This is a beautiful hotel in the perfect location for exploring the old district of Bruges. Every member of staff we encountered was so friendly and really made us feel welcome. The moment you turn onto the small road that leads you to the hotel the view of the hotel is really spectacular and you just know you are in the right place. Once inside the atmosphere is lovely, we arrived early for check in so we headed to the bar for coffee (which was lovely by the way served with little chocolates and cakes on the side), we received a call on our mobile to say that they had our room ready about 30 minutes later. Our room was on the 1st floor and while we did not have a particularly good view as we were looking out over some roof tops, we did have the benefit of a view of the top of the bell tower and were treated to the sound of the bells ringing out which was really nice. Our room had everything we needed with a lovely large bathroom encased in frosted glass, with a large walk in shower and a separate bath. As I suffer from a Chronic pain condition the bed I sleep in is always a concern for me however I can assure you that I had 3 great night’s sleep including some afternoon siestas. Great selection of TV channels and free basic internet with is actually not that slow. Breakfast is a lovely relaxed affair no rush or fuss, plenty of staff clearing and bring you extra coffee and tea. The Breakfast selection is what you would expect from a 5 Star establishment, lovely selection of breads and pastries, with a large selection of local cheeses, hams and cured fish. The breakfast room is set out over 2 large rooms with the continental selection in one and off the other the juices and fruit followed by a hot food selection including all the usual plus really nice light pancakes. Oh and I almost forgot to mention you can partake in a morning glass of bubbly with some beautiful Belgian chocolate... Careful though you are left to cut off as much chocolate as you like from 3 large blocks.... We only ate in the hotel on the Sunday night and were disappointed at first to find that the restaurant was not open, however we had really nice options in the bar and actually it was a Sunday night so it was lovely and quiet. Do try the hot chocolate it is divine. Over all we had a wonderful experience in the Hotel Dukes palace and we are thinking of a return trip to experience it in spring summer time.
- 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