HOTEL REVIEW – NH BRUGGE HOTEL:
In Bruges, we stayed for two nights at the NH Brugge Hotel. The NH Brugge is a four-star hotel located on the Brugge ring road. Although the hotel describes its location as being “tucked away in the historic centre”, it is actually about one km from de Markt market square – but there is a road that takes you straight into the square.
Set within a building that was a monastery in the 17th century, it is more of an basic hotel with some modern amenities, like the internet.
After the Steigenberger Grandhotel in Brussels, NH Brugge Hotel was a big step down in standards. Our room 408 was large, but the furniture and carpet in the room and corridors had seen better days. The cabinet on which the television sat was more like something you’ll see in B&Bs – old and battered. The bathroom had been renovated and is modern, but the collateral was very basic. The breakfast in the hotel was okay with nice breads. However, the people eating the cooked breakfast complained that the bacon, eggs, etc. were cold.
In front of the hotel is a bus terminus, but we didn’t find it noisy at all. Across the road from the hotel there is a row of restaurants, one of which was Hollywood, which our local guide Christa recommended. Unfortunately it was closed when we were there as Belgium was playing in the FIFA world cup that night.
NH Brugge Rooms
There are 149 rooms at the NH Brugge. The hotel describes the room as “decorated with French coutnry decor”, but we thought the furniture, especially the fridge cabinet was as battered as something you expect to see in a B&B. Our room 408 was large enough and there was tea-making facilities in the room.
Meals we had
All meals are at the Ter Boeverie Restaurant which offers French-Belgium menu.
What we particularly liked:
- good WiFi connection and it is free.
- good room size
- in spite of being in front of a bus terminus, the room was quiet
What we were not keen on:
- old beds with floppy mattresses
- furniture and carpets could do with upgrading.
- location description on the hotel website is a bit misleading as the hotel is about a 10 minute walk from the historic centre.
If you are arriving by train, the hotel is 850 metres away from Bruges Central Railway Station.