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“Good value though rather warm!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Ter Brughe

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Hotel Ter Brughe
Ranked #36 of 97 Hotels in Bruges
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Good value though rather warm!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2012

If you want all the mod cons and amenities, don't stay in a hotel that's a listed building with a history going back several hundred years. There is no lift. The wooden-beamed rooms creak. The whole place is noisy as only really old buildings can be. Don't complain. Instead, bask in its history, charm and quaintness. Good old-fashioned baths are favoured over showers (thank goodness), although there is a hand-shower for those who think a bathtub is nothing more than a glorified shower basin.

I've read other reviews by others who say that the hotel smells. Actually, it's not the hotel. It's the city, but not all of the time. It's the same in every ancient town and city that's built with a network of canals with slow-moving or still waters. Venice and Amsterdam have the same problem. Get over it - thousands of other tourists do so without a fuss.

I have to admit to being slightly unsure about this hotel precisely because of the many negative comments made on this site, but the charm of the place won me over. However, one complaint is that it was just too warm for us. Don't go for a budget room. Instead, pay a little more and have one of the lovelier canal-facing rooms. Unlike other reviewers, we found the staff to be helpful and courteous at all times. A little courtesy from guests can go a long way.

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2012

We had a lovely stay in Bruges & this hotel was as we had hoped for. Set away from the central area but close enough to easily walk to all the sights & attractions. Our room was a good size, situated in the basement of the building & our window overlooked the canal. There is only a handheld shower head above the bath, but this is as described on hotels website & for a 3 night stay we did not find this a problem. The breakfast selection was great & the waitresses were very friendly. The staff at reception didn't have much to say & the bar area could have been a little more inticing to stay for an evening drink. However we were here to see the city, not stay in the hotel all night, so this didn't really bother us. Bruges is wonderful place to see a city full of history and charm and it's like stepping back in time, but with lots of beer and chocolate available.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2012

My husband and I stayed here for part of our anniversary weekend and on our 1st visit to Bruges. The hotel is located by the side of a canal and within easy walking distance to the main squares and attractions of Bruges. It is full of character and has been thoughtfully furnished to go with the period of the property throughout. The staff were helpful and friendly. There is a small bar for drinks at night or teas/coffees during the day and a lovely breakfast room located down in what must have been the cellar. Breakfast was included and was good with the usual variety of food available, although no hot food, and unfortunately for me, no fruit. Our room was furnished in the style of the property but the bathroom had been refitted and was modern. Unfortunately, and I`d already read this from other reviews, although the bathroom is extremely modern, it only has a bath with a shower attachment, no shower, a little surprising since most travellers want showers in the morning and/or evening but we had to have baths instead. We were on the top floor so had terrific views over the rooftops and across Bruges.
The other downside to this hotel is that it doesnt have a lift and is on several different levels even on the ground floor so it would be no good for anyone with mobility issues, even the front entrance is up some steep stone steps. I couldnt see where there could be a room for anyone with a disability as there appeared to be no access into the hotel or any of the rooms other than by steps or stairs. However, despite this, we would stop here again and really enjoyed our stay.

Room Tip: Dont choose this hotel if you have any disability or mobility issues as there is no lift and the hot...
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Rochester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2012

We spent a very comfortable night here, so much so that if my brother-in-law hadn't knocked on the door, we would probably have slept until noon. The room wasn't huge, but was ample for us even though we are not, by any stretch of the imagination, small. The gentleman on the reception desk was very helpful, as was the night porter, and all the staff that we came into contact with, were very friendly - in three languages!
Breakfast in the lovely converted cellar was on the snug side, but filling enough for us not to bother with lunch.
I would recommend the Hotel Ter Brughe as a well priced, well situated, clean, friendly hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2012

The Hotel Ter Brughe is a lovely little hotel overlooking a beautiful canal. The rooms were of an excellent standard, with good comfortable beds and had a nice view of the water below. The breakfast was served in a lovely old room with views onto the canal and was of an excellent standard, with a choice of many cold meats, cheeses, croissants, cereals and patisseries. We arrived late on a Friday night (just before midnight) and the staff were welcoming and even in spite of the time, were only too happy to take out a map for us and show us the hotel's location and places of interest. None of the major sites, such as the central square and breweries are ever more than a ten minute walk away. We had a lovely stay and would have no hesitation in recommending the hotel to others..

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Chepstow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2012

We stayed in this hotel because it was old, near the canals and we could park the car in secure parking. It was a lovely setting, the car was locked away in a garage around the corner and it was only a few minutes walk to the Market Square. Very good breakfast setting and modern bathroom facilities. I would have preferred a shower curtain to have a "stand up" shower and the only thing I really missed was tea/coffee making facilities although there was a mini bar in the room offering alcoholic and soft drinks. Having a large case to lug up two flights of stairs was a bit of a hassle but if we stayed again, we'd take two cases!

Room Tip: No lift, so think what you have to carry up stairs! And if you want a hot drink you have to go downs...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2012

Fantastic old fashioned Bruges hotel situated right on the canal side.
Lovely staff who really give the impression that they want you to have a fantastic stay in this beautiful city.
Well appointed rooms with wonderful modern bathrooms, only downside was the very subdued lighting in the room and the creaking floorboards of the room above!

Room Tip: Ask for a canal view
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Ter Brughe
Address: Oost-Gistelhof 2, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Region: Belgium > Flanders > West Flanders Province > Bruges
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#13 Business Hotel in Bruges
#20 Luxury Hotel in Bruges
#31 Romantic Hotel in Bruges
#38 Family Hotel in Bruges
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Ter Brughe 4*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Ter Brughe is situated in the centre of Bruges. The Markt, the shopping streets, all main attractions, nice restaurants and cozy bars are within walking distance. Along one of the most picturesque canals in the peaceful old quarter of St.Gillis, between the Augustine Bridge and the Tower Bridge , you will find the hotel. The oldest reference to the building dates from 1470. Believed is that the beautiful vaulted cellar is older. Built originally as a warehouse for goods which were brought here along the canals, it serves today as a magnificent setting for your buffet breakfast. The hotel is non-smoking and has 46 comfortable rooms. Since 1985 hotel Ter Brughe is a listed building. Therefore there is no elevator in the hotel. ... more   less 
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