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Hotel Ter Duinen is a Great little place!!
Very nice hotel which is situated very close to the center. The hotel staff is really friendly and helpful. The rooms are standard European rooms with decent size. I would recommend calling the hotel and booking as they gave me a really good deal since I was booking 2 rooms. Breakfast is good and good canal views. I am definetly going back again. Brugge was also a very nice city to visit. We also visited Dammes which is a medieval city about 10 KM away from Brugge. I thought Brugge was a much nicer city and that Dammes was a waist of time.
A True Gem!
Last month we spent two nights at Hotel Ter Duinen with my brother and sister in law, who have stayed at this hotel many times over the past 10 years and who promised us an unforgettable experience.
We were not disappointed. The hotel itself is a gem and our newly renovated room on the ground floor very well appointed with comfortable beds, a flat screen tv, a fast and free internet connection and air conditioning.
The hotel is well located on a canal, about a 10 minute walk to Brugge's city centre or a 3 minute bus ride.
Although 'buffet breakfasts' are usually a disappointment, the one served at Hotel ter Duinen is one of a kind: as you sit down you are served coffee/tea, freshly squeezed orange juice, a boiled egg, fresh fruit and a basket of freshly baked breads with the best croissants we have ever tasted. The buffet has an assortment of wonderful cheeses, meats, good quality yogurt, cereals and nuts. The breakfast room is airy, light and beautifully decorated. But it is the owners, Marc and Lieve's gracious hospitality who make your stay an unforgettable and special experience. Helpful and caring, they did everything to make our stay special and very special it was!
Elegant, friendly hotel
I booked 3 nights at this hotel as a weekend break with my wife. We wanted a place that was comfortable, that was by a canal and had character. We checked the Tripadvisor Reviews and thought: Hotel Ter Duinen is the place! It surpassed even our expectations. The things we liked best about this hotel were:
the husband and wife team who own the hotel live on site, serve at breakfast and really make guests feel that they are at home;
the breakfast room and sitting area as well as the little patio garden were a delight;
the room was very comfortable and quiet and had a good bathroom;
it was great having a room looking out onto the canal;
it was lovely walking from the hotel along the canals into the town but you could also take a bus if you wanted to;
the hotel provided a card which gave us discounts on attractions, boat trips etc.
We feel that we have found a little oasis and hope to return. There is so much to see in and around Bruges. We would particularly recommend hiring a bike and cycling along the canal to the pretty village of Damme
What a wonderful find.
We have just returned from a long weekend staying at the absolutely charming Hotel Ter Duinen. From the moment we entered the hotel to the moment we left we were treated wonderfully. The staff were all so friendly and helpful offering advice and suggestions as to how we might get the best from our visit to Brugge. Our room which overlooked the canal was charming and wonderfully quiet. The bathroom was beautifully clean with excellent facilities and there was plenty of storage space in the room. We had a Junior Suite which had 2 single beds which were put together giving plenty of room and the beds were very comfortable and as a bad back sufferer this is very important to me. The hotel was decorated tastefully to a very high standard with individuality and style. It was a pleasure to take breakfast in the light, airy breakfast room and the food was beautifully fresh and there was a wide range of breads, meats, cheeses, and fruits. If you are looking for your egg and bacon breakfast this is not the place for you but what is on offer is far nicer. All in all we had a wonderful and stay and will be returning again shortly. A fantastic choice if you want a quite tasteful hotel with attention to detail and that personal touch which is so often missing.
Not a good night's sleep
Very cute hotel, good breakfast, would have been a great stay had it not been for two terrible nights sleep. To begin with, the mattress in our room was extremely hard. On the first morning we were woken up at 5:30 a.m by an alarm clock that had been set in the unoccupied room beside us. It didn't shut itself off, and I eventually had to find the receptionist to get it turned off. When we asked in the morning about switching to another room with a softer bed, the receptionist said she would let us know later in the afternoon. We inquired later in the afternoon and were told that we in fact had the softest mattress in the hotel. We asked if we could move to a different room anyway, as we both found this mattress uncomfortable. We were told this wasn't possible. Now, we were there in February, and the hotel had very few guests. Given that it was the same receptionist that I had to find to turn off the alarm, I guess I was hoping they would be more flexible. Anyway, if it's true that we had the softest bed in the hotel, I wouldn't recomment this hotel for a good night's sleep, as it certainly was the hardest mattress I've encountered in a long time.
Ter Duinen is a winner
Just got back from a twelve-day holiday with my family of four to Belgium and the Netherlands[including a wonderful but tiring day trip to Paris via the high-speed Thalys]. We intentionally placed our two-night stay in Brugges between Brussels and Amsterdam as a respite from the big-city vacation experience that we so enjoy. We got to Brugges by train out of Brussels and took a quick taxi ride to the hotel for about $20.
For this break we chose the Ter Duinen Hotel-- we were not disappointed. This hotel suited our needs perfectly. It is classically designed, beautifully decorated, clean and, most important, LOCATED RIGHT ON A LOVELY CANAL. The management couldn't have been kinder or more attentive. We had room 41--big enough for two adults and two kids.
