We stayed as a couple for a 3 night break. To be fair we were given a "3 nights for 2" deal but our only disappointment was the room we were given which was on the top floor in the eaves. It was smaller than most of the rooms in the hotel with no decent view. However, it was beautifully fitted out albeit in a modern, minimalist style which to us did not really fit in with the hotel (very grand in a traditional way). Add to that the fact that we did not sleep because of the noise coming from a cooling light-fitting and we requested a room change the next morning, something we have never done before. Expecting a rather nice-but-very-sorry-we-are-full response the duty receptionist (sorry but i cannot remember his name) immediately gave us the keys to another free room for us to go and inspect first. Apart from the fact it was in the roof again it was more in keeping with the building and much bigger, so we moved.
The staff were lovely, the breakfast absolutely gorgeous with lots of fresh ingredients and in a very good situation adjoining the canal and near the centre of Bruges. The hotel does not have a restaurant so you have to eat out for dinner, not a chore as the staff can recommend and book a choice of lots of good restaurants (we recommend the Kardinaalshof and Den Huzaar). Worth hiring bikes to get around and even better, if you are fit, cycling out into the surrounding countryside. We took a day to cycle to Sluis in Holland along the canals and onto the coast coming back via Damme - all lovely, flat and off road. Best thing is very few tourists bother to do that, and we could justify extra food on our return.
Don't miss out tasting the various beers on offer in Bruges but they are very strong!!
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- Atmospheric hotel housed in elegantly restored 15th-century Flemish mansion, decorated with antiques, art objects & rich fabrics. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- De Tuilerieen Hotel
- De Tuilerieen Bruges