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“Lovely old hotel, close to historic centre.” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Jan Brito
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Freren Fonteinstraat 1, Bruges 8000, Belgium   |  
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Ranked #22 of 101 Hotels in Bruges
Kelowna, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Lovely old hotel, close to historic centre.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2011

We stayed for 6 nights at the Jan Brito Hotel, and would definitely stay there again. The building is about 500 years old and only recently converted to a hotel. Our room was small and we were unable to upgrade because it was Easter weekend and they were full, but we coped with that minor inconvenience. The buffet breakfast that was included in the room rate was first class. A great selection of foods suitable for different nationallities. The area was quiet which was great after staying in a noisy area of Amsterdam. We were only a few blocks from the busy historic area of Bruges and all the bars and restaurants. The staff were very pleasant and all spoke English well. There is a peaceful courtyard and garden at the rear of the building.

Pros - within easy walking distance to all the tourist attractions
- good breakfasts
- lovely historic building

Cons - the small bedroom, but that was really our own fault as I am sure we could have got a larger room when we originally booked if we had specified that.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Denver, CO
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2011

Spent one night here, our first night after traveling from US. Rooms were small but clean, comfortable and quiet. Bathrooms were clean and up-to-date. Not close to the train station, which was our method of travel for this trip, but centrally located in town. Overall, a very good value for the money since the breakfast buffet was absoutely delicious. We were traveling with our two sons who are in their early twenties and they ate and ate and ate.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa, Florida
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2011

Bruges is very busy with tourists, so to make the best use of your time, I would recommend this hotel. It's a good value and in a great location. My wife and I stayed in the Maid's Room and found it to be surprisingly spacious and charming with exposed beams in the ceiling. The toiletries and wash clothes in the large (by European standards) modern bathroom were big pluses. Breakfast was excellent and the dining room is very elegant. We took the bus from the train station to Market Square and walked about 5 mins to our hotel. For less than 2 euros each way, it's worth it instead of carrying/dragging luggage 20 mins through crowds and cobblestoned roads.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Eastbourne
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2011

Full of character, friendly helpful staff, lovely building , beautiful courtyard garden and one of the best breakfast buffets we have experienced anywhere. This hotel surpassed our expectations and we felt it had the quality of a much more expensive establishment. We would definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2011

We stayed at the Hotel Jan Brito for 2 nights in a family room.

The hotel was booked largely based on the reviews posted on Trip Adviser and in some respects we felt a little under whelmed by what we found. Perhaps our expectations had been inflated by the many flattering reviews from prior guests?

Of course it is not by accident that the hotel has received such favourable reviews as it does have many good points. The hotel is located in a side street which makes for a quite and peaceful environment (good night’s sleep) yet is still very convenient to various points of interest in Bruges.

The building itself possess lots of old world charm. The public spaces are filled with period furniture that creates an interesting and in some cases quirky environment in which to say.

There is a private garden at the rear of the hotel which is a perfect space to enjoy some time out from sightseeing (the use of aluminium doors / windows in the corridor leading from the main building into the garden was a strange choice and does not sit comfortably in an otherwise historic building).

We could not fault the level of service provided by staff in the hotel. It didn’t matter if we were asking for directions or for cups of tea, the staff always attended to our requests in a friendly and efficient manner.

The breakfast is served in a very pleasant dinning room with views onto the garden. The standard of breakfast is consistent with that generally found in hotels and is best described as being OK rather than spectacular.

Our disappointment was with the room itself. We stayed in a very rustic looking room with slopping ceilings, timber beams etc. Whilst the floor space was very generous, much of the area was not useable due to the steeply raked ceilings. Moving in the corridor between where the beds are located and the small sitting room was difficult due to the low ceiling. Similarly, care was required when getting in and out of bed as there was very limited headroom (again due to the slopping ceiling).

In some ways the décor in the room was starting to look a little tired. When comparing the price / standard of the room with other places we have stayed, we felt it was a little expensive and not at 4 star standard.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2011

What a lovely hotel. Filled with beautiful antiques and gardens. The owners and the staff were very warm and friendly. My favorite hotel on my trip.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Liverpool
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2011

Just got back from the Jan Brito in Bruges where we had a great stay. The hotel was clean and very comfortable, much as I expected from the majority of reviews on Trip Adviser. We had a fairly compact room under the eaves, but contained a large, very comfortable bed and pillows, two easy chairs and table, wardrobe, dressing table and flat screen TV with a good choice of channels, including BBC1 and 2 and ITV1! The option of being able to use the quiet air con during our very warm 5 days was useful, too! The bathroom was a good size and very well equipped. The breakfast was plentiful and good quality, having something for everyone. The hotel staff were very welcoming and helpful, and it was good to have the option of relaxing in the lounge, outside in the lovely garden or in the bar. The internet was free to use in reception if you wanted it. Overall, it was in a great location, near the centre sights and restaurants but in a quiet road. We have no hesitation in recommending this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Freren Fonteinstraat 1, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Location: Belgium > Flanders > West Flanders Province > Bruges
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#10 Luxury Hotel in Bruges
#16 Family Hotel in Bruges
#19 Romantic Hotel in Bruges
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Jan Brito 4*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is located in the center of Bruges in a 16th-century listed building. Much more than the exterior has been preserved. This impressive mansion has been tastefully refurbished, conserving unique decorations from former centuries: marble mantelpieces, paintings, oak staircase, exposed oak beams. Quietly situated in the heart of Bruges : 20 mtrs from the most romantic and picturesque canals, 200 mtrs from the Burg square (City Hall) and Market square (Belfry). 37 Rooms fully en-suite, hairdryer, telephone, television with English language programs, minibar, free coffee and tea making facilities. Breakfast buffet, lift, bar, wifi, lounge, large renaissance garden with 100 year old beech tree. Public underground parking at only 200 meters (please make a reservation). ... more   less 
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