We travelled to Bruges for our honeymoon on May 13th 2013, staying at the Montanus for 10 nights in one of the garden rooms.
It was the gardens rooms which attracted us to this hotel, presented in a modern, clean fashion and within nice walking distance of the market square and restaurants but still in a generally nice quiet area - not too close to all the tourist traps.
Our stay was somewhat tainted from the start due to us not being aware of any industrial action taking place concerning the airport baggage handling staff. We were therefore without our bags for the entire trip - having to shop for clothes to wear throughout our stay. However, the hotel staff could not have been more helpful and understanding about this, we were offered a free laundry service throughout our stay, complimentary tickets to a nearby chocolate tasting and constant use of the phones to enquire as to updates regarding our missing/delayed bags.
The room itself was lovely, with chairs set just outside the door and looking down onto the gardens and sculptures. As others have noted there was no tea or coffee making facilities in the room, or any complimentary bottled water - there were refreshments but these were in the mini bar and came with the standard extortionate price tag that all hotels seem to go in for. The bathroom hosted a lovely big bath with plenty of hot water, we also noticed that the hotel seemed to be undergoing some renovations though, the bathroom on first glance appeared to have an interesting marblised effect to the walls but this was actually the result of new plastering in the process of 'drying out'. There was also slight peeling around the door frame on the outside of the room - presumably weather damage. None of this bothered us but I imagine some people would find issue with this.
We didn't have an evening meal in the hotel's Den Heerd restaurant (be sure to check out the local restaurant Mojo - fantastic) but we did enjoy breakfast there - an option of cold meats and cheeses, olives, various breads, omelettes and pancakes in addition to a full English cooked option or cereal and unlimited tea and coffee.
The bar area was also nice to sit in during the evening - alcohol slightly expensive but perhaps on a par with most hotels and absolutely delicious hot chocolate and pralines were also available daily to enjoy in the bar or outside in the gardens. Sitting in the bar or gardens is necessary if you want to take advantage of the free wifi - it doesn't work too great in the garden rooms.
All in all, a great hotel made all the more enjoyable by the charming staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This historic, romantic hotel is located in the heart of Bruges. Both the cottage-style garden pavilion and the grand mansion provide romantic guest rooms. Relax in the lovely garden and wake up pleasantly in our breakfast room with lots of natural daylight, where you can enjoy fresh local products and a real chocolate fountain ! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Montanus Hotel Bruges