The Aragon, which opened in 1998, is a small, unassuming hotel located in a quiet street just a few steps away from the touristy spots. There is nothing very original about the interior, but we did like the "Bruges-style" decor and the family atmosphere which reigns here due to the establishment only having about 40 rooms. The Aragon also offers 8 apartments which are perfect for families.
In the very centre of the city, the Aragon stands in a quiet street around 5 minutes' walking distance from the Grand Place and the town's main sites. This means that it will take about 25 minutes on foot to reach the train station. However, there is a bus stop directly in front of the building and all of the buses that pass by here will take you there.
In addition to 8 parking spots reserved for guests, public parking is available in the street.
The Aragon, which opened in 1998, at first simply took over an old hotel. Finding it a little cramped, the owners decided to purchase the neighbouring houses in order to expand the establishment and to be able to cater to a wider clientele; this explains why the floors seem to be on all different levels as well as the difference in the size and layout of the rooms. Today, the Aragon welcomes its guests into a simple but elegant lobby where you will find comfortable armchairs, a small bar and a breakfast room. The Aragon is not stingy when it comes to maintenance: after having changed the mattresses, the duvets, and the fitted carpets in January 2011, and then having repainted and revamped the decor in the apartments in February, the next plan is to completely renovate the ground floor in 2012.
In addition to the 42 guest rooms, 8 apartments, located in the neighbouring building, were added to the establishment in 2003. Baptised 'Aragon House', this "annexe" is very popular with families and for a good reason: each apartment has 2 or 3 bedrooms (including one which also serves as the living room), a kitchen and a bathroom. This is a much more practical solution than simple communicating rooms. In terms of decor, the apartments are in keeping with the general style of the hotel: simple but elegant, even if a little old-fashioned. The same goes for the guest rooms, with the categories varying according to their size. Note that some of them also have the bonus of a balcony. As for amenities, they are fairly standard regardless of the category you choose: they all have a flat-screen television, a safe (free to use), individual air-conditioning, a mini-bar, free Wi-Fi, and a basic but large and functional bathroom.
Like most of the hotels in Bruges, the owners didn't consider it necessary to provide a restaurant, seeing as how the competition is so fierce! Indeed, the city centre boasts a wide variety of typical little establishments. However, you won't find just one breakfast room here, but rather two, one of which opens onto the lobby. We're assuming that one of them was formerly a restaurant. Held from 7:00am to 10:30am, breakfast is served as a buffet which features cooked meats, yoghurt, various types of cheese, bottled fruit juices, and pastries and bread from the neighbouring bakery. As for hot dishes, you won't have much of a choice: hard-boiled eggs or... hard-boiled eggs!
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