Once I saw photos of Hotel Dukes’ Palace, I knew there were was nowhere else I’d want to stay during our trip to Bruges. I could never pass up the opportunity to live in a fifteenth-century castle for a couple of nights!
Formerly the residence of the Dukes of Burgundy, this hotel is ideally located in the heart of Bruges. The Markt Square is only a 5 minute walk away.
We booked their “Chocolicious” package which included an upgrade to a garden view room, breakfast, entry to the Chocolate Museum “Choco Story”, and a box of Belgian chocolate.
Our room was located in the newer section of the hotel. The layout is a bit confusing – there are two elevators you can take and you need to make sure you take the correct one, otherwise you won’t be able to find your room. My boyfriend got a bit lost on his way from the carpark to the room, but at least that gave me the opportunity to take some photos of the room before he messed it up.
As promised, our room had a beautiful view of the hotel garden.
We also had an espresso machine, and loads of storage space. L’Occitane toiletries were provided in the bathroom.
It was only November when we visited but the hotel already had their Christmas decorations up. It felt very festive! It was just too bad that the Christmas markets hadn’t started in Bruges yet.
We’d had a long journey from London to Bruges via motorcycle so we decided to dine at the hotel on our first night. The dining room felt very cosy and we were impressed by the quality of the food and the service.
Breakfast the following morning was equally impressive. The buffet has a wide variety of food to choose from including hot breakfast options, pastries, fruit, as well as champagne and slabs of chocolate! I was a little sad they didn’t have waffles though. I opted for some crepes with chocolate sauce instead.
The sun was out so I took the opportunity to explore the hotel garden. It was pretty cold outside so there wasn’t really anyone around. I expect it would be a bit more lively in summer.
Dukes’ Palace would definitely be my first choice if I was to return to Bruges. Our room was comfortable and the staff were always friendly. The location is perfect for exploring the city as it is within walking distance from all the main attractions. It’s great if you’re travelling by car or motorcycle as there is ample underground parking available, although there is an additional cost for this.
If you’re planning a trip to Bruges you may want to check out my previous post, 5 things to do in Bruges.