My wife, 1 year old son, and I stayed here with another couple for about a week. I have stayed at some of the best hotels in the world (the Chedi in Muscat, Browns in London, Claridge's in London, the Ritz Carlton in Cairo, the Presidential Suite at the Excelsior in Florence, and the Presidential Suite at the Old Winter Palace Hotel in Luxor), and I can say without hesitation that this hotel belongs in that group.
This place is really more of an inn than a hotel. You feel as if you are visiting old friends in their home. This place, however, manages to maintain the perfect balance between friendly yet not overly intrusive. This balance can sometimes be a different one for very small inns to negotiate. They do it expertly here. When we arrived, not only was a crib set up in our room for our son, but they had made a little bed for him out of it with pillows and blankets. I think he liked it more than his crib at home. It is all a question of anticipating a guest's needs before the guest even has to ask for things.
Also, when one travels in Europe, sometimes the rooms and particularly the bathrooms are small. Even in the best hotels. Not here. The room and the bathroom were huge. It really felt more like a suite than anything. They were also a perfect combination of new and old. Old stone walls inside with beautiful pine floors. The bed was also incredibly comfortable.
As for the location, it is perfectly situated as a base if you plan to drive around Belgium for a vacation, which is what we did. We visited all six of the Belgian Trappist Breweries using this hotel as our base, and it worked out perfectly, since the abbeys form a kind of ring around the country, each within a short distance of one of the neighboring countries.
If you are looking for the perfect place to stay and money is no object, stay here. If saving money is of paramount importance for you, then you can still stay here because it is incredibly reasonable. I can't think of a better compliment than that.
- Also Known As:
- l Auberge De Bouvignes Dinant