This hotel is located a short taxi-ride from central station (less than €10) and steps from town centre . It appears to be divided in two, the 2nd half being accessed through the garden using a glass lift. This lift moves at a depressingly slow speed which would have caused me to have a breakdown, had I been unlucky enough to have been allocated a room in this section. The garden to the rear itself is lovely and contains garden seats where you can sit and enjoy the sunshine. The breakfast is wonderful and the staff are really friendly. The dining room is well placed with a view of the garden. It is possible to hire bikes from the hotel for €9/day. We cycled to Damme along the canals and had a lovely time. We booked a room in the attic, shall we say, that contained a mezzanine with twin beds upstairs. This accommodation was stuffy. However there were velux windows that you could open to let some air in. There was also a air-conditioning unit of sorts that switched itself on and off at will. The stairs going up to the upper section were steep. The room itself contained the old wooden beams from a bygone era. This would have been a nice touch if the bed hadnt been placed next to one of them. When you stepped out from under the covers, the beam met your head almost immediately. I found myself keeping my head down at all times, even in the bathroom, where there were no beams, so afraid was I of knocking myself out! Cosequently, from a health and safety point of view, this room gets a big thumbs down. The two bedside lockers had drawers which didnt open. There was a small wardrobe in the room, but not much space to walk around in. It would have been impossible to pull cases upstairs to the mezzanine area. I'm not sure what to say about this set-up. It would be totally unsuitable for couples with small children. Neither would it be great for two couples, due to the fact that suitcases would have to stay downstairs. One of the reading lights was broken although it still worked. It was a real case of "make-do". It did contain a well-stocked fridge and there were two t.v.'s. The shower was over the bath and the bath was very high to climb over (the first time I've ever had this complaint). I took a peek into two other rooms in the hotel and they were small also. Not unusual for Bruges, I suspect. The central location and the wonderful breakfast saved the day for us in the case of this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is located in the center of Bruges in a 16th-century listed building. Much more than the exterior has been preserved. This impressive mansion has been tastefully refurbished, conserving unique decorations from former centuries: marble mantelpieces, paintings, oak staircase, exposed oak beams. Quietly situated in the heart of Bruges : 20 mtrs from the most romantic and picturesque canals, 200 mtrs from the Burg square (City Hall) and Market square (Belfry). 37 Rooms fully en-suite, hairdryer, telephone, television with English language programs, minibar, free coffee and tea making facilities. Breakfast buffet, lift, bar, wifi, lounge, large renaissance garden with 100 year old beech tree. Public underground parking at only 200 meters (please make a reservation). Since October 2016 the hotel also has a fitness, sauna and hammam in the garden pavillion. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jan Brito Hotel
- Jan Brito Bruges