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Hotel Van Cleef | Courtesy of Hotel Van Cleef
Hotel Van Cleef | Courtesy of Hotel Van Cleef
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The Best Hotels To Stay At In Bruges, Belgium

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Updated: 9 February 2017
In quaint Bruges, perhaps the world’s best-preserved medieval city, you almost have to try your best not to wind up in a nice and historically relevant hotel. However these hotels in Bruges are real gems, guaranteed to delight and inspire any visitor.
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Hotel Dukes’ Palace

Prepare to feel like royalty when you arrive at the bona fide castle that is Hotel Dukes’ Palace. With one-of-a-kind rooms featuring king-size beds and marble baths, the whole place exudes grandeur and polish. This comes as no surprise considering it’s located on the Prinsenhof, former home to the Duke of Burgundy. Just 250 meters away from Bruges’ central square square, Hotel Dukes’ Palace is a convenient home base for exploring this charming town.

Hotel Dukes’ Palace, Prinsenhof 8, Bruges, Belgium +32 050 44 78 88

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Hotel Van Cleef

One of the most revered hotels in Bruges and quite rightly so, Hotel Van Cleef’s tranquil location just inside the Saint Anna district and its internal patio overlooking a stretch of canal make this a very special place to stay. The hands-on service and homey yet luxurious interior of this 18th century building are hallmarks of Bruges’ aristocratic Van Cleef family, who run the hotel with pride and joy.

Hotel Van Cleef, Molenmeers 11, Bruges, Belgium +32 050 34 64 14

A luxury suite overlooking the canal at Hotel Van Cleef | Courtesy of Hotel Van Cleef

A luxury suite overlooking the canal at Hotel Van Cleef | Courtesy of Hotel Van Cleef | Courtesy of Hotel Van Cleef

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Adornes

The Adornes’ have been merchant royalty ever since the 15th century and their waterfront hotel in the St. Anna district only continues this streak of success. Small but with an incredibly personal feel, the family succeeds in making you feel instantly at home. The 17th century building’s authentic details such as wooden beams are expertly combined with all the modern comforts needed for a stress-free stay. The Adornes also offers free bike rental for coasting around Bruges’ cobbled streets and canals, a huge plus in our book.

Adornes, Sint-Annarei 26, Bruges, Belgium +32 050 34 13 36

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Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce

Looking out on the single-most photographed corner in all of charming Bruges, the Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce is a family-run legend – and not just because it pops up regularly in the Colin Farrell-led cult hit In Bruges. The timbered façades of the four adjoined houses hide a small selection of lush rooms, with the public spaces boasting an impressive collection of 20th century paintings (the name Magritte may ring a bell). Their excellent morning breakfast is made even better with a view of the most picturesque waterfront in this town oft-referred to as the ‘Venice of the North.’

Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce, Wollestraat 41, Bruges, Belgium +32 050 33 79 26

A deluxe room at the Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce, one of Bruges' most picturesque hotels | Courtesy of the Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce

A deluxe room at the Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce, one of Bruges’ most picturesque hotels | Courtesy of the Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce

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Hotel Navarra

The Hotel Navarra is a 17th century mansion defined by simple elegance, retaining a high number of loyal customers who make it their go-to residence when traveling to Bruges. This devotion has a great deal to do with the beloved team keeping this expansive hotel personable, and also with its famed jazz bar The Duke, a favored spot for live music on Wednesday and Friday evenings.

Hotel Navarra, Sint-Jakobsstraat 41, Bruges, Belgium +32 050 34 05 61

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Hotel De Tuilerieën

The first thing you notice when walking through the doors of this 15th century patrician house besides its marvelous tiled floors are the autographed portraits lining the entry hall. Here you’ll find Colin Farell, David Hockney and Belgium’s own royal family smiling back at you amongst countless other guests. Celebrities and blue-blooded families aside, it’s Hotel de Tuilerieën’s wooden four-poster beds, magnificent chandeliers and stunning view of the Dijver canal that keep visitors coming back.

Hotel de Tuilerieën, Dijver 7, Bruges, Belgium +32 050 34 36 91

The faces of renowned guests decorate the welcome hall of Hotel de Tuilerieën | Courtesy of Hotel de Tuilerieën

The faces of renowned guests decorate the welcome hall of Hotel de Tuilerieën | Courtesy of Hotel de Tuilerieën | Courtesy of Hotel de Tuilerieën

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Hotel de Orangerie

If you’re looking for a sumptuous, fairytale setting for your stay in Bruges, Hotel de Orangerie is your best bet. Though the many frills and florals may be an acquired taste, the Orangerie is the ideal stage for a certain kind of romance. Adding to the butterflies is the terrace overlooking a particularly picturesque part of the Dijver canal close to the Jan van Eyckplein, one of Bruges’ most pleasant and historically relevant spots.

Hotel de Orangerie, Kartuizerinnenstraat 10, Bruges, Belgium +32 050 34 16 49

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Grand Hotel Casselbergh

If there was ever a hotel that fit the ugly-duckling-to-beautiful-swan narrative so neatly, it’s Grand Hotel Casselbergh. Sprawling and elegant with a historic portion and an added modern wing, the three mansions it consists of in the front – Casselbergh, Seven Towers, and the French Shield – were falling apart not too long ago. Its recent renovation to a 118-room luxury escape near the Burg Square at the heart of Bruges has been a remarkable transformation.

Grand Hotel Casselbergh, Hoogstraat 6, Bruges, Belgium +32 050 44 65 00

Its lounges give a good sense of the grandeur the Grand Hotel Casselbergh now exudes | Courtesy of Grand Hotel Casselbergh

Its lounges give a good sense of the grandeur the Grand Hotel Casselbergh now exudes | Courtesy of Grand Hotel Casselbergh | Courtesy of Grand Hotel Casselbergh