Hotel Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce – A Luxe Worldwide Hotel
What We Love
- Dreamily romantic setting
- 24-hour room service
- An antique and modern art collection that includes works by Matisse and Klimt
What To Know
- There’s no proper restaurant for dinner within the hotel, though there’s one in walking distance
- Not every room has a view over the canals
- All the rooms are non-smoking
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
One of Bruges’ most iconic and romantic hotels, Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce has played host to celebrities and royalty like Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium, David Gilmour, Olivia Newton John, and Paul Verhoeven. It served as an inspiration for poets and writers such as Georges Rodenbach and Rainer Maria Wilke, and Winston Churchill painted there. What’s drawn the over the years are the hotel’s many period charms, including stained glass windows, half-timbered facades, candelabra-style wall sconces, toile wallcoverings and draperies, Louis Vuitton trunks, and heavily tapestried window seats. A simple restaurant offers breakfast and room service, and hotel guests enjoy special treatment at the classic Maria von Bourgondie restaurant, a short walk away. A 24-hour reception desk handles administrative duties and can advise on restaurant reservations, opera tickets, guided tours, and other excursions.
In the Area
One of Belgium’s if not Europe’s most beautiful cities, the medieval city of Bruges positively drips with magic and romance. The well-preserved city center of this “Venice of the North,” as it is known, has earned a UNESCO designation. Historium Bruges allows guests to visit a re-creation of medieval times—and now sells tickets that include a tasting of Belgian beers. Bruges Ballooning offers aerial tours over the city in its modern-day incarnation. Further afield, the steamship Lamme Goedzak takes guests on a half-hour cruise to the charming village of Damme.
How to Get There
We stayed here after I saw how highly rated they were. Also, the location was perfect, right on the canal. We decided to get a classic room with a view and we were happy with our stay. First of all, breakfast served from 8-10:30 was great and the A/C worked well. The bed was comfortable as well. Gilles was very helpful at the front desk. For me, I felt that the location of the hotel couldn't be better. Overall, the hotel was a bit pricy especially to have a room with a view of the canal, but still worth it. We would do it again. We enjoyed our stay here.
Loved the comfort of the bed, the view from the window, the design of the entire hotel, the furniture, the art exposed, the cleanliness, the service and the friendly staff..could go on forever
· Hard to find something unlikeable, but the only things that were missing...no brown sugar at breakfast; it would be nice to have a cooler/fridge and a coffee maker in the room. Also, i could not find the Ralph Lauren's "fabrics" (as advertised) no where in the room.
A hidden gem, perfectly located. Amazing staff. We stayed in room 20, large by European standards. Amazing view of the canals. Mind you, this is an old building, with steep stairwells and actual key locks (don't forget to lock your room when you leave).