What We Love
- A four-star hotel in charming Bruges, with breakfast, museum discounts, chocolate perks and moreSampling exquisite chocolate during your degustation at a royal-warrant-holding chocolatier
- Staying in a centrally located historic property
- Blowing the froth off a delicious Belgium beer
- The medieval charm of this gorgeous city
What To Know
- Located just a 10-minute walk from Market Square and the Belfry of Bruges
- Bruges Train Station is about a mile away
- Free WiFi
It takes only a quick glance to realize that time has stood still on the medieval streets of Bruges. Belgium’s most visited city is a postcard-perfect mix of traditional canals, bustling squares and chocolate-box alms houses. With loads of personality and Old World charm, this beloved destination more than deserves its reputation as one Europe’s prettiest and best-preserved cities.
Tucked away on a quiet street, Hotel Montanus is a four-star Edwardian hotel located near the Church of Our Lady. The historic building used to be the mansion of Frank Van Acker, former mayor of Bruges. Bearing this in mind, the architecture and décor is suitably grand – think a beautifully imposing façade and entrance – giving the property a classical feel.
Once you’re inside, though, it’s right back to the 21st century. Interiors are calm, cool and collected, featuring contemporary décor, chic en suites and luxurious linens. Historic charm and modern comforts… isn’t that what they call the best of both worlds?
The cozy Superior Garden rooms occupy a quiet portion of the building, next to a well-tended garden. Rooms are furnished to suit modern tastes, with a minimalist color scheme and the occasional flourish of an accent color on the soft furnishings.
Den Heerd is a garden-facing restaurant that serves a delectable menu of traditional and contemporary cuisine in a minimalist-chic setting. The décor is all cool-slate walls and low-slung warm lighting, creating an atmosphere that’s both super-stylish and welcoming.
The hotel is right in the center of Bruges, within easy walking distance to several key destinations. Doorstep attractions include the Hans Hemling Museum, the Church of Our Lady and the Groenigemuseum. The Lake of Love and the Basilica of the Holy Blood are nearby, and the Old St. John congress site is just a short stroll from the hotel. Without doubt, the best way to get around the city is by bike, and there are plenty of affordable bike-rental shops in the city center.
How to Get There
I’m usually one for not going to the same place twice but we had to stay in this little gem again. It’s a real family run business and the can’t wait to help you feel right at home ready to explore this beautiful city. The gentleman making the breakfasts went that extra mile to make sure everything was perfect. The rooms were so homely spacious and clean. I would definitely stay here a 3rd a 4th and countless more times. It’s a short walk into the centre and just over the road to car parking. Such a perfect place.
The hotel is about a 10 minute walk from the Market Square, which is perfect. Bruges is quite small and very pretty so the walk is very pleasant along shops and bistros. We were in a Comfort Room which happened to be set in the garden; it was a timber clad building which was on it's own and which you accessed through the garden next to the ornamental pool. The room itself was delightful, the bed and bed linen were extremely comfortable and everything was exceptionally clean. There were coffee and tea making facilities and my only request would be to supply some decaf coffee in the rooms. In the main part of the hotel there was free coffee/tea and biscuits from 11.00am to 18.00pm with an excellent selection of tea and coffee.
Breakfast was served in a conservatory in the garden which was linked to the main part of the hotel. There was a fantastic choice of cereals, breads, croissants, ham, cheese, fruit etc. there was also a chocolate fountain and white or rose Prosecco. If you wanted a cooked breakfast, the young man who served breakfast, made the coffees etc. also cooked it for you on request. He is very friendly, nothing is too much trouble and he makes the best poached eggs on toast I have ever had.
You can eat dinner in the hotel, but there are so many bars and bistros in Bruges that we chose not to. The bar in the hotel is a bit pricey and does close early so if you like to sit drinking in the bar into the early hours, perhaps this hotel is not for you. However, it was perfect for us. We would highly recommend this hotel, it's comfortable, the staff are friendly, the breakfasts are amazing and we think it's ideally placed. If we ever make it back to Bruges, this is exactly where we will be staying.
Extremely nice hotel with very helpful staff. Within easy walking distance of everything there is to see and do in brugges. This city is beautiful but be aware if you struggle walking all the streets are cobbled
We stayed 4 nights.
The staff were always helpful and friendly, the breakfast is very generous and all food is of a high quality.
The free coffee station is great during the day when you pop back between sightseeing trips.
The rooms are spacious and the bathroom of a really good size and standard. The monsoon shower is especially great.
The only thing that let the hotel down was the slightly sagging mattress and the fact that the pillow stuffing had clumped together in large chunks (as mentioned by other reviewers).
The location of the hotel is great and we'd happily recommend if you can get a good rate. Worth testing pillows and mattress.
The hotel was very clean and very central to town. Rooms were very spacious and comfortable bed linen except the bobbly pillows.
My main problem was the price of this hotel. At the time i didn't see an issue but looking back on it €350 for 2 nights is very excessive and yes we did get breakfast each morning but for this price, you would expect a luxury health club or at least a indoor swimming pool.
Would highly recommend if they re-considered their pricing slightly.