We booked this hotel as part of a package through Eurostar. We were touring parts of the United Kingdom (from Australia), and knowing the movie “In Bruges” and the incredible proximity of Europe to England (in Australia, you can drive for 3 hours and you’re still in the same State; drive from England for 3 hours and you can be 3 countries away!), we decided to have a long week-end away in Belgium. We thought that the train would be the way to go, and effectively we left London at about 5.00pm, and by 10.00pm we were having dinner in Bruges. All was booked and paid for in advance over the internet (the train from St Pancras to Brussels; change trains in Brussels to Bruges [easy enough]; 2 nights at the NH Brugge in Bruges; the return train trip and a night stopover in Brussels), with the train travel and accommodation being booked as part of a package with Eurostar. There was a choice of hotels with the Eurostar package, at various prices, and we chose the NH Brugge after internet research for location and proximity, and, of course, taking into account TripAdvisor reviews.
The location of this hotel worked for us. We walked from the railway station with bags and found the hotel readily enough. There’s an unmistakable fountain in the square (see the photo). Restaurants were open on the other side of the square, even late at night to feed us when we arrived.
It also wasn’t a long walk from the hotel into the old part of the town where the pretty tourist activity kicks off. We had a great week-end in Bruges; well-worth it. The waffles, the chocolate, the beer (there’s a place with 780 different types of Belgium beer!)...!
The hotel and our hotel rooms were pretty stock-standard and pleasant enough. The outside looks quite fetching; the inside is quite new and modern. There’s free Wi-Fi in reception (ask for a code); you pay for it in your room. The rooms and bathrooms had all the usual accoutrements that you’d expect from a hotel of this standard, and the bed was huge and comfortable. I can’t comment on the food, as we didn’t eat there – we found breakfast in the form of coffee and wonderful long French sticks with your choice of fillings (like an up-market Subway) readily enough.
Reception was very helpful – a breezy check-in and maps and discount tickets (including a discount for a boat ride up the canals) on arrival; a breezy check-out and left luggage services from check-out time in the morning to train departure time in the evening.
If returning to Bruges, I’d happily stay here again. There may be better, cheaper, closer hotels, but this one does the job and I see no point in searching for an alternative. I know what I’m getting from NH Brugge, and what I’m getting is fine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked in the historic center of Bruges, NH Brugge uniquely boasts all the modern conveniences of a contemporary facility within the antiquated charm of a 17th century monastery. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nh Hotels Bruges
- Nh Brugge Bruges