When you take a fair lady to a city like Bruges you hope to enchant her with more than your aftershave and book of jokes. To this end and having navigated the multiple room options (a junior, superior suite was where the finger landed) I booked the Hotel Dukes Palace with high hopes of marital success given its 5 star status and THOSE towers. Walt Disney continues to guide my path.
Having trailed the 15 minute walk from the station while carrying the 20kg suitcase (cobbles and wheels make a headache inducing sound; that of the fair lady complaining of the noise) I was exhausted but welcomed with smiles when entering the Dukes. Having been provided with two room keys we entered our impressive bedroom which brought the first smile of the trip from the fair lady. Eveything was in working order and the bathroom contained both a shower and a bath. The toiletries, I was informed, were excellent. Good job I paid extra for them, I said, with a wink.
Upon exiting the building and close by, were restaurants and bars of great order. The city square was a stones throw away (though you'd have to be pretty good at it and able to throw high). The city was lovely. All restaurants I used to enchant my fair lady were of great success, showing that capitalism does have its merits. The following day breakfast was also lovely. I loved the idea that Champagne was included and helped myself to 8 bottles. This is untrue. I doubt anyone ever has any, which is a shame as it just sits there looking lonely. On the downside the sneeky IT manager has put TWO wifi signals in the hotel, one "free" and the other one fast and expensive. Hence they give you slow 'free' wifi with an upgrade option. Shame on them for the price they charge. The Spa was also a bit tired - the steam room reminded me of my old school swimming pool. All the staff were very friendly. They gave you a free chocolate at night. The pillows were the worst I have experienced. There was a choice of an oversized rock hard cushion or a lifeless huge empty one. Though I have taken my personal pillow with me in the past, so fussiness is an issue that I must confess too. Good news - Nice place, great city. Bad news - she said no and told me I can try harder to impress. Thats all folks!
- 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