Just returned from a week-long trip to Belgium and the Netherlands (March 16-23). Stayed four nights at A Room With A View in Bruges and loved it.
1) Location away from the main hustle and bustle of the tourist areas...sounds were of doves cooing and mellow church bells; one morning a group of school children walked by and that was as noisy as it got. Neighbors were Bruges' regular residents and not tourists or shopkeepers. Two beautiful parks within eyesight of the inn, and the canal with windmills just 2 minutes away by bike. The location is also convenient to the Markt and main tourist areas...an easy 10 minute walk (other folks are saying it takes longer, but we must walk fast!), or 5 minute bike ride (bikes come free!). Upon arrival at the train station, we took an hour to walk through town and then to Room With A View, with our backpacks on the whole time. Had we not been detouring for the sights the whole way in, it would have taken less time. We walked to the train station on our last morning...that took 35 minutes and we stopped in the Markt to see the morning market (flowers, cheese, meat, veggies).
2) Bikes that come for free with the rooms (6 bikes for 3 rooms, all with keyed locks). The bikes made it super easy to see many of the nooks and crannies of Bruges that we might have missed otherwise. We biked around the whole area...along the canal to Damme, around the outside of Bruges (windmills and canal), and through the sleepy-winding streets and tourist-filled areas closer to the center. Biking was easy and no-stress except in the super-touristy areas with more automobile traffic. The bikes were fabulous to have and it was lovely to have them on a whim. It is easy to rent bikes in Bruges...but not easy to rent them for 5 minutes here, 30 minutes there, and 3 hours later on. Having them whenever we wanted them was a huge perk.
3). Housekeeping. Room With a View is maybe more like a rental than a bed & breakfast. There is not a breakfast prepared for you each morning that you eat with your host. Instead, the rooms are set up with their own kitchenettes and supplies. Santal room is set up with its own kitchenette and Vanille and Orchide share a similar kitchenette (with a delightful deck that overlooks the backyard and is currently srrounded with blooming jasmine). We had Santal. Corinne, the owner, supplied us with what I will call free starter food...coffee, tea, creamers, milk, orange juice, oranges, a loaf of bread, museli (with Belgian choclate chips in it!), cereal, pastries, butter, cheese, spices (salt, pepper, garlic), chocolates, and more. Non-free food/drink provided included a couple of bottles of local beer and a bottle of wine, and a jar of Belgian beef stew; all came at a very minimal price. This "starter food" covered the "breakfast" portion of the B&B, and some of the "lunch" and "dinner" portions as well! We were able to eat whenever we wanted and we were also able to go to the market and buy pasta, pesto, lunch meats, and a little more. Pots and pans, plates, bowls, silverware, cups, glasses, etc. were provided. Alternating cheap at-home meals allowed us to splurge a little at some of the local restaurants, which we really appreciated.
4). Host. Corinne was always available in case we had questions or needed things we had forgotten at home (like an alarm clock!). Our room had a phone that we could use to call her (she lives next door) and that we could use to make free local calls for things like restaurant reservations and tour reservations (our cell phones are ancient and don't work in Europe and we didn't care to upgrade them before we came). Corinne was also a good source of local information and she had a wealth of flyers from local attractions ready at hand so we didn't need to go to the local tourist information center for those types of things (also she had a Bruges map for our room and parking permit, which we didn't need to use since we came via train from Brussels).
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