I arrived at the hotel late one night, and I was baffled that I couldn’t find the hotel entrance. There’s a huge, beautiful sign on one side of the canal with the hotel’s name. Behind the sign is a parking lot for the hotel. However, the hotel entrance just wasn’t obvious. I walked around the block repeatedly for one full hour before I finally called Die Swaene from another hotel and someone came to fetch me. It was late, though, so we didn’t check in. Instead, our hotel escort led us to the back of the dark parking lot to a little corner with a pipe and a door – some sort of back door for a restaurant. He opened the door and led us to our rooms, which were not marked with our hotel’s name and were across a body of water from the hotel lobby and through a restaurant! I must say that our room was lovely, though. It was very spacious - more spacious than I would ever expect in Europe. It had incredibly high ceilings, antique-style furniture, a writing desk, a huge bathroom with a wonderful tub and shower, etc. It was truly beautiful and lovely. Just really odd.
In the morning, my husband and learned that the main hotel with its reception area, fantastic breakfast buffet, and incredible charm were across the canal (a short walk away). I only say all this to say that it’s a nice hotel, but if you stay in the “annex,” you will NOT have the full hotel experience. My room in the annex was nice, but I chose the hotel based upon the pictures I saw on the website, which were taken in the main hotel. So, just keep this in mind when you book your trip.
One more thing – the annex was noisy in the morning and throughout the day. Maybe it was noise from the restaurant as they were setting up. There were a lot of doors opening and closing, loud club music, and dishes clattering. The good thing is that I didn’t need an alarm clock and we were out most of the day. Still, it’s good to be aware of these things when booking. I must say that things were quiet as a mouse in the evening.
Overall, it was a nice stay. Just a bit strange.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Die Swaene**** is a sanctuary overlooking one of the most picturesque canals, right at the very heart of the old historical city center and just a stone-throw away from the Market and Burg square. This prize-winning hotel is considered to be one of the most romantic and peaceful boutique hotels in Europe and is renown for its customer-friendliness and excellent service. Quite a unicum in this age of 'time is money' but here one still finds time to listen to the needs of the guest. Die Swaene**** has 24 elegantly furnished and individually decorated rooms and the public rooms have an atmosphere of times past. The authentic salon "Guild of Merchant Taylors" (1779) is classified heritage and a perfect place to relax by the fire-place after a day of exploring the beautiful city. Or do you prefer to take an aperitif in the cozy bar or have a plunge in the swimming pool with sauna? Its all possible in Die Swaene. At the opposite side of the canal one finds the "Pergola" wing with 8 Superior Deluxe rooms, each with fire-place in the room and view over the water. From Monday to Friday we offer a free guided tour with an English speaking guide. Die Swaene**** has everything to make your visit unforgettable ! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Die Swaene Bruges
- Die Swaene Hotel Bruges