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... English that kills you”, it seems that speaking any form of Dutch turns you into a Brobdingnagian. I couldn’t believe it, and spent most of my time gawking at buildings and feeling incredibly tiny.
Since I was only in town for a day, I had to make a choice between the chocolate museum and the beer place, and went with the chocolaterie. The exhibits give a brief overview of the history of chocolate, how it’s made and how Europeans ...
Everyone looked horrible this morning haha. I didn't feel too bad since I came back a bit early but getting on the bus at 7am was a mission for all. We had a huge day of travelling ahead doing 4 countries and finishing in London that night. Our first stop was in bruge in Belgium. This is where we stopped for lunch and it was a cool little city. Apparently this is where French fries where actually first created, not sure if that's completely true ...
... the canal, our host Lynn, armed us with self directed tours and we headed off to do the Bruges, Proud World Hertiage walk. It's quite a warm day so it was lovely to sit by the canal side and just watch. Everywhere you look in this city it is postcard perfect. The Old Town is built around the Grote Markt in the centre, dating back to the 10th century, with row upon row of tall, narrow, ornate buildings, once homes, that are ...
... walking amongst graves by the thousands. Reading the stories of young men experiencing the most horrendous of conditions and being killed by the thousands in a war of inches was horrifying. Whilst it is easy to say they died for so little in relation to land gained, I think at the time, they were fighting for reasons and beliefs held so strongly during their era. A tour enabled us to gain a more in depth look into the history here. Although, our best tour guide was a local bar ...
... whoa, it was good! After dinner we took a walk down the canal and headed back to our place for a hot cocoa with Bailey's and some chocolate mousse (Matt had a beer since we are in the world famous beer country). It was the perfect night cap (no worries about the caffeine, I'm too tired for it to keep me up). Brugge is so easy to be a tourist in. Easy to talk to people, good signage, lovely ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Erasmus Brugge
Just got back from Brugge. I booked this hotel based on the Trip Advisor Reviews and was not disappointed. Brugge is a charming town with a lot to offer. Nice outdoor cafes, canal rides and lots of restaurants and shops. The Erasmus Hotel was a very special place. The owner, Tom, is always around either working the desk or in the restaurant and always eager to please. Our room was facing the canal and had two big picture windows, and a couple of comfortable chairs. We would open the windows in the evening and sit and watch the beautiful view.
The room was spacious, clean and had a nice bathroom.
We were also surprised at the quality of the restaurant. We were expecting a pub-like atmosphere, but it was quite beautiful with classical music in the background. It was also a lovely place for eating the breakfast buffet included in the rate. Brugge is a very special place and the Hotel Erasmus reinforces that experience.
Top 5 places in Europe
My wife and I stayed at the Eurasmus for 5 days in June 2005. We have stayed at small hotels in Europe for the last 20 years and the Erasmus has to be in the top 5 in the area of comfort, location, food and drink, and atmosphere. The people were so friendly and helpful. We will return to this wonderful hotel.
Great Beers, Great Location, Good Rooms
A very nice hotel with a great breakfast, great restaurant and incredible selection of Belgium beers. The location is fabulous, right in the middle of town (although the town isn't that big!!). The rooms were very comfortable, not fancy, with modern bathrooms. You can't beat the comfort, the restaurant & the convenience for the price. Good stay.
Cannot say enough good things...
My husband and I stayed at Hotel Erasmus during our honeymoon which happened to coincide with a heat wave across Northern Europe. The air conditioning in the room was much appreciated. With the hotel's central location we were able to stop back in our room to cool off whenever we wanted. The room was very clean, comfortable and had a fantastic view of Brugge. The staff was friendly and helpful. Although we did not eat lunch or dinner at the hotel the breakfast included in the room rate was ample, fresh and delicious. It was apparent that the staff cared about their guests and wanted to make our stay as pleasant as possible. This was my second trip to Brugge and wish I had stayed at Hotel Erasmus the first time. Would definitely recommend this hotel!
Great spot for rooms and beers
We stayed at Hotel Erasmus for three nights- chraming and welcoming hotel and staff right in the centre of Brugge. the rooms were a good size and well equipped, at least they had tea making facilities unlike a lot of other places we stayed. Clean and comfortable with good aircoinditioning and sound proofing- needed as the hotel is on one of the busy streets during the day.
Staff were very friendly and showed us a good parking station which was convenient to the Hotel (parking and driving in Brugge is somewhat of a nightmare) and also went out of their way to help us when we needed car repairs. The amazing ability of the Flemish to talk fluently in at least three languages is humbling for we english speakers
The meals are also very good, traditional flemish dishes with beer emphasis and the beer list is to die for, unfortunately I couldn't get through all of the beers but would certainly go back for another attempt.
I would recommend Hotel Erasmus highly and certaanly would stay there when I get a chance to return to Brugge.
My husband and I stayed mid-week in February 2005. Not a flash hotel, but very welcoming, clean and comfortable. Room 29 very good, lovely wooden flooring, with great bathroom and own balcony. Good sound-proofing.
Best of all is the location, just a few yards away from the market square. We found that if you had a lot of shopping to carry, you could easily take it back to the hotel and then just carry on shopping. So convenient.
Very close to underground parking which was easy to find.
Dining room very nice, food good, with a glimpse of canal from a few tables.
Will definitely stay here again.
Loved it !
My husband and I stayed in this hotel in September 2004 and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a friendly atmosphere, incredible food and a nice drink to go with it. The room itself was average (although I understand that it may have been renovated since) but that didn't matter because it was clean and comfortable. But the food ! Incredible. And the owners and staff could not have been any more helpful or friendly. And the bar - tiny but with an incredible range of beers. Even a non beer drinker would be impressed (and in Belgium theres no reason for being a non beer drinker anyway, because there truly is a beer for all tastes). I would recommend this place to anyone, I can not praise it highly enough.
Charming hotel in a charming town!
My family and I stayed at Hotel Erasmus for two nights in early November 2004. Our room was spectacular and had a great view of Brugge and its medieval spires. For such an old town, we were surprised at how modern the facilities were in this hotel. The staff were extremely friendly & helpful and had set up a great cot in our room for the baby before we had arrived. The hotel is in a great location, is good value for money and the service is very good. I will definitely go back there again.
Terrific place for Belgian beer, cuisine and hospitality
Were fortunate enought to stay at Erasmus midweek in early June 2004. We had booked one of the air-conditioned rooms and were glad we did - quiet, dark and comfortable for a mid-day jet lag nap. Breakfast was superb - coffee was especially good, and try the Choco-meli on your bread - we went shopping to bring some home. For the beer lover, I can't imagine a more perfect place to stay. A broad variety of the best Belgium has to offer, stored and served by a true expert. Seasonal guest beers are on tap, and nothing I have had in the States could compare. Try the Westvleteran Trappist beers, as they nearly impossible to get outside of Belgium. I let Tom be our guide and we tried varieties we hadn't even heard of. Cuisine was excellent and our package included a dinner which was wonderful outside overlooking the canal. Terrific location-highly recommended!
Don't miss this tiny hotel for a delightful stay in Brugge
Tom, his wife and the other staff made my three days at the Hotel Erasmus a joyful conclusion to my Belgian visit. Sitting in the dormer window of my room overlooking the canal was a pleasant way to rest between walks in this medieval town. The food was so outstanding (and reasonablly priced) that I ate at the hotel every night--something I've done only once before at La Cisterna in San Gimignano. The hotel is right in the middle of the town with the Markt, museums, boat rides and chocolate shops close by.
Most people drop by the Erasmus to taste the 100+ beers that Tom offers. But don't miss the hotel as the place to stay.