Dating back a few hundred years, the Hotel Bryghia is full of character and the interior is full of charm as befits a former family home. It ticks all the right boxes for "cosiness". The cons are that the bedrooms are quite small and somewhat cramped although the bed was comfortable and the bathroom was a decent, average size. The public area, apart from the dining room, is the hotel foyer/lounge. Although pleasant, it was not really an ideal place to sit and relax - it seemed to be more like another charming and "cosy" feature of the place. The dining room was pleasant and the continental breakfast offered a good range of breads, cold meats, cheeses, yoghurts and fruit. The coffee produced a massive caffeine hit - par for the course in Belgium!
There is parking in front of the hotel for about five cars. The time limit was 4 hours although I didn't see that much movement! The hotel has some spaces in an underground car park in Elizabeth Zorghestraaat - about five minutes walk from the hotel - at about 7 euros per day and I left the car there for three nights.
The great thing about Hotel Bryghia is the location. It is a short and pleasant amble to the Market Square - surrounded on two sides by restaurants - and the Burg Square. The main shopping areas in Steenstraat and Nordzandstraat are less than 10 minutes walk from the hotel and the canal side areas of Mariastraat and Wollestraat complete a pleasant circular route. You don't need a car in Bruges! Even the railway station is a very short bus ride away and a train to Ghent only takes 25 minutes.
Bruges can be expensive. I felt that the hotel, though charming and in a good location, was a bit over-priced for what it was. It was a top-rated guest house in my view. The staff were discreet and quietly efficient but did not seem that welcoming nor did I see them offer a smile or an exchange of pleasantries. As a first trip to Bruges this was an OK place to stay. If I returned, I would book into a modern, spacious Campanile on the outskirts and use public transport to get around the area - as I said, walking is the only way to enjoy Bruges. Don't forget to take an umbrella!!
Lose a couple of stone. The room will appear more spacious.
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