Bruges is one of the most visited cities in Belgium. This city is often described as a magical place because of its many canals, cobbled streets and medieval houses and buildings. Bruges is therefore an ideal destination for both a wonderful day trip or a romantic weekend getaway. For the latter you’re also going to need an accommodation to stay. To continue in the fairytale atmosphere of the city, I made a list of the 10 most authentic and luxurious places to stay in Bruges.
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10 authentic and luxurious places to stay in Bruges
Hotel De Castillion
The Boutique Hotel De Castillion is a small, elegant family hotel to spend a wonderful night in Bruges. Located in the historic centre, it is the perfect base to visit the nearby St. Salvator’s Cathedral and the Grote Markt. The luxurious four star hotel was recently completely renovated. This way you can enjoy the authentic interior elements with all the necessary modern comfort.
The must-see when you stay at this charming hotel is the golden Art Deco Salon. Unfortunately, many Art Deco interiors have been lost in Bruges, so that makes this hidden gem in the old center even more valuable. Between 2.30 pm and 4 pm you can settle down in one of the comfortable seats of the Golden Salon for a wonderful High Tea experience.
If you want to enjoy a nice drink in the evening, you can also visit Hotel De Castillion. Next to the Art-Deco salon is the characterful Empire-style bar. Perfect to relax after a day in Bruges.
Hotel van Cleef
Hotel van Cleef is a beautiful oasis of peace in the center of Bruges. The hotel is deliberately run as a private residence, so that only guests have access to the hotel. This contributes to the very personal and friendly service of the entire staff.
The exterior of the hotel exudes luxury. At the backside of the hotel you have a terrace with a front row view on the canal, where you enjoy your morning coffee on a sunny day. The interior is equally impressive as the exterior. Here different classic and contemporary styles come together to form a balanced and very elegant whole. When you say Bruges, you think of history and this Italian-inspired mansion breathes history.
The hotel was rightfully voted ‘Best Hotel Concept’ at the ‘Belgian Hospitality Awards’. So it’s definitely worth exploring fo yourself!
Hotel Dukes Palace
If you are looking for an accommodation where you can relax, eat and spend the night in Bruges, then Hotel Dukes Palace is the right place for you. This five star superior hotel is a former residence of the Burgundian aristocracy in the heart of the city.
Thanks to the garden of no less than 3000 m² and the 110 luxurious, spacious rooms, you imagine yourself in a palace from the 15th century. And that’s not all. In this elegant setting you can unwind and relax in the serene spa or enjoy the culinary offer. Discover the delicious, extensive breakfast buffet, enjoy an informal lunch or dine in and taste the classic cuisine with a modern touch in the Dukes Restaurant. Are you a room service fan? Then you are very lucky because this beautiful hotel also offers room service day and night. If you choose Hotel Dukes Palace, luxury and comfort are guaranteed.
Hotel Die Swaene
Hotel Die Swaene is the place to be if you want to spend the night in a small, cozy family hotel with romantically decorated rooms. The four star hotel is located along the Groenerei, which is one of the most picturesque canals in Bruges. During your stay you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the heated indoor swimming pool (30°) and relax in the sauna afterwards.
Hidden in the hotel you’ll find the authentic 18th-century salon with fireplace ‘Gilde van de Scheppers’. The salon is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Ideal if you want to relax with a book and a drink after a long day of sightseeing, or to use it as a meeting room for up to twenty people. In short, Hotel Die Swaene offers comfort, romance and history. It’s a real gem.
Hotel Dukes Academie
Would you like to visit the Minnewater, Begijnhof or the local brewery ‘Halve Maan’ in Bruges? Then Hotel Dukes Academie is the perfect place to stay. It’s located in a picturesque quiet area, within walking distance of these famous sights in Bruges.
This charming hotel has everything you need to make your overnight stay in Bruges a successful trip: an intimate bar with terrace, an underground parking garage and a well-equipped gym.
As icing on the cake, you can enjoy an extensive breakfast buffet in the beautiful breakfast room that still has an authentic, vaulted ceiling.
