where shall we stay in Bruges?

Old Jun 26th, 1999, 11:41 PM
elmer midgett
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where shall we stay in Bruges?

Does anyone out there know of a wonderful place to stay in Bruges? My sweetie and I will be there around the 15th of July for a few days. Not too expensive. Thanks
Old Jun 27th, 1999, 08:27 AM
M & J
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We stayed at and very much enjoyed Maraboe Hotel in Bruges. They have a web site at www.maraboe.be and it is perhaps a 15 walk from the train station. For the absolute best chocolate, wander over to Maitre Chocolatier Verbeke, just a block off Maret Suare at Geldmuntstraat 25.
Old Jun 27th, 1999, 12:17 PM
M & J
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We forgot to add this about the delightful Hotel Maraboe--ask for a quiet room, less street noise, facing the back. These rooms are totally new. Don't forget the chocolate !
Old Jun 27th, 1999, 12:42 PM
wes fowler
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I recommend a charming hotel in Brugges in the northeast section of the city. The "Ter Duinen" is a small, family run, twenty room hotel that radiates charm, as do its young proprietors, Marc and Lieve. Rooms are large, immaculate, pleasantly furnished and with private baths. Breakfasts, included in the room cost, are sumptuous: orange juice, eggs, meats, cheese, breads and croissants, fresh fruit and excellent coffee.

The hotel is situated on a lovely canal just inside the city's ring canal and easily accessible by car. There is free on street parking and a bus stop to Center City and the train station immediately in front of the building. (All of the hotel windows are triple paned; there's no street noise within as a result.) It's only a ten or fifteen minute walk to the city center. Since parking in Center City is nigh on impossible, take the bus or walk. Brugges is particularly conducive to walking since it's such a relatively small place with everything of interest concentrated in a ten or twelve square block area.

Marc will probably provide you with an "Advantage Card" when you check in.
If not, ask for one. It provides discounts to admissions at the city's museums.

Our room, for the three of us for six nights cost 29000 Belgian francs, about $125.00 a night. The room, for two should be somewhat less expensive. Word of warning: Marc is reluctant to accept the American Express card and Eurocheques because of the high commissions involved. We cashed travelers checks at a bank, paid in Belgian francs and got a slight discount as a result.

The hotel's website: www.terduinenhotel.be/ has truly representative photos of the hotel, its rooms. (Click on the "E" in the bottom left hand corner for the English version.)

Contact Marc, who speaks excellent English by the way, by phone at 050-33-0437, by FAX at 050-34-4216 or by Email at [email protected].

Email me directly if you'd like information on sights to see, places to dine in Brugges.

Old Jun 28th, 1999, 06:49 AM
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Elmer, we took Wes' advice and our trip this May to Brugges was the best! His recommendations are right on - particularly his suggestions for eating places - mmmmm - and the hotel! It is right on the canal - a location not often repeated anywhere else; most other hotels are off the canal on side streets or in the center of town. It is a very easy walk into town along the waterway, and the bus stops right at the door - which we took to the train station when we visited the beaches on a calm and lovely Sunday. Wes Fowler's knowledge about Belgium is articulate and accurate. If you contact him, he gladly shares and you will be the winner. Enjoy your holiday. What an absolutely delightful city. So glad we visited it before it becomes overrun with tourist groups - and we saw many people who were bused in. Also, don't forget to visit the Lace School; it is incredible. Enjoy.
Old Jun 28th, 1999, 10:50 AM
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Another lovely canal-side place to stay in Brugges is the charming t' Bourgoensche Cruyce. Situated off a tiny stone courtyard, in perhaps the most photographed spot in this gem of a town, the rooms are beautifully decorated, with windows opening out over the canal. Doubles were around $100 in 2/98. Phone 011-32-50-33-79-26.
Old Jul 8th, 1999, 03:37 AM
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Another cute hotel is Anselmus. Not large, only some rooms (8 I guess?). Right in plain city center. Very charming and warm decorated. Is run by Magda. Phone +32 50 341374.

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