The great thing about the Ridderspoor is its location right in the center of Bruges. It is *literally* only a five minute walk from the market square and hence just about as close as you can get.
My wife and I had booked the apartment "Cadzand", which is located on the top floor, via booking.com. Pre-stay contact with the proprietor, Mr. Zenasni, was very pleasant and we were given a lot of advance information and tips. As the Ridderspoor is all about self-catering, we were happy to know beforehand that the apartment would be furnished with all necessary amenities. Be advised that there is no elevator in the house so plan for a longish trek up some relatively narrow stairs if you have one of the top apartments.
The biggest shock came when we opened the door to our apartment and found that it had hardly been cleaned before our stay. Massive stains on some of the blankets, sofa cushions and upholstery in general. Dust - not only in the corners but all around the bed etc. Since we had a vacuum cleaner, the dust was not much of a problem. However, we were grossed out by the rest of the problems so I called the proprietor. To his credit, Mr. Zenasni reacted immediately and sent over some staff who replaced all the dirty linen. He apologized by saying that the regular cleaning lady was on vacation and somebody else (he had rarely worked with) had done the cleaning. Since cleanliness has not been named as one of the issues at the Ridderspoor I tend to give Mr. Z the benefit of the doubt and accept the explanation.
Anyway ... we were happy that we now had a reasonably clean room. Other than that, there's not much to be said against the apartment as such. Mr Zenasni also works as an interior decorator/designer/carpenter/upholsterer and one can admire some of his amazing works in the rooms. In summary, I would call the furnishing/design of the apartment(s) - at least the one we stayed in - inconsistent. On the one hand, you have some beautifully handmade tables and chairs. On the other hand, there's some relatively worn and tatty stuff like an elderly sleeper, some IKEA armchairs (I think they might have been POÄNGs or somesuch), a miniature TV and so on. Coffee machine and water kettle have also seen better days. It is understandable that an apartment which is located directly under the roof may not boast a fully fledged shower stall (for lack of standing space) - but the bathtub/shower hose combination is soooo 1950s ... and quite inconvenient, really.
Summing up and weighing all the pros and cons, I cannot bring myself to overenthuse about the Ridderspoor as some of my fellow reviewers have but I do take into account the possibility that I might just have chosen the wrong apartment or gotten a wrong first impression. To me, it's an okay location but not one I would necessarily choose again (but would not mind doing so if it was particularly convenient or came at a good price).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The house is divided into four spacious holiday flats (ground floor apartment with 2 bedrooms, 1st and 2nd floor studio/apartments with 1 bedroom each and with comfortable sleeping facilities in the living rooms, spacious loft on the third floor). The interior of this neo-classical mansion from 1856 has been renovated recently and adapted with up to date comforts and conveniences. ... more less
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