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
- 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
Beautiful Boutique Hotel, 10 Year Wedding Anniversary booker over a year ago and the best time!!! Room was absolutely stunning and all of the Staff were so helpful and polite and nothing was too much trouble... Brugge is gorgeous and WE WILL be coming back to Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce... Neil and Carrie Truckle
I have been desperate to stay at this hotel for as long as I can remember, so came along with a wealth of very high expectations. All of them were met or exceeded with our stay!
The staff could not be more attentive, enthusiastic, caring or willing to help- everyone that we met clearly strives to produce the very highest of standards. One of the Reception staff even went out of her way to give us a look-around of the hotel on a quiet evening so that we could see the different rooms.
The room we stayed in was cosy, spotlessly clean, quiet and well-appointed. Coffee and tea are complementary (there is no tea tray in the room) and the hotel staff are happy to bring it up to your room or you can sit and drink it in any of the beautiful public spaces in the building. They even brought us a glass of champagne each to celebrate our engagement.
Even though the hotel gets busy at the weekends, it was still a vision of tranquility whilst we were there. We also brought a car with us and were pleased to see that there was secured hotel parking just a short walk from the hotel itself.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone- the views are stunning and it really is ‘the’ place to stay for an authentic experience of Bruges (you can see the hotel from most places in the city and it really is a visual stunner). I cannot wait to go back.
While updated to accommodate present day, the hotel holds a finery and class of days gone by. This gem is clearly owned by an elder gentleman with exquisite Belgium taste. Charming and upscale. The hotel, the rooms, and the closet are not large but beautifully appointed. The extra touches of fine silver and artwork displayed throughout add a dignity to this upscale rustic hotel. Our view overlooking the canal was lovely. Occasionally several swans would swim by. We stayed 3 nights and were more than happy to pay for their breakfast, which is not included. The overall service was above and beyond. We’ve traveled around the world and it was comparable to our Four Seasons service experiences. Definitely our favorite hotel experience on this 3 country European vacation.
We stayed here for 2 nights with older family to celebrate our birthdays. Probably one of the nicest hotel I’ve ever stayed at but it wasn’t cheap. But it was a special occasion, and I would stay here again as I love visiting Brugge. The rooms were lovely and spacious and well decorated with large marble bathrooms.
The staff were very helpful and attentive.
It’s very centrally locatated to the main square but also other less known, quieter, less tourists squares for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The outside of the hotel is part of one of the most famous views from across the canal, but the actual hotel entrance is down a little courtyard.
The hotel is air conditioned which was perfect in the heatwave we’ve just had.
Tea and coffee is available 24/7 which we didn’t know on the first day, so went looking for a coffee shop early in the morning before breakfast. Brugge doesn’t get going until at least 10am and we couldn’t find a take away coffee shop anywhere. Which was actually quite nice. No starbucks spoiling it.
The main square gets very crowded, and although there’s plenty of cafes and restaurants, they’re a bit pricey for what you get. Like most cities they cater for the tourists. Better to find a quieter square for better value. Le pain quotidian nearby was a great choice for brunch.
Amazing accommodations, priceless views and truly phenomenal staff. It was an awesome stay from start to finish- the staff was super helpful and provided us with more than we could’ve asked for. Overall, it was a wicked fun place to visit either through passing or extended stay.
This is by far the best hotel we’ve ever stayed in in all of our travels. 100% recommended !!!