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Bonobo Apart Hotel
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Goezeputstraat 5, Bruges 8000, Belgium   |  
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Ranked #2 of 101 Hotels in Bruges
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“Great base to explore the country.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011 via mobile

I booked this place on tripadvisors reviews. The place has helpful staff and is ideally situated in the heart of Bruges. My father and I hired a car as we were doing a tour of local battlefields and this hotel had great secure parking which was very handy. We didn't have the breakfast and instead made our own utilising the kitchenette in the room. My father is gonna book again, taking his partner to see the local sights.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 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 September 20, 2011

Had the most brilliant time here, it's all very simple and clean and has everything you will need.The owners where away on holiday when we arrived but their lovely assistant was there to meet us, there is is a great on site secure car park where we put our motorbike is was extra for this but well worth it. We had a self catering apartment as it can be expensive to eat out, there is no oven so you will have to cook on the stove top. There are places to get take outs too and some of the areas just out side the main squares are alot cheaper if you are on a tight budget. We did treat ourselves to coffee and waffles in a gorgeous little tea shop which were to die for but cost about £26! But back to the hotel apartment, we were on the ground floor and had our own little table outside, inside is a little kitchen and leather sofa tv etc, a nice clean bathroom with lots of little extras little shower gel and stuff. The beds are comfy but they are not double you will get two single beds snuggled up close to each other. It's very "ikea" plain and simple :-) The location is the best part just walk out and you get get just about anywhere within minutes, try a boatbtrip to get your self familiar then just enjoy walking round is so beautiful and like a postcard everywhere you look! Have some frites with mayonnaise try a waffle with strawberries and cream and definitely try a Belgian beer in it's own unique glass and of course some yummy chocolate.....we also walked out to the windmills and took a paddle boat to damme and saw herons stalks and cormorants can't wait to retun, thank you for a brilliant place to use as our base :-)

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

The location of the wonderfully quirky Bonobo could hardly be better for anyone wanting to explore Bruges. It's so central - literally five minutes walk away from most of the top attractions - yet down a relative backstreet which means you don't have hordes of people tramping past or noisy traffic rumbling over the cobbles. We took advantage of their self-catering appartment option, which was great value at 73 euros a night for a large, clean, well-equipped suite with a kitchen/living room, bathroom with excellent power-shower and a bedroom in which two singles had been pushed together to make a king-sized double. Self catering helped us to keep check on spending in this VERY expensive city with one meal a day (as well as some of our take home shopping) courtesy of the nearby mini Carrefour store. Hans and Magda were very welcoming hosts, offering plenty of advice and use of their collection of guidebooks and maps. From the private car park all of Bruges' main 'Three Towers' are visible with St Saviour's Cathedral filling the skyline from our groundfloor window. The one potential disadvantage of this is that St Saviour's and the Church of Our Lady (which is reached through a handy adjacent short-cut through Old St John's Hospital next door to the hotel) both have very loud bells, with those of the cathedral tolling for long spells in the morning and evening. However, there are shutters which you are able to lower if you're trying to hear the TV! We found the hotel a wonderful bolt hole whenever we needed a breather from the relentless tide of tourists (and yes, I know that includes us!), or even just a penny spend or change of clothes. Apart from for the cool, quiet of our rooms there is a lovely, shady terrace at the back for a complete escape from the crowds. Incredibly, given the maze of tiny one-way streets it sits among, the travel instructions took us straight to the door (though left to our own devices we didn't do so well finding our way out). Strongly recomended!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

what can i say? the first thing that drew me to bonobo apart hotel was the price tag as its super cheap compared to other local accomodation. but when we saw the excellent reviews we booked it and i can honestly say it was one on the best, albeit basic, city centre hotels i've used from manchester to barcalona!

The first thing i noted was how clean the room was, the bathroom was very clean and the towles and bedding was crispy clean and it didn't have any nasty hotel musty smells. They provide nice little touches like local information, soap, hair dryers, basic kitchen stuff like salt and pepper, bottle openers and kettles and pans.

The staff spoke excellent english and were very pleasant and helpful and they advertise in the reception porch proudly their tripadvisor 5star status.

Brugges itself is one of the most beautiful cities i've been to and if you are tempted to go, just do it but save yourself an arm and a leg and use this hotel for your trip. You will not be disapointed and we can't wait to go back!!!

Room Tip: its a small hotel so there didn't seem to be any best rooms, i'm sure they are all good.
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  • Stayed September 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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Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2011

Our stay at Bonobo Apartment B&B was fantastic. Clean roo m with two comfy twin beds and a sitting room/kitchen area to relax. The full ensuite bathroom was more than ample for two. Lovely terrace in back with beautiful flowers and good spa ration of space. Breakfast went well beyond basic continental. Access to the train and walking a few blocks to the heart of Bruges was ideal - perfect location for quiet night's sleep too. The owner gave us the best recommendations for restaurants with local foods and color, away from the tourist crowds. This is the place to stay in Bruges!

