Travel Blogs from Brugge
When we woke up, we immediately hit the road. We were going to cram Brugge into one day. First stop was to climb the Belfort. We waited in line, until the doors opened at 9:30. Climbing to the top was a challenge, but it was well worth it. The view over Brugge was the best thing ever. You could see the beautiful housetops and roofs all around the …
We woke up in Bastogne, checked out, and waited at Bastogne Sud, the old train station. We were about 20 mins early, so we stopped in the shop for the donkey farm. They had cosmetics, all in French. I'm not one to use much cosmetic and cream stuff, but I bought a bar of soap.
Awhile later, the bus came. We had to run all around the small …
Hotel failed to provide 5am call as requested but luckily awake anyway. Walked the whole 9 yards to the Trafalgar office ready for our 6:15 lift-off. Not sure you could find a better location unless actually staying in the same building. Headed off to Dover passing through Blackheath and Gravesend. We learnt the gruesome origins of these names due …
"I've seen a couple of Americans," rings out over the din in the bar in Tim’s Irish accent. We met Tim, Joanne, Dave and Patrice backpacking through Central America and haven’t seen them since we parted ways in Boquete, Panama in October 2008.
Turns out Brugge and Irish kids have one distinct factor in common: beer. We …
... 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 ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsNH Brugge
Very lovely hotel. My grandpa stayed here when it was the Pullman, in the 1980's, and insisted I stay there. It was excellent. Was there during Mayfoor, and the marching band/parade came right outside our hotel window.
Close to town, on the main street basically. Excellent location to get to all the museums and center of town with ease.
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Historical Traveler Reviews NH Brugge
Very nice hotel with friendly staff. Our superior non-smoking room was large, clean and tastefully decorated. We were to the rear of the hotel on the top floor and our room was very quiet. The area generally seems rather quiet I would assume other rooms would be fine also.
I have stayed in several Sofitel around the world and the experiences have always been very positive. This is why I booked Sofitel in Brugge but I was extremely disappointed. I must say that the hotel was not up to the Sofitel standards I am used to. First of all I had to change rooms since we were put in a smooking room without asking us, and the smell was so strong you could hardly breathe despite my friend is a smoker too and myself I'm quite used to the smell at home! Room size was ok but nothing great, but the problem is that it really needed a complete renovation: dated decoration, furniture was old, damaged and scratched, funny smell.... Bathroom was really small for a Sofitel and old as well... The overall impression was of a hotel that has long passed its best days... Even breakfast was rather poor for a Sofitel... Best thing about it is its location next to the city center but being Brugge a rather small city this is not a particular advantage. If you are coming by car location is great since there's a public parking right next to the hotel.
stayed at the Sofitel for our anniversary.Lovely room,great facilities,helpful staff.Would use again in the future.Within walking distance of the main square.car parking over night is free outside the hotel,then at 9 am must move into the pay parking next to hotel- very cheap and easy to do.Staff explained the parking and gave us a map of the city which was very helpful.The romm was quite large,the en-suite was very clean an well equiped-toiletries supplied and towelling robes and slippers!piping hot water all the time.didn't use the pool but it looked lovely,can't wait till our next visit!!
Very nice hotel
I stayed at the Sofitel for a weekend in June and I really liked it.
The hotel is well located, 10 minutes walking distance from the main square ( town hall ) and very close to the 2 shopping streets.
The staff are very friendly and helpful. The breakfast was nice and we appreciated the inside swimming pool. The only negative point was that the cleaning of our room wasn`t up to the same standard as everything else in the hotel and the view was not great.
However , I would go back to this hotel next time I stay in Brugge
The Sofitel in Brugge, Belgium is one of my favorite hotels. (it helps that the city of Brugge is one of my favorite places) It's small and quaint and has lots of local flavor. It has 149 rooms and the property is a renovated 17th century monastery.
My wife and i have just spent xmas 2004 in the sofitel, Bruges
and i can honestly say it was the best time we have ever had in any hotel that we stayed in. Service/ rooms/ food/ ameneties were all worthy of being 5 star nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff, so good in fact that we have booked again for Valentines weekend.
We have jsut come back from our 6th trip to Bruges. I t never fails to please, the perfect place for a short break. We always stay in adifferent hotel, usuall in adifferent quarter, and this time we chose the Sofitel. The hotel is currently undergoing renovations so that all the rooms are of the same exectuvie standard. Althugh we paid for a standard room we were upgraded without charge to an executive room. We were very please we had because to be fair this was the stard of room we expected of this 4 star hotel. The renovations did not affect us at all and theywill be completed within the next few weeks. The pool and the buffet restaurant breakfast were excellent. We had 2 wonderful meals, 1 near the Minnewater and the other the back of Steven Stein square. There are so many really good resaurants at various prices, but I would avoid the main squares unless its for a break during the day to people watch! Visit the flower market on Saturday morning - just off Z'land. The price savings and quality are very good. Would we stay in the Sofitel again - yes, except we like to try something different every time. This is our order of hotels we have stayed rank according to value/expectation, depends how much you want to pay! - Accacia, Olde Burg, Novotel Centrum, Sofitel, Medici. The only one we would not go back to is Accacia
Great location. Small pool. Rooms and corridors drab. In need of revamp. Nice restaurant and bar. Breakfast good. Worth it for location.
Bar and swimming pool the best bit
Lovely entrance, but dingy corridors and even darker rooms. No tea and coffee making facilities in the rooms and they urgently need bringing up to date. The swimming pool and steam room were however excellent and empty most of the time. The bar was an unusual U shape, with lovely decorations and a good range of drinks. Location a little out of the way.
Brugge is a must-see when traveling in Belgium but the Sofitel fell short of Sofitel standards. Upon check-in (at 2 p.m.) we were assigned a very spacious room that had seen better days. When the elevator made several stops on the lower floors, we realized we were in the only floor in the building that had not yet been renovated! The front desk informed us that all of the rooms had been already assigned and they were unable to move us into a newer room. I find it hard to believe that at 2 p.m. (when check-in technically begins at 3:00), the rooms were all occupied. Guest service was brusk and the large meeting taking place in the conference rooms with breaks and a reception in the lobby made the hotel seem very much like a business only place - not the most relaxing vacation experience.