The Die Swaene's is definitely a unique hotel. Parts of it are just down right stunning and others are well.... a bit worn down. As many of the other reviewers mentioned, there are two buildings to the hotel, the one which sits right on the river, and the main area just across the street. We stayed in the main hotel in a standard room.
The lobby is very cool and the location is just terrific, so when you walk in you can't help but to be slightly impressed. The receptionist was also the concierge and the bartender.... she was as lovely as could be considering her expanded role. She ferried our luggage (with our help!) up to room 48.... on the second floor (another little oddity...)
Our standard room looked not to dissimilar to my grandmothers attic. On first glance it appeared as designed that way, however the very old TV and dated phone gave away the fact that it wasn't so much designed as perhaps just left as it was a few centuries ago. It was a spacious room however and it had all the necessities usually desired (mini bar, toiletries, bathrobes, slippers etc). Only real negative was that It did get very stuffy in our room and I noticed the air conditioning unit looked a bit tired. I can't imagine it would have been very quiet if we had needed to run it.
The bar in the hotel is very quaint and the pool area is quite nice even if it felt like I was swimming at someone's house. The breakfast area was also housed in a lovely little room. These little nooks certainly gave the hotel a refreshing character which is lost in most chains and minimalist boutique hotels.
I think the negative is that the hotel is listed as a Small Luxury Hotel of the World. I would not call it luxurious. It was indeed a Small Unique Hotel and the fact that it wasn't luxurious added to it's eccentricity, however as one is paying a premium price for a room which has that title, no doubt the average traveller would indeed expect more.
I'd stay here again.... probably trying a Pergola Room (next to the Pergola Restaurant), especially if I scored a decent deal. I did love the location (minutes from everything yet quiet), the hotel parking was simple (10 euros) and the staff were so friendly. Bruges is just such a wonderful city it's hard not to be biased and just think that everything associated with it was fabulous. Hopefully the Die Swaene updates just a few parts of this wonderful hotel and then it really would be simply amazing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Die Swaene**** is a sanctuary overlooking one of the most picturesque canals, right at the very heart of the old historical city center and just a stone-throw away from the Market and Burg square. This prize-winning hotel is considered to be one of the most romantic and peaceful boutique hotels in Europe and is renown for its customer-friendliness and excellent service. Quite a unicum in this age of 'time is money' but here one still finds time to listen to the needs of the guest. Die Swaene**** has 24 elegantly furnished and individually decorated rooms and the public rooms have an atmosphere of times past. The authentic salon "Guild of Merchant Taylors" (1779) is classified heritage and a perfect place to relax by the fire-place after a day of exploring the beautiful city. Or do you prefer to take an aperitif in the cozy bar or have a plunge in the swimming pool with sauna? Its all possible in Die Swaene. At the opposite side of the canal one finds the "Pergola" wing with 8 Superior Deluxe rooms, each with fire-place in the room and view over the water. From Monday to Friday we offer a free guided tour with an English speaking guide. Die Swaene**** has everything to make your visit unforgettable ! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Die Swaene Bruges
- Die Swaene Hotel Bruges