Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce - Luxe Worldwide Hotel
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On our way to Bruges we stopped at Ieper(Ypres) for a look at the ground on which hundreds of thousands of men died in WWI. The Great War is pretty much glossed over in most of the history we studied in the US, I guess since we were only in the war for the final year. However, to Brits, Aussies, Kiwis and Canadians, this is an infamous and sacred …
... videotaped the ceremony thank goodness! I will share with you later. The Menin Gate - is a memorial to all British and commonwealth soldiers (except New Zealand and Newfoundland) that have no known grave - over 55,000!!! The ceremony has taken place every evening at 8pm since 1927 - except during German occupation during WWII. It was standing room only at the ceremony this evening Looong day - looking forward to bed ...
... I then had zalm (salmon) and Mike had steak and we both had frites (french fries). Mike had a Belgian light beer (Brugse zot blond) and I had a glass of white wine (witte wijn). Dessert also came with it and we chose profiteroles--we each had 3 covered in dark chocolate so we shared with Becky and Peter. Yummy! And this was a lot of food--which seems to be the story in this country!
Once the rain had stopped and we had eaten everything in sight, we are off to tour again. First ...
... as an 'experience'... learn about life in the Middle Ages. The animated wax work figures were unbelievable life-like, and the presentation was involved and clever, but the amount of actual content was weak and there was not really an awful lot to see.
The views from the roof were wonderful though and the "Duvelorium" was fun. Duvel has won Lisa over and it is certainly our favourite beer.... at least so far...
So we went in search ...
... departures board. I soon remembered I didn’t know any Belgian, and tracked down the only person anywhere that resembled anything like a station official. Fortunately, he was, and I was soon on Platform 16, bound for Knokke Blankenberge.
I’d read a lot about Brussels lack of vitality and character, and as the two tiered juggernaut of a train lurched itself away, it was difficult to find a case against. The suburban areas of Brussels appeared ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce - Luxe Worldwide Hotel Brugge
Perfect hotel / Perfect location
After reading the many reviews on this hotel, my wife and I would like to offer our own opinion.....The Relais couldn't have been nicer.....from Sofie at check-in, the best location in town, a wonderful breakfast, comfortable rooms (but small baths!) and the canal below, our visit to Brugge couldn't have been better.....right outside your door are wonderful shops, restaurants and sights.......perfect.....we highly recommend and if we are ever fortunate enough to return, there will be no question as to where we will stay!
This hotel had a wonderful location in the city. It was very difficult to locate as we were driving and the hotel was not that well marked. The staff at the desk were polite and efficient. It was very warm when we arrived and the hotel does not have air-conditioning, I asked for a fan to help move the air in our room but was told that they didn't have any. For this reason our stay for one night was almost unbearable. We opened the skylights, the only windows on the ground floor, to be eaten alive by mosquitoes. The room was large, clean, and modern. The breakfast was absolutely delicious, and the view from the breakfast room was beautiful. This hotel is charming but I would not stay there in the hot summer months.
We stayed here August 18-19, 2004 for the time we were in Brugge for our honeymoon. We booked over email from their website with no problems. The hotel is a fair walk from the train station but about a 5-6 euro taxi ride. With our small, rolling suitcases, I preferred the walk since we were able to orient ourselves with the city faster...plus the sites along the way were great. It was about a 20 minute walk. The hotel is on a street leading into the Markt, the main town square. If you can get yourself there, (which has a tall belfry that can be seen from the train station) then you will find the hotel easily. Driving to the location may be tricky as almost all streets in the town are one way. We rented a moped while we were there and found out how difficult driving can be until you figure the city out a little. (I'd recommend the moped too!!) The entrance was tucked away on Wollestradt street with a sign on a building signaling the courtyard where the hotel entrance is located. The street is full of lace, tapestry, and chocolate shops geared toward tourists. Although I like to stay away from tourist places like that usually, this was not a problem with the location of the hotel. All of the people at reception were friendly. We were allowed to check in early. We stayed on the 3rd floor of the over 300 year old building. There is no air conditioning in this hotel, but it wasn't a problem for us as it was cool when we were there. The hotel is right on a canal, with some rooms overlooking it. The breakfast room also overlooks it. The breakfast included in the price of the room was nice with pastries, cereal, juices, eggs, cheese, meat, yogurts. The only problem we had was when we wanted to check out early to catch a morning train. The reception desk is closed late at night and didn't reopen until 7:30am. The front door was locked too so we could not leave. Our train left at 7:57, but we made it in time after the poor reception clerk hurried to run the credit card and call a taxi. This wouldn't be a problem for most people though. As friendly and accommodating as the reception clerks were, if we would have suspected that the desk wouldn't have been open at that time, I'm sure we could have made arrangements ahead of time. This place was great, and I would recommend it to anyone.
