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“Kind & Generous Hosts at a Great Value” 5 of 5 stars
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Nieuwland 1, Bruges 8000 , Belgium   |  
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Ranked #7 of 213 Bruges B&B and Inns
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“Kind & Generous Hosts at a Great Value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2009

Freida and Benno own a lovely, peaceful and well-placed B&B in the heart of Bruges. The location may it easy to utilize public transportation from the train to Absoluut Verhulst. Our group - there was four adults - walked all over the city from the B&B at all hours of the day/night.

As for the establishment...the photos don't do it justice. It has a warmth and openness that I've never felt in hotels. Freida and Benno offer a tremendously delicious beakfast! Benno rides his bike every morning for fresh bread to accompany the Belgiun cheeses and meats, the yummy spreads (Nutella and Speculoos) and the yogurt with fruit. They even offered eggs cooked to order!

Our group of four shared the upstairs apartment. It has two floors that allowed for just enough privacy. The shared bathroom wasn't a big deal for us. We had a common area with couches, television, electric kettle, fridge and tea. The fridge allowed us to buy great Belgiun beers at the corner store to enjoy in the evening before dinner. When we asked about American football (we were in Bruges for the Super Bowl) Benno made a point of researching the channels and leaving us a note with the time and station. So kind!

I could go on for paragraphs, but what you should really know is that Absoluut Verhulst won't disappoint. It's not stuffy or old. It's charming, comfortable and convenient. And the breakfast will rock your world!

Cheers!

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2009

We visited the B&B Absoluut Verhulst the 3rd week in March and have to say it will be a "memorable" experience I will cherish forever. This also holds true for my spouse, daughter and her boyfriend. The hosts, Frieda and Benno, made us all feel like their extended family. Individuals like them are "rare", from their sincerity to the service they provide at their establishment.

The rooms are immaculate, charmingly decorated like out of a House Beautiful magazine. The location couldn't be any better, only about a 5-10 minute walk from the main town square. Traffic was no where to be found. The breakfast they serve will match any 4 star hotel for quality, and will surpass any hotel by the service they provide. It's clearly evident Frieda and Benno truly enjoy what they do. The breakfast presentation was spectacular, with something for everyone.

If you like intimate, cozy, warm, charming, ambience, you could not make a better choice than to stay with Frieda and Benno at the Absoluut Verhulst. Everything I read prior to my visit was positive, as I expect every future comment would be.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2009

Stayed in the Garden Room, bedroom a lovely size with en suite bathroom (no bath but big walk in shower) the stairs down to the bathroom were a bit steep but was OK.
The breakfasts were the best, there was so much choice and the hot chocolate was one of the best i've had! The hosts were very friendly and helpful advising what to do, also in the breakfast room they had lots of guide books on Bruges.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2009

A lovely B&B with the kindest hosts ever! We only stayed 1 night, but wish it had been longer! Our cozy room was beautifully decorated, and even had a little mini fridge and tea / coffee service area. Such a nice amenity to have when you are traveling. They also had the BEST breakfast! Benno offered to make us eggs, and they were delicious!

On top of this, the B&B is well situated - near the main sites, but in a quiet little area with it's own host of off the beaten path restaurants. The hosts were both so kind and helpful. They really have thought of their guest’s needs and comfort.
Bruges is a beautiful place, and this B&B really made the experience all the better - we almost wanted to just stay in and relax in the room, rather than site see - it was that lovely! Can’t wait to go back!

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2009

A lovely house in a great location just 5-10mins walk from the main market square. Frieda and Benno were fantastic hosts in every way, particuarly with the breakfasts!

  • Liked — Hosts keen to help in any way
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2009

Absoluut Verhulst was a wonderful find down a quiet street in Bruges. Frieda and Benno were fabulous hosts and the accommodations were perfect! The room was very cozy and wonderful retreat. The breakfast was also fantastic with great company. Would highly recommend this gem in Bruges!

  • Stayed November 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2009

Excellent doesn't cover it - this was simply the most charming B&B I have ever had the pleasure of staying at. For comfort and welcome, it beats hotels of considerable reputation. The room was spacious, the breakfast sublime.

The room we had (Classic) was absolutely delightful - spacious, elegantly (but not overly) decorated and the bed was superb. The minibar had basic drinks at reasonable prices. The shower was perfectly adequate, if not *the* best ever. In all - the room was a pleasant and sustained surprise.

Their lounge/living room, where breakfast is taken, is a testament to good taste. Filled with ornaments and books, it nevertheless feels uncluttered. Wonderfully cold outside, inside is a roaring, welcoming wood-burning fire.

A special mention must be made for the breakfast itself - a true pleasure. Fruit, conserves, fresh bread, cheese, cold meats (cooked and cured) and a choice of (perfectly cooked) omelettes.

The proprietors were charm itself - and had a list of recommendations for visits, cafes, bars/pubs and restaurants.

Our stay could not have been more pleasant.

  • Liked — The charm of the decor and welcome
  • Disliked — Breakfast too good - never space for lunch!
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Nieuwland 1, Bruges 8000 , Belgium
Location: Belgium > Flanders > West Flanders Province > Bruges
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Ranked #7 of 213 B&Bs / Inns in Bruges
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Number of rooms: 3
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