We stayed here for two nights in a superior room. The room was in the new part of the building on the 5th floor. The room was very clean, modern but classic and had great views of The Bell Tower. The hotel itself was in a great central but quiet location. Our first night was the night they had crowned a new Belgium King and the market square had a large live concert. Despite of this loud music outside we heard nothing inside our room which we were very pleased with. It was 30 degrees plus during our stay and our room had the perfect temperature thanks to efficient air con.
The breakfast was impressive with a wide choice - the scrambled eggs and pancakes being our favourite. Excellent continental offering with local cheeses - which were delicious.
The hotel staff were very polite and spoke good English. We are a couple in our early twenties and hotels of this standard in the past have treated us with caution however this was not the case here. We were made to feel very welcome and at home.
If I had to pick a few negatives -
- Better in room refreshment facilities such as complimentary tea or coffee and cold water. 3.50 euro for a small bottle of water was rather over priced (even by 5 star standards)
- Our tv had poor reception and would not pick up the sport channels (other half desperately wanted to watch the end of the Tour de France)
- Could not actually connect to the free wifi on my iPhone - great for avoiding emails but sometimes you just need to connect and this was annoying especially when you are paying enough for the room as it is
- Needs a better in room guide such as partnership restaurants, places they recommend to visit, hints, services they can offer or book on your behalf such as saw Segway tours of Bruges which would have been nice to know on arrival not on the last day
However we loved the hotel...If we visit Bruges again then we would with out a doubt stay at this hotel.
Thank you for a lovely stay in the very romantic Bruges!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the former 15th-century Prinsenhof Palace and fromer home to the Dukes' of Burgundy, Kempinski Hotel Dukes' Palace is perfectly situated in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage city Bruges. The palace was built in 1430 by Duke Philip the Good for his marriage to Isabella van Portugal. The hotel has 93 rooms including 22 suites of which 6 are heritage listed. All rooms offer elegant furnishing with modern conveniences including individually controlled air-conditioning, plasma TV and high-speed Wireless Internet Access. Restaurant 'Manuscript' is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a refined Belgian cuisine. Bar Atelier is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail, chilled draft beer or a wide selection of international wines. The glass windows give you a beautiful view of the 3000 sqm garden. During the summer months, the terrace is the place to be in Bruges! The Spa features an indoor swimming pool sauna, steam bath and fitness center. Additionally, a wide range of facial treatments and massages is offered.The hotel is located in the heart of Bruges, just a few minutes from the bustling Market Square, Groeninge Museum and busy shopping streets. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kempinski Hotel Dukes Palace
- Kempinski Hotel Bruges