Every day the local church's bells are singing to you regularly between 8 am and 9 pm- how civilized. Breakfast is provided free of charge in the large tastefully decorated breakfast room on the first floor. Check out the sunroom and the garden in the back.
Brugges is a city that satisifies the vacation shopping requirement[even for your teens], the historic appeal, plus canal boat rides. It attracts a large day-trip tourist crowd-- which is fun; and it tends to empty out in the evening--which is fun too. Oh, and just my opinion but, the Grand Place in Brugges easily beats out Brussels in terms of the quintessential coffee/tea, crepes, Belgian waffle outdoor dining experience.
A relaxing getaway in Bruges
My husband and I and our 2 teenage children stayed for 6 nights here. Contrary to popular belief, that this is a good place to stay for 3 nights or less, we found it very relaxing with many good things to do every day including bike trip to Damme and train to coast. The reservation was made online very easily and they offered an online discount as well. I requested 2 rooms and was perfectly accommodated. The web site gave a good representation of the look and feel of the place. Not too fancy, but very fresh, clean and cozy feeling. Breakfasts were sumptuous.
The hotel was very easy to find; bus takes you right there from train station. The owners and staff were very friendly and helpful with all questions and gave good advice for restaurants etc. Renting bikes is so easy and a must. We especially liked that this hotel was located about a 10 minute walk from the market square, so it was in a very quiet neighborhood along a canal. You will not be disappointed.
A very pleasant stay.
I stayed here five nights with my wife from 16th to 21st September 2007. I brought my car from the UK using the Ramsgate to Ostende route which only left 15 miles or so to drive to Bruges. I do not recommend either driving or parking in the centre of Bruges but Ter Duinen was a very good choice because the Langerei is just off the ring road making it particularly easy to find and unload. We took advantage of renting a nearby lock up garage via the hotel. Do not imagine you can bring a car and just park it up on the street for free. Parking is as important as the accommodation for a visitor to Bruges.
Once inside the hotel we were very impressed with the overall cleanliness and decor. The ground floor facilities and the breakfast room immediately exuded real quality. We had a canal view room. It was basic but very very clean and perfectly adequate for our stay.The only downside was the absence of cupboard/drawer space which we felt could easily be remedied with appropriate bedside cabinets. The soundproofing provided by a second interior set of double glazed windows kept any traffic noise to a scarcely discernible distant murmer. Apart from the rush hour, it was very very quiet ouside Ter Duinen. We endorse all the other positive reviews concerning breakfast. Free Internet access and a small safe in the room were nice touches.
There is a lot to see in Bruges and we were able to get everywhere on foot, the main square being but ten minutes walk away. We embarked on a voyage of discovery by simply following our noses. Be sure however to bring comfortable trainers to combat the cobbled streets.Also beware being ambushed by the ubiquitous cyclist! Eating out in the evening was no problem and the places recommended by the hotel were to our liking although I suspect that we came at a time when things were not as busy as they might have been earlier in the season. We walked to the village of Damme along the canal - it is literally turn left out of the hotel and then more or less straight ahead. We came back by the canal boat but watch the times - it was every two hours when we used it. There is not a lot in Damme but the walk is very pleasant and relaxing enough.It merits a half day visit and there are several nice restaurants and cake shops there.
Turn right out of the hotel and within two hundred yards you will find a small supermarket - perfect for well priced wines, Belgian beers and chocolate - but you will encounter other small supermarkets as well on your sojourns.
We took the car out to Ypres to see the In Flanders Field WW1 museum which, along with the Menin Memorial gate in Ypres, is well worth a visit. We also had time to visit Talbot House (the original Toc H which provided a respite for troops in WW1)which is in Poperinge but ran out of time to see other WW1 sites connected with the Ypres salient. One can visit some of the WW1 sites by daily tour from Bruges which we did not use because we prefer to do our own thing and at our own pace.It takes about an hour to get to Ypres.All the information you need is on Google. I recommend investing in a Satnav. I use Mio version 3 with the maps of Western Europe. It zeroed us in to within a few yards every time. Helps with driving on the right as well I found.
We have no difficulty in recommending Ter Duinen.For visitors from the UK bringing a car it represents a very good choice.The Ramsgate to Ostende route with Transeuropa makes things easy.
All the best to the folk at Ter Duinen and thank you for contributing to making our stay so pleasant.
Loved Ter Duinen!
Ter Duinen is a lovely hotel situated very near (10 min walk) the main square of Bruges. (In fact, the town itself is very walkable.)
The staff are incredibly helpful, polite and accommodating.
(The owner even rushed out to our car as we were leaving to make sure the passport that was left at the counter wasn't one of ours!) Upon check-in, we were given a map of town that had special discounts at a variety of local shops, attractions, etc. that was good for the duration of our stay.The continental breakfast was delicious and surprisingly generous. The rooms were very comfortable and pretty. In fact, the whole premises were simply lovely - very characterful.
Even though a few minor things went wrong while we were there (Lift was broken all day and being serviced, partially blocking entry to our room; our hair dryer quit right in the middle of my blow-drying the last morning...), it was still a fabulous experience. A definite return destination!!