The 9 Best Bruges Hotels of 2019

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With old-world charm that oozes from quaint canals, cobblestone streets, and elegant buildings, Bruges, Belgium epitomizes quintessential small-city Europe. Tourists meander through town popping in and out of chocolate shops, breweries, and historic attractions that range from old churches to the Groeninge Museum, home to works by legendary artists like van Eyck and Magritte.

As a prime tourist destination, Bruges has dozens of accommodations that range from five-star hotels in former palaces to budget-friendly hostels, so we’ve narrowed the selection down to our favorites across a number of categories. Read through our comprehensive list before you book your next trip to the adorable Belgian city.

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Best Overall: Hotel Van Cleef

Hotel Van Cleef

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All-out luxury meets boutique flair meets a mid-range price point at the Hotel Van Cleef, making it our pick for the best overall hotel in Bruges. The 15-room canal-side hotel is housed in an 18th-century manor in the Sint-Anna neighborhood, a quiet area located just a five-minute walk from the city center. Old meets new in the decor scheme—you’ll find country-home stateliness infused with contemporary touches like upholstery and art.

Rooms range from doubles to duplex suites and are split between the old building and a modern wing, though both offerings feature modern design (Missoni or Hermès fabrics, for instance) with marble bathrooms and whirlpool tubs. Continental or English breakfast is served each morning, while the afternoons bring about a full tea service. For lunch and dinner, you’re on your own — but there are plenty of options nearby. Guests are also treated to complimentary walking tours of Bruges on weekdays.

02 of 09

Best Budget: St. Christopher’s Inn at the Bauhaus

St. Christopher’s Inn at the Bauhaus

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We know that hostels aren’t for everyone, but St. Christopher’s Inn at the Bauhaus (colloquially called the Bauhaus) is a Bruges institution that attracts all types of travelers — not just penny-pinching backpackers. Rooms range from 16-bed dormitories with pod-style bunks to private apartments for two (with their own kitchens and living rooms) to single rooms, so you have quite a range of choices to match your accommodation preference.

The Bauhaus sits in a series of 200-year-old buildings about a 10-minute walk from the center of town — and you can feel it in a delightfully atmospheric way. The public spaces have an old-school pub sort of vibe, with wood and low ceilings everywhere, not to mention hundreds of vintage odds and ends decorating the space, though the rooms are a bit more utilitarian and don’t quite have the same personality. The star of the hostel is the bar, where a great buffet breakfast is served in the morning and top Belgian beers are poured day and night.

03 of 09

Best Boutique: The Pand Hotel

The Pand Hotel

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Like Hotel Van Cleef, the Pand is housed in a former private residence, but instead of being inside a manor, it’s in an elegant 18th-century townhouse with a small courtyard and fountain. The hotel is located on the outskirts of the historic city center, but just a few minutes’ walk from the city's main attractions. As for the design, the hotel retains its classic elegance; you’ll find details like crystal chandeliers, antiques, and wood-paneled walls (notably in the traditional library).

There are 26 rooms of varying size and style, outfitted with Ralph Lauren fabrics and wallpaper and featuring granite or marble baths. The Pand serves breakfast each morning — guests have a choice of continental or cooked, but both come with champagne — and there’s a small, but charming on-site bar. For lunch and dinner, visit one of the great restaurants in the neighborhood. Parking isn’t free, but there is a private garage for guests.

04 of 09

Best for Luxury: Hotel Dukes’ Palace

Hotel Dukes’ Palace

Hotel Dukes’ Palace

Bruges is a small town, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find luxury here — and even better, you can find it at an affordable price point. Hotel Dukes’ Palace is the grande dame, housed in a former convent that sits on the site of the palace of the Dukes of Burgundy, and its decor is certainly regal in nature, with rich textiles, stained-glass windows, and elegant moulding. But it’s not stuffy in any regard, and, in fact, there are plenty of modern additions that add a slight sense of contemporaneity.

The 110 guest accommodations include standard rooms, family rooms, and suites, each room being completely unique. If amenities are what you’re after in your hotel pick, this is the place to stay. You’ll find a wellness center with a spa, gym, sauna, steam room, and even a salt wall; a restaurant and bar that serves an extraordinary buffet breakfast, as well as a full lunch and dinner; a series of meeting rooms; and private parking. Plus, the historic city center is within walking distance (to be honest, practically the entirety of Bruges is walkable).

