We booked some time before our arrival and were confirmed as being in the Porthos. From other reviews I know that the ground floor setting we found ourselves in was not what had been promised. Notwithstanding this small deception, the apartment provided was very spacious with a separate kitchen and dining space, a courtyard and spacious bathroom. The apartment is very private.
We were greeted by Simon who is a good ambassador for his parents, made us feel very welcome and explained everything to us. He is a very polite young man. He provided us with a guide and access to maps etc. Regrettably the guide was out of date resulting in wasted time looking for a couple of attractions that no longer exist. We updated the guide!
The apartment is in a great and very central location (around 1 km from the station) which can be reached by taxi or a pleasant walk through the Minnewater Park area. There is a supermarket less than 100 m away and a laundromat about the same distance in the other direction. The Italian restaurant nearby is also very good value with authentic food.
The kitchen was fully equipped but there was no oven. If you want to prepare your own meals there is plenty of opportunity but no roast!
There were a couple of other issues that let the place down - the garbage is stored in a room near the front door. During our stay there was a putrid smell emanating from this room. The offending garbage was removed but the smell remained although not as strong. Not good! The hot water was very slow to reach temperature and the king bed was two joined together. It did not remain together.
Despite the whinges above we had a great stay but it could have been so much better. I still recommend you consider Aramis apartments as the problems will not damage your comfort too much.
The lower score allotted is a reflection of the minor disappointments not the quality of the place overall. It was nonetheless good value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Aramis property is an 18th-century stylish house entirely renovated into 6 elegant and inviting apartments, located a few minutes from all of Bruges' best attractions. The famous Museums, the romantic canals and beautiful churches are just a short stroll away. Around the corner you'll find the open space of the Minnewaterpark, the enchanting Lake of Love, and the 'world-Heritage Beguinage'. The Aramis apartment has a pleasant living room with a sitting and dining area, a fully equipped kitchenette, one generous bedroom with fitted wardrobes. The bathroom with white and blue tiles has a trendy shower, heated towel rails, hairdryer and large mirrors. There are also very comfortable sleeping facilities in the sitting area of the living room in each flat. Amenities include cable-TV, CD-DVD player, bed and bath and kitchen linen. Free Wi-Fi. The non-smoking holiday apartments can be rented by the week, midweek or weekend, min stay 3 nights. Special rates/longer stays. Railway station = 10min walk. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Aramis Holiday Flats Hotel Bruges