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“Fun place to stay in Bruges”
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De Barge Hotel
Ranked #47 of 97 Hotels in Bruges
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“Fun place to stay in Bruges”
Reviewed 2 March 2013

We took a two week road trip to Europe and the only hotel we booked before going over was this one which was for our first night because we knew we would have jet lag. The hotel is made from an old barge and sits on a river. If you're looking for a fun and different hotel, this is a great choice! We weren't in the town center, but just a short walk away (and away from any noise!). We were able to park on property at the hotel which is always a plus! We checked in, went out and explored, had a beer, and then slept for several hours. It was late when we finally wanted dinner (8:30 pm-ish) so we went to the restaurant at the hotel. We were the only other people dining. A young college guy, Dardan, was our server for the night. We enjoyed an excellent first meal in Europe! We had local beer, frites, and dessert! We also enjoyed great conversation with Dardan!

Our room looked out onto the water and we even enjoyed ducks quaking during the night. The hotel doesn't have lots of frills, but we weren't looking for that. This is definitely the most unique hotel we've stayed in and it was a great first night in Europe for us thanks to the uniqueness of the room and the pleasant service and conversation with Dardan at dinner!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Tallahassee, Florida
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

The De Barge Hotel is a converted barge. So, if you are looking for marble bathrooms or a suite of rooms you are going to be disappointed. The rooms were small, but very comfortable, functional and well-appointed. It is hilarious to enter your "cabin" to find life jackets prominently displayed on the bed. We were on the lower "deck" and thus were just above water level. We were thus well positioned to watch the ducks and swans swim past our room. After much study we resolved that some of the ducks were but decoys. We had a very nice view of the canal on which De Barge floats and of the green space beyond the canal. The staff was very friendly, helpful and courteous. The breakfast was delicious with a nice variety of fruits, breads, cheeses, etc. The hotel is away from the historic area of Brugge, but is a very easy and pleasant walk of perhaps half a mile. To get to Brugge you'll go through a very nice garden/park. The hotel has a restaurant that serves dinner. There is another restaurant next door. So, if you are concerned about wandering around after dark to find a restaurant, this should not be a concern. The hotel is also fairly close to the railroad station. We were able to walk with our bags with little difficulty. The hotel is also fairly easy to find from the railroad station. I have no doubt that when we return to Brugge, and we will, we'll stay at De Barge.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 January 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights in the Officer's cabin, which was an absolute delight. The room was very large and contained a doublr bed, escritoire, small sofa, jacuzzi bath with seperate shower and was decorated in wonderful nautical theme that is tasteful and not trashy. The room also had views over the canal so one could watch other barges pass and receive waves from the captain or watch ducks float by.

The breakfast was outstanding with a wide continental selection which is of good quality; smoked salmon, various meats, crepes, selection of fruit etc.

The barge is 5 minute walk from the train station and 15 minutes from the Grote Markt (Grand Place), although walking at night can take you a little longer when you think you know where your going! The streets feel very safe and particulatly quite but that may be because we came after Christmas season.

We had an excellent stay here and would recommend it, especially if you want to get away from bog standard hotels.

Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 January 2013

The rooms were quite small, bit out of the town and felt a bit tired. Things such as the curtains were stained, the carpet was old, the phone wasn't working. We also had to pay an extra 5 Euro a night premium for a water view. Finally, the walls were wafer thin so could hear everything neighbours were doing! Not a bad place, but not great. Bit different getting to stay on a boat and the breakfast was nice. Wouldn't stay again.

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 December 2012 via mobile

Currently in this hotel being "fumigated" in our room by guests who are allowed to smoke elsewhere on the barge.
The smokers are downstairs in a "lounge" next to the dining room, however, the smoke has found it's way into our room upstairs and not even directly above where the smokers are. It seems to be coming through the holes in the cupboard that have been cut to route water/sewerage piping in/out of the cabin. Result: all my clothes that are hanging in the cupboard smell like smoke!
This should not be allowed and is certainly not advertised anywhere. Be warned!

Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Durham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 December 2012 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights, Christmas markets and just a quick break. Rooms were small but adequate. Clean and warm.
Very good breakfast, easy walk into the centre of Bruges. Fed the ducks out of the window, they were waiting so it must be a regular occurrence.
I would recommend this Hotel for easy parking and just far enough away from the crowds.
Excellent.

Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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kent, England
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Reviewed 10 November 2012

We stayed for two nights and loved it. You only know it's a barge because yes, the rooms are small and the decoration is very nautical. But it's modern, really well thought out and converted. If you want a soulless hotel with bigger rooms, and ambiance out of a procedures manual, then there are plenty of chain hotels out there for you.

We didn't get to try the restaurant because it only opens at weekends in winter (didn't see that on the website). The bar was closed one night - because it's near the coach park and Newcastle United fans were in town; last year it was Birmingham City and the manager had to call the police.

We felt that being on the edge of town added to the charm and the walk through the park was pleasant and at night felt very safe. (You can avoid it). Anyway after a good meal in town washed down with Belgian beer you need some exercise.

The highspot was breakfast. Extensive and good quality. And you can sit at a 'duck-level' window and be watched as you eat.

The manager and his staff were very helpful and attentive.

Frankly we can think of no reason to tell someone not to stay here unless they want to stay in the centre of town.

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: De Barge Hotel
Address: Bargeweg 15, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Region: Belgium > Flanders > West Flanders Province > Bruges
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#47 Romantic Hotel in Bruges
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — De Barge Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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