We did not expect the great room we had. In the official photo above, we were at the window at the extreme left (of the grey buildings) at canal level. If one sat in the window alcove reading, one received waves from the tour boats passing a few meters away. (We jokingly discussed - but did not execute - walking nude deeper in the room to give those who were looking in windows a story to take home. We're in our late 60s so this is not about exhibitionism; the point is that it is so close to the canal)
Negatives: (1) tiny bathroom, like many European hotels that have added en suite bathrooms to historic properties but if I were overweight I'd have been touching the shower curtain and walls simultaneously. (2) staff seldom at desk, though can be summoned by a bell. (3) extra one-time charge for wi-fi and/or computer access.
Positives: (1) location, a few blocks from downtown either by the high street or along the canal, (2) canal view!!! (3) price, (4) good and ample breakfast, including soft-boiled eggs I can never quite make that well at home, (5) helpful staff, when they're available (see previous para.) They're even a couple of doors away from a Michelin *** restaurant if you want to blow several times the money you've saved by staying here, and across the street from a simpler restaurant run by the same chef and his son.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Ter Reien is situated an arm's length from the Burg and the Main Market square. On top of its central location, the hotel has a quiet placement away from all commotion and charges a reasonable price. An ideal choice for those who prefer individual and friendly service. Enjoy your stay in a relaxed and casual ambiance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ter Reien Hotel
- Ter Reien Bruges