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“Great location, old furnitured but clean rooms, no wifi”
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Botaniek Hotel
Ranked #8 of 97 Hotels in Bruges
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 1, 2013 via mobile

The location is great: you are in the center, 5 min walking distance from the main square. The room we stayed in was quite big, but the bathroom was really small. All the furniture is quite old and it would definitely need a bit of renovation. However everything was clean.
The persons are friendly and helpful.
The breakfast was included in the price: only basic food available (bread,jam, ham, cheese) but still nice. Overall the hotel was ok for the price we paid (70 euro/night for a double room), but honestly I don't think it is a 3 star hotel. Moreover they say that the wifi is for free in the whole building, but the signal does not reach the 2nd floor, so you have to go to the hall/breakfast room to be connected to the Internet.

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Reviewed December 18, 2012

We stayed with 2 small children in a very adequate double room. The beds were very comfortable and the room was clean. However, two lamps were without bulbs and there was no tea/coffee making equipment - pretty essential.

Breakfast was great if you like chocolate sprinkles. Cold coffee on day two due to a confusion over plugs.

The staff were excellent and very helpful.

In all an ideal, if quite expensive (for what it is) place to stay almost in the heart of Brugge.

On Brugge in general - a gorgeous city, but wise up restaurant owners and remember we are customers and not vermin. At least we saved on the tips though.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 3, 2012 via mobile

We booked 4 double rooms and had a nice stay arriving Saturday 1st December. Rooms were fine and the service nice and pleasant. Hotel is in easy reach of main square and parking is quite easy 100 metres away for 10 eur per day. This is about my 40th trip to brugge and the hotel was fine , perhaps slightly over priced based on my previous experiences but that's just nit picking.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Thank andrew n
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

The young family who owns and runs this little hotel were most welcoming. Our room on the third floor gave us a beautiful view of the city, including sunset and sunrise, and a hot air balloon. Room was clean and accommodating. They recommended a beautiful, charming little restaurant for dinner which was a most delightful experience. Hotel is close to the heart of the city for walking. Great value for the money and very good breakfast.

Room Tip: Top (third) floor for the view
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Very good location, in the middle of the old town, very close to most attractions, restaurants and bars. It is an old (medieval?) building, fully renovated. The rooms are regular size, like most 3 star hotels. The breakfast is just OK, bread and croissants, ham and cheese, eggs and juice. What i didn't like at all, was the bathroom door, wich is not a normal door but a folding plastic door. They could have done something better than that, for sure. I ve never seen such a door in a 3 star hotel. But hey, you get what you pay!!! Plus the guy at the lobby, is very polite and helpful. If you want a cheap hotel, this is it.

Room Tip: Top floor (floor #3) has a great view to the city center (roofs etc), but don't expect any kind...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

We stayed as a family of four (5&8 year old children ). The value was good. Breakfast included eggs, cereal, fruit, and cold cuts. The dining room was quaint and tearoom-like. The room was older, but this was its charm. We were a five minute walk from a park with a great playground. We we were also enough away from the center square to enjoy the quiet. Minutes from boat rides. Clean room with street view. Loved it!

