My partner and I recently visited Bruges for a mid-week break in Feb 2012. We initially wished to stay at the Canal Deluxe and enquired about a reservation. A room was not available, so the owner suggested her other hotel Die Swaene, but at the same rate we would have paid for the Canal Deluxe. We accepted happily.
We had a room in the annex, across the canal from the main hotel with car parking access immediately outside (additional payment required) and free wifi, which worked well. The room was very high-ceilinged and decorated in sumptuous deep red tones with a gas flame fire, which gave a wonderful decadent warmth to the whole weekend, especially with the ice melting on the canal immediately outside the window. The bathroom also deserves a mention - it was so huge you could have put a double bed in there. Only slightly awkward to get out of the bath/shower if you have any mobility issues, but strong water flow, good quality products and towels and a basin for each person felt very luxurious.
Crossing over the oldest bridge in Bruges to access a magnificent breakfast of so many choices... fresh and dried fruit and nuts, yoghurts, cheeses, meats, eggs or pancakes cooked to order, cereals, breads, rolls and pastries, chocolates was not an issue at all and in fact felt somehow more special than just wandering downstairs in a more usual style place. Even the breakfast room felt special - with a choice of cosy interior or a lighter conservatory area.
The welcome from the staff, in particular the Receptionist and Katie who managed the breakfast room was very friendly and helpful, with maps and information provided happily.
We looked in at the pool and had we had more time, I would have liked to take a swim there, especially after I saw them clean the overhanging leaves out of the pool from the plants draped around the edges. That was a plus for me - the natural/Japanese-style effect they have created.
We also looked in on the restaurant below the annex, which looks directly out onto the canal, but we didn't try it. The decor felt a little overdone for our tastes, but the menu and wine list looked excellent. The upstairs Pergola cafe wasn't really an option at this time of the year, but I imagine once the sun comes out, would be a nice place to sit with a coffee and plan the next adventure.
Thank you so much for a really special visit. We would love to come again.
I didn't see the rooms in the main hotel, but would definitely recommend a room in the annex, ov...
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Thanks a lot for taking your time to write this wonderful and extensive review.
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I'm glad you accepted the offer to stay at Die Swaene and that it lived up to your expectations.
Hope to welcome you again in the future...at Die Swaene or Canal Deluxe B&B.
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