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Hotel Jan Brito
Ranked #24 of 97 Hotels in Bruges
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 23, 2013

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.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

Beautiful gardens, friendly staff, good bikes, small bedrooms but with character. Only use the lift with your luggage, it takes for ever! A good stay if you are going to Bruges, close to all restaurants and attractions.

Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

This hotel was a little gem. Staff were extremely helpful, location was great. We stayed in the maids room. It was small but extremely clean and had everything we needed. Breakfast was fabulous. Would recommend.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

What a gem of a hotel. Clean, very comfortable, great food and service, elegant surroundings and in the perfect location. Bruges is a very picturesque, elegant city. Don't miss a meal in the hotel restaurant a little further down the road from Jan Brito, come out of JB, turn left and walk down to the park, stay on the left hand side of the road and you will come to a hotel with gold writing above the door....so sorry cant remember the name, maybe Park Hotel.....its amazing, please don't miss it. Also great to eat in is the Olive Tree in the city centre, 10 mins walk from JB. Having said that, I was so settled and relaxed in the Jan Brito that I could have spent all my holiday there!! Worth every penny and will definitely be returning , I think Christmas time would be really special there.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank jan m
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

What a beautiful hotel first of all. Walkable to all locations, however you may want to rent a bike from the front desk (9 euro i think for the day) and it is easy to bike around even if you don't have an exact idea for where things are. Not much car traffic, and not much bike traffic compared to Amsterdam. We were easily navigating through the town and wish we would have done it a day earlier. The room we had was on the top level, it had a portable air conditioner but the exhaust pipe was radiating a massive amount of heat, so it didn't make much of a difference. The hotel staff was awesome, provided us with suggestions and a map. Breakfast was also very satisfying with a nice selection of meats/cheeses/breads/cereal/coffee/tea/fruit. We would take some fruit with us for an afternoon snack. Nice inside courtyard where we sat for an hour one night just taking in the day we had. Thanks for the stay!

Room Tip: If possible I would look at other rooms, I think there are a wide variety of options.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This great little hotel is just a short walk from the major sights in Brugge. It's right on the bus line, so getting to it from the train station is only ten minutes or less on the #16 bus. The rooms are comfortable and the included breakfast is excellent. Staff are helpful, friendly, and courteous. The hotel has a lovely garden out back and a number of sitting rooms. Excellent value!

Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Bruges is an amazing and beautiful place and this hotel is no exception. The staff could not have been more welcoming and friendly, recommending various places to visit in line with our interests as well as providing us with a map with these marked on. We even bumped into them in one of the bars and had a chat! Our room was very clean and well maintained and the air conditioning was a real plus with the stifling heat. Our bed was incredibly comfortable, the best nights sleep I've had in weeks! We were amazed at how we got such a beautiful hotel so rich in history given the low price we paid. The highlight of our stay was with out a doubt the breakfasts. The abundance of wonderful food and beverages were the perfect start to the day, filling us up until 5/6 o'clock in the evening! The location was also perfect with everything only a short walk away and within easy reach of the train station. We're already looking into booking our next stay!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Freren Fonteinstraat 1, 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 Suites
Hotel Style:
#16 Luxury Hotel in Bruges
#23 Romantic Hotel in Bruges
Price Range: $118 - $336 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Jan Brito 4*
Number of rooms: 37
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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