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
Well what can I say, the Putje hotel has a lingering sewage smell, which permeates, throughout the reception and up the stairs and into the rooms.
Lucky for us it was stinking hot, no pun intended with no air conditioning in the room, it meant we had to keep our windows open all night. The downside of this however was the noise coming from outside was deafening, as we had the local fairground camped outside our window in the main square which no one informed us about when we were booking. We asked to be moved and the lady on reception offered us the room directly next to ours, which coincidentally faced out onto the same noisy street we complained about. Her concept of customer care was just to fob us off, this really is poor service.
The room itself bears no reflection to what is advertised on their website, we must have gotten the broom cupboard suite, very small, dated and tired looking, ran out of soap on the first night and asked 3 times and one night later before for the shower soap dispenser was filled. Also dust all over the table and floors, and not cleaned each day. I wrote my name on the table dust and it was still there later on that evening.
That being said, once we did drift into dreamland, we realised that the beds where old and uncomfortable and sagging in the middle. On a plus point, the receptionist in the evening, Matteus was very good and ever so helpful, considering he had just started in the job the week we arrived.
Would I recommend this hotel, ABSOLUTELY NOT! It states in the hotel website that the Putrid hotel is “the perfect place to start your visit to medieval Bruges”. I think the hotel has taken this too literal and the medieval theme is reflected in the hotel itself, I certainly felt I was back living in the dark ages. Do yourself a favour, book anywhere else but this hotel, or if there is nothing else available, get some cardboard and sleep rough, you will be more comfortable.
I stayed here very recently and had a good stay at the hotel.
Pros of staying here:
- Fantastic location, very close to Bruges station, only a 10 min walk. The main attractions are also within 10 - 15 mins walking distance
- Nice and quite location, we were in a room facing the square and there was hardly any noise
- Good shower/ bath
- Fridge included, which is a decent size
- Staff were very friendly and helpful
Cons/things that can be improved
- The bed was BAD! It was way too soft and I have some hip pain as a result. Not sure if they are old or just a bad bed in general. If you have some additional weight or have hip issues, then you're not going to be happy!
- The breakfast is good, it would be good if there could be more range. But it was affordable and decent
- The decor is a little outdated, I really don't care about stuff like that, but I know some people like to stay in a pretty hotel!
Overall I had a very positive experience here (despite the bed issues!) and wouldn't hesitate to book.
Very central location. Great price. Friendly and helpful staff. Big room but basic- doesn't bother me as only 1 night stay. Despite the smell problem, I'd not hesitate to stay again if the problem solved as the room have a nice view and your own balcony.
Smell of drain in the room once the A/C is turned on!!! Let the room aerated but still no luck. At the end, we turned the A/C off, the smell seems to be much better. Got complimentary "Breakfast" as result of the smelly room.
The hotel is very near the train station; a plus for us coming in the night after traveling from Brussels.
Its also walking distance from the tourist spots in the city, but unfortunately located along bars so it could be a bit too lively at night especially if you’re a light sleeper.
But overall, it’s a very comfortable place to stay in. Wouldn’t mind staying there again.
We stayed in this hotel New Years Eve and were very pleased as we had booked last minute and we felt very lucky to have had the room. The lady on reception was very pleasant and helpful. This time however we went on Saturday 11th May, the only good thing about this stay was the location being very near to everything in Brugge.
We thought we had booked a room with a bath but this only had a shower, it was called a deluxe room and all I can say is if that is deluxe I would hate to see what a basic room was. The shower ran very cool, it was very luke warm verging on cold and the sink was blocked, we did not complain that night because we were only staying one night and we assumed as we had showered quite late on, all the other guests must have taken the hot water, but it was the same in the morning - not good. I do believe hotels in Brugge think they do not have to provide the best facilities because you will pay because of the location. I think they should all think again and when they say you only have to go down to ask, these things should work anyway and you do not want to waste your stay of only one night complaining. This hotel could do with some updating as well