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Brugge: B&B Absoluut Verhulst

Phone: 0032 50334515

Reviewed by: saga from Ireland, review #1858

When: November 2006

Absoluut Verhulst - Absolute Heaven !

We had the pleasure of staying in Absoluut Verhulst with two wonderful hosts, Benno & Frieda. It's a B & B - better than a lot of good hotels I've stayed in!

It's very close to the market square, about 5 minutes walk. The quality of the room was excellent with the most comfortable bed, ensuite shower, T.V and very importantly a fridge. The freshly made breakfast you get every morning is second to none. Benno's special eggs cooked with bacon and cheese and fresh fruit compote, beautiful breads and croissants, cheeses, meats, jams, nuts, chocolate, biscuits etc. The house is beautifully decorated.

What we liked most was the hospitality from the hosts Benno & Frieda, who went out of their way to make ours a most enjoyable stay without being intrusive. The are very genuine and warm. We will be definitely staying there again on our next visit to Brugge.

Reviewed by: srice_53098 from Germany, review #933

When: May 2004

Attentive and friendly hosts, large rooms, delicious breakfast, conveniently located in a beautiful city!

Absoluut Verhulst B&B, photo by Sarah Rice

My husband and I made an overnight getaway without children to Brugge, Belgium. We were greeted by VERY friendly hosts Benno and Frieda in their 400-year old house. They're proud grandparents who run a tasteful B&B in a wonderful city. Benno makes a mean omelette and serves a wonderful breakfast.

The two are more than willing to help you plan an enjoyable evening out or a day filled with sight-seeing. If my memory serves me correctly, I believe we paid €95 for a really good-sized suite with a private bathroom (which you reached by stairs). This B&B is within walking distance of everything! Wouldn't hesitate to recommend it and return.

Reviewed by: Kaydee from TN, review #826

When: August 2004

An absolutely wonderful B&B conveniently located near the center of Bruges. A great value with warm, friendly hosts.

This B&B in the quaint town of Bruges—Absoluut Verhulst—is absolutely fabulous and a great location for exploring Bruges on foot. I found this place through a posting I’d seen on the Frommers message board a few years ago… a very enthusiastic recommendation from a former guest… so enthusiastic that I’d printed it out and saved it in the event we ever went to Bruges. We stayed two nights.

One of the best attributes of the place is the hosts… a married couple named Benno and Frieda Verhulst. These people definitely belong in the hospitality business—they are warm, friendly, caring… and speak excellent English. They have a beautiful home to share, serve a bountiful breakfast, and want to make sure their guests have a great experience in Bruges. They graciously accommodated our early morning arrival based on our ferry trip from England, well in advance of a normal check-in time… offering coffee and rolls, making up our room as soon as the other guests had departed, and helping us carry our bags up several flights of steps. They have three B&B rooms in a private section of their home, which appears to consist of two or three adjoining old buildings.

The B&B is located on a quiet side street off of Hoogstraat, a more significant street that crosses the canal just around the corner from the B&B. We could reach the major tourist area—the Burg square and the Markt square—on foot in about ten minutes. (The Verhulsts also have several bicycles to rent guests.) There are a variety of restaurants and cafes within easy walking distance, and Benno was happy to offer suggestions. He offered the use of his computer for e-mail, and there is an internet café two minutes away on Hoogstraat for more extended needs.

The word “room” doesn’t properly describe our accommodation at Absoluut Verhulst… although there wasn’t a kitchen, we really had an apartment… the top two floors of the four-story house. (Benno’s website describes this as the Family Loft Suite.) We were overwhelmed to have this much space. The suite is reached via a steep, twisty stairway. The first floor of the suite has a big living room with two comfortable couches and a small dining table with four chairs and a television. (We were able to get British stations.) There’s a nice supply of magazines, many in English. Behind a partial wall is a good-sized sleeping area with a queen bed. This floor also has a toilet room, a sink, a small refrigerator, and tea/coffee-making supplies. An even twistier set of stairs leads to the second level up under the eaves of the house—a huge bedroom with a king-sized bed and a full bathroom. The whole accommodation is very interesting… built and decorated in a unique blend of the old and the new. The beds were VERY comfortable. This particular accommodation is ideal for a small family or even a couple. Since the two bedrooms are not totally private and there is just one shower, it isn’t really an ideal set-up for two couples traveling together.

We did peek into one of the other double rooms on the first floor—it was spacious, comfortable and beautifully decorated. When we corresponded via internet about our accommodation, Benno indicated that it was possible to include another bed in either of these rooms for our daughter. We opted to spend more for the much-larger suite—and it was a great investment. We paid 115 euros per night for the three of us, including breakfast.

Benno and Frieda serve a wonderful breakfast in their warm and friendly great room. (In warmer weather, they serve breakfast in the pretty outdoor garden.) Breakfast was beautifully presented and included hot drinks, fresh fruit, a basket of breads, an assortment of jams, and cheeses, and a delicious dish of scrambled eggs with cheese, mushrooms and sausage. Don’t pass up the offer of eggs! We enjoyed chatting with the other guests over the breakfast table.

We had just two days in Bruges—one day was sunny and warm and the next day was rainy and cool. There is plenty to do and see over a two or three days. On the second afternoon, we found we were happy just to enjoy our wonderful room at Absoluut Verhulst!

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