Hotel Dukes’ Palace Bruges
What We Love
- The 32,000-square-foot secluded garden
- A spa with an indoor swimming pool and hammam
- An onsite art gallery
What To Know
- Recent reports have it that service can sometimes be slow.
- The swimming pool is a bit small.
- The hotel has private underground parking for 3 euros per hour or 30 euros per day.
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A former royal residence and now a rambling country-house-style hotel, the Dukes’ Palace has 69 rooms and 25 suites, all of them unique in their combinations of contemporary comforts (24-hour room service, high-speed Internet) and authentic 15th-century elegance (stained glass windows, elaborate crown moldings). Along with a serviceable restaurant and bar, the hotel has one of the most extensive spas in Bruges, with a sauna, hammam, indoor swimming pool, and fitness center, and a variety of body scrubs and wraps, therapeutic massages, and facials.
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
I booked 3 nights at this hotel as a surprise for my Husbands 30th birthday. We arrived earlier than check-in, but the hotel staff were so friendly and helpful, they offered to look after our bags until our room was ready. They also advised us where to eat around Bruges.
Once in our room (we had a deluxe) it was gorgeous, and so clean. One of my biggest fears when going away is to stay somewhere not clean, and this hotel was exceptional.
Our room overlooked the front of the hotel, so we could see the bell tower, and every morning we would wake up to the bells going off (very romantic!). Even though we were at the front of the hotel we both found it very quiet.
The room amenities were very good (coffee machine, hair-dryer, large television, shower & bath). The only thing which i struggled with was a lack of mirror in the bedroom. As there was no plug socket in the bathroom i needed to style my hair in the bedroom, and used a wall painting to try and see my reflection in.
This however didn't impact on our stay at all, overall the hotel is in a perfect location, very quiet, the staff were so friendly and helpful, the food in the restaurant was fantastic, and we cant wait to come back soon!
Booked through Secret Escapes and got a great deal for a three night stay including Eurostar and local train travel.
This is the only 5 star hotel in Bruges and it is a perfect place to stay.
Arriving by train we took a taxi from the station which is a fixed 7 Euros.
Reception staff are great and multi lingual.
Our room was on the 5th floor and overlooked the rear garden which meant we had a nice view and it was quiet. The room was huge with a lobby area, bathroom and the biggest bed I have ever seen which was really comfortable. There is a safe, tv and coffee maker, loads of wardrobe space, robes, slippers; everything you need for your stay.
In the morning breakfast was amazing, buffet style, offering a huge choice of cooked bacon, eggs and pancakes, yoghurt, pastries, bread, cereal, cheese, cold meats, fruit, juices, chocolate and champagne! You order coffee and tea from the waiting staff who bring this to you.
Downstairs there was a lovely lounge area and the garden offered a nice seating area with bar service.
They also have a spa which is available to guests to use the sauna and steam room but we were too busy doing other things.
We were especially impressed with James the waiter who got our drinks and was so friendly and helpful.
The hotel is central and within easy walking distance of the shops and sights.
The rooms are spacious and the bathroom features are well thought out. The hotel is beautiful and has everything that one would need in a vacation. This hotel truly offers everything and there are no regrets at all. The location is perfect and the grounds are beautiful. The staff has an amazing sense of detail. 5 Stars in every respect!
The hotel is remodeling from old palace.
The room is big and has coffee machine and the toilet is big.
The staff is friendly.
The location is near the most attractive sights by walking distance .
But its price is higher than other hotels in bruges.
We give this hotel and its staff 20 stars! The hotel would be a great place to stay under any circumstances but we had an unfortunate injury happen returning to the hotel after dinner and the reception staff came to our rescue. They provided a wheelchair and arranged or a doctor to come to the hotel and the next morning sent us to the hospital with complete instructions. After returning to the hotel and deciding to curtail our trip, Lieselof helped us with train accommodations for my wife. Her colleagues provided much needed assistance with taxis and dinner reservations making sure in each case to factor in wheelchair accommodations. The entire reception staff was very proactive and one shift handed over seamlessly to the following shift. Each time we returned to the hotel we were greeted and my wife deeply appreciated the genuine concern expressed by the men and women at the desk. This entire experience was over the top and demonstrated how a business backs up a reputation for quality with action.