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Belgium is a favourite so far! The town is beautiful - feels like we're in a storybook. Poppies are everywhere. There is evidence all over town of John McCrae's poem. Today we had a few hours of free time so Josh and I took in the Flander's Field Museum and sought out some Belgian chocolate - so good! The museum was fantastic - provided the stories of many nations and individuals involved in the war effort. ...
... here!), past windmills, farmland, cows, geese, horses, fields of corn, through quaint little towns, joggers, other cyclists, and even people swimming laps of the canals (in their wetsuits!). We stopped here and there for a drink (and to rest our butts), and had our pre-prepared picnic (leftover breakfast) sitting beside the canal. We bought foie gras with truffles at the tiny town square in Damme, and continued into the pretty border town of Sluis in the Netherlands, where ...
... which made taking photos very difficult.
On returning to the hostel we found the manager, who had checked us in, hanging out with an American/Israely girl. We joined them and he cracked open some famous Belgian beers for Joanna to try (2 euros!).
I ran upstairs to grab something from our room and met three of our roomies setting up their beds – Luke travelling from Canada, Gloria from South Africa (studying in Korea, exchanging ...
... lives there? A kangaroo? In Belgium? No way! Yes way. Well, it was a wallaby, kept in someones yard on private property with a couple sheep and llamas for company. Not just that, but a trio of weird white albino mutant wallabies. Thats it. No idea how to explain it. Where they came from or how someone in Belgium can have them as pets I'm not sure.
Dinner was a fairly delicious affair, which is saying something for me, as I'm ...
... Bruges. In Burg Square we saw ruins that are still located below ground, but can be accessed by a staircase in the Crowne Plaza Hotel. From there we headed for the first store that sold waffles. Waffles, chocolate, and whipped cream. Um! Um! Um! We next stopped at a cafe for additional refreshments. For sure lots of gym time will be needed after we return home. The rain was coming down even harder at this ...
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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.