The 8 Best Hotels in Bruges
When nothing less than the best will do. Set in a mansion that was once home to aristocracy, the Dukes’ Palace lives up to its history in each of its 110 rooms and suites, with a restrained elegance that’s the key to its appeal. The fully equipped spa is very much of the present. Breakfast is in a room that speaks of the elegance of times gone by. The hotel’s main restaurant offers contemporary cuisine. Tired of sightseeing? Relax in the large, private garden. Bliss.
Highly contemporary, discreetly personal service in a historic setting. Already an award-winner, this deluxe boutique hotel is in a 700 year old Italianate mansion, set directly onto the canal. Staying at Hotel Van Cleef is like staying as a privileged guest in a private home. Decor mixes classic with highly contemporary. Many rooms have terraces looking out on the canal. Contemporary art lines the walls of the breakfast room, with afternoon tea offered here or on the terrace.
For intimacy and setting, Hotel Prinsenhof can’t be beaten. This small privately-owned hotel in the historic centre has just 24 rooms and is run by a dedicated husband and wife team. The 1930s building is furnished in an eclectic, homely style, while the huge chimneypiece in the lobby recalls 15th century roots. A lavish breakfast spread is served in an elegant dining room, while the hotel also has its own bar. There’s even a guests-only app with insider information on the best of Bruges.
Honoured as one of the best Small Luxury Hotels of the World, De Tuilerieën features 45 sumptuously furnished – think four poster beds – rooms. Your accommodation is in a distinguished 15th century townhouse and looks directly out onto Den Dijver, one of the oldest and most peaceful of Bruges’s canals. Walk to the main square after enjoying the renowned breakfast buffet with Prosecco. When the day’s done, a swimming pool and sauna await. Unusually for Bruges, there’s a private car park.
History meets millenial design in the historic centre. Grand Hotel Casselbergh takes three canal-side historic townhouses with an ultra-modern annex seamlessly attached and adds everything from an extravagant spa in the ancient basement to an elegant salon-style lounge. The decor is traditionally luxurious in the wood-beamed heritage buildings and mid-century modern in up-to-the-minute annex accommodation. There’s parking, too.
Striking, on-trend design marks out Hotel Sablon as something very special. Walk into this perfectly located boutique hotel and the 15th century exterior gives way to superbly selected 21st century art and style. Dark wood floors and mid-century furnishings to guest accommodation exude the owners’ impeccable personal taste. A full Belgian breakfast is offered and there’s a bar in the lounge to help you unwind after your days’ sightseeing.
A superb heated pool is just one of the wellness attractions at Hotel Navarra Brugge, a short walk from the main historic attractions of Bruges. There’s a spectacular spiral staircase inside and a delightful garden to bask in outdoors. Add a jazz bar and accommodation in a listed historic monument and the Hotel Navarra Brugge marks itself out as something very special. Your room decor is cosy and smart, breakfast is sumptuous and there’s private parking.
If you seek child-free serenity, this is the place for you. Just 150m from Markt, The Peellaert embraces classical and empire style in the listed 19th century home of Baron de Peellaert. The luxury of the high ceilinged living rooms reflects the style of the bedroom accommodation. There’s classic cuisine with a twist in a highly contemporary restaurant, while the breakfast room is sharp and clean in style. An embracing underground spa has a sauna, steam bath and gym.
The 4 Best Boutique Hotels in Bruges
Boasting a distinguished history as the residence of a Bruges bishop in the 18th century, the top rated Hotel De Castillion is now an intimate, family run boutique hotel furnished with all the elegance befitting of its illustrious history. Expect chandeliers in your lavishly furnished accommodation and gilded panels in the large living rooms. An extravagant art deco salon hosts afternoon tea, daily. Walk to all the main attractions after a full breakfast. Parking is offered.
An award-winning deluxe destination in a canal-side 18th century carriage house. With an opulence in both its decor and the featured objets, the Pand Hotel is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of The World. Privately owned and exuding the superbly eclectic style of its owner, The Pand is also perfectly located, a short stroll from Market Square. Ralph Lauren fabrics feature in some of the 26 individually designed guest rooms. An AGA cooker is the real star of a full Belgian breakfast.
A true Bruges legend, with just 16 deluxe rooms, Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce wows guests from the outset with its stained glass windows and a timbered facade over the meeting point of two serene canals. Highly personal service is the key here. Guest accommodation is sumptuous and rooms are individually designed, featuring ancient wood beams, floral detailing or the simplicity of sparkling white walls. Walk to the main attractions after a buffet breakfast indoors or on the private terrace. There’s covered car parking.
