Travel Blogs from Brugge
People that know me know I like films.
My hubby and I often get accused of having obscure taste in movies - I prefer to see us as perhaps a little eccentric - and it was a film that drove us to visit Belgium.
Having watched (and watched again...and again) 'In Bruges', my husband became slightly obsessed with the place. I'd catch …
... We met a couple from Texas and lunched with them at the brewery. We spent some time wandering the little alleyways and backstreets to see the less touristy parts of this beautiful old city. Dinner near the town center consisted of Belgian shrimp croquettes, Belgian steak, rack of lamb, a French merlot, and coffee with a waffle with ice cream and strawberries. Lovely lovely lovely, and a fine farewell dinner for both. Tomorrow we head for Flanders and WW 1 ...
... then getting out a series of magazines with his picture and showing us just how many times he's had his photo taken, I guess. It was very weird. Then he gave us perfume samples (?) and we were on our way, lathering on the sunscreen while we walked. Bruges is adorable. It's a labyrinth of cuteness. It is just cobblestone streets with gorgeous little chocolate box houses and 17 Catholic Churches, each one ringing bells every hour, some more flamboyantly than others. ...
Our train arrived in Brugge at about 5 pm. Brugge is not quite large enough to have a very good public transit system we quickly found out. In fact, they offer only buses. I looked up which bus to take, but as it turned out, this bus wasn't running all the way to our hotel, due to construction. So we attempted to walk... to make a long story short, we ended up walking in total darkness for three hours. ...
... I allowed myself to accept that it must be. The rain had relented but there was a much colder chill in the air, the cosier nature of Bruges long lost on this expansive city. I didn’t have too long, but from what I’d heard of Brussels, that’s not such a bad thing. With no map and no concept of where I was, or what relationship my position held with anything else for that matter of fact, I looked to the skyline, plucked the largest spire out ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Navarra Brugge
I seriously hate moaning, I'm young, I'm tolerant, I'm carefree - but . . .
We spent one night in Bruges on a last minute getaway. We chose this hotel after reading the reviews on this site and because it was good value for money. (£88 + tax) We arrived from the UK via Eurotunnel (£38 return) and took a short drive up the motorway. I had read that the one way system was a little confusing, but with 5 main ways in and having done a little homework we found the hotel with no problem. On arrival we found the car park to be full and were directed to the Hotel Aragon's 2 floor underground facility nearby where there was plenty of room. This was also cheaper than Navarra's and charged hourly.
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Hotel Navarra for three nights in May and it was a lovely experience. The reception staff were very friendly and checked us in extremely quickly. The room was top floor and quite large (like the size of a studio flat!), with a decent sized bed, tv, table, 2 leather chairs and a fridge/minibar. The bathroom was huge, but it had a big space in the corner with nothing there - I thought this a bit pointless at first but actually it was nice to have the extra space!
My boyfriend and I stayed at this hotel for a weekend in May. The hotel itself was very clean and staff were friendly and the location was perfect however the rooms really do not warrant a 4 star rating. The room was not much bigger than the bathroom, very disappointing. The colour scheme was depressing and bland with not even a picture on the 4 walls to brighten. It was by no means the most expensive hotel in Brugge but it definitely did not deserve a 4 star rating.
This is a great find! Very friendly staff and spotlessly clean. Great breakfast room. The hotel has a small car park at extra charge, but we had trouble finding the hotel by car at night due to all the one way systems. Brand new sauna (unisex) and good pool in the basement. Small bar with regular live music.
The only downside was the fact that the mini bar only has water and beer (no spirits or wines).
Thoroughly recommended to anyone wanting a central hotel in a prestigious building.
First rate Navarra
My wife and I stayed here for 5 nights in May 2001. The hotel is very well located in the centre of Bruges and just a few minutes walk from The Belfry. The hotel was smart, the bedroom was clean with a good bathroom. Hotel staff were very friendly and always helpful. Breakfast was very good. Bruges is a beautiful city with lots of excellent restaurants. This hotel was very good value and I would happily recommend it to others.
Good service, at good price
This was our third time to Bruges - and our first time with baby daughter and both sets of her grandparents. Our previous choice of the Crowne Plaza had priced itself out of an economical weekend break - a 40% increase in less than a year - crazy.
Having looked at the Navarra during the last visit we decided that its price and location would be a great alternative.
The rooms were clean, though a little small - though this could have been due to the addition of a cot. The staff were very helpful and we even managed to secure a car parking space. Breakfast was fine -though we had been spoilt by the Crowne Plaza.
A tea and coffee tray is available from reception, and the mini bar is well stocked.
Overall an enjoyable stay, good location and friendly hotel.
Value for Money
Stayed there for 4 nights July 03. Very well located hotel close to the town square. The staff were very friendly and rooms were clean and fresh. No tea/coffee making facilities in the room but the night porter was always available to make fresh, free coffee at reception after a night on the tiles! Great, charming hotel if you are visiting Brugge.
Would stay there again if revisiting Brugge.
We stayed at the Navarra for 2 nights at the October 2003 half term school break. after a hectic day sightseeing the Navarra gave a welcome retreat. Families will find this great (not sure I'd want to be a romantic couple here though). 2 mins from the Marrk Sq. we booked a family room and expected a sofa bed for the children, but they had a brillient connecting room (no door) of their own with single beds each and their own tolietries. With Cable TV they were happy and so were we to enjoy a relaxing drink in the Piano bar. The Pool was great for our family however I'd add caution to anyone with small children or non swimmers as there was no shallow end or ledge around the side. for a family with children over 8 I'd say this was fantastic and excellent value - we paid ?120 per night.
First time visit to Begium and Brugges. August 2003.
Chose the Navarra Hotel from the Belgium Travel Service. Great location. A quiet street only a couple of minutes walk from the Market Square.
Terrific buffet style breakfast: lots of choices.
small indoor pool
lovely garden and piano bar.