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“Highly recommended hotel, great hosts & quality accomodation.”
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Bonobo Apart Hotel
Ranked #3 of 97 Hotels in Bruges
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Birmingham, England
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“Highly recommended hotel, great hosts & quality accomodation.”
Reviewed 29 April 2010

We stayed here for a city break from 22-25 April and were allocated a large apartment on a B&B basis. Magda & Hans are really helpful, friendly hosts and they provided us with lots of useful local information including restaurant recommendations & we were not disappointed. Our room was spacious, clean and had everything we needed, lovely clean & crisp bed linen & comfortable beds. Breakfast was on a buffet basis and continental and the food was fresh, good quality and plentiful every morning with a good choice to set you up for the day. Bruges is pretty and there is lots to do & see by foot and it is nice being somewhere where there are hardly any cars. As you would expect the beer in Belgium is amazing, the choice is huge and there is something for every taste. We would recommend this hotel to friends & family and it is in a nice quiet location close enough to get to all the attractions in Bruges but far enough away to have a peaceful undisturbed nights sleep.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Marietta, Georgia
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Reviewed 14 April 2010

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Bruges and the Bonobo hotel. Our room had a glorious view of St. Salvador's Cathedral and was close to good restaurants and the Markt. Our hosts were warm and friendly and serve a great and filling breakfast. I was really impressed by the cleanliness of the room, particularly the linens - they were so crisp and fresh they could have been brand new!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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UK
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Reviewed 29 March 2010

Hans and Magda are execellent hosts and run a very good hotel. There is nothing to fault and everyting to praise...nothing was too much trouble and they couldn't have been more hepful. Breakfast was great and always enjoyed with good company. Would recommend this to anyone. We will be back for our next planned visit to Bruges as a week is just not enough!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Baltimore, MD
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Reviewed 23 March 2010

My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights on our most recent trip to Bruges. It was 110 Euro per night (offseason) for a small room with a private bathroom.

The owners, Hans and Magda were exceptional hosts- warm and inviting. The breakfast every morning was diverse and unquestionably good, as far as continental breakfasts go. Upon check-in they gave us a discount card for staying at a hotel withing the historic district of Bruges, and this came in handy quite a bit, lowering our entrance fees by 30-50% at most attractions throughout the city.

The establishment itself is super-clean, and it's contemporary design contrasts the old medieval architecture throughout the rest of the city. The rooms and the rest of the hotel aren't steeped in luxury per-say, but they are certainly more than adequate, and pleasing to the eye. The bed was very comfortable, although our 'king size' bed was really two twins side-by-side. Noise was very well controlled; We never heard any of our neighbors.

The location was absolutely FANTASTIC. We were just a couple minutes walk from the city center, and a stone's throw from a lot of the museums. Any closer to the city center, and it would have been much nosier when trying to sleep. Frankly, I couldn't think of a better location in Bruges!

We paid to use their parking lot, and that was quite convenient for facilitating excursions outside of the city.

All in all, we loved our experience at the Bonobo and we would certainly seek a room here upon our return to Bruges!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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essex
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2010

We booked this hotel for 3 nights B&B. It is conveniently located in a back street near the city centre and 15-20 mins walk from the railway station. The room was well equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, a mini fridge and a hair dryer. The bathroom was small but clean and adequate. Continental breakfast was generous and spread over two hours. The hosts were friendly and provided a large amount of information about restaurants and local amenities. Overall, we found this hotel excellent value in an otherwise expensive city and would not hesitate in recommending it.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 9 March 2010

We stayed three nights on the top floor in the 2-bedroom room that was more like an apartment. There was a full kitchen, a tiny dining room. a living room, a large bathroom and the two bedrooms. Magda and Hans, the owners, were very pleasant and helpful. The Bonobo is perfectly located. We all loved Bruges, even our young teenage girls. Everyone should spend 3 or 4 nights here.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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cheshire
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Reviewed 22 February 2010