Room Tip: Apt. 11 is on the street, yet plenty quiet, with a dramatic view of the cathedral steeple
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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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Delhi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

We visited Bruges in mid July, and booked Bonobo after getting thru reviews at TA. It proved to be a great choice, as Bruges & Bonobo impressed everyone from my dad (who was sceptical about visiting Belgium, but later admitted that Bruges was the best part of our multi-city trip which included Brussels, Paris & Amsterdam, primarily because Bruges is a compact little town with all the charms of a tourist city, without tiring oneself out), to my mom & wife who couldn't stop raving about the better quality of cooking accessories (compared to chain apart-hotels) & the space provided in the room. For me, the best part of the stay was the distance to the center of the town, the dreamy surroundings & the view from the slanted French windows of our room) and warm, friendly & pretty exhaustive advice from the lovely girl at the reception Griet. As we'd let them know beforehand our arrival time, and probably due to no small amount of luck, they had even given us the keys to the 2nd floor room (access thru lift) at around 11 AM, which is actually pretty cool by European standards, and very helpful for us as we were with our 2 yr old.

The early check-in managed us to have a quick meal and relax a bit before going onto tackle the town, of which the Market square was but a 10-minute 'relaxed' stroll away. On the way you get to pass a beautiful church on Steenstraat (one of the main shopping street) & Simon-Stevenplein square (has a branch of Pizza hut). There are two supermarkets nearby - the nearer Proxi at Geldmundstraat (6-7 minutes) & the bigger (with an excellent variety of Belgian beers, Trappist or otherwise) at Langestraat (15 minutes, but worth it if only for the supermarket price of classy Belgian beers). I could open another topic on Belgian beers, but in short do try atleast these - Chimay Blue, Rochefort 10, Duvel, Westmalle Dubbel/Tripel. Except Duvel, each of these are dark beers, and there's this high probability that you'll lose your preference of blonde lager after you finish your trip. And once you've had your taste of Belgian frites (or fries) dipped in mayonnaise, you'll never ever order that packet of fries at local McDonalds, and very much forget the idea of having fries with ketchup. Besides fries (one of the best place to get them is at the end of Geldmundstraat near the Markt square. Its an indoor shop at the corner), another gem on Geldmundstraat is Da Vinci ice-cream, which is next to the Proxi supermarket. And directly across from the Da-Vinci store is a corner shop, which normally has pretty big lines for its waffles. We ordered one with milk chocolate on top, and the second time around with whipped cream as well. And later on in the trip were disappointed that we couldn't quite get the same quality/taste in Brussels.

Our stay in Bruges was partly ruined due to the incessant rain on the second day. Hence we couldn't do the canal boat ride, as well as the walk to the windmills on the eastern fringe of the city. We did however walked around a bit, towards the Djiver canal side, which was as pretty as pretty can be, and has the imposing Church of Our Lady cathedral, and Groeninge museum, amongst other tourist places. Its highly recommended to stroll in this area, and you'll be surprised by quaint architecture, and pretty much picture-postcard stuff. We took the half hour horse-carriage ride from the Markt square which does a circular route with the Beguinage at its extreme end, along with interesting details of the town from the chatterbox driver. I would recommend to do the canal boat and/or the pricier horse-carriage ride on the first day of your trip, as you can get a feel of the city and select a part where you wish to stroll around. Southwards from Bonobo, you can get to Katelijnstraat, which also is a good area for shopping. And of numerous chocolate shops. We tried Leonidas (on Steenstraat), as well as the original Dumon chocolatiers (on Eyre market, near to the north of Markt square), and both of them were excellent. However Griet is a great source of information, in tune with her name, and pretty helpful about sorting out any issues with the apartment, which I trust wont be many because of the quality maintained by its owners.

Also wanted to drop a note about the excellent Use-it maps available free of cost at the train station tourist office. Quirky, and full of local info, and while you're at it, you can also get Use-it editions of Brussels & Ghent too, if needed. Dont buy the other paid maps, as you'll get one anyway at Bonobo, along with a decent range of regular guidebooks about Belgium. There's also a small Bruges city guide available at Bonobo, and you'll do well if you download the PDF version of the same from the city's tourist board's website to do the pre-trip planning. The hotel is also a short distance from the train station, easily walkable yes, but the cab only takes 7-8 Euros too. The reception hours are 800 -1800 hours i think. And Bruges is good enough for atleast two days, better make it three with a day-trip to Ghent, which is just 20 minutes by train, and has more of those Belgian delicacies which you're going to miss long after you wind up your trip.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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Kingscliff
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2011

Bonobo was a great apartment! We enjoyed the 1st floor with views over the old hospital and pretty courtyard below..Very quiet, but then church bells ring at odd times.. but it just seems to add to the ambience
Very well appointed as we like to do our own breakfast & the occassional lunch or dinner ourselves,serviced daily, a lift, comfortable fold out "lounge beds" in living room and very obliging, helpful hosts, Magda & Hans.
Everything is within easy walking distance.... around the corner in the "Curch of our Lady" is Michaelangelo's Madonna & Child!! The canal cruise (don't miss it) is just a little bit further along the same street

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 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: Goezeputstraat 5, Bruges 8000, Belgium
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Location: Belgium > Flanders > West Flanders Province > Bruges
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Bruges
#3 Family Hotel in Bruges
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Bonobo Apart Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 10
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