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Bonobo Apart Hotel
Ranked #3 of 97 Hotels in Bruges
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 January 2014

I stayed with my sister and Mum in December for the Christmas markets. We arrived late on a Friday and took a taxi the short distance from the station. The hotel is on a small street behind the cathedral - it felt like a long way from the centre but it is actually in a perfect position and you can walk everywhere from there. The hotel was not manned when we arrived but we were given a code to get in the main door and another code to get our key.
We had an XXL apartment on the top floor - 2 bedrooms (5 single beds) a lounge with 2 chairs whichever could be single sofa beds, large bathroom, kitchenette, dining area. It was perfect for us, as we had enough space to spread out, and could cook our own food. There is a supermarket about 5 minutes away.
We had a wheelchair for Mum and it fortunately just fitted it to the lift. It is 2 steep flights up to the XXL apartment.
The apartment was quite plain, being decorated in neutral colours but it was immaculately clean and did the job perfectly.
Hans and Magda are wonderful hosts and very helpful.
The Christmas markets are nothing special - we have better in the UK - but the city was decorated beautifully for Christmas. The walking tour from the Tourist Centre is well worth doing.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 December 2013

Stayed from Friday 12th - Monday 16th December with my partner. The owners, Hans and Magda, are every bit as helpful, approachable and friendly as the reviews below would have you believe. Every guest is lent a guide book and given a map as standard, and they both offered to stay an hour late when I was worried that we wouldn't arrive until after the designated check-in times.

We went for one of the apartments, which is generously proportioned and very well equipped, although it would have been nice if the kitchenette had an oven. There are several supermarkets nearby for cheap food to prepare at the apartment.

The location was excellent, barely a one-minute walk to the main Markt square and roughly a ten minute walk from Bruges station. Every attraction within Central Bruges is within walking distance of Bonobo Apart, and it's mainly for this reason that I happily recommend it.

Slightly negative points: It would have been much better to have an actual double bed in the room rather than two twin beds, although I do admit that this was probably down to me not reading the information properly. This is also the first hotel I've stayed at anywhere that charged for tea and coffee at reception.

Overall, we had a very pleasant stay here and would happily recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 December 2013

The Bonobo Apart Hotel is in an ideal location for a visit to Bruge. We stayed in a unit with kitchenette so we would be able to cook some of our meals. There is a grocery nearby. The unit does not have an oven but it worked just fine using the cooktop. The owners are friendly and helpful. The unit is very clean and comfortable. We would highly recommend the Bonobo Apart Hotel!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

We just couldn't fault our stay at this hotel. The owners are very friendly and helpful, even providing you with a guide book for your stay! The location is excellent with all of the attractions only a short walk away. Having a kitchenette meant that meals (and drinks!) could be cheaper too. Would highly recommend staying here.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

I arranged this 3 day trip to Bruges as a birthday gift for my mother who has recently celebrated her 77th Birthday and has never visited the Christmas markets. I wanted a place to take her with my two daughters so that we could spend some time together in a place that would appeal to a widely differing age group. I already knew that Bruges would not disappoint, with its beautiful architecture, friendly people and interesting shops, market and places to eat and drink and wanted somewhere to stay that was central and where we could all be together rather than in separate rooms and where there was parking. The Bonobo proved to be a perfect choice. Hans and Magda gave us a very warm welcome from the moment of our arrival, were very informative and helpful and had kindly given us an upgrade. We had a superb two bedroom, top floor apartment that was modern, well appointed and very warm with lovely views out of the windows. It was ideal to return to after forays to explore the delights of the town, have a break and then set out again, particularly so with an older person in our party. It was a wonderful trip but not long enough, which gives us a reason to go again - and it will definitely be to the Bonobo. Thank you Magda and Hans for a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

It's hard to think of anything more to say than what's been said already. Hans & Magda were perfect hosts, hotel exceeded expectations and was in just the right spot. We had a self-catering room that was large, exceptionally clean and well equipped with en-suite. Hans even supplied a guidebook for us to borrow which was a very nice touch, never had that before even in a 5 -star hotel.
If you're going to Bruges don't stay anywhere else. Thanks Hans & Magda for making our first time in Bruges such a joy.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the rear of the building are very quiet.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

I had booked a self catering apartment and I never expected what I got!

I received a two storey apartment with living room downstairs and bedroom and bathroom upstairs! I was totally blown away with the size of it! These self contained apartments are very homely and did not feel like a hotel at all.

This property is an ideal location to explore the old charm of Bruge. It is a few minutes walk to the main centre.

Hans and Madga are very friendly and approachable hosts - in fact Hans loaned me a guide book and map when I went on a day trip to Ghent.

The only downside is the walk from the main train station. It is approx 900 metres.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Bonobo Apart Hotel

Address: Goezeputstraat 5, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Region: Belgium > Flanders > West Flanders Province > Bruges
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Bruges
#2 Romantic Hotel in Bruges
Price Range: £77 - £173 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Bonobo Apart Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bonobo Apart Hotel is situated in the historical heart of Bruges in a very quiet and picturesque street. The hotel has 11 large apartments for 1 to 6 persons. Each apartment has a kitchenette, safe, wifi, flatscreen television. 3 of the apartments are situated in the terrace and 1 of these apartments is wheelchairs accessible. Extra: family hotel, pets not allowed, no smoking, private carpark next to the hotel, sunny terrace, elevator. ... more   less 
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