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
I booked a room for 3 nights to enjoy Bruges with my 88 year old mum. At checking in, I found out the bare, dark and filthy room had a double bed in stead of the 2 separate beds I requested in the booking. The receptionist was willing to sort the problem as he understood my mum and I could not share one bed. Unable to make changes, he contacted the manager. When I asked to talk to her on the phone, she was so angry and upset, she did not even want to listen to me. She was not willing to solve the problem at all; just moaning how I dared to talk to her while she had her half day off work. I was called @$%@& and yelled at. She showed no empathy for the situation. No offer for money back or even a suggestion to share the costs.
I am disgusted at her behavior as nobody should be treated like that. She is a disgrace for the hotel and clearly not worthy being a manager. I asked the receptionist for the name of the owner to make a complaint but he lives in Australia and not approachable.
At the end I had to book another hotel and ended up with double the costs for accommodation. It was an extremely terrible sad experience. Stay far away from this hotel and it's manager.
We stayed here for two nights at the end of August. The hotel entrance is lovely but the rooms aren’t so much. The lift had a smell of sewage throughout our stay. The room itself has huge potential but it is far from the best it could be. The wallpaper was peeling in many places, the duvet was only a very thin sheet, we had no hot water throughout our stay and the shower leaked all over the bathroom floor which was really annoying. The location is okay, however Bruges is a small city so anywhere in Bruges is probably a good location.
With a little bit of upkeep this hotel would be perfect! Wouldn’t spent the money we did on this another time around.
I have been in Bruges multiple times and have walked by the entrance of this hotel always noting how welcoming it looked. I never realized that the hotel we booked this time was the one with the lovely entrance.
At the reception they were very friendly, they kindly offered us to walk us to our room. Turned out that our room was in another building behind the main building. We had to walk through the entire building including the restaurant to get to the entrance.
I loved taking this walk between the room and the breakfast area because both the restaurant and the interior of the rest of the hotel with a transformed inner garden looks great.
The room was clean and well furnished only a little hot (but it was in general a very warm weekend). Luckily we had a fan/ventilator inside which was always on during the night and we kept the windows open as well. Important to note that the neighborhood was quiet.
The only downside of the room was the bed. The mattress was very soft (I didn't even use my pillow on the second night as there was no need for it). But it was funny that sometimes we literally rolled out of bed.
We only had breakfast at the restaurant which had breads, pastries, fresh orange juice, coffee/tea, meat/cheese, vegetables, yogurt and cereals. On both days we had big breakfasts which gave a good start for the day.
The location of the hotel is great it's ca 15 minutes walking from the main square with the Belfort and the shopping street begins 3 minutes walking from the hotel.
All in all, it's a nice place where they are very hospitable. :)