I have nothing but good things to say about the Casselbergh! From initial email enquiries and follow up questions, nothing was too much trouble and always met with helpful responses. We were lucky enough to be visiting Bruges for the Christmas Markets.
Arriving by Eurostar, the hotel is a 10 minute taxi ride from the train station (about 10 euros by taxi). It is ideally situated for the Christmas Markets and for lots of restaurants. We did a fair bit of walking and there are lots of shops to spend lots of money in – luckily the hotel is so well located that we could drop off our bags on a regular basis to save dragging them around.
The hotel had fully entered into the Christmas spirit and was beautifully decorated! We fell in love with its charm and elegant decadence at immediately. We had a lovely welcome from Bo on reception and were quickly checked into our enormous rooms. As a party of three, we had two double rooms between us which felt incredibly grand and special. Lots of wardrobe space, two big armchairs and a TV with channels in lots of languages and enormous double beds. The bathroom was modern, with a large shower and separate bath – the shower in our room had a rain head and felt wonderful. Lovely big white, fluffy towels and dressing gowns and some lovely L’Occitane toiletries. Housekeeping did an excellent job keeping the room clean and tidy. Tea and coffee making facilities and a very reasonably priced mini bar!
However, the lounges and bar are such a special treat that you will definitely not be drinking in your room. Roaring fires and comfy arm chairs to relax – Christmas carols were being played whilst we were there which really got us in the festive spirit. The Casselbergh hot chocolate is delicious and served in a silver pot with a little chocolate on the side – heaven.
Breakfast was served in a lovely room which always had plenty of spare seats. A buffet breakfast is available serving bacon, eggs, sausages, pastries, cold meats, cheese, yoghurts, fruit and cereal – basically everything you could possibly want. It was always fresh and replenished constantly by the hard working and friendly staff. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate is brought to the table. There is no restaurant on site but there are so many within a minute’s walking distance that it is little wonder the hotel does not have a restaurant.
If you want a touch of luxury and to feel like a VIP, this is the hotel to pick. Out of interest, during our stay, there seemed to be a major conference being hosted at the hotel and staff went out of their way to minimise any impact on tourists. The hotel was clearly busy with delegates but this did not impact on check in/out, breakfast or using the bar areas. The hotel staff were extremely helpful in advising where to eat (including making reservations), suggesting where to visit and which shops to go to and bus stops etc. We are already planning a visit next year to this stunning hotel and beautiful Bruges!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Hotel Casselbergh has many qualities that will guarantee you a special stay. Rich history is combined with modern luxury. The location, at the heart of the historical centre of Bruges - a UNESCO world heritage city - with its wonderful mediaeval buildings and idyllic canals, make the hotel unique. This luxurious hotel has been created out of three historical residences known as 'Casselbergh', 'Zeven Torens', and 't Fransch Schildt'. These buildings were owned and lived in throughout many centuries by leading citizens and the local aristocracy. Breathe in and enjoy the atmosphere of a bygone age! To the rear, a new wing has been added with quality architecture that is perfectly integrated with the surrounding buildings. Grand Hotel Casselbergh has 118 elegant rooms. They combine modern luxury with the authentic charm of 18th-century Bruges. The hotel has various meeting rooms, 40 parking places, and a superbly appointed wellness centre in the 16th-century cellars. This romantic hotel is certain to enchant you and welcome you with its attentive hospitality. ... more less
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