Romance and Relaxation at Hotel Heritage in Bruges, Belgium

It doesn’t get more romantic than a weekend getaway to Bruges, Belgium.

Romantic 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.


Canals Bruges Belgium

Bruges Belguim

Swan in the Canal in Bruges Belgium

Hotel Heritage Bruges Belgium


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.


Hotel Heritage Bruges Belgium

Hotel Heritage Bruges Belgium

Hotel Heritage Bruges Belgium


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.


Books at Hotel Heritage Bruges Belgium

Hotel Heritage Decorations Bruges Belgium
Decor at Hotel Heritage Bruges Belgium

Decor at Hotel Heritage Bruges Belgium


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 Room Bruges Belgium

Hotel Heritage Bed Bruges Belgium

Ipad and TV Hotel Heritage Bruges Belgium

Coffee Maker

Telephone at Hotel Heritage Bruges Belgium


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.


Hotel Heritage Bruges Belgium

Workout Room Hotel Heritage Bruges Belgium

La Mystique Restaurant Bruges Belgium


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?


Champagne Breakfast Hotel Heritage Bruges Belgium


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.


Canal Cruise Bruges Belgium

Bruges Belgium

Belfry Tower, Bruges Belgium


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.


For rates and reservations at Relais & Chateaux Hotel Heritage, check here.


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.


Meet: Casey Siemasko

Casey Siemasko is a blogger, content marketer, and co-founder of A Cruising Couple. She has been living and traveling outside of the US full-time since 2011. She finds her life inspiration in exploring the world and seeks to find the magic in the most ordinary of places.


    • YAY! Definitely, you have to go. It’s such a charming place 🙂

    • Oh yes. We have to keep our priorities straight ;-P It also probably explains why I gained weight over the five days we were in Belgium haha!

  1. Love your pictures of Bruges! It’s my favorite town in Europe to go for a weekend trip – such a beautiful, charming place with fantastic food and beer! The hotel you stayed in looks really nice – I’ve only stayed in small B&B’s there. I love that you mentioned the canal cruise – I’ve done it twice, and although I often avoid obviously touristy things, I just love the view of the city by boat. Though I personally prefer my favorite bar in Bruges, ‘t Brugs Beertje, over a trip to the De Halve Maan brewery for beer tourism 🙂 Great post, and I will have to visit that chocolatier next time I’m there!
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    • Thanks so much Sara! Glad to hear you enjoyed the post, and thanks for offering your expert advice on the beer! I’m not sure if we went in Brugs Beerje or not, but we’ll definitely remember it for our next visit 🙂 I wish we could get away for a weekend visit there more easily!

  2. Wow this just gives me the itch to travel Europe, but it’s a bit tough with the 2 kiddos. That decor featuring the vintage telephone and beautiful library are enough to make me long for a taste of culture.
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    • Thanks Corinna! It was so nice for us to be back in Europe for that very reason. There’s just so much to culture and history to discover!

  3. Wow — looks like a great hotel, and in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. I hate to ask, but what does a night there cost? I spent a day in Bruges last winter, and wrote a blog post about it, but my dream is to go back there and stay a few days. Imagine spending Christmas in Bruges — what a fantasy.
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    • Christmas in Bruges would be absolutely amazing! I can imagine few places more wonderful! The prices of the hotel are based on occupancy, so I imagine if it is quite busy over the holiday season that they would be on the higher end, probably around 300 euros a night. Definitely inquire with the hotel though- if you book early before the hotel is filled, then the prices will probably be lower. Hope that helps!

      • Thanks for the info. Sounds like this hotel is beyond my budget, unless I win the lottery ;). Even so, it’s a great idea for those who can afford it. I’ve recommended it to Gery at, which specializes in historic properties that have been turned into hotels. Maybe it’ll be featured one day …
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  4. Can you believe that we have never been to Bruges even though it’s so close! It’s been on my hit list for a while. I have to do something about it! 🙂
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  5. We’ve heard so many wonderful things about Bruges! (Friends went for the beer, chocolate and bicycling.) And now you’ve pointed out the perfect hotel for us 🙂 One day…
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    • Hope you get to visit soon! The beer, chocolate and bicycling are definitely three of the top reasons to go 🙂

  6. how unique the concept and the interior of that hotel,, wish could visit Belgium someday. Not just unique, but the hotel looks so comfort at all. Eat the Belgium chocolate, the best wishes i have <3

    • It’s definitely a one of the kind place! I certainly hope you get the chance to visit for yourself, and when you do, you know where to stay. 😉 We definitely had our fill of delicious chocolate! All the best and happy traveling! 😀



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