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Belgium and romance go hand in hand – imagine a spread of fairytale castles, picture-perfect cities and seductive chocolates.
Belgium might be a small country but it packs a punch when it comes to charming places to stay. If you want to make sure love is in the air, here’s the country’s best hotels and guesthouses that will pull out all the stops to make your romantic escape a memorable one. Best of all, you can book all of them right here on Culture Trip.
With just three rooms up for grabs, The Pand oozes discreet luxury. Expect a personal touch, with hostess Karen serving your breakfast eggs exactly the way you like them. The rooms are tastefully decorated in Ralph Lauren fabrics, and if you’re lucky, you might find a bouquet of flowers, a fruit basket, Champagne or Belgian chocolates have been delivered to your room. If you can tear yourself away from the hotel, then bustling Burg Square is just steps away.
If you’re looking for an escape that offers unadulterated luxury, then you can’t go wrong with the Hotel de Brakelhoen in Brakel, in the East Flanders province. The hotel boasts four rooms and one suite, all with king-sized beds and locally crafted linens. There’s also a homely lounge, an honesty bar and an outdoor swimming pool. After a long day, you can treat yourself to a well-earned massage and (spoiler alert) there’s a bath big enough for two in the Everbeek suite.
Perfectly located for nature enthusiasts, near numerous hiking trails and close to Lake Bütgenbach, the Bütgenbacher Hof Hotel in Bütgenbach is a great base if you’re looking for an outdoor adventure. But there’s also plenty to keep couples happy. Enjoy a drink in the courtyard, with its open fireplace at the centre, or relax in the pool and wellness centre, where the hot stone massages will help you unwind. The hotel restaurant is impressive but the seven-course Surprise Menu is on another level.
With its dreamy location overlooking a canal in Ghent’s oldest district, The Patershol, Hotel Harmony is perfect for a romantic getaway. Share a bottle of wine in the welcoming lounge or swim a few lengths together in the outdoor heated pool. Some of the rooms have traditional wooden beams, while others boast a view over the waterway below or impress with whirlpool baths. The formidable Gravensteen Castle is around 100m (328ft) away and looks like something out of a Disney movie.
Decked out with supersized beds and attractive interiors, the rooms at Made in Louise lend themselves to indulgent lazy days. There are 48 rooms in total, and all feature white wooden shutters, modern floral wallpaper and thick fluffy carpets. Be sure to slink downstairs in time for the impressive buffet breakfast where you’ll find French toast, local cold cuts, Belgian jams and honey from the beekeeper among the offerings. If you miss the feast, there’s a 24-hour snack bar with excellent wines by the glass.
Amid a wide array of artsy choices, Le Berger is definitely Culture Trip’s pick for the Belgian capital. Dating back to 1933, the hotel was initially conceived as a hidden love nest for illicit couples and, still today, it maintains a certain intriguing allure. Its well-preserved 1930s charm permeates every single detail of this artsy hotel located in the lively quarter of Porte de Namur/ Saint Boniface. From the vintage wallpaper to the overarching art deco style inside this hotel, you will feel like you’ve been transported to another era. Choose one (or all) of the four well-designed packages, and this hotel is likely to make your experience the most romantic in town.
Camilla Colavolpe contributed additional reporting to this article.