From lacemaking and canal boat tours to art in many forms – ice sculpture, Old Masters, even Michelangelo – there are many things to see and do in Bruges. When traveling to this destination, you should look for and book a comfortable place in advance. This post will recommend some of the best hotels in Bruges for you to choose from.
Best Hotels in Bruges
1. Hotel Van Cleef
Home to the Van Cleef dynasty for over seven hundred years, and now an Italianate boutique hotel overlooking a canal, room amenities include minibars and marble bathrooms with whirlpool tubs. Upgrades bring canal views and wooden-beamed ceilings, but all guests can enjoy the artworks lining the restaurant walls, and the ideally-placed waterside terrace. Run by the team behind The Pand and De Orangerie, it won a Belgian Hospitality Award for Best Hotel Concept in 2015. The Van Cleef is a short distance from the medieval Belfry of Bruges, and one kilometer from the Church of Our Lady and its Michelangelo sculpture.
2. Guesthouse Bonifacius
3. Hotel Prisenhof
Originally a 1930s mansion and retaining its period facade, this award-winning family-run establishment provides every comfort, with upgrades available to make the experience even more special. The Champagne Breakfast is a must, but guests will also want to linger in The Bowler bar, which displays pictures of comics such as Laurel and Hardy on the wall. Centrally-situated but on a quiet street, the Flemish-style Prisenhof is a short stroll from the main sights around the Markt, with a free walking tour on offer during the week. Packages include a themed guided tour and museum tickets, while nearby amenities include bike, scooter or moped hire, and golfing.
4. Hotel Dukes’ Palace
In Bruges, Belgium, the Hotel Dukes’ Palace isn’t just a hotel, but rather a piece of history, acting as the former residence of the Burgundian aristocracy. Though the days of the Dukes are long gone, what remains is a pristinely preserved property that still retains a sense of Old World wonder. The hotel’s castle-like facade stuns visitors, and the lobby’s marble columns and cascading staircases harken back to a time when royalty roamed the halls. Rooms are just as classic but feature a plethora of updated amenities, such as marble bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, espresso machines, and free wireless internet access, to name a few. Guests can also take advantage of the on-site spa and fitness center, but the property’s garden received the most praise from recent visitors. The nearly 33,000-square-foot manicured garden is populated with sculptures and seating areas, perfect for some relaxation in between sightseeing. And at the Hotel Dukes’ Palace, touring Bruges is easier than ever.
5. Flanders Hotel