Accomm – Bruges: Hotel Bryghia. A unique and unusual hotel in Bruges

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The hotel is situated in a quiet position and backs onto a canal.

The Hotel Bryghia is located in Oosterlingenplein 4. Its location is perfect for tourists, backing onto one of the canals in Bruges. You will find it located in a quiet square, and we had no problems with excessive street noise. The hotel is located ten minutes from the town centre/market square on a gentle stroll.

Please be aware that disabled guests using a wheelchair will struggle in this hotel, and my advice is not to book. There are steps at the front door without a ramp, and while there is access from the rear of the hotel through the kitchen, this is far from ideal. More importantly, the lift is so small that a large wheelchair would struggle to fit in, and there would be no room for an attendant to travel in the 3-person lift.

The hotel is rated as a three-star, however, I would rate it as a good two star, working towards three stars, based on European hotel standards.

The same family has run the establishment for the last 17 years. The hotel itself dates from the 15th century and has been restored to modern standards – to a point, hence the two-star status I consider it currently meets. Please don’t book here if you’re expecting every modern convenience as you will be disappointed. This is a unique, small, 18-roomed hotel whose decor matches its history. If you want something that’s different from the norm and don’t mind the quirkiness, then the Bryghia might be your perfect partner.

The Bryghia offers Wi-Fi, however, access to this is only available on the ground floor at reception and in the small lounge opposite. We were on the third floor and were unable to obtain a signal. It shouldn’t present as a major problem in placing wireless repeaters on each floor to extend the Wi-Fi service, but as yet, the hotel management has failed to do so.

Link: For further information on this hotel and current prices click here.

The hotel does not have a bar as such but does offer a drinks service served in the sitting room. An indication of costs were, two coffees and two brandy’s priced at €15. It’s not the cheapest but would be on a par with other similar type establishments.

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Drinks can be served in the sitting room.

 

The hotel does not have a restaurant but does offer breakfasts in the typical continental style in a breakfast room on the ground floor.

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The breakfast room.

Although the weekend I stayed was a special 50th birthday trip, and a request that the room reflects the purpose of the visit had been made in advance, we were given room 38 on the third floor. This was a tiny double room, and upon entering, was quite obviously a smoking room smelling strongly of stale cigar smoke. We had also requested a non-smoking room as neither my wife nor myself have ever smoked. A request was made to management to change rooms to a corner room – and pay any extra charges – as I had viewed room 40 as we arrived on the third floor, which was much larger. My request met with a refusal. I was also advised that all rooms are smoking rooms and that the hotel permits smoking throughout.

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Room 38 was a tiny, smoke-infused room!

As we had booked via Travel Republic (TR) I was advised that the larger corner rooms were not available to TR bookings as these were premium rooms. Although room 38 was perfectly functional with a small table, two chairs, an old style TV, and a safe located in the built-in mirrored wardrobe unit, it was, at 20 foot by 13 foot, literally not large enough to swing the proverbial cat. Our ‘double bed’ actually consisted of two singles put together using two separate mattresses and duvets – it’s not exactly what we expected, but comfortable nonetheless.

 

All bedrooms have minibars. These are not cheap services, but this is the same the world over. You may decide to do what we did, buy your own drinks at a local supermarket and keep them in the mini bar.

The bathroom was adequate in size although not huge or modern by our UK standards. It simply needs upgrading to reach that three-star standard. For example, there is no power shower, the water temperature is not thermostatically controlled therefore if you have children be careful with the over bath shower. Also, there are no non-slip bath mats inside the bath. There’s no extractor fan so don’t try to use the mirror after bathing/showering. The showerhead, rather than being placed at the end of the bath on the wall, is on a side wall, and the toilet roll dispenser position meant you had to be a bit of a gymnast to reach it! Complimentary toiletries were provided.

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There are plenty of restaurants/brasseries merely 3-4 minutes walk from the hotel, as well as a huge choice in the town centre, but beware as these are not cheap by UK standards. You can expect to pay €70-90 for a 3-course meal with drinks for two.

Breakfast is available in a delightfully decorated breakfast room. This comprises the standard continental fare, which included tea or coffee, croissants, baguette, breads, cheeses, hams, salami and preserves. Fruit, cereals and yoghurts were also available. For those wanting something a little more substantial, the breakfast room has a boil your own egg policy – basically, take your egg, pop it into a cradle in a boiler, leave for 5 minutes and voila, breakfast boiled egg.

The hotel has very helpful staff that can organise taxis, tickets, and trips etc on your behalf. Reception is manned until around midnight.

In conclusion, therefore, this is a reasonably priced hotel for what you get. It’s clean, tidy and the rooms are satisfactory for short stays. As for location, well you won’t find better at this price mark, 10-minute walking distance and you’ll be at the main heart of Bruges.

Would I recommend it – yes, but guests do need to be aware of the hotel’s limitations.

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For further tourist information on Bruges, visit the tourist board website here.

For my review on Bruges click here.

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