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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 …
... centuries and you could tell by the stone.
Lunch was weak. We went to the French Fry stand. I decided to deviate into a burger, bratwurst, and hot dog. With the exception of the hot dog, everything else is just thrown into the French Fry fryer. Kara wrote about biking to Damme yesterday and today we decided to keep up with the bike adventures following our same way out of town as yesterday and then travelling along the "Ring" to the ...
... our losses and went to sample some Belgian chocolate.
As our last stop in Bruges, we went to De Halve Maan, the only brewery in the city, for a brewery tour. Our included beer tasting turned into a beer chugging ever which Caroline forfeited and Jared and Dan finished smoothly so that we could run to catch our train to Amsterdam. We caught it with just a minute to spare! Luckily we are now Eurail experts and knew how to head to the correct platform. We transferred trains in ...
... boats, canals and huge cathedrals. It was as if we were transported back in time. Finding our way through the city felt like we were moving through a maze. But boy !!! I liked it ! It was one of those walks where you would want to be with your soul mate, but i was alone. Missing her !!!
We saw two different cities in 2 days. ...
... constantly, so much so that I had to wash all clothes I took with me, even the things I didn’t wear. However, the bar downstairs was pretty good, I wanted to steal their art nouveau lights and they had the most delicious cherry beer I have ever tasted on tap.
After dumping our gear at the hostel we all headed out for a group meal at one of the restaurants next to the Grote Markt (the big square). Being a Belgium specialty, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Navarra Brugge
Be careful - it's not all as rosey as it may seem!
I seriously hate moaning, I'm young, I'm tolerant, I'm carefree - but . . .
Apart from our room being very small and bathroom incredibly tiny (which surprised it is listed as a 4star hotel), the bathtub in our room was very slippery. This meant that it was very dangerous to take a shower and though I took as much care as possible, after slipping over in the bath (I have photos of the bruises to back this up) I called reception to ask for a slip mat. I was curtly told that the hotel did not provide them and would not provide one. When I told the receptionist that the tub was dangerous and that I had already slipped and banged my arm I was told "sorry but nothing we can do". I thought this was outrageous! How can they justify such a situation and put paying customers in danger such as this? What if I had banged my head and knocked myself out? Would this still be 'tough luck'?
The other problem was with the breakfasts. Food ran out and was not replaced up to half an hour before the breakfast sittings were scheduled to finish. It meant that on the first morning, all we had to 'choose' from were what was left over. No sausages at all, hardly any pastries, hardly any fruit juice, small selection of rolls. The next morning we got up earlier to make sure that we would be able to have a proper breakfast and found that when food ran out (cheese, butter, yoghurt, eggs etc.) it was slow to be replaced which meant a reduced choice again!
The above was all such a let down as the hotel itself is fairly nice and it's in a FANTASTIC location and Bruge is such a lovely, lovely city.
Great, Great, Great
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.
The hotel itself is well appointed, we found the stairs quite steep, and on entering our room we had a bit of a shock. We were in room 351 on the top floor and had a great view. However the bed looked like a foldaway and there was an exposed beam by the bathroom door ready to catch you out. Upon further inspection the bed was a regular one, we got a glimpse of the same in next doors room, with light switches attatched and was in the end surprisingly comfortable. The en-suite was huge with plenty of room and was ultra clean as you'd expect from this chain. It was possible to open all the windows fully, not the norm at this height,, but was welcome as it was a lovely warm evening.
Breakfast at this hotel was utterly fantastic and included in the price. The choice and range surpassed anything I had seen in Europe before. Cereal, Fruit, Cold meats, Cheese, 4 juices, Scrambled Eggs & Sausages as well as the usual breads, toasts and preserves. Needless to say we eat heartily and enjoyed every mouthful.
We did visit the pool area but didn't use it as it was situated in the basement, with the fitness suite. The heat and the humidity downstairs we felt was a little oppressive and it put us off a little. This was the only minor downside to a wonderful hotel and a great stay.
I would highly recommed this hotel, the staff are very friendly, the rooms very clean and the food excellent. I would also recommed the Fondue Restaurant on the left on the way to the Markt square and the Celtic Irish Pub for obvious reasons!
All in all a great visit and worthy for every star.
It really was the best!
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!
There was a small sign asking guests to try to use their towels for more than one day to save putting loads of washing powder into the environment. We were fine with this but then when the chamber maid cleaned our room, fresh towels were given anyway! She did a wonderful job everyday and waited for us when we weren't ready for the room to be cleaned (about midday).
It was also available to get a tea/coffee tray from reception (with kettle, cups and tea/coffee sachets) which we did 10 minutes after we arrived! The reception staff were very happy to replenish your stock, and the chamber maid also added extras when needed. She even put a little chocolate on both bedside tables everyday. I lovely touch!
The leisure facilities included a pool, mixed sauna and gym (all free use to guests). The indoor pool was based in a Greek style cavern. It was a lovely size and quite warm. It wasn't particularly busy so that was an added bonus. There were plenty of fresh towels and everything was clean and tidy. The gym was very well equipped and again, this wasn't very busy.
The hotel also had a cafe/bar which was very pleasant and reasonably priced. You could get tea and coffee (free after midnight until 6am) and various alcoholic drinks. A few times a week a pianist played in the early evening.
In with the stay is a full breakfast. It was very continental - lots of breads, meats and cheeses, along with cereals, yoghurts and juices. Being British, I was looking for more full-english style, but there were only eggs and sausages. We actually went out one morning to one of the open-terraced restaurants where my needs were taken care of though!
All in all, a wonderful hotel. The staff were accomodating and the location was perfect. It was about a 4 minute walk to the main square which really is the epicenter of Brugge. Brugge is a lovely town and excellent for a short city break. There are many attractions including the Belfry tower which plays tunes with bells every 15 minutes (Beethoven etc.), horse drawn carriages for a 30 minute talk-through tour, loads of lovely restaurants and all the chocolate shops you could want. Oh, and they all speak perfect English (and French and German) so its brilliant for the non-multilingual!
We would like to ask you to pay attention to the fact that the pictures of the rooms, as metioned on the candid traveler photos, are dated.
All 94 hotelrooms have been renovated.
In order to see new pictures, feel free to have a look at the hotel photos on Tripadvisor.
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.
Fantastic Family break
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.