If it’s lazy days on the beach you’re after, followed by sumptuous meals and lively nightlife, Blankenberge will tick all your boxes. Stroll along the pier and enjoy a coffee overlooking the North Sea before checking out the Huisje van Majutte fishing cottage and trying your luck in the buzzing casino. We’ve picked out the best hotels in Blankenberge – bookable on Culture Trip.
Get ready for the best night’s sleep in the ABC Hotel, as you can hand-pick the type of orthopaedic mattress you desire. And when you wake up feeling rejuvenated, you can visit the city centre or the beach, both of which are within walking distance. The ABC prides itself on being ecofriendly, so expect sustainable materials, water-saving showerheads and a delicious buffet breakfast made from seasonal organic products.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where to enjoy your cold beer in the Aazaert. You can lounge on the sun terrace, chill out in front of the fire in the piano bar or pair it with some tasty dishes in the on-site restaurant, Starckx. If you’re brave enough to order the surprise menu you won’t be disappointed. The hotel also has an indoor swimming pool, a gym, two saunas, a hammam and a relaxation room.
For a grown-up getaway look no further than the Gatsby Hotel. This adults-only stay has a chilled-out vibe and is right in the heart of Blankenberge, a short walk from the pier and a stone’s throw from the casino, if you fancy getting your heart racing at the roulette tables. Afterwards, watch the sunrise over the golden sands of Blankenberge Beach, just steps from the hotel.
Slap bang in the heart of the city, you won’t beat the views from the heated rooftop swimming pool at the Hotel Mercure. Next door to the railway station, the hotel offers double and family rooms and is the perfect place to meet up with friends and enjoy tapas and a cocktail in the cosy lounge bar overlooking the main square. You couldn’t be better placed to enjoy the city nightlife, either.
Just a hop, skip and a jump away from the beach, the Hotel Tropicana is a small family-run hotel offering a range of single, double and family rooms. Try out one of the themed dinner nights or sit back and enjoy some live music. The Huisje van Majutte – an 18th-century fishing cottage and museum – is also a short walk away and serves good beer and freshly made cakes.
Run by the same folk as the Aazaert, the Saint Sauveur offers a wide range of rooms to suit all types of travellers. The beach is steps away, but if you can’t face the chilly North Sea, take a dip in the indoor pool instead. The shops of Blankenberge are just around the corner; after pounding the pavements, unwind in the sauna or treat yourself to a massage in the impressive wellness centre.
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