iron and stonework. The facade is impeccable. Under all this beauty is a modern transportation hub with at least 24 platforms on 3 levels. Belgium, and Antwerp, seem right at the centre of a European crossroads. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Egmond Brugge
Hotel Egmond can't be ebat
I spent three nights at the Egmond in October 2004. It was the perfect combination of comfort and convenience. From the hotel's website you can download a set of photos showing the walking route from the train station. It's an easy, pleasant 10 minute walk through a quiet part of the city. As long as your luggage has wheels, it's a good way to save a few Euros. Brugge is congested, so the Egmond's location, with it's large garden abutting the park make it seem an oasis of green and calm in the city. The owners are gracious and helpful. One has the feeling of being a guest in a refined private home. Even so, one doesn't feel the constraints of a private home. Room keys fit the front door, and the owners told me to be sure and take my key with me if I planned a late night out. The rooms are scrupulously clean and well appointed. The breakfast buffet offered a good variety of high quality choices. I would definitely stay at the Egmond on a future trip to Brugge.
The perfect romantic and idyllic hideaway
My girlfriend just visited me for the third time while I'm stationed in Paris for the year. Having seemingly seen every nook and cranny of one of the world's most romantic cities I decided to show her another side of European romance. I had been to Bruggge one time before with a bunch of buddies on what was basically a Belgian Oktoberfest. Though that trip was tremendous in its own right I remembered between my last pint of Duvel and my next pint of Leffe that Brugge was a strikingly romantic city. What with the real Venice flooding this time of year, the choice was easy. Off to the Venice of the North we went. Naturally a sejour at a Sofitel just wouldn't fit the whole romance format so I did my research and took my chance on Hotel Egmond. It turned out I made the perfect choice. Despite a reservation mix-up, we were given (thanks Chris) a clean and very spacious yet cozy room on the second floor overlooking the garden. The hotel itself is located almost too perfectly next to Minnewater, the town's swan filled Lake of Love. The inlcuded breakfast is basic but does the job well. The parking was conveniently free and driving there was fairly simple as the hotel is located just intra muros. WORD OF WARNING: never ever drive in Brugge unless you're familiar with the roads. It's a one-way street bordel that'll have you circling around forever. The walk to the market and Burg squares is a breezy ten minutes max so unless it's hailing or pouring rain outside a car isn't even necessary.
I highly reccomend all three restaurant's we ate dinner at while there, Guillaume's (haute cuisine with at a very good value), De Karmaliet (haute cuisine with a not-so-good value) and Tom's Diner (a very warm, friendly, affordable and romantic restaurant with very decent food).
All in all I am very please with my experience both in Brugge but especially at Hotel Egmond. From the staff to the room to the extras I couldn't imagine a better place to stay with a loved one in Brugge.
A lovely Jewel in a romantic town
This is a wonderful small hotel. Very romantic. The rooms are nice and clean. We stayed on the 1st floor and did get a few mosquitos.
The hotel has free parking which is a HUGE plus. Also, the bike shops will allow you to rent a bike and keep it overnight if you tell them you are staying at Hotel Egmond, because the Egmond offers a locked place to store your bike.
There is a lovely park right behind the hotel.
I would stay here again.
A Real Find
We have just returned from our third visit to the Hotel Egmond. The family owners couldn't be more friendly, informative or helpful and speak perfect English. The breakfast buffet is very satisfying. The rooms are clean and traditionally furnished, the functional bathrooms are compact, understandably so when you consider the load restrictions on the old beams of this charming building. The safe car parking area around the secluded garden is a real plus - parking in Bruges is not easy and about to become more difficult as new restrictions are implemented. The Egmond is close to the Katelijnepoort so you don't have to worry about driving through the busy traffic. The Hotel is close to the station and only a few minutes walk from the pretty bustling streets yet next door to the peacefull Minnewater Park and the Lac d' Amour. We have found it an ideal place to stay when we go "Channel Hopping" and don't need to look for anywhere else to stay.
Hotel Egmond - great small hotel
We recently stayed at the family run and friendly Egmond Hotel in Brugge. It is right next to a beautiful park, walking distance both to the train station and to the square. What attracted us on the web site was the 14 picture guide on walking from the train station - it was so personal and took us right to the front door in a matter of moments.
The breakfast was excellent and room was homey and very comfortable. We enjoy finding little boutique hotels in Europe and this is a gem with its own lovely garden. The price is right too. We highly recommend it to those who like to immerse in the local area. Walking the cobbled streets, eating in the local restaurants and watching a local
band play in the square are great memories of a lovely, quaint European city.
We stayed at the Egmond for 2 nights on a weekend trip and I have to say that I haven't got any complaints! The staff were very friendly and helpful and spoke very good english. The hotel is situated in the perfect location, very close to the town yet in a quiet area, the building is a traditional Belgian style with a lovely front garden to relax in. The rooms are clean and comfortable (although the shower is very small!) So all in all it was a wonderful stay, I would definately recommend it to those who wish to experience something more traditional in Brugge, you'll get good value for your money. Only negative point to this hotel is the very small, steep stairs to get to the rooms - however saying that all restaurants and other buildings seemed to have the same problem!
Home Away from Home
This place is a find. Very large bedroom overlooking a lovely garden and the Minnewater Park. Very attractive house and grounds. The price is very affordable and breakfast is included. Very warm and helpful owner family made our stay here like being at home. This was by far the most enjoyable place we stayed in our 18-day trip to The Netherlands and Belgium. We look forward to returning. Our only negative is that the modular bathroom, which is adequate, is very small.
Romance Is In The Air
This hotel was amazing. A former mansion converted to a B&B hotel. The location is the best in Brugge. It is right on the park, right next to the lake of love, and is super convenient to get into and out of by car. The rooms were very large, and had nice views of the garden. The staff was very courteous and attentive. The breakfast was very nicely spread out and tastey too! This was one of the most romantic places I have ever stayed. I highly recommend this hotel for anyone traveling to Brugge.
Egmond is Excellent
Hotel Egmond has the look and feel of an old manor, while providing guests with modern amenities, comfort, and all around hospitality. The family that runs this special place is very helpful, friendly, and relaxed. Room 12 is large, with views of the surrounding gardens, a beautiful park, and Lake Minnewater on one side; and a picture perfect shot of the O.L.V.(ornate cathedral spire, second highest brick structure in the world) on the other. The beds are big and comfy. The bathroom is tiny, but modern. The Egmond is an easy walk from the train station, and to the main squares of Brugge, but is still far enough away to provide some tranquility from the teeming tourist masses.
Breakfast is included in the room price, and this buffet should not be missed, as it is delicious, presented wonderfully, and served in a beautiful setting. Next door, at the Casteel Minnewater, an elegant dinner by a roaring fire, or a lambic on the terrace is a must. These establishments capture the antiquity that Brugge has become famous for, and also provide modern-day comforts to insure an awesome visit.
Character and tranquility
The hotel is in a lovely quiet setting with an open outlook over a garden and park. It is only short walk to the town centre and close to the Beguinage. The rooms were very comfortable and well furnished, the owners very helpful and pleasant, the breakfast excellent. Its a wonderful place for a relaxing holiday.