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Hotel Patritius
Ranked #26 of 97 Hotels in Bruges
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 March 2010

Hotel Patritius is only a five minute stroll from the Markt, on the reasonably quiet Ridderstraat – it’s really well located to explore the centre of Bruges. The entrance is pretty spectacular, an old courtyard and garden with a large double-doored reception area off to the right. The family who run the hotel speak excellent English, and we were quickly checked in and put into a room which seemed to have just been decorated, judging by the smell of paint and varnish, and the different wallpaper to the photos we’d seen on the various travel websites. We were overlooking the garden, and had two large twins made up as a double bed, with a nice bathroom and bathtub/shower.

Breakfast was tremendous – a large continental spread of breads and pastries, cereals, meats and cheeses, with chopped fruit salad and fresh orange juice. Plus the option of boiled or scrambled eggs as well. The atmosphere was very serious though, with Mozart in the background and hushed self-conscious conversation between whispering couples. The food was excellent – they also do afternoon tea which is free between 3-4pm, but we were always out and missed this. The room was a bit cold, we couldn’t get the heating to work – but if it had really bothered us we’d have contacted the front desk, of course. The only minor annoyance was the drainage system for the upper floors seemed to run into and then out of our room (as we were on the end), so every time someone flushed a toilet there was a pretty loud gurgling whoosh in our bedroom!

There’s no cover for the desk at night, you are given a four-digit code for the large outer door and buzz yourself in, picking up the key from behind the empty reception. I guess some people might not like that (we could have picked up any key), but there’s a safe in the room if you have anything that’s really precious. The location is great, only a few minutes from everything. There’s a good-value modern Italian (Carlitos) around the corner on Hoogstraat, as restaurants can be very pricey in Bruges, particularly with the strong Euro. We decided to splash out one night and went to Bistro den Huzaar on Vlamingstraat – the food there was outstanding, highly recommended.

One last tip – if you want to buy some chocolates (probably near the top of gift shopping lists for most visitors to Bruges), then the chocolatiers in town are really expensive. If you continue away from the centre along Hoogstraat over the canal bridge into Langestraat, after a few minutes there’s a supermarket (Smatch) where we found exactly the same blocks of chocolate that were €5 in town, for only €1.99.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2010

Family of four stayed in the hotel one night. Check in was quick and easy and the staff was very helpful and accommodating. The room was great. One double bed and two single beds for the kids. The hotel was a five minute walk to the market square. The staff was very helpful giving us information about the local sights and good places to eat. The breakfast was a typical European breakfast with the addition of eggs made to order. Even though we had a short stay we enjoyed the hotel and the city very much and plan on staying here again.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 January 2010

My boyfriend and I visited Bruges and stayed at the Hotel Patritius for 1 night in Oct 2009. I wish we would have stayed longer! Bruges is such a cool town and the Hotel Patritius was very nice. We found the hotel in a Rick Steves 2009 Brussels, Amsterdam and Bruge Guidebook.
The hotel used to be a mansion. Each room is decorated very nice and has a very cozy feel. We had an en suite bathroom that was much larger than the traditional European bathrooms.
Great location for this hotel.
Breakfast was excellent. The owners put out the regular breakfast items but will also serve you hot eggs upon request. The coffee machine was very nice.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank dsmtravelgal
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Reviewed 30 December 2009

If you would like to spend some time in this beautiful city we feel that you will be well served staying at this hotel. It is a very short walk to the central areas of the city and is in a quiet location.

The hotel is a very elegant property having spacious rooms with high ceilings, and most of the period detail has been retained throughout. The bedroom was very large and had a well fitted en-suite bathroom, both of which were well presented and spotlessly clean. All the normal facilities were found in the room or were available from reception.

The continental breakfast buffet is of a good standard. Eating in the large stylish and relaxed dining room only added to the quality.

The two owners provide almost all of the service and they are welcoming, charming, attentive, helpful and talented linguists; their contribution made our stay delightful and that was in spite of the "Eurostar" problems that had a knock-on effect of wiping out their Christmas reservations without compensation.