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

My colleague & I travelled from Spain to Bruges for business - we stayed 3 nights in this Hotel . Our clients chose, booked and paid for the Hotel.
I had been to Bruges many years prior and loved it, so i was keen to explore and see how it had developed in between work times.
A week before I emailed the Hotel and asked if they had a hair dryer to use-I received a friendly email very quickly to say yes.
On arrival -after a very early start and a lot of travel- we arrived by private transfer to the Hotel.
Our local driver had trouble getting to it as some roads had no entry and others were blocked -so we went round a few times and when we eventually got there at about 3.30 pm we saw how near the Hotel was to the centre.( a small side street by the fish market )
Andy the Manager greeted us and we found we had a twin room in the attic.There was an antiquated lift- but we never had a problem with it. We sat in the small lounge later and had a nice glass of wine each and chatted to Andy. He and his wife and child lived downstairs so were always on hand if you wanted assistance.
The room was quite small but adequate and had a nice view across to the park and to the church on the right. There was a large wardrobe, dressing table with drawers, a mirror and chairs, and a tall mirror by the door. The beds were very comfy and it was clean- but I would class it as a bit 'shabby.' I appreciate it was 'the end of the season' though.
One of the velux windows had had the wood surround replaced and it was unpainted. The other velux window still had the rotting wood. A bedside table was stained, paintwork needed touching up. No tea or coffee makings- but a room service for drinks could be used.
The bathroom was small with a toilet, basin, bath and shower over it. The shower would not stay up in the rail and kept sliding down- making it very awkward as you had to hold it and try to shampoo hair with one hand. Some of the tiles needed re- grouting as they were black. The glass shelf over the basiin was tilted so things slid off. The water was hot and reasonable water force. Shampoo, body lotion( nice) and a shower cap x2 were provided.
The central heating- a very large radiator you can adjust- worked well as it was rainy and cold much of the time, and we had clean towels every day. It was very quiet as well.
Breakfast was on the ground flood- quite a nice room. The first day was not so good- they had run out of croissants, so only hard bread rolls and slices of bread left ( oh for a toaster- I did ask, but they hadnt got one!) There was no hot water left for the tea and coffee - we had to ask for it -and no fruit except 2 lumpy apples and dry pear.There was butter, jams, some sliced processed cheese and slices of a type of meat and cold hard boiled eggs.
The 2nd day was better -we had a bowl of fresh chopped fruits, which was super and we had the last couple of croissants.
The last day we were being picked up at 6 a.m- and Andy kindly brought us a kettle and tea, coffee makings and a breakfast each on a plastic plate packed in foil ( hardboiled egg, bread, butter , jams, with plastic knives etc)
The best thing about this Hotel- Andy! Anything and everything we requested at all hours he did his best to do or get for us ( except a toaster). He was so helpful and very friendly- worth his weight in gold! He was suffering from a really nasty flu/cold as well- so we appreciated his great service. He told us the Hotel Owner lived near Alicante where we came from.
To summarise- a good price, very pleasant, warm, small Hotel with a very helpful Manager to stay - with all the sights nearby within walking distance. The location being quiet and so near the centre was perfect.
The overall 'past its sell by date' appearance of the rooms and interior could be improved dramatically with not that much work. Breakfast could be a little better- but adequate for most.
Thank you Andy for all your help and chats- you are the best!
Bruges had hardly changed in all the years- it is still a magical place even in the rain. I love it..Everyone was friendly and we had good quality service all over. We as women felt safe at night walking around.
The meals we had were excellent. (though a bit pricey compared to Spain!) We loved the 'bucket' of mussles in white wine and frites- what a huge amount!

Room Tip: We had an 'attic' room and it was very quiet and warm. I think the location would be fairly...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Address: Waalsestraat 23, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Location: Belgium > Flanders > West Flanders Province > Bruges
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Room Service
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Bruges
#12 Romantic Hotel in Bruges
#12 Family Hotel in Bruges
Price Range: $110 - $170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Botaniek Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Botaniek*** is an 18th Century Mansion elegantly renovated into a charming hotel The Hotel is situated right in the very center of historic Bruges. While located conveniently in the heart of the city. We are very well know for our tranquil atmosphere, which makes the Botaniek*** an ideal Hotel especially after a busy sightseeing day. We are located on a very quiet street only 50 meters from Bruges picturesque and romantic canals. We are also only a few minutes walking distance from the Main-Square, “Burg” and “Market”. There is no better place than the Hotel Botaniek. An ideal starting point from which to discover first-hand the “Venice of the North”. The hotel Botaniek*** is complete with a breakfast room that has been tastefully decorated by the owner, and a quiet sitting room with furniture reminiscent of the Louis XV era. There are only 3 rooms on each floor and each floor may be reached via the elevator. The top floor offers several unique and panoramic views of Bruges and it's wonderful architecture this includes the Church of Our Lady, Botaniek Park, the Belfry Tower and of course a roof top view of the beautiful houses in the neighbourhood. ... more   less 
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