If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Bruges, then look no further. I would whole-heartedly recommend the Grand Hotel Casselbergh.
This four star luxury hotel is located in the centre of the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bruges, a mere 150 metres from the Grote Markt and the Burg Square. Situated in a historic building with a large new section to the rear, the hotel oozes charm from the moment you step inside.
Marble tiled floors, ornate pillars and large chandeliers are on display from the moment you step inside the building and up the steps towards reception.
When I stay in ‘luxury’ hotels, I am sometimes wary of the service that I am going to receive – sometimes it can seem stuffy and forced, but the receptionist here greeted us warmly and was very friendly, offering us a wealth of information about the hotel and the city.
Despite us checking in early, our room was ready and off we went to explore the corridors that would take us there.
The hotel offers a range of Comfort Rooms and Luxury Rooms. The Comfort Rooms are located in the new section to the rear of the building, some offering views over the Groenerei Canal. The Luxury Rooms (being a mix of Luxury, Executive and Suites) are located in the historic part of the hotel, with the suites having views across to the Burg and the Belfort.
We had booked an Executive Room, which overlooked the street to the front of the hotel. At first I was concerned about noise, but Bruges seems to be generally a quiet city once it gets late. The room was beautifully decorated with sumptuous and comfortable furnishings, as well as a very large and modern bathroom with a separate bathtub and shower. The Executive are smaller of the rooms within the Luxury range, but there was plenty of space for all of our luggage, and a comfortable seating area. Tea and coffee facilities were provided and the mini-bar was very reasonably priced.
Breakfast is served in a large breakfast restaurant located on the basement level. The breakfast offering is typical European buffet style along with some hot options to please the Brits (bacon, egg, sausage, baked beans etc). Interestingly the hotel does not have it’s own restaurant that serves lunch and dinner, instead recommending visiting their partner hotel which is within walking distance. We didn’t find this a problem (I didn’t even notice!) given the hotel is located so centrally, there are numerous options nearby. Try Diligence right across the road, for example!
Whilst there is no restaurant, there is a bar area lading to several lounges which are a perfect place to relax and wind down with a drink after a long day walking the city. Comfortable furniture, high ceilings, fireplaces and chandeliers create a lovely ambience, and there is a great range of drinks (as you would expect in Belgium).
The hotel also has a spa area offering a sauna, steam room and relaxation room which can be used free of charge by guests. Treatments are also available.
I cannot recommend this hotel enough. For a stay in Bruges, it has the perfect location and offers the perfect experience for a very pleasant stay.
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Grand Hotel Casselbergh, Hoogstraat, 6 8000, Bruges