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Hotel Jan Brito
Ranked #25 of 97 Hotels in Bruges
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 December 2008

We drove to Brugge hoping to stay at the Hermitage, they were full and recommended Jan Brito who had one suite left. The suite was in the old stable block and was very tastefully decorated, painted in Farrow and Ball muted paints with a large whirlpool bath (big enough for 2). There was bbc television, a well stocked mini bar and all the refinements you would expect. Only criticism is that there was noise from the adjoining suites because the bathrooms were upstairs and the open plan wooden staircases and wooden floor boards carried the noise. The suite was cosy - in that it was small but was very tastefully decorated as said before. The breakfast choice was vast and the dinning room a delight. The location of the hotel was really good being very central and the receptionist recommended us some restaurants for our evening meal - the hotel does not have a restaurant. The hotel was very clean - I very seldom want to get into a bath in a hotel - but this one I had no qualms it was spotless.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 December 2008

Very highly recommended for location, hotel architecture and design, and service.

I stayed in a "Knight Room," accessed via the courtyard. The room was larger and much nicer than the rooms in that category illustrated on the hotel's website, with large French windows opening onto a pleasant (and quiet) street view. The room was quite large and well appointed and maintained; likewise the generous bathroom tiled and fitted in stone and with new fixtures.

There was a new plasma TV with a good selection of perhaps 25 channels. The desk had stationary, notepads, pens, postcards, and a detailed description of hotel services. A large wardrobe contained a safe large enough for a laptop. There was a minibar with a reasonably priced selection. The bathroom had stacks of crisp, thick, white towels, and a good selection of amenities/toiletries. Bedding was all cotton, all immaculately starched and pressed. Newspapers are available daily for delivery to guest rooms.

Reservations, front desk, housekeeping, and breakfast room staff were all very pleasant, attentive, and professional. Guest rooms and public areas were all very well looked after, spotless, and with nothing out of place or in need of attention. As wth all of the public rooms and corridors, the breakfast room is a handsome space, with a very generous choice of foods, all fresh and well tended. Staff responded to requests without hesitation and were the right combination of helpful without being intrusive.

Though a large facility combining several adjacent historic buildings arranged around a beautiful courtyard, there are only 18 or 20 guest rooms, giving the hotel a mood of calm and quiet and privacy. Period architectural features have been maintained throughout and represent a a range of time periods in abuilding that dates in part to the 14thC. The main core dates or was redesigned in the 17thC and 18thC, with rich details. (There are a couple of small displays of historic photos of the hotel in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, showing its transformation from a grand private house while retaining its historic features.)

In the reception lounge is a laptop available for guests to check e-mail, etc. So far as I know, wifi is not available in guest rooms, or at least not all. Luggage storage is available on the ground floor.

The location is more than convenient and central, at most a five or ten minute walk from anything in the historic city, and easily accessible from the train station by taxi. As with nearly any street in the historic core, the setting is lovely, in all directions.

In future, I would try for one of the same larger Knight Rooms, or for one of the Marquis or Dutchess rooms -- the former the larger rooms in the main/front of the hotel, the latter duplex suites with very high ceilings off the courtyard.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 December 2008

Second stay at the Brito and if possible this surpassed the first stay back in February of last year. Different room this time (one of the standard rooms) but this helped as it gave us a cracking view of the Belfort. Breakfasts are more or less the same, but the bones in the bacon have been removed which made all the difference in the world to me.

There was also a cat in the opposite window who looked very cute.

Fantastic hotel in every way - location is excellent, rooms are spotless, bathrooms are spacious and clean, beds are extremely comfortable.

Staff were all friendly and polite, from front of house to breakfast room (as they were before).

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 December 2008

We checked in on Friday evening and had a wonderful two night stay. The room (a Knights Room) was really great. Walking upstairs, we found a really large double bed, and nice sitting area. The real feature are the wooden beams.

Breakfast in most hotels we've visited in Europe have been poor, but we were really impressed by the food here. Plentiful, and good quality.

The hotel is in a great location... very easy walk from train station, and close to main square.

The staff were very friendly too... making the whole stay very good. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 November 2008

Stayed for 4 nights and have to say that this is one of the friendliest hotels we have ever stayed in. The public spaces of the hotel were lovely and well maintained. We stayed in a "Knight's room" which was a little disappointing having very little natural light and being a touch on the small side. We also found it difficult to get the temperature bearable depite the large air conditioning unit and the weather not being warm. Despite this, our overall impression of the hotel was positive and the breakfasts were great. Overall I would recommend the hotel but would perhaps suggest paying a little extra for one of the more luxurious rooms.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank MrandMrsTWales
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Reviewed 25 October 2008

This is a lovely hotel and really rather different. I think it is a series of merchant houses that have be renovated and as such the layout is unusual and the rooms appear to come in all shapes and sizes. We had two rooms as I travelled with both my partner and took my parents on a well deserved break. Staff were were very polite. Not over the top friendly but decent and efficient which is all you really want them to be.

The rooms we had were unusual. Ours had a huge bathroom with a shower wet area, nice thick handmade tiles and good grohe fixtures. The fireplace and some cupboards was still in this hugh room which might sound odd but this used to be a kitchen and they make a real effort to preserve the rooms as much as possible. My parents bedroom was huge with an amazing original ceiling and chandalier. The doors to the rooms were enormous. Everywhere you look there are original bits that they have kept and lots of photos around so you could see what they have rescued.

The breakfast was pretty decent with a reasonable amount on offer and the bar/lounge at night was lovely. Both these rooms had tall ceilings and the decor overall is great.

Location wise this is in a great location and you only have to walk about 5-10 minutes to get to the main square.

All in all this is a lovely and unusual place to stay and I would well recomend it if you want to stay somewhere very unlike a Holiday Inn or Marriott.

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 October 2008

Jan Brito is situated in a convenient location around 50mtrs from the fishmarket, excellent for visiting all of the sights of the city.

The staff were very smart and friendly, it was possible to leave bagge prior to booking in and after booking out.

Our standard room was a good size, recently refurbished and very clean. It was very comfortable though maybe a little too warm.

Breakfast was superb and taken in a lovely dining room.


The cost of the stay was $130 per night, which was good value. I will stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Address: Freren Fonteinstraat 1, 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 Suites
Hotel Style:
#16 Luxury Hotel in Bruges
#23 Romantic Hotel in Bruges
Price Range: £78 - £190 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Jan Brito 4*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is located in the center of Bruges in a 16th-century listed building. Much more than the exterior has been preserved. This impressive mansion has been tastefully refurbished, conserving unique decorations from former centuries: marble mantelpieces, paintings, oak staircase, exposed oak beams. Quietly situated in the heart of Bruges : 20 mtrs from the most romantic and picturesque canals, 200 mtrs from the Burg square (City Hall) and Market square (Belfry). 37 Rooms fully en-suite, hairdryer, telephone, television with English language programs, minibar, free coffee and tea making facilities. Breakfast buffet, lift, bar, wifi, lounge, large renaissance garden with 100 year old beech tree. Public underground parking at only 200 meters (please make a reservation). Since October 2016 the hotel also has a fitness, sauna and hammam in the garden pavillion. ... more   less 
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