Hotel ‘t Putje
What We Love
- A lovely Bruges hotel in the city's historic heart, with breakfast and an optional dinnerThe unbeatable location near the heart of Bruges' medieval center
- Opting for a delicious dinner in the hotel’s charming restaurant
- Having the normally bustling cobbled streets all to yourself in the deep mid-winter
- Celebrating the New Year in this charming city
The perfectly preserved medieval Belgian town of Bruges, near the North Flanders coast, could have stepped straight from the pages of a fairy tale, with its cobbled lanes, dreamy canals and picturesque market squares. Add to this its historic churches, glorious jumble of wonky cottages and whitewashed almshouses, and you’ll find a photo opportunity on every corner. For this reason, it’s often a teeming tourist hotspot in summer, so if you want to have its many charms pretty much to yourself (except during the festive season, when the Christmas markets attract thousands), a winter visit is ideal.
Sitting pretty on a cobbled square near the historic old part of town, Hotel ‘t Putje is perfect for setting forth to explore the town on foot. Occupying an elegant yellow building, the accommodations sit above the hotel’s acclaimed but laid-back restaurant, which is favored by locals and visitors alike. Interiors have recently been refurbished, so you can expect crisp, clean, newly painted décor. Hunker down by the roaring open fire in the lounge, and enjoy a tipple in the cozy bar.
How to Get There
Before arriving, we tried to swap to a different hotel, having read the reviews. The hotel would not let us cancel the booking (which is quite within their rights). So be careful before you book.
If you are driving, there is no easy access to the hotel, so you will have to park up and walk with bags at least 250 metres.
The reception is very pleasant and the staff are helpful and friendly.
We were in two rooms on the top floor. The lift goes to the third floor, the rest you use stairs. The lift is small and you are greeted with a pungent drain smell. Fortunately this does not continue throughout the hotel. Our rooms were basic. Low beams create an issue, you have to be very careful, and you will still hit your head. The beds were soft with no mattress protectors and ill fitting sheets persistently came off to reveal a dirty mattress. The bathrooms were substandard. Lots of black mould and tiles missing. The shower easily overflowed onto broken cheap laminate flooring. There was a sufficient supply of hot water, just let the shower run for a while and don’t touch the manky shower curtain, which is clearly showing more cultures than a lower fourth biology Petri dish. The towels are clean but a grey white and need replacing. The furniture in the room is cheap, local authority estate standard. There are no tea / coffee making facilities.
There was a rear entrance to the hotel which had smashed mirrors inside. It made the place look very run down. The alleyway outside also had broken glass, which detracted from the area’s ambiance.
The location is very central, so a good base to go and visit the local sites.
Value wise it’s pretty cheap, but as usual you get what you pay for.
Would I recommend- no
Would I stay again - no
I had a room with a double bed and a balcony overlooking a small river and the path to the park. Nice room, comfortable bed, and clean modern toilet. Water power in the shower was not very strong but was ok. Nice continental buffet breakfast, and super friendly staff always eager to please. A great location and I would definately come back.
I must admit that after booking this hotel a couple of months ago, I was concerned with the recent reviews.
We booked this hotel for a weekend away.
Our welcome was great, the gentleman was very easy to communicate with, and showed us to our room.
We stayed in room 54, which is in another small building behind the main hotel/restaurant. The room was of a standard size, a little dated. We did not think that the photo’s on the website reflect the true standard of the room.
Our room had double doors onto a little shared balcony, with the view of the lane behind the hotel, and electric screens on the outside, which was good as our room had no air conditioning, and the weather was still decent.
The room was very basic. No kettle, only 2 plastic cups in the bathroom.
The room was clean, and the bed very soft. The WiFi was excellent.
The bathroom was very basic. The shower functional (it is an over the bath shower on the mixer tap). We did not have any issues with hot water during our stay (as other reviews have commented on).
During our stay we asked the gentleman on reception to call a local restaurant and book us a table, which he did with quickly and kindly.
The location is good. 10 minute walk from the train station, 5 - 10 minutes away from the main square. Easy walking distance to all the other main sites.
Plenty of bars and restaurants in the local area.