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Hotel Ter Brughe
Ranked #35 of 97 Hotels in Bruges
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TonyP53
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“Ideal location”
Reviewed November 26, 2012

We stayed for a long weekend and were not dissappointed. The hotel is ideally located just a short walk from the main square in a quiet location.
The rooms are clean and well maintained and I would have rated it 5* except that the room didn't have a shower and the breakfast room was so hot,

The staff were both friendly and helpful

The bonus is that it has private parking at 20Euros per night

Would stay there again

Room Tip: Room 17, large, quiet and overlooks the canal
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Herts
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

From the outside this hotel looks very quaint and picturesque and inside is pretty much the same. There are very steep steps up into the foyer and up to the first floor therefore this hotel would not suit anyone with mobility issues. The staff, as mentioned in other reviews, are rather dour and non-interactive. Our room was on the first floor approximately above the hotel bar and was rather dark and cramped even though it was fairly large. The only non-artificial light came in from the fire escape which intersected the room and the bathroom. I strongly believe that our room was previously part of the room next door and partitioned off with a thin dividing wall because any footsteps heard next door make the floorboards creak in our room. This belief was reinforced when the couple next door came home in the early hours and started to have sex. Each word of their "conversation" was heard through the thin walls despite the fact that they had left their TV on quite loud. Part way through their shenanigans I got up and went to the bathroom and as I passed by the fire escape I looked out and saw a male looking in through the windows of the next door room. As I hadn't put any lights on I hadn't drawn any attention to the fact that I was witnessing a voyeur at work. This male eventually went back down the fire escape and I have to say that he resembled the night porter (something to do with a ponytail). When I went back to bed the couple next door were quiet but the TV was still blaring out. A sleepless night. The next night was very similar with regards to the early hours and the TV (no shenanigans) - another sleepless night. I did complain about the noise to the hotel management but they weren't that interested stating that the couple were leaving that day. I didn't mention about the voyeur as I didn't think they would believe a word I said. I have to say that I could hardly believe it myself!
On the plus side the breakfast was nice despite the attitude of the staff, with pleasant views of the canal and other buildings plus it was only 10 minutes walk to the center of town. If I return to Bruges I would probably stay at the Hotel Ibis which looks quite new and contemporary. Bruges is a fantastic place to visit and will be remembered for a long time but for the right reasons.
Despite the hotel we had a great time in Bruges and would like to recommend the following establishments:
To drink - The Beer Wall in Wollesstraat. Sit on the balcony overlooking the canal drinking a nice glass of Kwak (8%!!) or Zot Blonde (6%). The Cafe 'T Klein Venetie in Braambergstraat (diagonally opposite The Beer Wall) which is close to one of the canals/boat rides and has a jukebox. The 't Brugs Beertjes in Kemelstraat which looks like a shop but is a very fine watering hole that has literally hundreds of different beers to offer (nice snacks too). Most or any of the cafe/restaurants around the main square.
To eat - Most or any of the main cafe/restaurants around the main square. El Churrasco Argentino (steak house) in Vlamingstraat. Pieter Pourbus in Pieter Pourbusstraat (classy) and finally The Habit in Kemelstraat. We had breakfast/brunch here on our last day and even though the restaurant had just opened for the day, the staff were charming and friendly (great grub too with sizable portions).
For chocolate - We bought our choccies from Stephan Dumon in Oude Burg (the Simon Stevin Square) which didn't last long when we got them home and the presentation boxes we gave to friends were well received. Quality and value for money.

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the canal or one in the eves (more natural light)
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

just a one night stay for the football match (Brugge v Newcastle United)... a quiet hotel within easy walking distance of the centre, garage parking for additional cost. The rooms were adequate but no courtesy tray for making tea & coffee in the room and no shower (hand held spray combined bath taps). Breakfast is self service continental downstairs with an adequate choice of the usual fayre.

no lift and plenty of stairs, not for those with any mobility concerns.

good value overall.

