I read a review on this site before booking and it mentioned being difficult to find by car so took the precaution of asking for directions from the hotel, printing off a detailed street map and programming the sat nav. Ha, not good enough, We had reception on the phone three of four times as we completed maybe 6 circles of the one way system but they were just too vague. It actually took longer to find the hotel than it did to get to Bruge from Calais.
Bit of a whiff of drains on the way up to the room but not IN the room happily which was big, comfortable with a great view of The Belfry of Bruge and very central. Had a word with Bart - the young duty manager on Sunday because a plug wasn't working that drained my blackberry - luckily not there on business, the shower fluctautes in temperature - this is a problem with all the rooms reception said, though Bart made a big play of checking it. We found a hairclip when searching for a working plug and there were a few paint marks on the wall paper. Bart is teflon smooth - you'd be hard pushed to make anything stick for a discount.
Breakfast is very good, though buffet style so you have to have your wits about you in the chaos of sleepy, hungry people blundering in all directions.
We climbed the old tower one night which was fun and saw the listed Otis lift (yes it's true).
So pretty good all round, though next time I'm going to stay at The Relais, which looked very special.
- 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