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
This hotel was everything we had hoped for. Centrally located, yet down a quiet alley that overlooked the canal. Elegant rooms with flair and unique character. Lovely common sitting and dining rooms with great food. Fresh lilies every day - the fragrance was remarkably soothing. What stood out the most however, was the friendliness of the staff. A big shout out to Gilles at the front desk who was always there to answer questions, arrange transport, recommend a restaurant, or open the outside door after hours, and always with a pleasant, no problem attitude. We were thrilled with this property and hope to return.
This hotel was in a wonderful spot and the rooms were lovely. I loved its position tucked in a lane way with the canal at the end. The bar downstairs provided much needed respite from our Bruges wanderings. The staff were friendly and so lovely. Breakfast was wonderful - very enjoyable.
Cannot say enough great things about the helpful and sweet staff, elegant comfortable rooms, fabulous breakfasts at this historic hotel. Location is perfect, it made our vacation extra. Thank you for a really special time for my husband and me. A+++, highly recommend!