Arrived on an horrendous Friday evening rain lashing down gale force winds no taxis! Had a dream of a journey to Bruges on Euro business class really is very good. fiinally got a taxi after an hour wait, absolutely soaked including suitcases not good start to the weekend. However, on first setting eyes on the Kempinski all the niggles disappeared, it really is a beautiful building and was lit up for Christmas. Check in was efficient and friendly with a lot of sympathy regarding our bedraggled state! We had been upgraded to a deluxe suite on the floor above reception and it was gorgeous about the size of a small apartment. We dined at the hotel that night not wanting to brave the elements again and after a glass of mulled wine felt happy cocooned at the Dukes Palace. We did not have an inclusive breakfast which suited us fine. After waking up and walking round the Christmas market (okay but not spectacular) we had an early lunch of moules and frites in a bistro in the main square. The steaming mussels were great as were the frites and mayonnaise. We went to restaurant on the second night think it was called Kardashall a five minute walk from the Kempinski and beautiful food in a friendly environment would recommend not inexpensive but worth the cost as michelin standard - or not far off anyway. We had a wine paring and it was fabulous. If I returned to Bruges (which I do not think I will) I would like to stay in the Kempinski - not cheap but worth the extra for a special trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Dukes' Palace, former residence of the Burgundian aristocracy, is the perfect location in the heart of UNESCO World Heritage city of Bruges. The 110 rooms, of which 18 suites and 5 family rooms, are all unique and combine contemporary comfort with authentic elegance of the 15th century. The 3000 m² garden, the terrace, the bar and beautiful lounges are the ideal place to enjoy. You can relax in The Spa with sauna, hammam and gym. The hotel also features a spacious garage. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kempinski Hotel Dukes Palace
- Kempinski Hotel Bruges