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05 of 09

Best for Families: Hotel Navarra Brugge

Hotel Navarra Brugge

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The Hotel Navarra Brugge has a long history, but it wasn't always a hotel. The site was originally the residence of the consul of Navarra, back when the Netherlands were part of the Spanish empire in the 16th-century. But today’s neoclassical building was constructed in the early 18th-century, after which it served as everything from a hotel to the headquarters of the Belgian government after World War I. The current Hotel Navarra opened in 1982 — public spaces retain a traditional style, while the 94 guest rooms are much more modern.

Families looking to book a stay have great options here, from a family room with a double sofa bed to triple rooms. Extra beds are available, too. Plus, children 12 and under who share accommodations with adults stay free. The hotel has a number of amenities ranging from an indoor pool in the former wine cellar to a famous jazz bar (that also serves afternoon tea). There’s no on-site restaurant, but the hotel is right in the city center, so you’ll find quite a few options nearby. 

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Best for Romance: Canal Deluxe Bed & Breakfast

Canal Deluxe Bed & Breakfast

Canal Deluxe Bed & Breakfast

While there are dozens of charming bed and breakfasts in Bruges, the Canal Deluxe B&B takes the cake for romantic atmosphere. There are just five rooms spread between two historic houses (one is 600 years old, and the other was once a brewery), and each is completely unique. Some have working wood-burning fireplaces, but all overlook the canal and have a residential, amorous vibe thanks to details like vintage furniture and beamed ceilings. You’ll also find modern amenities here, like air-conditioning and smart TVs, though you’re by no means obligated to use the latter.

Given the B&B’s intimate size, there aren’t many amenities, though there are gardens and a terrace — and an incredible buffet breakfast, of course. The owner, Tine Hessels, cooks up a wonderful spread that includes everything from waffles and pancakes to bacon and eggs to smoked salmon. (Don’t miss the homemade jams.)

07 of 09

Best for Business: Grand Hotel Casselbergh

Grand Hotel Casselbergh

Grand Hotel Casselbergh

If you’re lucky enough to have your work bring you to Bruges, there’s no better place to stay for business than the Grand Hotel Casselbergh, which has excellent meeting facilities. Located right in the center of town, the 118-room hotel comprises two buildings — an old property that’s actually three connected historic mansions, and a modern building overlooking the canal.

The decor here edges on the more traditional side, though you’ll find plenty of modern comforts in the rooms, from free Wi-Fi to flat-screen TVs and rainfall showers. If you’re looking for an exceptional antique touch, ask for one of the attic rooms in the old building, which have beamed ceilings. Amenities include a wellness center in the 14th-century cellars that includes a Turkish bath, a gym, a steam room, and a sauna, as well as a breakfast room serving a hot and cold buffet, plus a bar and lounge that’s popular with both guests and locals.

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Best B&B: Guesthouse Bonifacius

Guesthouse Bonifacius

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The Guesthouse Bonifacius is our favorite overall B&B in the city as it can cater to any type of traveler, be you a gourmand, solo traveler, or couple looking for something low-key. The three-room property sits in a city-center, canal-side house, parts of which date back to the medieval era. There are just three guest rooms, and they ooze charm with painted wood paneling, antiques, and patterned wallpaper. Despite its quaint decor, there’s also an air of luxury, particularly in the granite bathrooms with separate whirlpool tubs and showers.

Breakfast here is served in the Gothic Room and features goods from a local bakery, meat and cheese, and eggs cooked to order. If you’d like to take a tea or coffee in the afternoon, you can do so on the terrace overlooking the canal, or the rooftop terrace with panoramic views. For dinner, don't miss the Michelin starred restaurant right across the street, Den Gouden Harynck.

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09 of 09

Best for In Bruges Fans: Hotel De Tuilerieen

Hotel De Tuilerieen

Hotel De Tuilerieen

Though it’s long been a famed tourist destination with its utterly charming atmosphere, Bruges skyrocketed in popularity — at least with American audiences — after the release of the 2008 film In Bruges, starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Ralph Fiennes. While many visitors flock to the dozens of locations featured in the film, you can take your In Bruges tour one step further by staying at the Hotel De Tuilerieen, which housed the cast during filming. (Oh, and the King and Queen of Belgium have also stayed here.)

The hotel is housed in an elegant 15th-century building that sits on the Djiver Canal, just a few minutes’ walk from Bruges’ main squares. Hotel De Tuilerieen features 45 guest rooms which are done up with an old-meets-new aesthetic — think four-poster beds, fireplaces, exposed brick meets air-conditioning and televisions. While there’s no restaurant on site, a breakfast buffet with a chocolate fountain is served each morning, and bites like sandwiches and pizza can be delivered to your room throughout the day. The star amenity here is the wellness center, which has an indoor pool and a steam room.

Our Process 

Our writers spent 5 hours researching the most popular hotels in Bruges. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 20 different hotels and read over 100 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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