Photos courtesy of Hotel Dukes’ Palace
110 rooms and suites
Double rooms: 138–298 euros
Suites: 278–498 euros
Open: all year
The Dukes’ Palace is right in the heart of the medieval center of Bruges with easy access to the railway station. If driving, the hotel has a private parking garage for a fee.
On site: spa; Dukes’ Art Gallery
Nearby: Bruges; golf
Yes. Historical listed chapel on site.
If your fantasy of a palace hotel runs to soaring turrets, gardens, first-class service, dreamy beds to dive into, and all the requisite creature comforts, this stylish hotel has a room with your name on it. Best of all, it’s within walking distance of the magnificent historical center of Bruges.
An elegant central staircase (or an elevator) will whisk you up to your lodgings for the night. Unless you’re opting for one of the suites, the best rooms overlook the garden, while those rooms in the castle building have the most character. The heritage-listed Mary of Burgundy suite features a unique 15th-century fresco as well as decorative wall and ceiling ornaments. Another suite has the original wooden beams overhead.
En suite marble bathrooms have large tubs and showers with lots of amenities including L’Occitane toiletries.
Elegant dining may be found at the “Manuscript” restaurant. More casual cuisine is available in the Bar Atelier, while a lounge with a huge open fireplace is the place to cozy up for a drink during the winter season. Breakfast in the morning is immense and offers just about anything you can imagine, including Belgian chococate and Spanish cava.
A 15th-century chapel with original stained-glass windows and frescoes.