We travelled to Bruges from Brussels and were relieved to find the Hotel Hans Memling to be conveniently located, however the down side of that was the inevitable noise from the late night venues which made sleep difficult and disturbances seemed to be spread throughout the whole night and noisy buses run right next to the hotel. Belgium winning a World Cup game didn't help!
The eccentric feel was evoked at first by the remote control being handed over with the room key (no electronic card here) as they said that many were stolen by visitors! The residents lounge has a reasonable selection of the usual very expensive drinks, but free Wi-Fi connection was available here. The lounge was very attractive with a selection of Europe travel guides and a pile of very useful tourist leaflets in the hall. We guess it was family run - too quirky for a chain or franchise.
The staff were pleasant and very helpful with getting train times, arranging trips over the phone, etc. The night staff were very keen to shut the place up at 11pm on the dot and were a bit inappropriate in conversation style and with all sorts of hints and reminders that the amenities were closing. You can get in after 11pm by using the electronically coded back door - but woe betide you if you use the old noisy lift after 11pm (no safety door and the outer doors are manual) . The stairs by the way are the steepest and oddest multi-directional assault course that I have ever encountered - take the lift.
Breakfast was a bit of a let down after our Brussels hotel, however enough was supplied and we got by. As usual no tea tray in the bedroom and we brought our own. The layout of the breakfast room reminded me of an exam hall, beware fellow guests with cups of coffee or plates of food.
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- Also Known As:
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