With delight around every corner, Relais & Châteaux Hotel Heritage is set in a building that was the work of a distinguished Bruges architect. A husband and wife team have transformed it into a hotel which melds old style elegance with highly contemporary colourful decor to guest accommodation. There’s also the pace-setting cuisine of the hotel’s Restaurant Le Mystique to enjoy in opulent surroundings, also strikingly updated. Step down to the basement, now a wellness centre, to breathe in authentic 13th and 14th century history.
The Best Bed and Breakfast in Bruges
A hidden home from home in two 16th century houses, overlooking a canal and linked by an outdoor terrace. The owners’ remarkable achievement is to combine the ambience of a deluxe hotel with the intimacy of a private house. Guest accomodation reflects the historic surroundings with four poster beds and an elegant, yet pared back style. Breakfast is served in a gothic dining room overlooking the canal. A roaring fire behind the leaded windows of the lounge welcomes guests home on cooler evenings.
A choice of just four deluxe suites, each themed after a Belgian artist or craftsman, are the centrepiece of this highly individual hotel, a short stroll from the cathedral. Huis ´T Schaep is set in two listed historic townhouses, which combined to become the 19th century home of renowned Belgian glazier Samuel Coucke. Some of his tiles, stained glass and designs feature in the hotel’s neo-gothic interior. Two of the suites feature four poster beds, while the Rembrandt Suite is a luxurious apartment.
The Best Hotels with Canal View Rooms
This former 15th century convent looks out onto the serene De Dijver canal in the historic heart of Bruges. Included as a member of Small Luxury Hotels Of The World, Hotel De Orangerie sets out to pamper its guests not least with a canalside terrace where breakfast can be taken. There’s also a richly decorated breakfast room with leaded windows. Accomodation features floral accents with canal, city or courtyard views. Lavish afternoon tea is a must.
Set in five historic homes directly overlooking a canal, Martin’s Relais embraces its heritage with parquet floors, majestic oak stairways and crystal chandeliers. This is elegance from the golden age of Bruges, with 44 guest rooms furnished in subtle luxurious taste. A peaceful, private garden welcomes guests home after a day’s sightseeing. The hotel’s cosy, opulent lounge bar is another private hideaway, overlooking the canal and featuring an open fireplace.
The Best Family Hotels in Bruges
Stylish family accommodation at this ideally located small hotel features contemporary decor and can sleep from three to six people. There are kitchenette facilities available in some of the 42 rooms so that you can make the most of shopping for the local produce readily available in Bruges as part of your city break adventure. Breakfast is served in a delightfully furnished dining room while locally brewed beers are a feature of the lounges and bar.
Smart and efficient, very much in the contemporary Flemish aesthetic, Martin’s Brugge welcomes families with up to two children in three star comfort in the heart of the historic centre. Flamboyant colourways are the key to the appeal of the public areas and the hotel prides itself on its high tech amenities to suit the demands of the most demanding of teenagers. Martin’s Brugge is within easy walking distance of most attractions.
Tucked away on a cobbled street, you can walk to the historic attractions of the Bruges city centre from the warm and welcoming Hotel Academie. Decor is smart and low key. Families can choose between Hotel Academie’s well-appointed triple or quadruple rooms and there’s a full buffet breakfast. Enjoy the secret private courtyard for afternoon tea or evening drinks. The hotel bar welcomes travellers’ stories after a day enjoying the delights of Bruges. Underground parking is available.
The Best Hotel with Free Parking
A hotel of contemporary design on the edge of the historic district, Velotel Bruges has free car parkingdirectly adjacent to the hotel. Covered parking is also available. Cycling – a Bruges obsession – is a major feature of this hotel with secure bicycle storage offered and full guidance on local cycling routes. Room decor is sharp and of-the-moment. O Vélo, the hotel’s restaurant, offers breakfast, brunch and dinner. There are extensive relaxing gardens. After a day out, why not relax in the hotel’s own sauna?
The Best Cheap / Affordable Hotel in Bruges
There’s no compromise on location, style or welcome needed at the two star Hotel Cordoeanier, which offers the intimacy of just 22 rooms, in a quiet side road close to the Market Square. The hotel prides itself on a homely atmosphere with contemporary decor in single, double, triple or quadruple rooms. Comprehensive buffet breakfasts are offered under the chandeliers of the hotel restaurant. Bicycle storage is also available for the active and adventurous.