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The 9 Best Bruges Hotels of 2019

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With old-world charm oozing from picturesque canals, cobbled streets and elegant buildings, Bruges, Belgium epitomizes quintessential small-town Europe. Tourists roam the city in and out of chocolate shops, breweries, and historical attractions ranging from old churches to the Groeninge Museum, home to works by legendary artists such as Van Eyck and Magritte.

As a top tourist destination, Bruges has dozens of accommodations ranging from five-star hotels in old palaces to cheap hostels, so we’ve narrowed the selection down to our favorites in various categories. Read our full list before booking your next trip to the adorable Belgian city.

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Best Overall: Hotel Van Cleef

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Total luxury meets boutique style and mid-price at the Hotel Van Cleef, making it our pick for the best overall hotel in Bruges. The 15-room canal-side hotel is housed in an 18th-century mansion in the Sint-Anna neighborhood, a quiet area located just a five-minute walk from the city center. Old meets new in the decor scheme – you’ll find country house elegance with contemporary touches like upholstery and art.

Rooms range from double rooms to duplex suites and are divided between the old building and a modern wing, though both offer a modern design (Missoni or Hermès fabrics, for example) with marble bathrooms and whirlpool tubs. A continental or English breakfast is served each morning, while a full tea service is offered in the afternoons. For lunch and dinner you are alone, but there are plenty of options nearby. Guests can also enjoy free walking tours of Bruges from Monday to Friday.

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Mejor presupuesto: St. Christopher’s Inn at the Bauhaus

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We know that hostels aren’t for everyone, but St. Christopher’s Inn at the Bauhaus (colloquially called Bauhaus) is a Bruges institution that attracts all types of travelers, not just backpackers. Rooms range from 16-bed dorms with pod-style bunk beds to private apartments for two (with their own kitchens and living rooms) and single rooms, so you have a wide range of options to suit your accommodation preferences.

The Bauhaus is housed in a series of 200-year-old buildings, about a 10-minute walk from the city center, and it can feel delightfully atmospheric. Public spaces have an old-school pub vibe, with wood and low ceilings throughout, not to mention hundreds of vintage possibilities and it ends up decorating the space, although the rooms are a bit more utilitarian and don’t have the same personality. . The star of the hostel is the bar, where an excellent breakfast buffet is served in the morning and the best Belgian beers are served day and night.

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Best Boutique: The Pand Hotel

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Like the Hotel Van Cleef, the Pand is housed in a former private residence, but instead of being inside a mansion, it is housed in an elegant 18th-century house with a small courtyard and fountain. The hotel is located on the outskirts of the historic city center, but only a few minutes walk from the main attractions of the city. In terms of design, the hotel retains its classic elegance; You’ll find details like crystal chandeliers, antiques, and wood-paneled walls (especially in the traditional library).

There are 26 rooms of different sizes and styles, equipped with Ralph Lauren fabrics and wallpaper and with granite or marble bathrooms. The Pand serves breakfast each morning – guests can choose between continental or cooked, but both come with champagne, and there’s a small but charming bar on-site. For lunch and dinner, visit one of the neighborhood’s great restaurants. Parking is not free, but there is a private garage for guests.

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Best for luxury: Hotel Dukes’ Palace

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Bruges is a small city, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find luxury here, and even better, you can find it at an affordable price. The Hotel Dukes’ Palace is the great lady, housed in a former convent that stands on the site of the palace of the Dukes of Burgundy, and its decor is certainly regal in nature, with rich textiles, stained glass windows, and elegant moldings. But it’s not stuffy in any way, and in fact there are plenty of modern additions that add a slight sense of contemporaneity.

The 110 rooms include standard rooms, family rooms and suites, each room is completely unique. If amenities are what you are looking for in your hotel choice, this is the place to stay. You will find a wellness center with a spa, gym, sauna, steam room and even a salt wall; a restaurant and bar serving an extraordinary breakfast buffet, as well as a full lunch and dinner; a series of meeting rooms; and private parking. Also, the historic city center is within walking distance (to be honest, practically all of Bruges is walkable).

