Amato Brugge

Bruges, Belgium
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Amato Brugge

Bruges, Belgium

A friendly welcome and 3 lovely rooms-with-a-view in central Bruges

A friendly welcome and 3 lovely rooms-with-a-view in central Bruges

One of the most beautiful details in this characterful home in central Bruges is the medieval map that takes up the whole wall beside the front door. On it you can see how Bruges is a maze of small streets, pedestrian-only cut-throughs and architectural delights, ringed by water, and it’s the same today as it was back then. Amato Brugge is one of those ancient delights, a home-from-home in a building that was once the Sint Niklaas hospital, dating back as far as the 14th century. Now its 3 bedrooms offer some of the finest views of Bruges’ famous bell tower, along with warm and friendly hospitality from the owners, Stijn and Kristoff.

Stay here for the location in the heart of Bruges, and for the guesthouse's cosy style and warm welcome. The owners, who have a restaurant background and speak good English, are happy to chat over afternoon cake and chocolates, or to help you plan your day over a homemade breakfast in their new dining room. It's a great space to hole up after a long day admiring architecture and negotiating cobbled streets, and a wonderfully romantic bolthole for long weekends in beautiful Bruges.

Highs

  • Bruges itself - a delightful Unesco city, woven through by canals and cobbled streets
  • The guesthouse's fantastic central location on a quiet street beside the Markt Square, and close to restaurants
  • Spacious rooms, offering good value for money in Belgium
  • The Belfort Room is a knockout with exceptional views, so book this if it's free
  • Some of Bruges' best eateries are on your doorstep

Lows

  • Following a change of owners in 2024, some minor changes are planned, such as room decor and afternoon snacks
  • Don't expect in-room gadgets or full-time reception - this is a typical guesthouse offering
  • It's an old house with steep stairs and no lift
  • Some might not like the intimate atmosphere
  • You’ll have to pay to park if you drive here

Best time to go

Bruges is a great city to visit year-round. It can be rainy in January and February and very busy in July and August, so we consider June and December the best months overall - the latter because the city is buoyed with Christmas spirit, the former because you get the best of summer without the crowds.

Our top tips

Don’t eat at Markt Square - it’s only a few steps away, but the touristy restaurants are overpriced and not Bruges’ best gourmet advertisement. Having said that, for Belgian frites with mayonnaise, the stand in front of the bell tower is the genuine article!

Waffles are found everywhere, but apparently the best are at Salé et Sucré. And if you're after chocolate, Neuhaus and Sweertvaegher (V-Chocolatier) are the two that locals recommend.

Great for...

City Style
  • Boutique Guesthouse
  • 3 rooms
  • Breakfast; restaurants nearby
  • Over 13s only
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • Beach Nearby
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Car not necessary
  • Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Bicycles Available
Room: The Rooftop Room

Rooms

There are 3 double/twin rooms and each has its own personality. On the first floor, The Oval Room is refined and elegant, with a stunning 19th-century ceiling rose. It is divided into a sleeping area and a partitioned bathroom, with a duck-egg blue slipper bath and walk-in shower.

On the second floor, The Rooftop Room has chocolate-coloured décor, with views over the Old Town and a smaller bathroom with a shower/tub. It's lovely but the upper-floor Belfort Room is a real knockout, and all rooms are the same price so book this if it's free. The room opens to a small desk area, and leads to steep stairs that reveal the attic, with its stunning views, a large red rug and the romantic double bed. Despite being in the eaves, it isn’t cramped and still suits taller people. The ensuite bathroom has a power shower but no tub.

All bedrooms have a view of Bruges' famous bell tower and the Rooftop Room room looks out over the back of the guesthouse too, showing the Church of Our Lady and rooftops beyond. All rooms are spacious - more like suites, really - and there's space for an extra bed and baby cot in each.

Features include:

  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • WiFi

Eating

Breakfast is offered in the dining room - the new owners were still finalising the dishes and options when we called, so we'll keep you posted. And they plan to offer afternoon cakes and chocolate, as well.

