This was our second stay in Bruges and we decided to stop at this hotel thanks to a good deal and great reviews on here. 3 years ago we previously stopped at their sister hotel the Ouis De palleart which is virtually next door.
We arrived early in the morning from the P&O ferry. We walked to the hotel from Bruges railway station which took us around 15 minutes. Be careful if pulling a case as Bruges is obviously full of cobbles and the wheels on your case wont like it!! A taxi will be around 8 - 10 Euros.
When we entered the hotel it definately had the WOW factor! Big chandeliers everywhere and the walls were full of portraits and black and white prints.
Our room wasn't ready (no surprise as it was only 9.45am) and the guy on reception took our details and told us to come back later. We left our luggage in a room at the hotel and went out to enjoy Bruges.
We got back around 3pm having drank way too much Gluewein and eaten too many hotdogs from the Christmas market in the Markt!!! The room was lovely, I think we had 2 twin beds pushed together but you really couldn't tell unless you looked closely. There was a flat screen TV (decent size) with around 3 English channels plus CNN. The bathroom was large with a great power shower and a big, deep bath. I got straight into the bath and gave my acheing muscles a good soak.....it was heaven. There's also complimentary L'Occitane toiletries. The room has a mini bar and a can of Carlsberg was circa 4 euros and a wine around 6 euros from there.
The bed was soooo comfy, some people may find it soft but I found it moulded around your body fantastically!! The pillow was one of those that takes around 10seconds for your head to settle into it!!
The hotel bar was lovely. 2 big Christmas trees and a roaring log fire! Service (as in the rest of the hotel) was swift, prompt and really friendly. All staff were always willing to give advice and tips. A bottle of red wine cost 17 euros. It really is a nice place to shelter on a cold afternoon or to finish of your night.
Location wise you couldn't do much better. It's situated on a quiet street 100 yards from the Burg and 200 yards from the Markt. Bars and restaurants are all within a 5/10 minute walk. There's also a decent Irish pub just down towards the Burg on the right hand side. Try the Trappist beer at 9.5%!!!
Did we have any grumbles? No not really. The only thing I'd say is that we booked a deal that got us a 'Quality' room. These are meant to be rooms overlooking a canal. We didnt get this as we were given a room overlooking the main street. As mentioned, the room was nice so we didnt have any real complaint!!
Staying in this hotel is like stepping back to a more grand, more opulent time! It's like something from the French Renaissance! Dont hesitate booking here......if anyone has a bad time then they really must be very picky or terribly unlucky!
Thanks Hotel Casselbergh!!
- 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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