I had previously been to Brugge for a very short stay in 2009 (courtesy of a competition through my work place for a weekend break to any European destination) and was determined to go back after falling in love with this place! You can blame that all on the movie "In Bruges"!
After getting some Eurostar tickets on a special deal I then needed a centrally located hotel to stay at whilst in Brugge. After searching around I found Hotel Bourgoensch-Hof. Their website isn't overly informative (not enough photos, etc) and there's very few reviews of the hotel except for the ones on this site but I got a good deal for the 3 nights I needed including a breakfast buffet. I was reasonably familiar with it's location on Wollestraat from my last trip and knew that it was a great, central location to stay in with all the main squares, museums and sites being within a short walk's distance.
The trip was put into jeopardy after the Belgian train crash that occurred a week before we were due to leave but thankfully on the day the Eurostar did travel all the way to Brussels Midi without having to get off at Lille. A further train trip to Bruges and then the familiar walk from the train station led us to Dijver (where we previously had stay at Hotel De Tuilerieen) and then turning onto Wollestraat we managed to miss the hotel... Although it is on Wollestraat it is easily missed as it is down a small alley which opens up onto a small courtyard with a view of the canal (beautiful at night, had previously taken photos there on the last trip) There are signs on Wollestraat near the alley so once you know where it is you can't really miss it.
Upon checking in the female member of staff seemed a bit standoffish and unwelcoming but nevertheless we checked in without hassle and went up to our room. Although it wasn't strictly a canal view room you could see the canal from our window which overlooked the alley/courtyard entrance to the hotel. The room was spacious enough for two people, including a television, desk and chair near the door, a table and two chairs near the window and a warbrobe. The decor was a bit dated with the wallpaper peeling in some places but it didn't bother us as the hotel stated they were currently going through some refurbishment and so hopefully the rooms will get a lick of paint soon! The bathroom was clean and decently sized with a power shower within a bath, toilet, wash basin and hairdryer. The mattress on the bed proved a little too soft (slightly uncomfortable sleeping) but once again not a major issue, the bedding all seemed clean and the beds were made every day whilst we had breakfast or was out.
The refurbishment work that was happening in the reception area (hanging paintings, some decorating, etc) didn't intrude on our stay at all at the hotel so I must applaud them for this.
The breakfast buffet was a reasonably good start to the day and sitting at a table at the windows overlooking the canal was a great way to wake you up and get you planning your day ahead. Tea, coffee, jugs of orange juice and milk was all available along with various cereals, pastries (croissants, the pain au chocolat was particularly fresh and nice tasting) along with a selection of breads, cold meats, boiled eggs, some sliced cheese and fresh fruit. I'm not sure if any hot breakfast foods were available on request as I didn't ask. Like most hotel they also had their own bistro/restaurant which we didn't try while we were their (as we were on quite a small spending budget!)
At night it was nice to come back to the hotel and sit at the table and look out of the window at the tourists taking photos of the canal from the courtyard, just like I had done a few months before! I was a good way to unwind from a busy day of sightseeing, Belgian beer and Belgian waffles! The hotel and location was quiet (being February it wasn't as busy as our previous summer weekend in Brugge and we only noticed a few other guests in the hotel). Although the staff seemed a big standoffish at the start of our stay they were helpful when we needed to find a particular street on the map they had given us when we checked in, and upon checking out they proved very helpful and the lady who I assumed was the owner even took the time to have a five minute chat with us about her trips to Scotland!
Would recommend but remember, this isn't an overly luxurious hotel and the prices we paid were great for what we got, perhaps after the refurbishment the prices will go up though. It's location is great for all the sights, the building is charming and the canal view is always appreciated!
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