5 of the most stunning hotels in historic buildings
1) Grand Hotel Casselbergh
This grand hotel near Burg is located in a row of three restored historic buildings. The interior incorporates old stone columns, an elegant bar and a wellness centre in the vaulted mediaeval basements. Some guest rooms are located in the ancient buildings, while others occupy a bold modern extension designed in 2010 by Brussels architects Buro II (now B2Ai).
3) Hotel Dukes’ Palace
This new luxury hotel occupies a neo-Gothic girls’ school built on the site of the 15th-century ducal palace. A nearby hotel had already claimed the name Prinsenhof, so the new arrival had to settle for Dukes’ Palace. The only truly grand hotel in Bruges, with underground parking and a spa, it manages to remain low key and often surprisingly affordable.
4) Hotel Boterhuis
A relaxed family-run hotel located in a 16th-century building with a distinctive round tower. It takes its name from a vanished building where butter was sold. Decorated in traditional Flemish style, the 16 guest rooms incorporate old details like oak beams, but also modern features such as air conditioning.
5) Monsieur Ernest
Eva Vandewalle and her brother have created a relaxed contemporary hotel where guests are encouraged to meet up in the bar. The hotel occupies a former 19th-century brewery next to a bridge over the lovely Speelmansrei canal.
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