Most people go to Brugge to steep in the architecture and history. The interior of Die Swaene is typical of the town. Lots of wood panelling, painted ceilings, heavy curtains edged with gold braid and a little quirky in places. We had stayed here a few years ago in early January and enjoyed it, so thought we would try again.
We had a room overlooking the canal that gave an excellent view. The downside was that it was a stretch of the canal used by tourist boats and even with the windows closed, it was still possible to follow the boat guides comments. There is also a road in front of the hotel and traffic can be heard. Fortunately, the traffic is very light and caused us no problems.
The buffet breakfast is typical of the European continent so if you are looking for the Full Monty, this is not the place for you. They will cook eggs but that is all. The buffet is more than adequate for most tastes.
The staff are friendly and very helpful. Lieven and Annelies in reception could not be faulted.
There is a small bar behind reception with a limited supply of drinks for sale. You also have a mini bar in your room. As a Scotsman, I should drink Scotch or Irish whiskey, but I don't. I prefer Bourbon and they had none which was a shame.
The drawing room on the first floor is beautiful and spacious and ideal for a quiet time.
The hotel is a very short stroll from the main square and truth be told, nothing worth seeing in Brugge is very far away and can be easily walked, even for someone like me who has a slight disability.
A nice hotel and well worth considering if you are going to visit Brugge.
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