We stayed in the Casselbergh actually having booked it. What a wonderful place! The hotel has very high ceilings, which give a tremendous sense of space, and it's in a beautiful, central building just off the Burg Square. The downstairs rooms were very comfortable - and there were coffee table-books to read, while you had your tea or aperitif. But the service could have been nippier - it took 15 minutes for someone to come and take our orders for teas and coffees.
The bedroom was vast, with a chandelier hanging over the largest bed I've ever slept in, although, as one of the other reviewers says, it was in fact two large singles pushed together. I liked the fact that we had our own duvets, as nobody hogged the bedclothes!
There were huge floor to ceiling curtains, which kept the light out and meant you could sleep in as long as you wanted. The bathroom was fabulous - both the bath and the shower were big enough for two to share.
The alcove with the cupborard space was my main gripe - it was too dark and the space in the cupboards was poorly planned. There weren't enough coat hangers and I couldn't see in the shelves to tell whether we'd left anything behind. Also one of the chandelier bulbs had blown and nobody fixed it.
I wouldn't bother booking the breakfast - there were tremendous queues for the buffet table and the food was nothing special: tastless croissants, no milk for cereal and warmed over cooked breakfast. You can get what you want from any cafe elsewhere in the city.
But all in all, a great stay.
- 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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