My wife and I stayed at the Karel de Stoute (Charles the Great) for four nights at the beginning of May. We arrived in Brugge by train and took a taxi which cost 9 euro.
If you have limited luggage and are fairly fit you can walk in about 20 minutes
It is a small family run hotel situated in an historic, listed building in a quiet street a few minutes’ walk from the main square ‘Markt’ The hotel has bags of charm and character.
The rooms are on the first floor and second floor and accessed via stairs. There isn’t a lift (elevator) so this might be a problem if you have severe mobility problems
Our room was clean and comfortable with en-suite facilities: toilet, bath with shower; hair dryer; TV and also tea and coffee making facilities. The room was cleaned daily and towels replaced
A continental breakfast is included in the room rate.
The owners speak several languages, are very friendly and eager to help. They suggested places to visit and recommended various restaurants and bars.
There’s a well stocked supermarket less than 10 minutes walk away – turn right when coming out of the hotel, then first right and then right again at the main junction. It’s about 50 yards on the right. Check this out for competitively priced beers and chocolate. Also all the ingredients you need for a picnic to take to one of the local parks!
I recommend the following restaurants and bars:
Bistro De Schilder, Jan van Eyckplein 13. Excellent restaurant serving Belgian food – the Flemish stew was delicious!
Cambrinus, Philipstockstraat 19. Superb! One of the ingredients used in all dishes - whether starter, main or pudding - is a Belgian beer. Booking is advised. Highly recommended
Le Trappiste, Kuipersstraat 33 is an excellent cellar bar serving a wide range of Belgian beers. You can try 5 different beers in special rack for 10 euro. Beware though-some of the beers are very strong!
‘t Zwart Huis, Kuipersstraat 23. A few yards from Le Trappiste and up a short flight of stairs, this wonderful restaurant is set in an old building with stained glass windows and high beams. Live jazz and blues music.
Comptoir des Arts, Vlamingstraat. This cellar bar has a blues theme and occasional live music. We were lucky enough to catch a gig by an up-and-coming young blues band called ‘Blues Vision’
We also visited two other bars – Brugs Bertje and Staminee De Garre, which were OK but small and filled up quickly
In sum, Brugge is a stunning city with something different round every corner, and the Karel de Stoute an excellent and charming base from which to explore
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- Also Known As:
- Karel De Stoute Bruges
- Karel De Stoute Hotel