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“Everything you want in a B&B”
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Absoluut Verhulst
Ranked #35 of 231 Bruges B&B and Inns
Cincinnati, Ohio
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12 reviews
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“Everything you want in a B&B”
Reviewed December 9, 2012

We stayed at Absoluut Verhulst November 30 and December 1, 2012. To date, it's one of my favorite B&Bs in Europe. Frieda and Benno are charming, welcoming hosts and their home is lovely. As others have pointed out, the breakfasts are plentiful and very high quality. The B&B is located very close to the action, but just far enough away to ensure a quiet night's sleep. For us, this B&B ticked all the boxes and would be my first choice of places to stay in Brugge. My only caveat is that it is necessary to climb a short flight of very steep stairs to reach the rooms and I think anyone who struggles a bit with stairs would have a difficult time climbing these. Aside from that, this accomodation is perfect in every way. Thank you for a fabulous stay!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

This is an absolute gem. Frieda and Benno are so welcoming, and are great hosts! They can offer advice on a restaurant, sightseeing, or the history of the town. They have bikes you can borrow for a small fee, and can point you in the right direction with maps for a nice ride. It rained the whole time we were there, so we didn't get to bike, :(

Breakfast was awesome. Be sure to sign the gigantic guest book while you are there. We can't wait to come back again and stay for more than 2 nights. Bruges, you are the best! We miss your beer.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

I have never written a review before but after our stay at Absoluut Verhulst i knew this had to be my first one. I wouldn't normally stay at such a small family run b&b but this has completely changed my thinking.

From the outside the b&b doesn't look to be much but do not be fooled the inside of the building is a beautiful modern/traditional/cosy/romantic place with walls full of Benno's quirky artworks. Freida and Benno are the owners of this little family run place and they were so welcoming, they just simply could not do enough for you.

We stayed in the Garden room which had a gorgeous view of the courtyard to the back of the house. The room was spacious, clean, cosy and more than we were ever expecting. The bed was huge and soooo comfortable and the bathroom was equally as nice (modern & clean). The room had plenty of storage space for our clothes with tea and coffee making facilities, WI FI and a television. The only slight downside was the steep staircase down to the bathroom which must be taken with care especially in the night or after a few Belgian beers. This was a small price to pay for such a beautiful room but not ideal for everybody.

We were told that breakfast was between 8.30 and 9 but that they would be happier to do it earlier or later to suit our needs. The breakfast was our favorite part of the day! With cereals, cold meats, cheese, bread, croissants, jams, spreads, fruit, nuts, yogurt, fresh orange juice, coffee, tea, water and even Benno's fantastic eggs, bacon, tomato and mushroom. Freida and Benno would occasionally check to see if you required anything else but i couldn't imagine anything else anyone would possibly need. The best breakfast both me and my Boyfriend have ever had.

We were given a key for the outside door to come and go as we pleased. The b&b was 10 minutes walk from the main market square and most of the sights which was perfect.There was a lovely little bar around the corner called Trisico which serves gorgeous pasta and sandwiches with local beer for a very reasonable price. The menu was not in English but the friendly staff but quite happy to translate.

Staying at this b&b made our trip so special and i would advise anyone to stay here. You will NOT be disappointed i guarantee it!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sweden
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

We stayed in this small and cozy B&B for a weekend in Bruges. I can not fault the place. The couple running this B&B is extremly nice and helpful, the rooms was exceptionally clean and quite large, the breakfast was just the best. We stayed around christmas time and there were a lot of christmas decorations in the house which added to the cosiness. Highly recommended and good value for money, well located as well.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Hurst, Texas
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

This is the most adorable and cozy bed and breakfast. Frieda and Benno were gracious hosts who make you feel more like family than a hotel guest. We stayed in the loft. it was two stories with two large beds and a den. It was very quite and we never heard the other guests. We only booked the room for one night, but when we got there we wished we could have stayed longer. It was an easy walk to the main square. The breakfast was delicious. Made to order eggs, bacon, cheese, meats, fresh fruit, cereal, juice, coffee and assorted breads. We were so full from breakfast we skipped lunch. We will definitely be staying at Absoluut Verhulst if we visit Brugge again.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

We had a lovely short weekend and Bruges. We arrived on Friday night on the Eurostar from London, and took a short taxi ride to the b&b. Freida and Benno stayed up for us and were lovely and accommodating from the beginning. The rooms are lovely and clean and the breakfast is super. People are right when they say you don't need lunch.

The hosts were full of good recommendations (including Bistro Refter right next door) and were lovely. It's also only a short stroll to town, and a lovely one at that.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

We only wish we could give it 10 stars. The location was perfect. We always felt very safe walking at night. Frieda & Benno are the best. Waking up to the great breakfast they serve was always something we looked forward to. The beds were very comfy, and our room was quite large. All the little things that they did for us like having a map drawn that showed different restaurants & places of interest was very easy to follow. We used their bikes & they let us use their bike route map which was very helpful & fun at the same time. We told Frieda where we wanted to go & she took the time to explain where to turn once we got off the ring road & what it would look like so we wouldn't get lost. From the moment we arrived until the time we left every thing was 10 star perfect. Our only regret was that we had to leave.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Absoluut Verhulst
Address: Verbrand Nieuwland 1, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Location: Belgium > Flanders > West Flanders Province > Bruges
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Ranked #35 of 231 B&Bs / Inns in Bruges
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Number of rooms: 3
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