Hotel Patritius-Brugge, Belgium
Date of stay-September 2010
The building alone is enough of a reason to stay at Hotel Patritius. A mansion that was built shortly after the Napoleonic era, traces of its elegant past remain today including the free-standing winding staircase that Scarlett O’Hara herself would have come down to meet her beaus and the large carriage entrance where guests would have been admitted.
A completely family owned and operated hotel, its owners, a young couple were courteous and attentive, and like most people in the Benelux region, spoke impeccable English. They preside directly over the extensive continental breakfast that is offered each morning. Although we stayed for two nights, we were only able to partake in the breakfast one morning due to our having to catch an early train to Paris, but were quite pleased with the offerings. Eggs are also made to order upon request, a nice addition when looking for a bit more than the standard roll and fruit.
Its location is perfect. Only a quick five minute walk to the Markt (the city center), the hotel is still far enough away to not be subject to the immense crowds and loud traffic noise that sometimes inundate it.
There are a total of 16 rooms at Hotel Patritius, located on the first and second floors (the first being the second floor for American logic). There is also a lift which is always a blessing when having to contend with heavy luggage. Our room itself was lovely, decorated in colors and motifs that nicely complimented the hotel’s historic past. My only comment, although not a negative, was the choice of artwork on the walls-paintings of dogs in human apparel. Although the television was quite small and limited to mainly Flemish channels, I certainly don’t travel to a medieval city in Belgium for television watching. The bathroom was terrific for no other reason that the shower featured a curtain (always a major plus in my opinion). It was also amply roomy and the warming towel rack was a nice added feature.
While there is a vast array of lodging options in Brugge, I highly recommend Hotel Patritius for a unique yet affordable experience. You get all the pleasantries of a three star hotel experience with some history thrown in too.
8000, Brugge, Belgium