We have just returned from a trip to Bruges that we thought had been scuppered by the rail crash in Brussels last week. Thanks in part to a little help from our hosts, who were very helpful with suggestions when all we were reading everywhere was 'If you don't need to travel, stay at home!', we managed to arrive in one piece. There is ample parking at Bonobo, which is also easy to find when driving. Some guidebooks suggest to park by the station (carparking for around 20000 cars), but this wasn't necessary here. In short, Hans and Magda had already provided a great service before we got there.
So, travel - we got had planned to go by Eurostar via Brussels, but ended up going by Eurotunnel, which is a drive on, drive off train service from Folkestone to Calais. I wasn't driving, but it was very easy to get to, taking 35 minutes (max) on the train and about an hour and half driving afterwards. I would recommend Eurotunnel and would use it again for any similar trips to Belgium / North France, even if I was driving.
Arrival - we found Bonobo easily, Hans greeted us, showed the driver and car into the car park and then showed us to our rooms. Our first impression of Bonobo came from the reception / breakfast area, which was fairly minimalist and perfect for the job of providing breakfast. This area opened onto a little courtyard which I'm certain will be gorgeous when the weather gets above freezing and you have breakfast out there. The rooms - we travelled as two couples and stayed in two seperate apartments. My husband and I were in one apartment which opened onto the courtyard. This had a sitting area, kitchenette, bedroom with twin beds pushed together and a bathroom that was nearly as big as some of the hotel rooms that we've stayed in. Also, it had a great shower, necessary after a day's travel. The floors were tiled so we were a bit concerned we'd be chilly, but you control the heating in your room by radiator, so it never felt cold. We had chosen the hotel service option, rather than the self service, so we didn't have use of the kitchenette area. I think that if we had stayed for much longer than three nights, we might have picked that option. But since breakfast was included in the hotel option and I did not plan to cook at all, the hotel service was the best option for us. The other couple had a similar apartment, but with the sitting and kitchen area on the ground floor, and the bathroom and bedroom up some stairs.
Location - I cannot tell you how tiny Bruges is. I had been told but was still skeptical about whether or not I'd be able to walk around it in a day. The roads and lanes are all jumbled up and run into each other, so you find yourself in places that you've already been to without meaning to be there, but it is very difficult to get lost - even if you don't have a map, as long as you stay within the inner circle of canals, you can get your bearings by looking where you are in relation to the three towers in the city - Belfort, St Saviours Church and Church of our Lady - the Cathedral. To get some idea of size and scale, get a map of Bruges, and trace the route from the St Salvatores Kerk to the Minnewaterpark via the Begijnhof - it takes about five minutes, unless you stop to buy chocolate, lace and beer.
There are tons of museums here, which all charge a fee to get into - not that they are expensive but it adds up if you want to do it all. Some museums offer a discount price for doing two or more, example the frites museum with Choco-Story and Luminere - you can do all three on one ticket if you wish. We did not take the option to do Brugge Musuems with the Belfort, but if you are interested in teh art and archaeology of the area, that ticket might be worthwhile for you. I just want to point out that we also did not go the lamp musuem, but were tempted instead just by chips and chocolate. Our hotel gave us a card which got us a small discount for the musuems that we wanted to visit too.
There are a huge number of coffee shops and tea rooms for refreshment during the day. there are more restaurants in one small area than I have ever seen before in my life. No kidding. This is great, but the biggest downside is that they all seems to offer a very similar menu. Bruges is great if you like mussels in garlic sauce. If you're a fussy eater, you will be able to have steak, ribs or chicken stew in most places. I can recommend Carpe Diem (Wijngaardstraat), Chagnall (St-Amandstraat) and Passage Grand Cafe (Dweersstraat), great food and good service in all. Our hotel also gave a list of places that they recommended. It's good to know where the locals like to eat.
Belgian beer - well, the less said, the better. I don't handle my drink well, so apologies to all of those people my friend and I may have woken up on Friday night singing 'Everything I do, I do it for you' with real gusto by the concert hall. I paid for it the next day. The waiter at the Grand Passage sent us to his friend's bar on possibly Noorzandstraat (turn left out of the cafe, left at the top, and the bar a bit further down on your right, over the canal) and told us to ask for 'vampire's blood'. In my defence I did not know that the beer was 11% alcohol, but tasted like a black russian and it went down very well. The brewery tour the next day perked me up a bit (the guide was excellent, the beer was great too), all I needed was hair of the dog! Then we finished the weekend where we started, on Kemelstraat at 't Brugs Beertje, where there is a fine selection of belgian brewed beers. If you're thinking about Bruges but are unsure, just book it, for two or three days. It's easy to get to, and there is more to do there than you might think.
Driving back to Calais we went via Ypres and actually I wish that we'd had a bit more time there. The war memorial is stunning, there are lots of war cemeteries to visit and Ypres itself was very picturesque. The belfort is more impressive than the one in Bruges, but we didn't stay long enough to find out if they have any bars that stock 2-300 types of belgian beer. Maybe next time...

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with friends
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Property: Bonobo Apart Hotel
Address: Goezeputstraat 5, Bruges 8000, Belgium
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Region: Belgium > Flanders > West Flanders Province > Bruges
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Bruges
#2 Family Hotel in Bruges
#7 Best Value Hotel in Bruges
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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