There was nothing about this hotel we did not like and will use it again when we continue our exploration of this medieval city.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank kjmicm
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Reviewed 24 November 2009

My husband and I spent three nights at the hotel and I felt like I was in heaven. I researched hotels through this site and also tour books. I made the right choice and my husband agrees. We drove in and had GPS luckily and found the parking area first. The owner came out and helped us park as it is a tight fit. He helped to carry our bags and we actually came up through the garden area (must be lovely in the summer). I can only echo the sentiments of the writers before me. The hotel is a beautiful very old mansion, there since the 1500s actually, as that is how old the wooden beams are which graced the room we had. I reserved a smaller room and dont know the number of the room, but it was on the corner of the second floor with the window overlooking the garden and the sculptured rooftops of Bruges. It was papered in blue toile with matching drapes and coverlet. Beautiful. I checked out the larger room but nothing to me was as pretty as the blue toile room. The bed was perfect and we slept like babies. The bathroom was modern and perfect. There is a safety deposit box (I never travel with anything valuable tho) a stocked fridge and a lovely writing desk. Reading lights above both sides of bed.
Used the computer in the office for 2 euros. Elevator lift if you dont want to take the steps. I must say the curved staircase is wonderful to walk down though...very dramatic. The breakfast room is patrician and reeks of class. A super coffee, latte, cappuchino, mocha whatever you want-maker machine is a conversation starter with the guests as it can be a challenge to use initially (really, there is only a button to push)--but it makes great fresh coffee. Delish pastries of flaky butter and chocolate and raisins abound as well as plain croissants and various types of hard fresh crusty rolls. Wonderful cheeses including brie accompany various types of meats as well as eggs done to suit you! There is yogurts and cereals and the best part is the very fresh fruit salad made by the missus. I appreciate the time and effort she goes through every morning to produce this. It must take a couple of hours for the amount she makes to feed all of her guests. And you get to listen to Mozart while you eat. I loved it. Did not care for the restaurant whose brochure is in the foyer though...Mozarthuys was not that good and service blah. It is one of the touristy places located near the fish market. Go, walk, or run to Cambrinus (Philipstockstraat) for a most satisfying meal and memories. Carlitos, which is around the corner on Hoogstraat is also fine for pasta - ate well there.
I can't wait to return again. With the chocolates, the beer and the beauty....I really felt like I was in heaven.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Elcie
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Reviewed 17 November 2009

my wife and i recently spent 4 nights in this hotel on our honeymoon. the location is ideal for everything, in a quiet street only 5mins walk to the market square, it is a small family run hotel but i have to say it is one of the nicest hotels i have ever stayed in anywhere in the world. the rooms are so comfortable, well furnished, spacious and bathrooms ideal. the decor in the rest of the hotel fits in perfectly with the city of bruges, luxurious, classy and lovely. the breakfast is ideal, a good selection of cold meats, cereals, pastry and rolls with a choice of cooked eggs and juice as well as a coffee and tea making machine. the owners are most welcoming, helpful and go out of their way to make your stay a wonderful one. i would recommend this hotel to anyone, families, honeymoooners or anyone needing a break from the hustle and bustle of life.
simply outstanding

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank gmacracing
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Reviewed 15 November 2009

My partner and I stayed at Hotel Patritius for four nights, after reading reviews on TripAdvisor, and had a thoroughly memorable holiday. The hotel is on a quiet side-street, only 5 minutes walk to Burg and the Markt - the main areas of Bruges. The hotel itself is well-furbished and elegant - a lovely old townhouse. The spiral staircase leading up out of reception was particularly appealing.

We got a special rates deal via Booking.com and as a result we were in what seemed to be the smallest room in the hotel, room 34, on the second floor overlooking the garden. However, the room was still bigger than many and was beautifully decorated with lovely exposed beams across the ceiling. The bathroom was pretty big, and had recently been renovated. Top-notch shower, too.
The owners were really welcoming; the breakfast was fresh, lots of choice and endless coffee. Would return to this hotel without question - absolutely brilliant.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: Riddersstraat 11, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Region: Belgium > Flanders > West Flanders Province > Bruges
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Hotel Style:
#9 Family Hotel in Bruges
#15 Romantic Hotel in Bruges
Price Range: £74 - £142 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Patritius 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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