We will be in Belgium in April and would like recommendations for Bruge, Ghent and Brussels. We like old buildings and old ambience, not slick. Thanks Cheri
What is reasonably price?
In Ghent I stayed at the Ibis that was across the street from the cathedral. It sure didn't have any ambiance, but it was clean and comfortable and the location and price more than made up for it. Ghent is a good base for daytripping to Bruges and Brussels, and hotel rates are lower.
We enjoyed staying at the Hotel Fevery in Bruge a few years ago. Not slick, but not charm-oozing either. Served our needs quite well for a few nights in this lovely town. Good luck.
Because different people have different ideas of what a reasonable price is, it's helpful if we can know what you feel is reasonable. For example, I think anything under 250€ a night is reasonable. Other people's idea of reasonable might be under 100€ or under 400€.
In Bruges try Hotel Botaniek and Hotel Bla Bla (yes, that's the real name). In Ghent in the medium price range, I'd try Erasmus Hotel. In Brussels I'd try Hotel La Legende or Hotel La Madeleine. These are all recommended by Rick, so book early or they may fill up.
We spent one night in Brussels at the Ibis Brussels off Grand Place. We got a rate of €75. I thought the hotel was convenient to walk from train station, Grand Place, and numerous restaurants. Hotel was clean and was one of the more spacious rooms we had while we were on our European vacation.
Check out the Hotel Patritius in Bruge. It's reasonable (less than $150 a night), the rooms are large, it's convenient, and the service is very friendly. Oh and it's an old, charming building.
Enjoy the yummy chocolate, fries and the gardens in Bruge. It's lovely.
We stayed one night in Bruges in May of 2014. We stayed at a lovely small hotel near the city center called Hotel Cordoeanier. It was very reasonable, maybe around $100 or less. The room was a pretty standard size, very clean with big windows letting in lots of natural light, and contemporary decor while the main part of the building had plenty of old world charm. We enjoyed a beer night cap in the hotel's cozy restaurant. Breakfast was included.
We spent a few days last May in Bruges. We had the Junior Suite at the Canalview Hotel Ter Reien.
Our room had large double doors that opened up to the canal. We had a great experience at this hotel and loved our room on the canal.
Bruge Hotel tip : The Dukes Palace ..... lovely Hotel and really in the middle of town
Are you aware that local trains are frequent and affordable, and don't take reservations in this area? You don't absolutely have to change rooms three times if you don't care to. (I don't, that's why I wanted to make sure you knew.) Also, if you like those three places, you might want to see Antwerp. My choice would be to stay in Antwerp, but Gent is closer to Brugge. And the price and walkability to the train station are a factor.
FWIW, there are a lot of gut-renovated old buildings in these cities, so they are both slick and old! At my age, I count comfort for a lot. I've only slept in Antwerp so I can't help with your OP question.
In 2002, I had a lovely stay at the Dieltiens B&B in Bruges. Someone posted here more recently that it's still nice. It's gone up quite a bit since I stayed there, but it's still much cheaper than a hotel. The only potential problem is that there is no elevator, and the stairs are steep. If you can handle that, it sounds like what you are looking for.
Do also take Tim's points into account: you can see all of these cities from a base in any one (although I did switch cities, but I was in the country for 10 days), and seriously consider visiting Antwerp while you're in the area (my favorite of the four cities).
We stayed in Hotel Harmony, in Ghent, located in the old town. They decorated our room and sent up champagne because it was my birthday! We enjoyed it very much! Large room w/ large upgraded bathroom.
In Bruges, I can only give high remarks and reviews for Hotel Patritius. The owners were wonderful, and the rooms were the most comfortable in our whole trip. It has been a couple years, but the three of us agreed it was the best hotel, and very reasonably priced. You can do laundry there, for a very nominal charge. Elvi and Garret are awesome!!
I think we may be talking in an empty room. 5 days ago when this question was asked, two posters asked for guidance as to the price which would be acceptable. Since then, no answer. Tough to have a dialogue when one person is silent.
If cheri is still in the building I have some experience in those places.
thanks for all the advise and yes, Nigel, I am still in the building..i've been looking on tripadviser at all the suggestions. Would like to spend under 125 euro and have noticed some appealing ones ...comments on Abraham Prinsenhof in Ghent, Dieltiens or Setola b &b in Bruges, nothing yes in Brussels.
Do you think 6 days is good for all three or perhaps less days? thanks Cheri