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Easter in Bruges

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Easter in Bruges

We would like to visit Bruges over easter and after much research into hotels (far too much choice!!) have narrowed it down to Sofitel, Heritage and De Tuilerieen. Would really appreciate any feedback if you have stayed at any of these hotels. We have decided to drive over as it is cheaper than taking the Eurostar but parking seems quite expensive. Is there any on road parking or only underground car parks?

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1. Re: Easter in Bruges

Forgive me if this is stating the obvious, but have you looked at "Brugge Hotels" in the list on the left, for people's personal experiences? I would advise you to choose a hotel with a parking garage, or check with the hotel you choose about reduced tariffs in underground car-parks, which many of them offer if booked in advance at the same time as the room. Parking in the streets of Brugge is very difficult: virtually the whole of the inner city is a "blue zone" in which parking is limited to 4 hours (you would need a European parking disk) Mon-Sat during the day. There are paid parking areas in some streets, with ticket machines, but here parking is limited to 2 hours. In addition to the underground carparks, there is a big one by the station, your parking ticket there covers you on the bus from the station to the city centre.

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Thanks for the advice. All the above hotels were booked but have managed to get into the Hotel Walburg which has valet parking. Will report on it upon our return.

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I'm sorry you did not manage to get into your origianl choice of hotels. We have stayed in both the Sofitel and De Tuilereen. The Sofitel was being renovated wshen we stayed there though we had a lovely room and the breakfast room was beautifully decorated. But De Tuilereen was exceptional, a lovely hotel in a wonderful location. Both had indoor swimming pools though De Tuitereen also had a nice spa area. This hotel is one of the most expensive in Bruges, but we thought well worth it, if you book through Leisure Directions you can get a third night free, which is good value.

We are going for our 6th trip to Bruges next weekend. We always stay in different hotel and have never been disappointed.

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Seasoned traveller, you obviously like Bruges if you are on your 6th trip there. This is our 1st. Any suggestions as to what we must see or do there and can you recommend any good restaurants. We are going over easter for 4 days. We were quite disappointed not to get into the De Tuilerieen but the Walburg looks very nice. Do you know it?

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5. Re: Easter in Bruges

Yes, we do love Bruges. We always go for a long weekend travelling by car on the Shuttle. We used to go on an annual day trip to Calais to stock up on wine etc but now combine this with a trip to Bruges as it is such a lovely city. It only takes just over an hour from Calais as the roads are very good and well signposted. I don't know the Walburg but we have stay in a different 3 or 4 star hotel every time and never been disappointed.

There are so many good restaurants it really depend what you like and how much to want to pay. You really are spoilt for choice. The city is very compact and I would suggest you wander around and see what takes your fancy, this is what we usually do. We have been to a couple of restaurants more than once but usually we keep a look out during the day and either pop in to book for the evening or take a chance as we don’t like to be tied down, there are so many to choose from.