Property Location With a stay at Hotel De Barge in Bruges, you'll be within a 15-minute walk of Minnewater and Church of Our Lady.
Property Location With a stay at Hotel De Barge in Bruges, you'll be within a 15-minute walk of Minnewater and Church of Our Lady. This hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Groeningemuseum and 1 mi (1.6 km) from Basilica of the Holy Blood.
Rooms Stay in one of 22 guestrooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms with showers are provided. Conveniences include desks, housekeeping is provided daily, and irons/ironing boards can be requested.
Amenities Take in the views from a terrace and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access.
Dining Enjoy a satisfying meal at The Captain's Table serving guests of Hotel De Barge.
Business, Other Amenities The front desk is staffed during limited hours.
Check in/out Hotel Check-in Time is 2 PM, Check-out Time is 11 AM.
Cancellation Policy Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to room type. Please check the Fare policy associated with your room.
Extra Bed The inclusion of extra bed with a booking is facilitated with a folding cot or a mattress as an extra bed.
Payment Mode You can pay now or you can pay at the hotel if your selected room type has this option.
User rating & reviews
Read about experiences of fellow travellers who have stayed at this hotel.
EXCELLENT 199 reviews
VERY GOOD 219 reviews
AVERAGE 73 reviews
POOR 15 reviews
TERRIBLE 14 reviews
Solo travel Traveller
26 Apr 2018
Cute but ruthless
I paid for five nights but could only stay two. I made the reservation in December, on booking.com, and I did not see anything that said the rate was unrefundable. There was no refundable option presented. In January I realized I could not stay that long and contacted the property as well as booking.com. Neither would make any adjustments, in spite of several attempts on my part. My only choice was to cancel and pay for five nights I didn't use. They had three months to fill the vacancy, but clearly didn't try. I can't help but think their business model is to trick people into making unrefundable reservations and booking.com is not going to interfere. The staff expressed regret that I had paid so much but did not offer to comp anything except they took a 4-Euro tax off the bill.
The property is really a boat, which you reach on a short ramp from the street. It is decorated with cute nautical touches. It is clean and comfy, but the rooms are tiny, bathrooms even tinier, the steps are steep, and they lock the doors at 8:30, though there's a code which is supposed to get you in the door.
As advertised, it is on a canal, but don't think of one of those lovely canals in Bruges with the beautiful houses and gardens across the way. This is an outer canal, and has only trees and a bike path to look at. It is near a highway, and across the street from a big parking lot for tourist buses.
If you're a good walker, you can get to the Minnewater Park, with the swans, and to the historic center, but if you're not, it could be a challenge. It is probably quieter at night than hotels in the center.
The breakfast is good, nutritious, filling and warm, and is served in the boat's lounge. There also is a restaurant, but it was closed the days I was there, and seemed expensive. There is a bar but I don't know when that was open or how good it was.
I'm sure I would have liked it more if there hadn't been the reservation hassle, but the location, the room size, and the lack of the expected canal view were still drawbacks.
17 Apr 2018
Hotel De Barge is what it says in the title - a converted barge and something a little different from your average hotel.
The boat is moored adjacent to a coach park which is a little noisy, however, you can ask for a canal side cabin if you want a room with a view. The cabins are on the small side and there is no other option than to sit on the bed to relax. A small stool was provided in the room but there really wasn't enough room to sit on it. The shower worked well and the bathroom, although clean, was just adequate. Linen was crisp and clean and the usual soap, shampoo & hand lotion provided. No kettle for tea or coffee in the room but there was a TV with English channels if you are patient enough to scroll through.
Evening meal was delicious and there were no complaints from any of the eight in our party. The barge has a lovely little terrace and also a small gazebo where we all took a breath of fresh air before retiring for the night.
Breakfast was served in the pleasant restaurant area with canal views. Hot option consisted of baked beans, scrambled eggs & bacon lardons. Cold selection was the usual European breakfast - cheese, ham, yoghurts, fruit, croissants, etc. All self serve and served from 7-10am.
It is approximately 15 minutes stroll to the centre of town with its shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.
All in all, we had a very pleasant stay and Hotel De Barge is quaint & quirky, not exactly spacious but a comfortable bolthole to explore Bruges.
16 Apr 2018
Interesting accommodation. Gre....
If you want a slightly different accommodation experience try this. The room..35..was snug for 2 people, warm and clean. Great views of the passing barges, quiet. The on board restaurant did not open during our stay, but the buffet breakfast was varied, well presented and extensive. Again, great views. Parking could be difficult, will limited spaces close by, but paid parking available in the railway station, a bit of a trek. Overall, I think this establishment needs a refurb programme and updating, minor irritations such as hair dryer cutting out after 2 mins, not all lights working. No Englsh tv channel, as advertised, water in shower running luke warm. Interesting, but with room for improvement. Quite expensive, but novelty factor. Comfortable beds, crisp bed linen.
11 Apr 2018
Wish we had stayed here longer! Comfy beds, adorable and very clean. We arrived after 10 and they were very accommodating for us by leaving our keys downstairs. Brugge was wonderful but really wish we had at least another night at this super cute hotel on the water.
06 Apr 2018
A Converted Barge – Something ....
This was our third visit over a number of years. It is impossible to compare this with a normal hotel. It's a boat!
Hotel De Barge is something a little different from your bog standard hotel. If you want something more original and a change from the fitted carpets and fixtures and fittings that could be anywhere in the world this funky converted barge, could be for you.
The boat is moored adjacent to a coach parking area, but if you have a canalside cabin, you soon forget this once on board. The reception is welcoming and staff are pleasant. The cabins are on the small side, this is to be expected; it’s a boat. Canal-side rooms give that certain “offshore feeling”, you can feed the ducks from your window. Unfortunately the space in the small rooms is not maximised because the armchairs and desk chair are on the large side. Smaller furniture would help provide more space; and helped prevent a stubbed toe. The showers work well and the bathrooms, although clean, are just adequate and could do with some modernisation and a little TLC.
Breakfast is served in the pleasant restaurant area with canal views. The hot and cold selection is good and in addition to the standard coffee machine, 2 Nespresso machines are available.
The centre of town is around 15 minutes’ walk away, a pleasant lakeside walk through the Miniwater park, although some restaurants and shops are nearer.
Our room was detailed as coming with a coffee/tea maker amongst the facilities. In reality a coffee maker is not provided and a kettle (a kettle is not a coffee maker in our view) with a few sachets have to be hired from reception at €3 per day. This, we thought, was petty and a little irritating.
Overall, a good place to stay if you want something a little different from the functional hotels that serve their purpose but have little charm. We would go back again.