This post was last updated on January 23rd, 2017
It doesn’t get more romantic than a weekend getaway to Bruges, Belgium.
With elegant canals, cobbled squares, medieval buildings and handcrafted chocolates, Bruges is the perfect place to fall in love with your special someone and also with Belgium. For such a romantic destination, an equally romantic hotel is only necessary. For this, there is Hotel Heritage.
Hotel Heritage is a boutique luxury hotel housed in a building that dates back to 1390. Over the years, the building has served many purposes, from merchant’s house to family home to central bank. It wasn’t until the early 1900s that the Creyton family purchased the building and converted it into the luxurious hotel it is today.
Our visit to Hotel Heritage was the perfect combination of 19th century style and 21st century amenities.
Each of the 22 rooms is individually decorated with a diligent attention to detail. I had no trouble swooning over the décor that made use of hardcover books, typewriters, fresh flowers, candelabras and artwork.
Our room was extremely small, but still felt cozy-chic. The luxury, eco-friendly Nilson bed was the commanding feature, partially because it took up most of the space, partially because it was just so incredibly comfortable. The exquisite chandelier was another favorite detail of mine, while Dan found great amusement in the old-fashioned phone that actually functioned to call reception. Additional in-room amenities included an iPad with WiFi, a Nespresso machine, a trouser press, and a well-stocked mini-bar.
Hotel Heritage boasts a luxurious lounge, one of the most unique workout centers we’ve ever seen (see photo below!), and Le Magnum Bar (featuring a private library and extensive wine list). Also within the hotel is the renowned restaurant Le Mystique—a 2 red-fork restaurant in the Michelin Guide. Chef Steenkiste is known for his innovative cuisine featuring organic produce and local ingredients from Flanders.
Though we didn’t get to eat at Le Mystique ourselves, we did enjoy the luxurious dining room for a champagne breakfast buffet each morning. I’m quite convinced now that champagne at breakfast is one of the best things in the world. Could there be a more romantic way to start your day?
Unfortunately we’ve found the staff at historic boutique hotels can sometimes be a bit pretentious; however, that’s certainly not the case at Hotel Heritage. The staff here goes above and beyond to ensure each guest has a one-of-a-kind experience in Bruges. Whether it was telling us the best family-run chocolate shop nearby, helping us arrange a brewery tour at De Halve Man or advising us on the best afternoon biking trip, the staff was always courteous, friendly, and most importantly, extremely helpful.
Heritage Hotel’s idyllic location makes it not just the most romantic place to lay your head, but also the most convenient. It’s perfectly situated within walking distance of the city’s most iconic sites, including the theatre district, shopping district, gourmet restaurants, and popular tourist attractions including the Belfry Tower, the Church of Our Lady, the Basilica of the Holy Blood and all the historic museums. We loved the flexibility of being able to pop in and out of our room as we pleased throughout the day.
Regularly considered to be one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, we had very high expectations for Bruges. Luckily, we can say that the city proved to be every bit as romantic as we had hoped. We have no qualms in saying that this was largely in part the result of our stay at Hotel Heritage.
Things to Do in Bruges
It will be difficult to tear yourself away from the comfort that is Hotel Heritage, but don’t miss out on these other must-dos in Bruges:
1. Take a tour of De Halve Maan, Bruges one surviving brewery. Reservations are required and should be made in advance. Even if you’re not interested in the beer making process, some of the best views of Bruges are from the roof of the brewery.
2. Eat, eat, eat…and then eat some more. Belgium is home to some of the world’s best chocolate, waffles, french fries and mussels. Don’t miss Chocolatier Sukerbuyc, for a family-run chocolate tasting experience.
3. Take a canal cruise. It’s an inexpensive and romantic way to get a sense of the city.
4. See ‘Madonna with Child’. Michelangelo’s only masterpiece to leave Italy, you’ll find the exquisite sculpture in the Church of Our Lady.
5. Take an easy bike ride to Damme, a small village just outside of Bruges. Along the way you’ll pass a lovely tree-lined canal. Damme itself is as charming as can be, without the touristy feel of Bruges.
6. Wander. The best way to fall in love with Bruges is to amble past its cobbled lanes, flowered terraces, and floating swans without any set itinerary. The city is both very walkable and bike-friendly.
Have you visited Bruges before? Did you love it as much as we did? Does Hotel Heritage look like somewhere you would like to lay your head?
We were guests of Hotel Heritage. We were not asked or required to write a positive review.