My companion and I enjoyed three nights here and could not fault the staff, the proprietors, the room, the hotel, the food or the lovely garden. This was our first trip to Bruges which we found to be a wonderful place, the old city being very compact and unspolit, and this hotel was ideally placed for easy access to possibly the most attractive part of the city. A one minute walk took us to a square where the swans swam on the canal, the Lake was on the other side of the lock, the horse-drawn carriages started their journeys and we were able to take our pick of half-a-dozen restaurants all on our doorstep. An added bonus was the accordian player and the occasional horse-drawn ice cream cart. The restaurants were perfectly placed for people and horse watching.
It was only a simple ten minute walk from the station, easily followed thanks to the photographic instructions on the hotel web site. The walk to the main square is about twenty minutes or thereabouts, with plenty to interest one on the way. (Too many chocolate shops, though, for this sinner.)
The brewery was a whole five minutes walk away, and the tour very interesting, especially the view from the roof.
The room (number three I think) was large and comfortable, with screens at the windows which enabled us to keep them open all day and night (the weather was hot) without fear of insects. The shower/washroom was a little small but exactly what one would expect in an old building adapted to provide en suite facilities. Towels were replenished each day.
Breakfasts were of the help-yourself variety and provided plenty of choice. A particular treat was being able to have a picnic lunch in the garden, with rolls and fillings saved from breakfast, with tea and coffee freely available all afternoon for us to help ourselves. There were plenty of chairs in the garden to relax in before the afternoon sortie.
The proprietors, father mother and son, were very pleasant and helpful, and we were made to feel at home. They were quite happy to look after our luggage and to allow us to sit in the garden on our last day sipping hot drinks until mid afternoon before we went to catch out train back to Brussels.
One suggestion to prospective visitors might be to take a little boiler to make cups of tea/coffee if you wish hot refreshment last thing at night, although there is a communal fridge with drinks in it upon payment at the desk. There is no residents' lounge, but our room had a table and comfortable chairs.
An added bonus annually on the first Sunday in July is the magnificent and huge brocante or flea market held in the market square next to the Concertebrau and all along the park area behind it: about three hours' worth of interesting browsing.
We would not hesitate to return. Excellent value.
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