Romantik Hotel de Orangerie
What We Love
- 20 individually designed rooms, giving the hotel an intimate, residential feel
- Transfers can be made via Bentley (for a fee) stocked with champagne
- A cozy bar with two fireplaces for coffee, aperitifs or high tea
What To Know
- Some of the rooms are tiny: as small as 161 square feet.
- Breakfast is an additional 25 euros.
- Any no-show or cancellation made less than one full week before check-in will be charged in full.
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Staying at Bruges’ historic, utterly romantic Hotel de Orangerie is less like sleeping in a hotel than time traveling to the well-turned-out home of a Belgian aristocrat from centuries ago. The 20-room hotel is a cozy cocoon of intoxicating scents, warm colors, opulent fabrics, antiques, fragrant bouquet, and crackling fireplaces. Service is warm and personal, and again more residential than hotel-like. There’s no proper restaurant for dinner (though some of Bruges’ top restaurants are nearby), gym or spa. But breakfast comes with a très romantic glass of champagne and is served on a pretty terrace or in a glass-walled dining room overlooking the canal, and afternoon tea or evening aperitifs are served in a fireplace-warmed living room. In summer, the Orangerie Beach Club sets up guests in the nearby coastal resort of Knokke, with wooden cabanas and umbrellas, snacks and drinks from the beach bar, and picnic lunches from the hotel.
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 is a beautiful hotel nestled in a quiet street but right in the heart of the city, literally within walking distance of everything. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't kind to us so we didn't get to enjoy the terrace overlooking the canal but even in the rain Bruges looks beautiful.
Hotel reception, bar and room all had a cosy feel to them and ideal for a quiet weekend away. Highly recommend it.
My wife and I had a 4 night stay here in early November and fell in love with the hotel as soon as we arrived. So many little touches throughout, evidently such care taken in the decor and even better that it was Christmas time. The rooms have character and the staff couldn’t be friendlier. Our first time here and in Bruges was one that has made us look into rebooking again in the new year.
Bruges has a long list of lovely bars but we found that one our favourite venues was the quiet hotel lounge bar, brilliantly serviced by the staff and the perfect romantic setting.
We saw a lot of comments around there being no restaurant on site but we saw no issue, again Bruges is full of restaurants less than 3 minutes walk from the hotel which helps give you an opportunity to see the town. If we could give this more than 5 stars I wouldn’t hesitate.
We visited Bruges for 2 days/nights, and this was a wonderful hotel to stay in. We visited at Christmas time, and they had the lobby decked out with 6 Christmas trees, the wonderful scent of pine needles dancing in our heads every time we walked through the lobby. The customer service was always fantastic, and very helpful. The inn/hotel is very quaint, and you feel like you are right in the heart of the city. Next door is the brewery Bourgogne des Flandres, which was a great tour to go on by the way. The actual rooms were nice as well, with a great shower and bathroom. The room design is very regal, making you feel as if you've stepped back into the time of Louis XIV. A fantastic stay overall.
I stayed in this Hotel eleven years ago, and it's only got better. The place had been decked up for Christmas in a very festive and tasteful manner. As we walked through the doors the wonderful waft of fresh pine certainly got us in the spirit. The staff were friendly and helpful. The room was gorgeous, looking out onto the canal, and perfect for a weekend away. We'd recommend getting an afternoon tea. The hotel is in a central location and there are plenty of good restaurants and shops near by. We'd recommend the wonderful deli Deldycke Traiteurs for a quick glass of champagne and a snack. The restaurant Couvert round the corner is also excellent.
Stayed here in July with another couple. The Hotel is located on the picturesque De Dijver Canal in Bruges. The large historic breakfast room & lounge, the rear courtyard and many of the rooms, face onto the canal. It makes for a very pleasant outlook for breakfast and that drink before going out in the evening. Just beautiful. The rooms are spacious, spotless and well appointed. The bathroom in our room was a welcome and possibly recent upgrade. Breakfast was an extensive buffet style with eggs and other meals made to order. Just the thing to prepare a couple of tourists for a long day walking through beautiful Bruges. Staff were lovely, professional and nothing was too much trouble. Would stay here again. Highly recommended.