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“Exactly what you want for a short city break”
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Academie Hotel
Ranked #21 of 97 Hotels in Bruges
Certificate of Excellence
Amersham, United Kingdom
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“Exactly what you want for a short city break”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2013

Stayed here weekend of 13-15th December 2013 for the Christmas markets and it didn't disappoint. Hotel staff very friendly upon arrival and rooms were very warm, clean and comfortable. Didn't eat at all at the hotel so can't comment on food but the bar is small but otherwise ok. Go to the Carpe Diem opposite for breakfast-very good! Hotel is in a good location, about a 10 minute walk from main square but still plenty of shops around it to look at while wandering along. Hotel is on a small side cobbled street which is very charming. Definitely recommend and happily stay again.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2013

As other people have said, rooms are small in this hotel. The bathroom is reasonably sized. The basin area is quite large. Shampoo, wash gel and a shower cap are provided. There is also a hairdryer.

In the room there is a kettle and two each of coffee, creamer and tea. If you want any more than this there is a €2 charge. Thus if you only drink coffee (like me) you can only have one drink per day if sharing a room with someone.

We requested a twin room. The beds were pushed together so we had a bit of room reorganisation when we arrived. With the room being so small we had to move the bedside tables as if you just pulled the beds apart you'd have a foot maximum between them.

The towels are not big and fluffy, but rather small and hard, like no fabric conditioner was used. The beds were, however, comfortable, as were the pillows. We had a good sleep (in room 270) until the people in room 269 used their hairdryer or shower (we couldn't work out which) and this made a dreadful noise through the wall that you simply could not sleep through.

Breakfast was alright. The hot buffet was a bit disappointing. Scrambled eggs with lardons, scrambled eggs without, small hotdog sausages, baked beans, Dutch pancakes (tiny super-sweet things) and boiled eggs. The cold buffet was the usual meat and cheese but not a particularly large selection of either (one type of sliced cheese, two hams and a salami) some fruit etc. There were croissants, choc au pain and various spreads and bread rolls. In all, I'd describe it as adequate.

One thing that was a bit annoying was the lack of replacement cutlery. If you had some scrambled eggs and beans, you wouldn't want to use that knife to butter your bread, but when they took your dirty plate away they did not bring replacement cutlery and there were no baskets with any so you had to take it from other tables!

The bar area was comfortable. The drinks were quite cheap and the evening bar staff were friendly. Wifi signal in the bar is strong but most of the time we couldn't pick it up in our room. The reception staff varied - some were friendly but a lot of the time they were indifferent. If you asked them something they were helpful but if you walked past on your way in or out they usually blanked you - not even a smile let alone a greeting which we found that a bit strange.

Would I stay there again? Probably yes - just pack ear plugs in case your neighbours decide to use their hairdryer early in the morning!

As there's no restaurant at the hotel I'd recommend De Wijngaert down the road - turn left out of the hotel and it's a short walk away. We had our best meal in Bruges there and it's inexpensive compared to a lot of other places.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Havant, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2013

The hotel is beautifully located in the old part of Bruges, a short walk from the centre. the staff at the hotel couldn't do enough to help. The room was a good size and very clean and tidy. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Bruges.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2013

Stayed for 3 nights over a weekend. Hotel position was good just a short walk to the Christmas markets. Very good restaurants nearby. The staff were very helpful. The hotel was clean, the rooms comfortable and light.
The continental breakfast was plentiful with a great deal of choice. We didn't sample the cooked breakfast so unable to comment. We will return.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2013

Romantic trip in Bruges, eagerly anticipated, excellent flight from East Mids, great train journey, short walk to the hotel, found the hotel we booked after hours of research incl this site And .......de der der. I'm sorry there has been a problem with your room last night; you can no longer stay here, it's ok we've found another 4 star hotel with a superior room.

It came as no surprise that the other hotel wasn't superior and unsurprisingly largely vacant - all the decent ones have long been booked up. It later transpired they had overbooked, don't mind being told the truth as we wouldn't have kicked off - we didn't anyway. But the staff lied to us twice - not a quality that would draw anyone to staying here. Oh and as for the free taxi to the next hotel........guess what. My grievances aside it looked a nice place and in a good area of Bruges.

Stayed December 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2013

On the internet we came across this hotel by chance, read a few reviews, so decided to go for it. The Academie Hotel is in a great location in a small street off the romantic quarter, lake of love and a few minutes walk from the main squares and Christmas markets. Very easy to find from the train station so long as you go out the front and not the back end of the station like we did and ended up wandering around the streets in the wrong direction. It was evening and dark when we arrived which didn't help, but the hotel was very easy to get to once we were heading in the right direction! The hotel is much bigger on the inside than it looks from the road with a lovely open square gardened area to sit in, smoke if you want etc. The rooms are modern and a good size compared to other hotel rooms in Europe in general. We were on the first floor over looking the internal garden and had a small Juliet balcony. The bathroom was also large, modern and clean, lots of hot water for showers or a bath. There was also a small fridge, safe, TV and a kettle for making tea/coffee.The large breakfast room in a beautifully vaulted semi-basement area was clean and modern and the choice of food hot and cold selection was very good. I would definitely go back and have recommended to family and friends. Hotel staff were all friendly and helpful. Brugge was lovely and the Belgian people were very kind.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2013

I and my wife were pleased with this hotel and intend to book in here on our next visit in 2014. Costs were kept down by a good extensive breakfast being supplied and a decent bar. All other food requirements can be met by the huge variety of shops and restaurants in the local vicinity (within 100 yards).
By booking this hotel as part of a package (via Eurostar etc.) you can obtain a far keener price than accessing their website. Enjoy.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Academie Hotel
Address: Wijngaardstraat 7-9, Bruges 8000, Belgium
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Region: Belgium > Flanders > West Flanders Province > Bruges
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Bruges
#13 Luxury Hotel in Bruges
#24 Romantic Hotel in Bruges
#27 Family Hotel in Bruges
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Academie Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 90
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