A fine example of the type of classy hotel that Bruges does so well, the Jan Britto has elegant period accommodations tucked behind an historic facade; in this case a listed 16th-century town house on a backwater side street. The elegant public rooms are decorated in period style, with vast stone fireplace and burgundy walls; they take on the atmosphere of a private club when full with chattering guests in the evening. Many rooms have vaulted ceilings and all are individually kitted out, perhaps with four-poster beds or gilded walls in heraldic style. While the suites are humongous—even by U.S. standards—this is also a good family-friendly option as several duplex rooms can accommodate up to four, and if you’re traveling with a small wallet but you like your hotels big on charm, the Jan Britto has several budget rooms on offer, shoehorned into the old maids’ quarters. Secreted away at the back of the hotel is a delightfully ornate Renaissance knot garden; it’s just a charming spot to catch your breath after a day attacking the sights of Bruges.
- Frommer's Staff