Stayed here for 3 nights in September 2013. Excellent location in the old town, down a side street so quiet. Room was spacious, comfortable beds, 2 easy chairs plus desk and chair. Tea and coffee making facilities in room. Toiletries provided and bathroom fine. All very clean.
Breakfast was good, though some of the fruit was of the tinned variety. Plenty of food available.
Bar was properly serviced (not like the Hilton 'we'll serve you when we get time' approach) with a proper barman. Not too expensive and plenty of space to sit down and enjoy a beer (careful with the beer, some of it is very strong). Bruges Zot is a nice beer but not for a session (6.2%)
All the staff are very pleasant and speak good English. There is also an endless supply of sweets on the counter at Reception (small things can make a difference!).
As for Bruges, superb place, lots of history and plenty to see. Cathedral is excellent, trip round local brewery is recommended, and a boat trip on canal / river was very good. Historium Museum is a bit offbeat and not for the claustrophobic.
Plenty of eateries in Bruges. Those round Markt area overpriced (5 Euros for a bottle of water particularly hacks me off) but those off the beaten track more reasonable. Restaurants seem to close fairly early so don't leave it too late to dine. There are a couple of very reasonable baguette shops for a leisurely lunch.
Overall an excellent few days. Pity about the rain but plenty of indoor attractions.
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