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Bonobo Apart Hotel
Ranked #4 of 97 Hotels in Bruges
Certificate of Excellence
Isle of Mull, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Home from home”
Reviewed October 12, 2012 via mobile

We stayed in an apartment room with a kitchenette and separate living area.
It was very clean and comfortable.
The management were friendly and welcoming. They left us alone but said ask if we needed anything.
We just had to clean our dishes and put the rubbish out before we left, similar to renting a holiday cottage.
It is in a great location. Walking distance to train station, but even closer to the centre of Bruges.
I think this hotel lets out it's rooms in different ways e.g. Bed and breakfast basis or the living room in our apartment had a separate lock and could be a separate room, so it's worth checking what you want vs. what you are getting.
If you are on the street side the nearby cathedral does ring the bells quite often so I would take ear plugs, but it was a pleasant noise. But note that this comment would apply to lots of hotels. Also note that all Bruges streets are narrow and cobbled. So if you are on street side people will walk close by, often with wheeled suitcases.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Jacksonville, Florida
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

We stayed there recently, and had a wonderful experience. Our train was late coming in, but Hans stayed in the hotel for us to check in, and offered us great advice on what to do and see. Our room was clean, linens were soft, great location near city center, but away from the noise, and we had a great view of one of the steeples of Bruges. We definitely want to go back to the city, as we were only there for 3 nights and 2 full days, and we feel like we didn't get to see half of what we needed to. When we return, we are definitely staying at this hotel again and will recommend it to anyone going to Bruges!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Longford, Ireland
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12 reviews
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

We stayed here recently (Oct '12). We had our two young children with us so we needed a seperate bedroom for them so we wouldn't have to go to bed at 8pm each night. The Bonobo was ideal. We took the self catering option so we had a small but perfectly adequate kitchenette. The apartment was warm, the beds were comfortable, the location was excellent (main shopping streets were a two minute walk) and the place was impeccably clean which was refreshing after a couple of places we've stayed in recently.

I think Bruges is fine for a short break for a couple but I wouldn't be over excited about it for a family holiday. We had a good time but food is expensive (in restaurants or in grocery stores) and getting a good meal in a restaurant which was suitable for children was difficult. Bruges doesn't really have alot to do apart from partaking in (expensive) food and drink and admiring the architecture. I think Bruges' popularity as a tourist location will wane as it is too expensive for what you get.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Hull
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 30, 2012

Stayed in september for a 5 night break. We had a fantastic time which started from the moment we arrived at the hotel.We travelled by ferry to Zeebrugge so were very early .This was no problem for Hans and Magda who let us store our luggage whilst check in time. Hans suggested were we could get a good breakfast and off we went. The apartment was spacious clean and comfortable. Our room overlooked the street and was very quiet. We had to open the windows to appreciate the beautiful sound of the church bells ringing.
Another bonus for the Bonobo is a lift considering it is a lovely old building which was welcoming after long walks round Bruges with armfuls of shopping. It is ideally situated for all areas of the town and the station is only a pleasant 10 minute walk away If you want to explore the rest of Belgium.
We will be most definately be staying at the Bonobo again and have strongly recommended it to our family and friends.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 26, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here for 3 nights. On arrival we were upgraded to a large self catering apartment which was huge and overlooked the courtyard. It was very comfortable and clean. The hotel is in the centre of Bruges, maybe 5 minutes from Markt so easy to pop back during the day for a nap! Free fast wifi was also a nice plus. Would happily stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Sacramento, California
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142 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed September 22, 2012

This is a simple hotel, but the service is phenomenal and the rooms are large and comfortable. After trying to book several different B&Bs, I was so excited when Bonobo had an apartment available for the 3 of us. I received an email from the owners about a week before our trip letting us know that they would be on holiday, but that we would be in good hands. At that point I knew I was going to like it. When we arrived they were very friendly and let us know that before he left, Hans had upgraded us to a 2 bedroom apartment at no additional cost. That was a very welcome surprise because it meant we could spread out as much as we liked. The apartment was huge and had awesome views of the city from both sides. There were so many nice little touches, like the map of the city, with pages of restaurant and grocery store suggestions, and even color coded clothespins so we didn't mix up our towels that really made us feel like we were at home. The garden was so peaceful, it was wonderful to make a cup of coffee from the honor bar in the lobby and sit out on the patio in the morning. Bruges is such a beautiful town and for 2 quick days it felt like home for us. I can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Downham Market, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 22, 2012

Perfect location, lovely hosts and the apartment was exactly what we needed. Traveling with a toddler, it's not ideal to go to bed at the same time (8pm) as them, so having an apartment was the perfect setup for our brief stay in Brugge. The location was perfect and the parking completely worth the nominal fee. Hans is exceptionally friendly and accommodating. Overall a great find (by my husband) and I would definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Bonobo Apart Hotel
Address: Goezeputstraat 5, Bruges 8000, Belgium
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Location: Belgium > Flanders > West Flanders Province > Bruges
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Bruges
#2 Romantic Hotel in Bruges
#7 Best Value Hotel in Bruges
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Bonobo Apart Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bonobo Apart Hotel is situated in the historical heart of Bruges in a very quiet and picturesque street. The hotel has 11 large apartments for 1 to 6 persons. Each apartment has a kitchenette, safe, wifi, flatscreen television. 3 of the apartments are situated in the terrace and 1 of these apartments is wheelchairs accessible. Extra: family hotel, pets not allowed, no smoking, private carpark next to the hotel, sunny terrace, elevator. ... more   less 
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