Travel Blogs from Brugge
... my-arm-put-it-aroun d-Ally’s-shoulder-move’ was more overtly daggy.
We then strolled back towards home, passing through a Tango dance exhibition and resisting the urge to show-off with our skills (*cough cough* - they are pretty rusty and have been retired since 2005). What else can I say? A great day in an endearing little town. Next stop - Brussels.
In the morning we left Amsterdam to go to Brugge via train. We packed up all our stuff and loaded it into a large taxi van where we were taken to the train station. Unfortunately, I was left in the back seat after having buckled my shirt into the seat belt buckle and it took several minutes before I was released from the car, with a rip in my shirt unfortunately. However, we had uncharacteristically allowed ourselves a large amount of time to catch ...
... we wandered around looking for someplace to eat. At one point we saw a little boy starting to choke so we all froze and watched. He was still coughing so it wasn't time to do the Heimlich yet, but we were all poised ready to jump in since we are all CPR/First Aid certified. Luckily he coughed up whatever it was and we moved on. We at ate at a place called the Humpty Dumpty tea room.
We decided to take a canal boat tour around the city. We got an awesome tour ...
... every fibre painstakingly perfected, it baffled me how as the years advanced, the emergence of expressionism and cubism allowed artists to paint like five year olds. Each to their own, I suppose.
With Michaelangelo’s Madonna and Child only on display in novelty souvenir shops due to the renovations at The Church of our Lady, and my stomach starting to whinge, I set off to find lunch.
I am notoriously unlucky when it comes to eating ...
... told us it. We then drove through France to get the ferry back to England. Once there it was back on another bus to get through to London to the hostel where it first started for the people who had been on the full 29day tour. Sarah and Ben, this awesome couple that actually got engaged in Switzerland during the tour, had decided they would stay in a hotel that night and couldn't get their money back from the hostel so I ended up taking ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Relais Ravestein Brugge
Lovely weekend in Bruges in a fantastic hotel
We spent a weekend in january in the lovely city of Bruges and were particulary charmed with this luxury design hotel. Extremely friendly and helpfull staff. The rooms are spacious and very comfortable with VI-Spring beds, airconditioning, wooden floors, ensuite bathroom with bubble-bath and tropical shower. Even a flatscreen television, safe and fax are present in the room. My partner and I tried the restaurant with the lovely canal view and we must say the quality is of very high standard.
Boutique at its best
Quality, space and luxury are the first words that come to mind. In a city famed for excellance, this hotel matches the competition with facilities to spare. Possibly the best hotel beds around and probably the best showers outside a tropical forest.
I have recently returned from a weekend at the Hotel Relais Ravestein in Brugge and what a treat it was. Early on a Saturday morning myself and two friends boarded the Eurostar in London and by midday we were checking into our beautiful hotel in Brugge. After an exhaustive day site seeing around beautiful Brugge (and it is very beautiful) we returned to the hotel for coffee and wine in the downstairs bar, which is served with meticulous attention to detail and there is no better place to be enjoying a drink or meal than on the hotels large canal front deck, which captures all the afternoon sun and was buzzing with hip 30 somethings enjoying themselves as we were. Whilst we didnt eat dinner at the hotel, the menu looked amazing. The hotel is in a very central location and Yves, the hotel manager gives you maps and recommends the most fabulous local restaurants that you would never find on your own, and that made our trip so special. The hotel is modern and funky yet maintains the original wooden frames of the original building. Parketry, crisp white cotton, private huge spas, and designer fittings make this hotel very impressive. The hotel and professional staff are really what made our weekend to Brugge the success that it was. I wouldnt contemplate staying anywhere else.
Only for the chic
a friend and i spent one night at this hotel. she found it very interesting. i couldn't wait to get out of it. the room was rather small and the beds were in a direct line with the ventilator ducts, creating a constant chill (even when we turned the temperature up).
the bathroom could barely accommodate one person at a time. it took the two of us over five minutes to figure out how to use the bathtub (without the jacuzzi - just the hot water). when we left the next day, i suggested they might include directions for the tub and was told no guest was ever supposed to be checked in without someone going up with them to explain the tub ... a bit too chic for the average bear, perhaps?
the whole atmosphere was cold and minimalistic - presumably a treat for people who love modern, absolutely stripped down design. if you're not one of those, try the orangerie or the tuileries, which are traditionally designed and immensely comfortable.
