In January this year I took a trip on the Eurostar to the lovely city of Bruges in Belgium. The cost was a mere £75 return, and we had booked a stay at the Bauhaus hotel because it was cheap and because it was called the Bauhaus! Anyway when we got there the instructions weere to get a bus and ask the driver to tell us when to get off, good job we didn’t walk because it was a pretty long bus ride and I was getting pretty worried because we seemed to be heading further and further away from the centre, but don’t fret, it turned out to be a brilliant location. We were a 5 minute walk from a supermarket and the area was quite residential so it felt like we were experiencing Bruges like a local rather than a tourist. The walk into the centre took about 15-20 mins but passed loads of cute little antique shops and smokey pubs.
Bruges is a medieval city with beautiful architecture and its rather small so even though we only stayed 2 nights I felt like I explored the majority of it. The brilliant thing about Bruges is the beer, and I’m not a massive beer drinker, but each beer comes with its own unique glass with a design of the beer logo on it which made me want to try a new ale with each pub we passed. The beer isn’t even cheap, but so worth it. The best glass comes with an order of Kwak, it is served in a stirrup cup glass with a wooden glass to keep it upright. Apparently its supposed to make the beer taste better, I think it keeps it fizzier for longer. Kwak is a really nice beer as well, definitely worth a try if you’re planning a trip over there.
A restaurant near the hotel I would recommend hunting down is the Im’t Nieuw museum. Your food is cooked on an open wood flame grill so the smell when you walk in is incredible and its nice to see your food cooking in front of you, I got the salmon and it was beautiful. There’s also a really nice bar near the hotel called De Versteende Nacht which plays a collection of classic jazz music with a wood fire on the go and lots of board games to play. For me it was perfect and we spent the evenings playing Flemmish scrabble and cards.
Hotel review: An interesting story about the hotel, if you are interested in staying there, is that on the first night in the middle of the night a really loud humming noise happened, which really alarmed us, thought it was a fire alarm, but after a minute or so it stopped so we went back to sleep. But then it happened again about an hour after, and again an hour after that, and by 5am I was fuming throwing things around the room trying to find a number to the reception desk that I could cry to but I couldn’t and didn’t fancy going down to see if it was open because that involved going outside, anyway it seemed to stop after that and we got up to go for breakfast at 8 but I was ruined because I hadn’t slept much the night before either, anyway the success of the story is when we told the reception about the problem they moved us into an apartment! No extra cost and much comfier beds and a kitchen, it was amazing.