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Best for families: Hotel Navarra Brujas

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The Hotel Navarra Brujas has a long history, but it was not always a hotel. The site was originally the residence of the consul of Navarre, when the Netherlands was part of the Spanish empire in the 16th century. But today’s neoclassical building was built in the early 18th century, after which it served everything from a hotel to the Belgian government headquarters after WWI. The current Hotel Navarra opened in 1982: the public spaces retain a traditional style, while the 94 rooms are much more modern.

Families looking to book a stay have great options here, from a family room with a double sofa bed to triple rooms. Extra beds are also available. In addition, children under 12 years of age sharing accommodation with adults stay free. The hotel has a number of services ranging from an indoor pool in the old cellar to a famous jazz bar (which also serves afternoon tea). There is no restaurant on-site, but the hotel is right in the center of town, so you’ll find several options nearby.

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Best for romance: Canal Deluxe Bed & Breakfast

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While there are dozens of charming bed and breakfasts in Bruges, the Canal Deluxe B&B takes the cake for a romantic setting. There are only five rooms spread between two historic houses (one is 600 years old and the other was a brewery), and each one is completely unique. Some have working log fireplaces, but all face the canal and have a loving, residential feel thanks to details like antique furniture and beamed ceilings. You’ll also find modern conveniences here, like air conditioning and smart TVs, though you’re by no means obligated to use the latter.

Given the intimate size of the B&B, there aren’t many amenities, though there are gardens and a terrace, and an amazing breakfast buffet, of course. The owner, Tine Hessels, makes a wonderful variety that includes everything from waffles and pancakes to bacon and eggs and smoked salmon. (Don’t miss the homemade jams).

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Best for business: Grand Hotel Casselbergh

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If you are lucky enough to have your work take you to Bruges, there is no better place to stay for business than the Grand Hotel Casselbergh, which has excellent meeting facilities. Located in the center of the city, the 118-room hotel consists of two buildings: an old property that is actually three connecting historic mansions, and a modern building overlooking the canal.

The decor here has the more traditional side, though you’ll find plenty of modern amenities in the rooms, from free Wi-Fi to flat-screen TVs and rainfall showers. If you are looking for an exceptional antique touch, request one of the attic rooms in the old building, which have beamed ceilings. Amenities include a wellness center in 14th-century cellars that includes a Turkish bath, gym, steam room, and sauna, as well as a breakfast room serving a hot and cold buffet, plus a bar and lounge. which is popular with both guests and locals.

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Best B&B: Guesthouse Bonifacius

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The Guesthouse Bonifacius is our overall favorite B&B in the city, as it can cater to any type of traveler, be it a gourmand, a solo traveler, or a couple looking for something low-key. The three-bedroom property is located in a canal-side house in the city center, parts of which date back to medieval times. There are only three bedrooms and they ooze charm with painted wood paneling, antiques, and patterned wallpaper. Despite their quaint decor, there’s also an air of luxury, particularly in the granite bathrooms with jetted tubs and separate showers.

Breakfast here is served in the Gothic Room and features products from a local bakery, meat and cheese, and eggs cooked to order. For afternoon tea or coffee, you can do so on the terrace overlooking the canal or on the rooftop terrace with panoramic views. For dinner, don’t miss the Michelin-starred restaurant across the street, Den Gouden Harynck.

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Best for fans in Bruges: Hotel De Tuilerieen

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Although it has long been a famous tourist destination with its utterly charming atmosphere, Bruges soared in popularity, at least with American audiences, after the release of the 2008 film In Bruges, starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes. . While many visitors flock to the dozens of locations featured in the film, you can take your Bruges tour one step further by staying at the Hotel De Tuilerieen, which hosted the cast during filming. (Oh, and the King and Queen of Belgium have stayed here too.)

The hotel is housed in an elegant 15th century building on the Djiver Canal, just a few minutes walk from the main squares of Bruges. The Hotel De Tuilerieen has 45 rooms decorated in old and new aesthetics: think canopy beds, fireplaces, exposed brick, air conditioning, and televisions. While there is no on-site restaurant, a buffet breakfast with a chocolate fountain is served each morning, and snacks such as sandwiches and pizzas can be delivered to your room throughout the day. The star service here is the wellness center, which features an indoor pool and steam room.

Our process

Our writers spent 5 hours researching the most popular hotels in Bruges. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 20 different hotels and read over 100 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds to recommendations you can trust.

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