Relais Ravestein - A Gem of a Hotel in a Gem of a City
Cutting-edge style yet cosy is a tough one to crack but the Relais Ravestein in Bruges achieves just that. Staff were perfectly relaxed yet always attentive, rooms large and very stylish, bathrooms very sharp with magnificent showers and high grade Jacuzzi baths, location excellent sitting on a beautiful canal and no more than 250m from heart of Bruges (the Burg and Markt). This is pretty close to my perfect hotel.
Try the restaurant - well priced and lives up to the quality of the rest of the hotel and if you can, try to secure a suite in the old part of the house; they have married old and new impeccably.
We stayed in this hotel on the 15th of October for one night and found the hotel to be absolutely amazing. We stayed in Suite 1 which had views of the canal and a fantastic bedroom and bathroom. The rooms are spacious and modern and the bathroom has a fabulous jacuzi bath. If you trying to impress a loved one I would definetly take them here. It was quoted as being the "Honeymoon hotel" by one of the locals stering our small boat through the canals.
A real Gem of a place and should be ranked number one on the rankings. Check out the bedroom view on the attached photos. Book it now !
After travelling Europe for six weeks we ended our trip with three nights at this magnificant hotel. Architecturally very modern, without detracting from the old buildings in Brugge, the rooms were very spacious and well designed.Ample light,great fittings with seperate bedroom,bathroom and toilet facilities. The rooms and indeed the whole hotel was spotlessly clean. The very latest in technology managed the hotel providing a wonderful ambience. The terrace overlooking the canal was a highlight. The restaurant provided excellent food-for both dinner and breakfast-- at reasonable prices.
The staff were very friendly and accomodating to all requests.Special mention must be given to Paul Derere--nothing was to much trouble.
With such a central location and the quality of the hotel and staff we would highly recommend the Ravenstein.
Relais Ravestein - a true delight
We stayed at the Ravestein for 3 nights - and wish it could have been more. After staying in a tiny room in Paris, the room at the Ravestein was a delight - large, light-filled, spotlessly clean, and very well designed.
The staff were extremely welcoming and helpful and the terrace overlooking the canal was delightful. We ate in the restaurant twice and the food was excellent - and prices reasonable.
The hotel is really modern, very well furnished, and very techno-friendly.
Room rates are not cheap but not excessive - and the hotel would rate as close to the best we stayed in in six weeks of travelling Europe.
Would recommend highly
We found this hotel after staying a night at the Pand Romantik and I couldn't face another night. What a breath of fresh air the Ravestein is. The room, overlooking the canal, was wonderful. The service was fabulous and efficent. Breakfast was delicious. The facilities in the room are excellent and the modern decor is not cold or sterile but very warm. We can't wait to go back and have a cup of hot chocolate on the terrace cafe, overlooking the canal.
A very modern hotel
This place seems more like an art gallery or high class furniture outlet than an hotel.
A brand new hotel fitted out within an old building located right on the waterfront and near the town centre.
Everything about this hotel speaks high quality and expensive. You can smell new leather everywhere. Very expensive looking stainless steel halagen light fittings everywhere. Plenty of glass and bright paintwork.
We had the Adolf Van Kleef suite on the top floor which had exposed timbers which could give you a nasty bump on the head if not carefull. All very tastefully done.
The room had everything you could ever want including Jacuzzibath, rainshower, red Spinneybeck leather topped desk and chair, fax machine and printer, solid wood credenza unit, huge bed, a large screen flat screen LCD TV and some original artwork. Upstairs theres was a mezzanine area with sofa and a second flat screen LCD TV. Separate aircon for upstairs & downstairs.
A breakfast buffet was provided and well stocked taken out on the waterside deck.
There are no leisure facilities, no pool or fitness room, but the hotel is superb.