The Most Romantic Hotels and Guesthouses in Belgium

De Brakelhoen offers a luxurious and relaxing stay for you and your partner
De Brakelhoen offers a luxurious and relaxing stay for you and your partner | Courtesy of De Brakelhoen / Expedia
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29 March 2021

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.

Hotel de Orangerie – Bruges

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Hotel de Orangerie - Bruges
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The past and present come together at this former 15th-century convent. Today, the property is home to 20 traditionally styled hotel rooms with floral print accents. As the hotel is located in the heart of Bruges, in the summer you can enjoy afternoon tea on the terrace overlooking the Den Dijver Canal, while in winter you can admire the view from in front of an open fire in the opulent salon.
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The Pand Hotel – Bruges

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The Pand Hotel - Bruges
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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.

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De Brakelhoen – Brakel

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De Brakelhoen
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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.

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Bütgenbacher Hof Hotel – Bütgenbach

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Bütgenbacher Hof Hotel - Bütgenbach
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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.

Hotel Harmony – Ghent

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Hotel Harmony
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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.

Hotel Van Cleef – Bruges

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Hotel Van Cleef
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Chic is the word when it comes to the Van Cleef Hotel, where the rooms are swathed in Hermès and Missoni fabrics. Many of the rooms and suites look out over the medieval rooftops of Bruges and all have marble bathrooms. Afternoon tea is a stylish affair, with delicate finger sandwiches and home-made pastries and scones. In the summer you can enjoy it on the terrace, beside the canal.
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Made in Louise – Brussels

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Made in Louise
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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.

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Hotel Duinhof – De Haan

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Hotel Duinhof – De Haan
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If a timeless classy atmosphere by the sea is your thing, you should consider staying at Hotel Duinhof. Enjoying a quiet location minutes away from some of the greatest natural and sporting attractions, this stylish country house contains 12 rooms designed to offer you the best-quality services. Moreover, ad hoc romantic treatments – such as a chilled champagne room reception or a relaxing couple’s massage – can be arranged upon request. And don’t miss an enchanting dinner in the seaside candlelit hotel restaurant, appropriately named the Casanova.

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  • Hotel Julien – Antwerp

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    Hotel Julien – Antwerp
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    This avant-garde retreat wedged in the historic centre of Antwerp is the perfect base for a romantic weekend away. The rooms are rustic-chic with 16th-century and modern aesthetics effortlessly blending. Get your fizz on, by heading to the rooftop terrace, where you can take a glass of bubbly and soak up the fine city views. For some added romance, book the Magical Night package. This enables you to book a room of your choice and have the spa facilities all to yourself for an hour. Afterwards, a glass of champagne will be awaiting you in the bar and you can tuck into breakfast in bed the following morning.
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    Hotel Verhaegen – Ghent

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    Hotel Verhaegen – Ghent
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    Feel like you’ve stepped into a period drama at Hotel Verhaegen. This upscale bed-and-breakfast, located just five minutes from Ghent’s best attractions, is housed within an 18th-century manor house and many of the original features remain, from marble fireplaces to jaw-dropping murals. But this place is far from stuffy, and the owners have injected a little fun, with contemporary touches peppered throughout. There are four guest rooms, each with its own distinctive style and seductive ambience. High ceilings, intricate panel doors and a romantic four-poster bed are some of the perks that await.

    Martin’s Patershof – Mechelen

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    Martin’s Patershof - Mechelen
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    The Martin’s Patershof stands out for its peculiar location: a former Friar Minor Church in Mechelen. Flamboyant columns, archways and stained-glass windows create a very different backdrop within these comfortable rooms. With a four-star rating for customer care and a wide choice of special packages for couples, this boutique chic property is a great destination for a short getaway. Martin’s Patershof is located just a short walk from this Flemish town’s main attractions, which makes for an enchanting atmosphere.
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    Le Berger – Brussels

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    Le Berger – Brussels
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    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.

    The Royal Snail – Namur

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    The Royal Snail – Namur
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    The first Boutique Design Hotel in the Namur area, The Royal Snail sets high expectations with its façade and luxurious vertical garden. Ideally located close to La Citadel and Namur’s other major attractions, this boutique hotel offers 30 rooms and suites tastefully executed by an innovative local design studio. Choose from views over the lush garden or the River Meuse. The hotel also boasts a fantastic outdoor pool and terrace. Let landmark restaurant L’Agathopède and the spa with its hot tub and massage treatments tempt you with their luxurious offerings in this whimsical corner of Wallonia.
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    Château d’Hassonville – Marche en Famenne

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    Chateau d’Hassonville – Marche en Famenne
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    Known as the former hunting grounds of Louis XIV, the Château d’Hassonville today is a placid castle that captures a magnificent view of the Ardennes region; an area brimming with several characteristic villages just waiting to be explored. With its 55ha (136 acre) private park, this château offers both a secluded oasis and a great opportunity to experience outdoor activities, such as riding in a hot air balloon, taking a pleasant ride in a horse carriage or, for the more adventurous, a Jeep Safari tour. If you fancy having something more romantic, several designed packages are at your disposal to treat you and your significant other like royalty. Be prepared to be spoilt if you choose this spot.

    Camilla Colavolpe contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on March 29, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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