After reading the reviews here, I was very disappointed in the hotel. The lobby and restaurant are lovely but that is where they must have put all of their money. The room was large but sparcely furnished with no airconditiong. We tried to leave the windows open but the light atop the neighboring hotel shown into our window all night and you could not have the window open and the shade closed at the same time. Also the hotel is tucked back into a courtyard which is lovely to see the cancal yet impossible to find. We drove by it twice before asking someone. Also their parking is about a block away and you need to move it yourself, which is fine if again they had a well placed sign as to which gargage it is. I ended up trying the key in a few garages before one opened. They could at least offer to park your vehicle for you since they charge 10 euro for the parking anyway. Is a good location to square, but almost every hotel is, brugge is not that large! I would recommend the crown plaza which is where I stayed last time over this hotel.
Best hotel in Europe!!!
This was my most favorite hotel in Europe. Clean, wonderful staff, excellent breakfasts, perfect location, and at a reasonable price??? Just as the guidebook described,,,,,the perfect Brugge experience.....can't wait to go back and I was there for five nights....
I agree with all of the other reviews. The Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce has THE best location in Brugge. The rooms overlooking the canal have the best views in town. Breakfast was very nice, and the warm fire felt great in the chilly morning. The staff was efficient and very friendly. On the morning of departure, had to leave at 5:00 AM to catch a train. Besides a wake up call, they also ordered a taxi, and had breakfast waiting in a bag at the reception. It's the best choice in Brugge. Excellent rates too.
Great value - A little gem
Just back from 3 nights @ this delightful little hotel. Location - on a scale of 1-10, it's a 20! An excellent hotel, particularly for the price. Lovely (but small) room overlooking canal. Clean with nicely appointed bathroom. Breakfast (croissants, rolls, yogurt, fruit, cheeses & meats, cereals, coffee, etc) in the beautiful room overlooking the canal, with starched linens and crystal chandeliers and a fireplace burning. Great way to start the day. Helpful staff. I would return.
My family of four stayed at the Bourgoensche Cruyce in March 2004 for 2 nights. We had two standard double rooms. It appears that two rooms on each floor overlook the canal and the third does not- our two rooms did not. Our rooms were large, clean and reasonably well appointed- certainly not luxurious but nice. Bathroom was new looking, nice size with separate toilet. Good stand-up, U.S. style shower. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Almost all the natives in Bruges speak four languages so communication was absolutely great. Location was perfect- on the canal and one block from the main square. You can walk from one end of the historic district to the other in about 20 minutes so any location in the central part of Bruges would be fine. The most photographed vantage point in Bruges is around the corner from the hotel with the B. Cruyce in the center of the shot with the canal as the foreground and the Bell Tower rising above. We loved Bruges- it is good for about 2 days of leisurely touring. Liked it much better than Brussels which beside the Grand Place is not very interesting. Overall, we loved the BC and would stay there again but would prefer one of the rooms on the canal, if available.
Right in the center of Brugge with wonderful views of the canals and the center of town. We stayed on the top (4th) floor which can be accessed by an elevator. Bathroom was quite large. Very clean and service was very helpful. Breakfast was included with a lovely view of the canals. Can walk to anywhere from this location and the parking garage was relatively close to the hotel.
A friend and I just planned a weekend in Belgium and couldn't decide whether to stay in Brussels or Brugge. We decided on Brugge and the Hotel 't Bourgoensche Cruyce, and definitely made the right choice. The hotel is located just a block from the town square and is a few feet down a picturesque narrow alley. (HINT: If you are driving away from the square and are about to cross the bridge over the canal -- stop. The hotel will be two buildings back on the left, through the archway.) Our standard room was tastefully decorated and immaculately clean. It was an absolute bargain for the price, but you should not shy away or think that you will be skimping it. Our room had a partial view of the canal, and the restaurant on the bottom floor also overlooks the water. The breakfast was delicious, but I would really recommend having dinner in the restaurant. It was outstanding and the ambience magnificent. The staff was extremely friendly. We have traveled all over Europe, and this was one of the most charming hotels we have stayed in.