Looking for that really special stay in Bruges (Brugge) and NOT on a budget? Then this hotel is for you. We spent the weekend of 24th-25th November there and what a fantastic magical weekend it was. OK, we did book a suite (as opposed to a double room) but the cost was absolutely worth it. Everything was spotless and luxuriously appointed. They let us check in at midday (insteasd of 3.00pm) without a murmur. "Your suite is ready for you now sir" was the immediate response, rather than some jobsworth reciting 'our policy on checking in is......' etc etc.
Start with a warm friendly greeting on arrival - they will park your car in their underground garage and retrieve it if you want them to. You don't need to ask - they offer. Booking is easy; checking in is even easier. Nothing is too much trouble for them. For example, if you want some additional coffee and milk in your room, they will whizz it up to you. Running low on towels? No probelm - within minutes more are delivered with no fuss, no quibble.
If you want some pointers as to what to see or where to go, they have a detailed (free) map and will show you.
Set in what was formerly a 'castle' (hence the name Duke's Palace) the setting is really magical. Lovely garden in which to stroll; relaxing bar to sit and have a drink; a coffee; or a meal. This hotel offers absolutely everything you could wish for.
I took my wife and teenage daughter to Bruges for the weekend. OK it wasn't cheap - but then a touch of luxury never is. We had a simply marvellous time - thanks to choosing the Kempinski Hotel as our base. We didn't eat in their restuarant - there are so many restuarants in Bruges that we wanted to explore a bit and not simply stay in the hotel. They have a 'Spa' with swimming pool and a sauna etc and on arrival from England, what better way to unwind from the journey than to have a swim and a sauna? It sets you up for the rest of the weekend.
The hotel is located about three streets away (5 minutes walk) from the Market Square - where the Christmas Market is held - and this is the 'centre' of old Bruges. From here you can explore to your heart's content. If you want to do your own thing (which we did) then fine, or the hotel can arrange tours, taxis and all the usual stuff that makes being pampered a reality.
If I'm going to be picky - and if this is the only slight criticism, then they aren't doing too badly - the pepper and salt were in the wrong pots at breakfast (salt in the pepper pot and pepper in the salt cellar). Maybe this ridiculous level of nitpicking will serve to underline what a superb hotel this is and encourage you to stay there. Would I go back again? - absolutely definitely yes. Would I reccomend them? - try and stop me!
- 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