We hardly ever travel with a tour company and so normally we book our own hotels direct but because of the logistics of getting to Bruges from Ireland we booked a package that included our transfers to and from the hotel. Otherwise I doubt if we would have ended up at the Academie as it clearly caters for tour groups.
On the plus side, the location is great, everything we wanted to see was within a few minutes walk of the hotel. The hotel staff we met were helpful, proactive and unfailingly courteous, and would be an asset to any hotel. The hotel is classed as 4 star, but I'd consider it a good 3 star. It is not full service - there is no restaurant (other than for breakfast), no coffee shop and the bar was very limited, opening only from 8pm to midnight. The rooms are modern, functional, clean, warm (too warm until you learn how to lower the thermostat) and a good size. Breakfasts were OK but not exciting. Coffee was dispensed from the machine and used UHT milk, fruit was tinned and the hot food did not look particularly appetising. Croissants and bread though were fresh and the cheese and cold meats were fine.
Not what I would have booked myself, but it was fine for a short break.More
- Free Wifi