My wife and travelled to Bruges as part of a Riviera Travel group( not something we had done before) - firstly let me say the review of the hotel is not a criticism of the tour as this was perfectly fine- don,t be put off. Also the hotel has positives - it is brilliantly located with 6 restaurants 50 yds from door ( turn left) all do set 3 couse dinners to suit a variety of tastes and pockets, we ate each of our 3 evenings in a different one for 60-80 euros including wine or beer, Maximillian von Oesterijk has best view but other than that we didn,t agree which was best. The hotel is also near a supermarket ( turn rt ) and room has a fridge ( and safe). It is also a pleasant 10 mins max stroll to the Markt and Burg squares ( and Zand ) so far so good.The bar is reasonably priced ( 3.50 for a wine or a Leffe Blond beer) even though it looks like a 70,s brothel ( so i,m told)
The hotel would not really be a problem if it did not descibe itself as 4 star and charge more than the 3 stars used by the company ( both ranked higher ) - but it does!
The room was poorly decorated with damp on curtains , we had a balcony over courtyard ( not all rooms do ) but it had a cup with prev occupants fag ends in it. The bed was very low and very soft, there was no tv channel guide ( BBC1 is 77 , BBC2 is 85), there were plastic cups for coffee ( only 1 per day pp) plastic glasses in bathroom. The bathroom had a huge cast iron door on it like one would imagine a walk in safe or panic room- it had a lock but no key, creaked everytime it was used and was certainly panic inducing!
The hairdryer was completely useless,there was no bin in room and the walls were so thin one could simultaneously hear conversations either side.The lighting system/switches are virtually incomprehensible,and we often ended up in darkness 10 secs after thinking we had switched main light off and lamps on.
The hot breakfast was disgusting- avoid at all costs, stick to cheese bread and pate which is adequate but not earth shattering. But if deal does not include breakfast (9 euros)-then there is cafe virtually next door that does toasties for 3.
Don,t be put off the tour, Bruges is great, and i don,t know whether the other 2 hotels are better , but i know they are cheaper and i also know they can,t be any worse!
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