Room Tip: rooms overlooking the canal have the best view
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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south yorks .barnsley
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Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

Great hotel 5 mins walk from main square,
Rooms a little on the dark side but very clean .also room had what must be the worlds smallest tv.
Breakfast was very good with enough to please most tastes.
Overall we enjoyed our stay and would stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

If you want all the mod cons and amenities, don't stay in a hotel that's a listed building with a history going back several hundred years. There is no lift. The wooden-beamed rooms creak. The whole place is noisy as only really old buildings can be. Don't complain. Instead, bask in its history, charm and quaintness. Good old-fashioned baths are favoured over showers (thank goodness), although there is a hand-shower for those who think a bathtub is nothing more than a glorified shower basin.

I've read other reviews by others who say that the hotel smells. Actually, it's not the hotel. It's the city, but not all of the time. It's the same in every ancient town and city that's built with a network of canals with slow-moving or still waters. Venice and Amsterdam have the same problem. Get over it - thousands of other tourists do so without a fuss.

I have to admit to being slightly unsure about this hotel precisely because of the many negative comments made on this site, but the charm of the place won me over. However, one complaint is that it was just too warm for us. Don't go for a budget room. Instead, pay a little more and have one of the lovelier canal-facing rooms. Unlike other reviewers, we found the staff to be helpful and courteous at all times. A little courtesy from guests can go a long way.

Room Tip: Upgrade from a basic room to one of the other options - you won't be disappointed.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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North Devon
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

We had a lovely stay in Bruges & this hotel was as we had hoped for. Set away from the central area but close enough to easily walk to all the sights & attractions. Our room was a good size, situated in the basement of the building & our window overlooked the canal. There is only a handheld shower head above the bath, but this is as described on hotels website & for a 3 night stay we did not find this a problem. The breakfast selection was great & the waitresses were very friendly. The staff at reception didn't have much to say & the bar area could have been a little more inticing to stay for an evening drink. However we were here to see the city, not stay in the hotel all night, so this didn't really bother us. Bruges is wonderful place to see a city full of history and charm and it's like stepping back in time, but with lots of beer and chocolate available.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for part of our anniversary weekend and on our 1st visit to Bruges. The hotel is located by the side of a canal and within easy walking distance to the main squares and attractions of Bruges. It is full of character and has been thoughtfully furnished to go with the period of the property throughout. The staff were helpful and friendly. There is a small bar for drinks at night or teas/coffees during the day and a lovely breakfast room located down in what must have been the cellar. Breakfast was included and was good with the usual variety of food available, although no hot food, and unfortunately for me, no fruit. Our room was furnished in the style of the property but the bathroom had been refitted and was modern. Unfortunately, and I`d already read this from other reviews, although the bathroom is extremely modern, it only has a bath with a shower attachment, no shower, a little surprising since most travellers want showers in the morning and/or evening but we had to have baths instead. We were on the top floor so had terrific views over the rooftops and across Bruges.
The other downside to this hotel is that it doesnt have a lift and is on several different levels even on the ground floor so it would be no good for anyone with mobility issues, even the front entrance is up some steep stone steps. I couldnt see where there could be a room for anyone with a disability as there appeared to be no access into the hotel or any of the rooms other than by steps or stairs. However, despite this, we would stop here again and really enjoyed our stay.

Room Tip: Dont choose this hotel if you have any disability or mobility issues as there is no lift and the hot...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Ter Brughe
Address: Oost-Gistelhof 2, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Location: Belgium > Flanders > West Flanders Province > Bruges
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#13 Business Hotel in Bruges
#20 Luxury Hotel in Bruges
#31 Romantic Hotel in Bruges
#38 Family Hotel in Bruges
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Ter Brughe 4*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Ter Brughe is situated in the centre of Bruges. The Markt, the shopping streets, all main attractions, nice restaurants and cozy bars are within walking distance. Along one of the most picturesque canals in the peaceful old quarter of St.Gillis, between the Augustine Bridge and the Tower Bridge , you will find the hotel. The oldest reference to the building dates from 1470. Believed is that the beautiful vaulted cellar is older. Built originally as a warehouse for goods which were brought here along the canals, it serves today as a magnificent setting for your buffet breakfast. The hotel is non-smoking and has 46 comfortable rooms. Since 1985 hotel Ter Brughe is a listed building. Therefore there is no elevator in the hotel. ... more   less 
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