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
We booked the Hotel Montanus for mine and my wifes anniversary in June. Upon arriving I could not have been happier with my choice. Bruges is an absolutely beautiful place and hoped the hotel matched the rest of the City.
We were not disappointed - from the moment we arrived at reception the staff were extremely accommodating (we asked for early breakfast on the Sun as we had a Eurostar to catch).
We were shown to our rooms after a breif look at the nice modern lounge/lunch/al fresco dining area - the rooms are a really good size - feel lik a mini-apartment and because there are only 24 rooms at the hotel the hotel has an air of exclusivity about it.
After a busy morning sightseeing around Bruges we went back to the hotel for a well earned drink or 3 - the drinks were very generous and the staff very attentive. Calm cool music played in the background and myself and my wife were in zen relaxed mode.
We headed back to the hotel after dinner and the eating area was busy with a nice calm level of conversation and music - we had one last drink and headed for bed.
Cannot fault the location (5 mins walk from main square) or anything about the hotel.
This is a very beautiful boutique hotel located centrally.
Their breakfast buffet was outstanding, with different cheese and fresh baked eggs and bacon á la minute (not pre-cooked and kept warm).
The rooms aren't very big but cosy. There are several restaurants within walking distance, though I believe the restaurant in the hotel is very good as well.
We paid €140 per room including breakfast and 'rituals' bathroom goodies.
I would advise to ask for a room that is not located at the front of the hotel close to the street. We slept with the windows open and it was quite noisy with the cars.
Would recommend to friends.
Wife and I stayed here for 2 nights. Very quiet location but still only 5-10 mins walk from Bruges centre and the Astridpark very nearby which is a nice place to while away a couple of hours on a summer's day. The hotel gardens landscaped with nice sitting areas and very pleasant greenery. The room was excellent, huge bed, big bath with steaming hot water. Breakfast was very plentiful, fresh bread, cheese, ham, eggs, bacon, you name it. Homemade jam too was good. The only downer was having no tea making facilities in the rooms though there is free tea and coffee avaliable from the lounge between 11 and 6. After that I guess you either buy one from the bar or go out (supermarket round the corner did takeaway coffee for 1 euro). But only a small quibble, this is a nicely presented hotel and well worth a visit.
The staff were friendly on arrival and showed us to our room which had a lovely view of the garden. The room itself was perfect, the bed was amazing, there was a big TV with lots of Belgian channels playing English movies and TV shows and the bath was huge. The location was great too, only a 5 minute walk to the market square but in a very quiet location, we barely seen any cars driving by on our walk to the square in the evening.
Arrived in the early hours on a last minute business trip, headed from the U.K. to Brussels. Had been booked in to Montanus by nearby Novotel, who had overbooked and didn’t have room for us.
We received a friendly welcome. We informed the receptionist we needed to go out early for work, then return for a sleep.
My garden room was spacious but smelt of sewerage and bad drains. We left after a few hours sleep to perform a work task in Brussels and called mid morning to say we were nearly back. This was before checkout time. We were informed we had been checked out and our rooms had been cleaned.
There was no flexibility and no chance of us having a much needed sleep before continuing on our journey. I realise this isn’t a typical visit, but hotels of all shapes and sizes need to realise not everyone is a “run of the mill” tourist. They should also address foul smells in guest bedrooms.