We were on our honeymoon, so wanted perfection with life memories at stake. The room we had booked was the junior suite in the old part of the house. I did ask for an upgrade but there were non available, that being said our room was spectacular in its historic charm (but a little dark).
The hotel is expensive, but Bruges is expensive anyway so you get what you pay for. Dukes Palace is a very imposing building with many people not actually staying there taking pictures of it. I drove there from the UK and the valet parking was painless but 25€ a day which is slightly more than if you make your own parking arrangements.
The hotel is very clean with great levels of service and manicured staff. There is a smallish gym which is limited but why go to Bruges to go the gym! The steam room and sauna are very good (be aware of naked Europeans!) and the pool is small but nice.
Having paid for breakfast which had bumped the price up I was hoping for something special.... Where do I begin, if you are in to smoked salmon and champagne with Belgium chocolate and a selection of cheeses, they you will not go far wrong. I genuinely did not know what to eat/drink next, every taste of hot cold European breakfast was catered for.
In summary an expensive but classy hotel which is located centrally within minutes of the square, which makes the extra cost worthwhile.
- 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