Best hotel & restaurants in Bruges

Mar 16th, 2014, 04:55 PM
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Best hotel & restaurants in Bruges

My 22-year old daughter and I will be in Bruges for one day and one night on our way from Amsterdam to Paris. My budget is between $150 and $200 U.S. dollars per night.

Would very much appreciate any advice/guidance to finding a good hotel.

Also, we'd love some restaurant recommendations as well. We are adventurous eaters, no food allergies, eat meat and seafood, not fussy. Although I'm not a beer drinker, my daughter loves a good brew. Would be particularly interested in a place that serves Belgium cuisine, something we're not likely to get here in California.

Thanks!
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Mar 16th, 2014, 08:25 PM
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We absolutely adored the Grand Hotel Casselburgh when we stayed there this past October. Beautiful rooms and public spaces, a fabulous buffet breakfast, great location just steps from the Burgh and main square. Highest recommendation.
We got a great online deal for 128 euro/night including breakfast and a welcome glass of cava.
We enjoyed a meal at Cambrinus, which is a very historic old Belgian pub, featuring a delicious carbonnade and many, many varieties of beer. A very historic spot. We also had a great dinner of mussels and frites (a Belgian specialty) at Poules Moules in town, as well as fabulous waffles at a café right on the main square whose name escapes me. Be sure and take a canal cruise and wander the streets, check out the chocolate shops including Dimon and the Chocolate Line (exquisite) explore the museums for wonderful art. We stayed for four nights and could have stayed longer. A truly beautiful place.
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Mar 16th, 2014, 08:42 PM
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That sounds fabulous, el, thanks so much!
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Mar 16th, 2014, 08:53 PM
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In early May we are staying at Martin's Relais, it could be horrible, it could be wonderful, we will let you know. One of the days we will be there is a Monday, when a number of the better restaurants are closed.
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Mar 16th, 2014, 08:57 PM
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I'm a total Virgo when it comes to planning, and I've got all my hotels booked for my 3 week, multi-city trip in late July/August. I went with el13207's recommendation for the Grand Hotel Casselburgh in Bruges. It looks fabulous. I booked all through Hotels.com (where I've scored many free rooms over the years) and all except my Prague hotel allows me to cancel up to the day of check-in, if need be, without any penalty. I hope you guys have a great trip when you go in May!
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Mar 17th, 2014, 06:53 AM
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I had a great meal here:

http://www.pieterpourbus.com/index.asp?langue=EN
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Mar 17th, 2014, 08:52 AM
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Thank you.

We have use Booking.com in about seven or eight countries and have only had one near miss. We also take a look at Expedia and try to read between the lines as to how good or bad a place may be. I totally discount TA, because they are many reviews that are planted both good and bad. And TA also seems to have more inexperienced travelers who often have strange expectations.
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Mar 17th, 2014, 12:13 PM
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What is TA?
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Mar 17th, 2014, 12:16 PM
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Thank you, IMDonehere, for the restaurant link. I took a screen shot of their website home page, and am putting it in my travel e-file.
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Mar 17th, 2014, 01:13 PM
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TA is Trip Adviser.

You are welcome but Joan gave you the restaurant link.
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Mar 17th, 2014, 02:29 PM
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Cambrinus is fabulous. Make sure to get the Westvleteren beer, which you cannot get in the USA and probably not outside of Belgium, full stop.
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Mar 17th, 2014, 05:22 PM
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Gobarbgo, I' m a Virgo too- so there you go! I'll be stunned if you don't enjoy the Casselburgh. Please post a trip report once you're home!
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Mar 17th, 2014, 06:08 PM
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I too thank you for the site.
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Mar 18th, 2014, 04:43 AM
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Steve are you in the travel business?

And when did they move Brugge to the sea?
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Mar 18th, 2014, 04:50 AM
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http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g1...ce-Hotels.html

Here's the TA site for hotels in Bruges. Click on a property and scroll down to the reviews. TA also has sites for restaurants and things to do. Some people are not fans of TA but we use it for every trip and find it very helpful.
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Mar 18th, 2014, 09:09 PM
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@ IMDonehere- I meant canal.Sorry. And what do you mean by the travel business ? A bit unclear though
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