“A friendly welcome and 3 lovely rooms-with-a-view in central Bruges”
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 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 B&B 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.
You get a full breakfast menu in the morning. I chose a boiled egg, toast, jam and local cheese for breakfast, but equally you could have yoghurt, cereals, cold meats, fruit salad and delicious fresh pastries. There is a small honesty bar in the lounge, but apart from that, you're on your own.
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. How you find the best food, however, is the tricky thing. Ask Véronique for recommendations and 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. Although for Belgian frites with mayonnaise, the stand in front of the bell tower is the genuine article!
Before your trip, book a table at the 3 Michelin-starred De Karmeliet if that’s your thing - waiting lists are long, but it's the most highly regarded place in town. Otherwise, try Couvert on Eekhoutstraat for Belgian food, or bistro ‘T Klein Genoegan. Sale & Pepe is a good Italian nearby - the daily specials are worth seeking out. Waffles are found everywhere, but apparently the best are at Salé et Sucré. And if you're after chocolate, Neuhaus and Sweertvaegher are the 2 that locals recommend.
Children of all ages are welcome here. An extra bed and baby cot can be added to all rooms and Véronique is happy to cater for kids at breakfast. There are plenty of places to eat nearby for children; they may also enjoy the boat rides and bike rides in the city.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
The B&B has steep stairs, typical of any historic Belgian building.