We stayed here for four nights with another couple who'd stayed here previously, so it was recommended by them. The choice was a good one. The hotel is located on a narrow cobbled street about a 10 minute walk from the railway station, and only 5-7 minutes to the main squares in Bruges centre. Our room on the 2nd floor was at the front of the hotel with two windows overlooking the cobbled street. It was large and well appointed and spotlessly clean with large twin beds (and a 3rd optional wall mounted bed), a newly refurbished bathroom, 2 armchairs and a small table and wall mounted t v. and air con. Breakfast is buffet style and has reasonable selection of cold and hot foods, beverages and juices. We tended to come down to breakfast at 9.30am so the hot dishes on offer did not look very appetising, but with cheeses, boiled eggs, cold meats and lovely fresh bread and many other items to include chocolates, cakes and croissants, we started the day fully charged !
The Reception staff were superb - both friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and also managed the small bar area. A great city map is provided at check-in. Prices for drinks were reasonable - large rose wine 3.6 euros, g & t 6 euros, and good selection of bottled beers 3.5 - 4.5 euros.
A previous reviewer mentioned a 'general stench of sewage' in the reception and bar areas. We certainly weren't aware of any foul smells whatsoever and thought the whole hotel was in tip top condition. Wi-Fi was a bonus.
The hotel does not serve evening dinner but there are over 500 restaurants in Bruges, and probably more than 20 within 200 metres. Prices for dinner vary, fixed price 3 basic course options from about 20-25 euros were on offer, but some of the swankier places had menus from 40+ euros.Horse drawn carriages stop for a 5 minute rest period about 120 metres from the hotel adjacent to one of the canals. Tea and coffee/cake and chocolate shops abound.
If we venture to Bruges again we'd stay at the Hotel Academie for its great location and excellent standards and staff.
(We asked a staff member the best way to visit Ypres under our own steam. Within a couple of minutes of using a computer he produced a print of the route with details of train times and platforms, bus numbers and routes - everything was spot on and the journey hassle free - just brilliant)
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