For all other meals, you're in the heart of the city, with restaurants and cafés at every turn. The air in Bruges smells of chocolate. Every second shop is a chocolate shop, and every third seems to sell waffles, frites or something else to eat. You are not going to go hungry here; but finding really good food can be tricky. Luckily Stijn and Kristoff have a culinary background, so just ask them for recommendations. These might include upscale Zet Joe (cheffed by Geert Van Hecke, who gained three Michelin stars at the more formal Karmeliet), or the more affordable but still excellent Couvert on Eekhoutstraat for Belgian food. Simpler options might include bistro ‘T Klein Genoegan on Dorpsstraat, or nearby Italian Sale & Pepe whose daily specials are worth seeking out.

Features include:

  • Honesty bar
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Wander to Markt Square and admire its medieval architecture, then climb to the top of the bell tower for stunning panoramic views (made famous by In Bruges). It’s 300 steps to the top

  • Take a boat tour along the canals, spot swans and spy an alternative view of the city. It beats the uber-touristy pony and trap tours that run from the centre; the entire city is a Unesco World Heritage site

  • Visit Burg Square with its 14th-century town hall and Basilica of the Holy Blood. It’s one of the city’s finest spots and reflects Bruges' past wealth and influence

  • Get down with the chocolate. You can try truffles at every shop you like (there are over 50 chocolate boutiques, so good luck), then explore the town’s chocolate museum, Choco-Story, with more tastings and a history lesson

  • Bruges’ other food museums are the Museum of the Frite, all about the history of potatoes (and more interesting than it sounds), and the De Halve Maan brewery, another great stop for tastings

  • Bruges can be overly touristy. Hire a bike (ask the owners) and take yourself on an architectural tour of the northeast side of the city to avoid the crowds - you’ll make discoveries around every corner

  • Marvel at the magic touch of Michelangelo, whose Madonna and Child is found among countless paintings at the Church of our Lady. The tower here is 122m high, making it the tallest brick building in the world

  • Take a tour of Flanders Field and the First World War battlefields, around an hour away

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets

Kids

Children over 13 are welcome here. An extra bed can be added to the Belfort Room. There are plenty of places to eat nearby for families who may also enjoy the boat rides and bike rides in the city.

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Extra Beds Available

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Seapark Brugge, a dolphin amusement park
  • A 14th-century children’s farm at Zeven Torentjes
  • Three swimming pools nearby
  • A couple of large nature reserves
  • The Beisbroek public observatory

Families Should Know:

The guesthouse has steep stairs, typical of any historic Belgian building

Kid Friendly:

Location

Amato Brugge (formerly called Maison Sint Niklaas) is on a quiet street in the centre of Bruges, steps away from Markt Square, in western Belgium. The best way to get here is by train and taxi.

By Air:
The closest airport is Brussels International, which is a hub for flights from all over Europe and beyond. Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving this airport.

From the Airport
It takes an hour and a quarter by car from Brussels to Bruges. You can get a taxi but trains (see below) are faster and cheaper. Alternatively you can hire a car.

By Train:
Trains from Brussels to Bruges run at least every half hour and take about an hour. You can reach Brussels on the Eurostar from London St Pancras. You might want to bring a bike on your trip - it’s a great way to see the city.

By Car:
We recommend a car if you’re planning to explore Belgium; you don’t need one if you’re just coming to Bruges for a short break. Bruges is an easy drive from Brussels, just over an hour. Once you reach the city, beware of cyclists and one-way streets. Private parking is available at the guesthouse for a daily charge; request in advance as spaces are limited.The city has a few municipal car parks but most parking is metered on the street. See our car rental recommendations.

Getting Around:
Bruges is easily walkable; you can also see the city by bike, scooter, boat, or pony and trap.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Belgium and getting around

Airports:

  • Brussels International 100.0 km BRU

Other:

  • Beach 20.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.2 km

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