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De Barge Hotel
Ranked #49 of 97 Hotels in Bruges
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 March 2013

Pretty good Hotel, walking distance from downtown, rooms are pretty small but nice. Reception could be more helpful and friendly, but was ok. Breakfast was good. Free parking outside the hotel.Very special so worth a visit.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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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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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.

Room Tip: Make sure that you ask for a canal or water view. The land-side of De Barge faces what appears to be...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 January 2013

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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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

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
1  Thank David H
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Reviewed 14 December 2012

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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Additional Information about 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: £86 - £117 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — De Barge Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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