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
This for me is the No1 place to stay as it offers the best service, easy car parking, exceptional facilities and food. The staff never fail to make my wife and I feel special. You’ve not had breakfast until you have sampled theirs.
This is the premier hotel property in Bruges. It is gorgeous inside and out. The staff shines. We can not recommend it highly enough. We especially enjoyed the room size, gorgeous bathrooms, and bed comfort.
Great hotel! First of all the location is gorgeous. It’s very close to the city center. Parking at the hotel makes it easy to park then walk and explore. The room was very clean and the bed was very comfortable. The breakfast is worth the cost. The champagne and Belgium chocolate was such a wonderful touch. I would definitely stay there again.
Me and boyfriend have just visited this hotel. This was the only disappointment to our holiday. The hotel was okay but not up to a 5* standard that you should expect. We have stayed in 4* hotels that were better and friendlier than this!
There was dust, wallpaper peeling off and stains. The shower also would one minute be warm and then freezing cold!
Me and my boyfriend being a young couple were not comfortable in the slightest to go to the hotel restaurant as you would have other guests and some staff staring (as if we had no right to be there). We went to the bar one night but left after one drink as it was a very uncomfortable atmosphere.
We also fell asleep one day after getting in, this must have only been about 7 pm and we was woken up to a maid standing in our room asking us if we wanted evening service. I don’t expect to have anyone enter our room unless it’s the maids in the morning cleaning!
This was not the only time this had happened as we frequently was woken up in the morning by continuous knocking on the door and when we would say ‘yes’ we would just be asked if we were ok.
I feel unless you have a lot of money or are deemed as an important person, you will not feel very welcome at this hotel.
If we ever choose to come back to Bruges, it will definitely not be at this hotel!
Great hotel comfortable rooms all let down by unfortunate dining experience. We ordered two steaks one cooked perfectly. The other was too rare and not cooked as requested. The steak was taken to the kitchen, the pepper sauce washed off or removed, the steak cooked again and returned. I have travelled most of the world and never had the meal I returned, returned to me 're cooked. Must be breaking every hygiene concept. Such pity.