On this particular weekend, we decided to go to Bruges for a couple of days. I emailed around for hotel accommodation that was more central to the city centre. The only hotel available that weekend was the Hotel Montanus. We made a booking at the Montanus who promptly sent our confirmation via email and a map with directions. Ah-hah, the old hotel map… never clear and all written in Flemish and very small print, it made me smile at the amount of times I have had to decipher a hotel map. I relied instead on my trusty navigator to get us there. One snag – I only had the street maps for France and the UK, with the base maps for Belgium meant there was still a fair bit of guess work involved deciphering the hotel map which was saying something completely different to the navigator.
The Hotel Montanus in Bruges is 15.00 Euros (2006) per night to park – a little over priced considering I had paid for a large suite and they have a large parking lot that appeared to be empty (However it is consistent pricing with other hotels in Brugge). The Montanus is a refurbished hotel that is a half-attempt at being ‘modern’ which failed on this count. We found it a little too sparse and unfriendly.
We arrived and stood at the reception within sight of the manager for 10 minutes without him even acknowledging us. Eventually, he booked us in. I had reserved a suite. The hotel suite we stayed in was reasonably spacious with a high ceiling which I liked. It was clean and plenty of room to hang clothing and storage for bags.
Not an enjoyable experience at the Montanus
Sorry readers but the above are where my compliments end for this hotel. We did not enjoy our stay at the Hotel Montanus, though we had a splendid time in Bruges, our accommodation at this hotel was less than expected. The bed was not the double I was promised but two very small uncomfortable beds pushed together. The suite faced a small road and in the early morning, there was a lot of noise from delivery trucks (I should add I requested a room away from the street). I came here to relax for the weekend. Instead, I ended up in a hotel that was less than hospitable. The room did not warrant the 220.00 Euros per night price tag for broken facilities and rude management.
In the morning I attempted to make coffee, the machine was broken and spurted hot water everywhere including myself burning my hand slightly. I called reception and requested coffee and was told to come down to reception. ”We don’t do room service.” I went ‘obediently’ on arrival the manager came out. When I say he had a look of a person who had the bearing of the world on his shoulders – it would be an understatement – the receptionist stood behind him staring at me with that look that said “how dare you make a fuss” the manager asked me where the machine was and ‘why I did not bring it down to the reception?’ Now I started to get irate and was getting fed up with the attitude. The manager returned to his office and came back with another coffee machine and ‘told me’ to take it upstairs and plug-it-in myself and bring the broken machine to him. Needless to say, I would not stay at the Hotel Montanus again and would not recommend this place.
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