The Kempinski Dukes Palace deserves to be the best hotel in Bruges, its absolutely stunning, i dont really have any negative comments. From arrival to departure everything was perfect and the staff all extremely helpful. The building itself has been fantastically restored, the most beautiful main stairwell and lovely open public spaces. Location is just right only a few hundred yards to the markt but down a really peaceful side street. A little tip if like me getting a taxi from the train station to the hotel go with the meter rate, i always like to agree a price before to which my unawares of distances etc agreed a price of 10 euros, however the meter rate which i soon discovered after getting a taxi back to the train station to visit the ice sculptures was only 5 euros.
Our room was excellent, loads of beautiful finishing touches, decorated in a elegant way. The bed was so comfy, with a pillow menu if for whatever reason you may have issues with the already fluffy soft pillows already on your bed. Small things like a personal message from the manager, turn down service (which is becoming rarer), complimentary water (everyday not just on the 1st night) and morning newspaper. The bathroom was bliss ,heated floor which in a very cold November week (complete with snow) was very much appreciated. molten brown products of every desciption and a huge shower but with such a beautiful bath who chooses the shower. I particularly like the internal window with blind between the bathroom and bedroom. If i have gripe about anything with this hotel for a 5 star not to have complimentary tea and coffee facilities in your room or at least available through room service is bad, if you would want a tea or coffer you need to pay 5 euros for one downstairs in either the lounge or bar.
I used the spa once not for any treatments but to try the complimentary facilities. The pool was heaven, i was the only one in there so it was even more bliss, small towels are provided so you will need to bring your own towel down. The sauna was out of order and so was the mens changing rooms to which was a sign asking them to use the ladies, so a few teething problems there i expect.
The bar was a nice treat to pop in for a night cap before bed, our 1st night we had the most helpful friendly bar man whose name escapes me, he was kind enough to give us a tasting session of various belgium beers with hints and tips, his devotion and passion was very clear and was definitely a shinning star of the kempinski palace. The bar has a very arty take on it, i really liked the black cat sat right on a top shelf nearly at cealing height, very lifelike i kept thinking he was going to jump down.
Breakfast was definitely the best i have ever had in any hotel, what a spread, dont think anything was missing at all, even complimentary champagne, what a start to the day!!
Bruges is one of the most picture perfect place i have ever been to it truly is a chocolate box town. All the meals we ate were great, however its a expensive place, dont expect to find a cheap meal even off the beaten track. Bruges is very compact and so easy to find your way around. I expect its lovely in the summer but i think it comes into its own in winter, what with the christmas markets, the darker nights to enjoy the lights and well when we went the quieter streets (very few tourists around) winter is the time to visit, we were lucky enough to have a very heavy snowfall for 1 of the days we were there i have never seen such a lovely winter scene.
On the whole Bruges is a fantastic place to visit i recommend it to everyone and Kempinski dukes palace definitely the place to stay for sure, such a fantastic experience.
- 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