I love a building with character and Hotel Navarra oozed character from the moment we stepped inside. Immediately I was taken by this charming and intimate boutique treasure.
Hotel Navarra has a rich history beginning in 1600 when the building was the residence for Don Juan de Peralta, a consul of the Spanish Province of Navarra. The building has had a storied history with various owners and uses over the years until it became Hotel Navarra in 1982. In 1996 the hotel was declared a Historic Monument.
The hotel has undergone years of restoration and has been restored to its former magnificence. As you walk through the foyer and original parts of the building, you can see that the current owners have done everything they can to preserve the history of the building including keeping many of the original fixtures.
It is obvious that customer care is a priority here, with all staff being friendly and helpful at every turn. They take their time with their guests and are eager to help in any way they can. It’s certainly something that makes Hotel Navarra stand out from the crowd.
There are 94 rooms in total, 30 of those a new addition in 2005. Our room was large and very comfortable, decorated with earthy brown hues. The king size bed was perfect for a great nights sleep.
The rooms come with free WiFi and thankfully it was a really good connection. There was also a flat screen television available but we didn’t have enough time to watch any TV!
The bathroom was large and had a lovely bath, which of course won me over immediately. One thing I really loved was the heating in the bathroom. Most hotel rooms don’t have this so getting out of a shower in winter can be quite an ordeal. This was not the case at Hotel Navarra.
I was surprised to find an indoor heated pool in such a historic building. They have converted an old wine seller into a leisure area with the pool, sauna and fitness center; A great addition to the hotel.
They have their own car park which is great for a small city like Bruges where parking can be a nightmare to find. The reception is 24 hours and manned by some of the friendliest hotel staff we have come across!
The hotel serves a lovely buffet breakfast with all the essentials such as hot foods, pastries, fruit and cereals. However, if you are looking for something a little more upbeat, there is a wonderful jazz bar open every afternoon and evening which turns into a live piano bar on Wednesdays and Fridays.
You won’t find any hotels in Bruges that has this many facilities.
The hotel is in the perfect location to base yourself in Bruges. You will find Hotel Navarra just a few short minutes, by foot, from the center of town and is walking distance to everything you could need. We had no car and did not need public transport at all. We were close enough to walk everywhere.
Very close by there are a variety of restaurants and cafes to choose from. All the popular sights are also within walking distance. The train station is approximately 1 kilometer away. The closest airport is Brussels International which is about 1 hour away by car.
We had a wonderful stay at Hotel Navarra and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area. The staff go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable, which to me, is the difference between a good hotel and a great one.
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