The Portinari is quite a nice hotel, but not exceptional. There are good points and bad.
The location is about 10 minutes walk from all the main attractions of Bruges - which was good. One of the main Bruges car parks (under t'Zand square) has a pedestrian entrance just outside the door - so is perfect for the Portinari. Getting into the car park is a little tricky - it is easy to miss its entrance, which is off the main road as it goes under the square in a tunnel.
Breakfast was excellent. A buffet with a reasonable range of dishes. The breakfast room gets a bit busy at times - we had no problem as we tend to go for a reasonably early breakfast, but it was busy by we finished.
Having to pay extra for internet access is not good! In this day and age, decent free wifi for hotel guests should be the norm. Wifi wasn't especially reliable either - it was down for quite a few hours whilst we were there. Fortunately many local restaurants and cafes do have free wifi - so you don't have to rely on the hotel.
There was a little building work going on in front of the hotel whilst we stayed but this was no problem.
Just outside the hotel, there is a row of restaurants and cafes - the one we used was very good, and pricing was a little lower than in the historic centre of Bruges.
The worst part of our stay was the size of our room, which was very cramped. It was described as a "standard" room, so we didn't expect a large suite, but we did expect room to open the suitcase - or even stand it out of the way when we weren't using it.
Bathroom was OK. Clean and adequate, shower only, no bath.
Our room was at the back of the hotel - with a view over the rooftops of Bruges - including the spires and towers of the historic city. The various bells don't ring overnight (fortunately) and the hotel was quiet, so we got a good night's sleep.
Would I stay there again? Probably, yes. The rate was good, parking was convenient, location was good, the staff were helpful and friendly.
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- Also Known As:
- Portinari Hotel Bruges