We love to travel and explore new city gems like Bruges; however, we always find that staying at a B&B boosts the whole travelling experience, by taking advantage of what no normal hotel could ever provide: the warm feeling of staying at home and the invaluable conversations and insights given by the family who is hosting you in their home. Though we have other quite memorable B&B’s we stayed in, our heart stays with Speelmansrei B&B in Bruges. The whole experience was truly outstanding, they offer high quality services very hard to be exceeded and they put real passion in this warm affair. What is most remarkable is that they all this effortless, like hospitality, daily conversations with strangers and giving travelling advice is their second nature; you won’t feel anything artificial in Kees’s and Kathleen’s behavior; they act like know you forever and embrace your stories and questions, being avid both to help and as well to enrich their knowledge with others tales and passions. This is what they do different, this is what we appreciate most in the local people we always chose to stay with when travelling abroad.
The location of their B&B is very romantically situated near a canal, in a very green area, in a quiet street, steps away from the Grote Markt and all the other attractions. It is easily reachable from the Train Station, you will take about 15 minutes by foot (carrying your luggage). If however you get lost, you will meet the absolute friendliness of the Bruges people: since we probably looked a bit lost, a person riding a bike stopped and asked us where we needed to go, giving us precious directions. From the B&B you won’t need any means of public transportation to explore the beauty all around; it is al within walking distance.
When arriving, we were greeted by Kathleen, who led us to our room – extremely big, perfectly clean, cosy and warm, with a wonderful view over their garden and the canal, with all modern appliances inside. You couldn’t ask for more. The house has also an elevator so you don’t need to carry your luggage on the stairs. The bed is extremely comfortable; we remember sleeping like babies here.
The couple actually owns this gorgeous house and they live here, the floor space is their living room and their kitchen space, and in the morning, at breakfast, you will be able to explore this beautiful area too. You can see good taste, exquisite decorations and qualitative materials everywhere. The place breathes their knowledgeable background, appetite for the best and high quality.
Kathleen was most helpful since she greeted us like we were family, showed us around and spent a fair amount of time explaining what to visit in the city (and what not to) and proving very useful restaurants recommendations. Even if we studied thoroughly before arriving in Bruges about the city’s best, we guided our explorations after Kees and Kathleen’s suggestions, and we couldn’t do better. We went in cozy beer bars with lots of local flavour (even if we also checked more touristy places we also read about) and we had a memorable lunch at a place recommended for eating mussels – just wonderful !
Kees also designed a special walk itinerary for their guests; do not miss that since it will lead you to some more remote and charming places, off the beaten track.
If you like a personal touch to your travelling habits, if you enjoy knowledgeable conversations around the breakfast table (listening to beautiful classical music), well-informed advice, very agreeable hosts (I believe with a life full of travels and stories to tell) you should look no further. Kees’s passion and friendliness and natural easiness are just contagious and unforgettable. Moreover, he speaks absolutely perfect English.
Unmistakably, Bruges was exquisite and charming, but Speelmansrei B&B definitely added to its flavour and defined our three days spend here. The warm personality of the hosts and their house with a very well defined personality will remain a landmark for us and we truly miss how we felt staying in their home. Experience all this for yourself!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- B & B GUESTROOMS - SPEELMANSREIGENERAL INFORMATION In the course of 2005 and 2006 we rebuilt two historical houses in the heart of the ancient center of Bruges.With modern comfort ad a surplus they were transformed into a single residence with B & B guestrooms.( An elevator is available).During the rebuilding we carefully respected the unique character of the houses and the centuries old rafters were integrated with the architectural concept.You will enjoy the new comfortable bathrooms made of natural raw materials, the marble floors, the basalt washing stands.A separate breakfast room is at the guests' disposal. ROOMS:We have two rooms on the first floor with view on a park.They are both provided with shower and/ or bath, a lavatory, a washing stand with two wash-basins, colour-tv,fridge,wifi internet, a safe and spacious double beds of top quality.Also access to the rooms by elevator. BREAKFAST:In the separate breakfast room an extensive breakfast buffet is served. Every day you can get newly baked French rolls, croissants, different kinds of cheese and sliced meats, fruit juice, yoghurt, cereals etc. LANGUAGES We make ourselves hard in Dutch, French, Italian, German, English, Spanish and Danish. ... more less