You can even book a wonderful and relaxing massage during your stay. The perfect way to end your day after a visiting all those stunning monuments in the city.
Hotel De Orangerie
Marble bathrooms? Check! Hotel De Orangerie is located in a former 15th-century monastery that has been renovated into a luxurious Hotel. The nostalgic elements and the idyllic atmosphere make this residence the ideal place for a romantic getaway in Bruges. The hotel is part of the ‘Small Luxury Hotels Of The World’: a collection of the world’s most luxurious hotels. And rightly so, because the hotel does this title justice.
Located on the picturesque canal de Dijver and 250 meters from the Grote Markt, this wonderful, authentic hotel is ideal as a base to explore Bruges and soak up the history of the city.
Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce, A Luxe Worldwide Hotel
This hotel exudes history and luxury. Boutique hotel Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce distinguishes itself thanks to its beautiful half-timbered facade, stained glass windows and its unique location on the water. The canal house is located in the heart of the old town and is considered one of the most romantic hotels in Europe.
And yes, the inside of the hotel is also worth a visit. The property is lavishly decorated and at the same time equipped with all modern comforts. The exclusive works of art, special antiques and beautiful flower arrangements make this hotel one of the most unique places to stay in Bruges.
B&B Canal Deluxe
Do you prefer to stay in a Bed & Breakfast? Then B&B Canal Deluxe might be something for you! The back of this charming B&B borders the canal and is near the Grote Markt where St. Salvator’s Cathedral is located. Other sights such as the Groeninge Museum are also within walking distance of Canal Deluxe.
With only 4 rooms, this accommodation is ideal for those who love small-scale lodging. However, don’t let the size fool you. If you stay in this B&B you will be treated to an unforgettable experience. All rooms have their own lounge, overlooking the canal and some rooms are even equipped with an authentic fireplace. What else do you need for a romantic getaway in Bruges?
B&B Huis´T Schaep
Have you always wanted to sleep in a four-poster bed? Good news! Several suites in B&B Huis ‘T Schaep offer a spacious, comfortable bed in which you imagine yourself back in the 17th century. Huis ‘T Schaep is a combination of a small boutique hotel with the personal touch of a guesthouse. The property is a restored 17th century building and is even listed as a monument. This link with history is reflected in the unique interior thanks to the original details and antique furniture.
The reviews about Huis ‘T Schaep are unanimous: the breakfast is excellent and host Michaël always shows his most generous side. Fun fact for the history buffs among us, the B&B was once the artist’s residence of the famous glass artist Samuel Coucke.
B&B Exclusive Guesthouse Bonifacius
At B&B Exclusive Guesthouse Bonifacius you can spend the night in the most historic and picturesque part of Bruges, right on the canal. Breakfast is served in an intimate Gothic room. While enjoying a delicious breakfast you can admire the view of the canal. The rooms reflect the rich history of Bruges thanks to luxurious fabrics, artifacts and a granite bathroom with jacuzzi. This luxury is continued in every detail, such as the high-quality Hermès body products that you can find in the bathroom cabinets.
Fans of fine dining will be happy to hear that right across the B&B a renowned restaurant with a Michelin star is located. In short, Guesthouse Bonifacius offers everything you need to spend a perfect night in Bruges.
Hopefully this list of 10 authentic an luxurious places to stay in Bruges helps you choose the perfect accommodation for an unforgettable stay in this magical city.
Are you not sure where to start to make your stay into a wonderful city trip? Then discover my guide to visit Bruges in one day. Would you like to explore even more of surroundings of Bruges? Then definitely visit the picturesque Damme or opt for a Vespa trip that takes you along the most beautiful places in and around Bruges.
Would you like to visit even more cities in Belgium? Then definitely read my guides about Ghent and Brussels. Or are you looking for even more unique addresses? Be sure to check out my blog about 7 lesser-known places for an unforgettable staycation in Belgium.
Which of these authentic and luxurious places to stay in Bruges is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.
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