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Paris/Bruges/Amsterdam Travel

What is the easiest way to get from Paris to Bruges? Then, from Bruges to Amsterdam? How about day trips to Ghent or Antrewp? Any suggestions about places to stay in Bruges?
Thanks, Gladys

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Hello Gladys,
Paris to Bruges (Brugge) is about 2.5-3hours with one train change. You can do a day trip to Ghent about 30 minute train ride. Antwerp is 1.5 hours away and is also possible as a day trip. Ghent will have more interesting sights than Antwerp. Antwerp is a more modern feeling port city (it was destroyed in WWII then rebuilt).

Here are some Bruges hotels from our Amsterdam, Bruges & Brussels guidebook:

[$$] Hotel Patritius, family-run and centrally located, is a grand, circa-1830 Neoclassical mansion with hardwood oak floors in its 16 stately, high-ceilinged rooms. It features a plush lounge, a chandeliered breakfast room, and a courtyard garden. If you get a room at the lower end of the price range, this can be a great value (Db-€100-140, Tb-€140-165, Qb-€165-200, cheaper in off-season, rates depend on room size and demand--check site for best price, extra bed-€25, air-con, elevator, free Internet access and Wi-Fi, coin-op laundry, parking-€9/day, garage parking-€15/day, Riddersstraat 11, tel. 050-338-454, fax 050-339-634, www.hotelpatritius.be, [email protected], cordial Garrett and Elvi Spaey).

[$$] Hotel Cordoeanier, a charming family-run hotel, rents 22 simple, compact, hardwood-floor rooms on a quiet street two blocks off the Markt. It’s one of the best deals in town (Sb-€75-105, Db-€80-110, twin Db-€90-120, Tb-€110-150, Qb-€135, cheaper with cash if you show this book, breakfast buffet served in their pleasant Café Rose Red, no elevator, pay Internet access, free Wi-Fi, patio, Cordoeanierstraat 16-18, tel. 050-339-051, fax 050-346-111, www.cordoeanier.be, [email protected], Kris).

[$] Hotel Cavalier, with lots of stairs and lots of character, rents eight rooms decorated with quirky knickknacks; some units have remodeled bathrooms. The staff serves a hearty buffet breakfast in a once-royal setting (Sb-€60, Db-€73, Tb-€95, Qb-€105, 2 lofty en-suite “backpackers’ doubles” on fourth floor-€45-50, book direct and mention this book for special Rick Steves price, free Wi-Fi, Kuipersstraat 25, tel. 050-330-207, fax 050-347-199, www.hotelcavalier.be, [email protected], run by friendly Viviane De Clerck).

Happy Travels!

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I prefer, along with many others, to stay in a B&B rather than a hotel in Bruges. I prefer the atmosphere, and the one-to-one service.

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I stayed at Diltiens in April 2002 and had a lovely stay. I'm glad to see from Dawn's post that it's still a great place. I'd definitely look to stay there again.

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Gladys-
In July I enjoyed three nights here: is close to shops/etc., short walk to center of town from the end near the train station. Nice place, good price, good breakfast, friendly host. I recommend it:
http://www.hotelgroeninghe.be/

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Consider AirBnB! We've lined up an adorable, clean whole apartmentin Ghent for 3 nights for $95 per night. Maybe it's because my husband and I were exchange students in our youth, but I consistently find my most memorable moments traveling are conversations with people who live there.

I recently talked up a student who was giving punting tours of the "college backs" here in Cambridge, England, a number of Scotts about their views on the independence vote, and got a great primer on what it's like to be a sheep farmer by the woman who owns a B&B by Highclere Castle. Very excited about our AirBnB line-up in Ghent, Amsterdam, and even our brief overnight in Northern Germany off the beaten trail. When you see hosts with many 5 star reviews, you can count on a great experience!

Chris

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Consider staying in Ghent instead of Bruges. Lodging is cheaper, it's less touristy, and in the evenings thereare more options since it's a university town. It has a great medieval feeling, especially after dark when the buildings are floodlit.