Where to start… quirky, cozy, full of atmosphere, good location, EXYREMELY nice crew, brilliant breakfast… what more to say? Well, in our case De Barge was just a lucky shot right out in the dark. Spotted the pics, saw a few reviews, booked – and thoroughly enjoyed our four nights there. Of course, Bruges is a beautiful place, too, which might have contributed some to the very good memories we have, and hang on to. We arrived late due to bad weather at Frankfurt airport, and some hassle with the trains, too. The hotel communicated very nicely to ensure us that there will be someone to meet us, and if not, they sent us everything starting from the front door code. Excellent service, which went on in a very nice welcome at finally arriving. We had a fabulous meal at the hotel restaurant, one of the best during our stay in Bruges, and a very good night's sleep. I went out for an early jog next morning, and realised how close we were to central Bruges, a definite bonus. So, let me tell you some about the hotel. As the name suggests, it is really a barge, in the canal right south of the very centre. The rooms are small, but very cozy in their maritime setting. Lovely bed, cute bath, but the shower was, well, quirky might be an understatement. Working and functional, to some part, however. But fear no, De Barge will close early January for a full six week re-buidl of the piping, pumps etc, so by Valentines I would anticipate even the showers to work properly. The cleaning was excellent, as was the breakfast. When you book (N.B. I didn't say if…), keep in mind that the hotel doesn't run a 24/7 reception. So, I certainly do recommend De Barge for your Bruges visit. If you arrive by train (1.5 hrs approx from Brussels airport), don't bother taking a taxi, the walk is just some 300-400 yards, very easy to find: turn right at leaving the station, and keep right until you end up at De Barge. Have a lovely stay!
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- Also Known As:
- De Barge Bruges