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My husband and I took a couples’ trip to Europe and were spending most of our kid-free week in Paris. We decided to spend one night away from the city and began exploring the French countryside and other side trips from Paris and landed upon Bruges, Belgium. The cobblestone streets and smell of waffles lured us to the picturesque canal city and we loved every minute exploring and staying in our Airbnb in Bruges. You can read more about our Bruges itinerary here.
We were staying in hotels in Paris for almost free with credit card points (tips on that coming very soon!), so wanted a different experience in quaint Bruges. We started exploring vacation rentals through Airbnb as we had many great experiences with them in the past.
We decided on Chez Paul’s B&B through AirBnB and it was LOVELY. It was so perfectly and accurately depicted in the photos and we absolutely loved every minute of our stay. If we could do it all over again, we would have stayed two nights instead of just one!
We arrived at the train station and walked about 17 minutes to our vacation rental. We could have taken a taxi for about €12, but decided that we hadn’t been walking enough lately (cue *eye roll* and see Paris itinerary for our daily 8-12 mile self guided walking tours). Honestly though, we enjoyed the walk and it was a lovely entry into the city and allowed us to really take it all in.
Our communication with Paul had been excellent prior to our arrival. He had answered all questions within a day of reaching out to him and had provided detailed instructions to find his home. The housekeeper was awaiting our arrival (I think she may have stayed late waiting for us when our train arrived late). She greeted us warmly and provided us with a key to the front door, a key to our bedroom door, a map of the city, and directions to the Markt center of the city.
Our first impression was wonderful. The home was bright, airy and welcoming. Our private bedroom and adjoining bathroom was spotlessly clean. I really appreciate a clean room when traveling and I was so impressed with the level of excellence displayed in this rental.
The decor was beautiful and the room was uncluttered and so relaxing. I’ll let the photo below show the beauty of the room. We opened the windows to a peaceful yard with a lovely breeze and quiet neighborhood. The bed, pillows, and linens were extremely comfortable (so much so that we slept in and missed the optional traditional Flemish breakfast offered each morning for €9).
A tray was thoughtfully provided with bottled water, mugs, tea bags, hot chocolate and tasty cookies.
The bathroom was as clean as the bedroom with a large shower, bright white towels, modern fixtures, and plenty of hot water.
Chez Paul has 3 or 4 rooms available for visitors and I am confident that they are all as lovely as ours was. He is a retired hotelier and his professionalism and dedication to providing an impeccable stay is evident. He made polite conversation when we met him in the hallway and made sure that we did not need any assistance with our room or finding a restaurant or activity. We had a gap of time between checkout and the time our train departed and he allowed us to leave our luggage so that we could enjoy the city as long as possible until we had to depart.
If you have any questions about booking your stay in Bruges, feel free to drop me a note and I will help in any way I can. If you do stay at Chez Paul’s, please definitely let me know how much you loved it.
You can add the $40 discount to your account first. And then use this direct link to find Chez Paul’s B&B. If his place is already booked, there are other lovely places available in the city as well, but I would do whatever you can to stay at Chez Paul’s. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Enjoy Bruges and and eat a waffle for me!
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