Bruges (or Brugges) in Belgium is known for its ‘fairy tale’ setting and I can personally attest to this famed medieval beauty — it was a small city for sure, but the center packed such a huge amount of magnificence and tranquility! In fact, up till today I can still vividly picture the scenes that I saw and sense the moments that I experienced. (Hotel Heritage)
True enough, it’s not a wonder to me now why Bruges’ whole historical city center is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage, because it’s really an outstanding example of a living historical settlement!
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To add more to this city’s personality, the hotel that we stayed in was so equally pleasant that much like Bruges, I would never stop singing praises for it… Right at the heart of the historic center: Hotel Heritage!
The Hotel Heritage
Perfectly situated. The boutique luxury hotel of Hotel Heritage is right where you need it! With its prime location, attractions like the Markt, the Belfry Tower, and the Church of our Lady, among many others are just a walk away in minutes. There’s truly no need for you to spend so much time on walking since everything is near — you can simply go in and out of the hotel whenever you feel like it!
Packed with character and history. Of course, what I liked the most about Hotel Heritage is that though the outer façade just shows you a simple white-washed building, you’re surely in for a surprise once you step into the lobby! With a style that perfectly mixes that of the themes in the 19th and 21st centuries, every corner of this accommodation is sure to catch your eye.
Truth be told, it perfectly portrays how ‘historical’ it is because this building has actually been up since the 1300s. It was first a merchant’s house, turned family home, and then transformed into a central bank. It was only converted into a hotel in the 1990s when the Creyten family purchased the estate.
TRIVIA: It first opened as ‘Hansa Hotel’ in 1994 but after a big renovation in 2002, it was rebranded into ‘Hotel Heritage’ which is a registered member of the Relais & Châteaux — an association in France that only admits privately-owned luxury hotels and restaurants by invitation. This group has a very strict standards; apart from a criteria that hotels or restaurants should have luxurious facilities, it should also have special features that would differentiate them from chain hotels. Sure enough, Hotel Heritage is one example of a luxury hotel that stands out from the crowd that’s why it has been invited by this alliance.
» Today, this hotel is owned by Johan and Isabelle Creytens.
With over 22 rooms, Hotel Heritage has given great importance to the design and comfort of every room since every displayed element is well thought-out. For instance, the room that we were booked in had very interesting artworks and sculptures; there was even a charming old-fashioned phone by our bedside (that works!) and an enchanting chandelier in the middle of the room.
To ensure your utmost well-being, you will also find a Nilson king-sized bed that will provide you the most optimal comfort that you will ever have. What’s special about this bed is that it is handcrafted and made with the best natural materials. With those properties, it was no surprise to me when I overslept in this fluffy bed! (If you find yourself loving the bed so much, you are even given the special option to purchase it).
To date, the kind of rooms that you can choose from are: Classic, Deluxe and Junior Suites (a choice between one that overlooks the theater building or the belfry tower).
What I also love about our room: It has FREE high-speed WiFi access and iPads! Actually, the whole hotel has a really good connection to the web (a trait that I rarely see in other hotels that I have been to) and surely, the iPads in every room would be very helpful especially if you don’t plan on bringing your laptop with you. (To add, there is also a free Nespresso machine in the room that you are absolutely free to use.)
Sundeck. A section at the top-most floor of the hotel wherein you can dine and enjoy a great view of the Belfry tower by the Markt.
Fitness Room. Yet another section of the hotel that holds a lovely atmosphere. Located at the basement floor of Hotel Heritage, it is well-equipped with machines and an impressive collection of power plates.
Sauna Steam and Bath. Located beside the fitness room, you are free to avail these services at any time. There is also a solarium in this section which you can use for a small fee.
Overall, booking yourself into Hotel Heritage will make you enjoy a LOT of things which are as follows:
- 24 hours reception, concierge service and currency exchange (7AM to 11PM)
- Guided walking tour of the city (Monday through Friday, 2:30PM to 4:30PM)
– To avail this, just ask for your special voucher at the reception.
- Free Discoverbruges Card
– A free and personal card that is given to guests of the hotel, given how they are members of the ‘Hotels Regio Brugge vzw’. Through this, you will receive reductions on most of the numerous attractions in the city
- Luggage room
- Daily newspapers in the lobby
- Daily housekeeping and evening turndown
- Chocolate and Champagne
- Rose bouquet
- Taxi pick up and limousine pick up at the airport or train station
- Hot air balloon service
- Laundry and dry cleaning
- Parking with valet service
- Movie DVD rentals
- Massage service
- Babysitting arrangements (upon request)
Le Mystique. Established just last 2009, this restaurant is well-known for its contemporary and local cuisines which made it gain a 2 red-fork restaurant rating in the Michelin Guide. Gregory Slembrouck, their newest chef, concentrates on molecular gastronomy that features organic produce, worldly flavors, as well as other key ingredients from the Flanders region.
We were fortunate enough to experience his 5-course menu and well… it was absolutely phenomenal! We had a really great time dining here since every dish that was served to us had its own unique flavors that really tickled our palate. Add the impeccable service given to us by Maître Benjamin and it became a perfect and unforgettable night.
Our experience here was just so outstanding that if you have the time and money to spare, I highly recommend that you find it in yourself to dine here. Trust me in this!
INFO: Open from Tuesday to Saturday, 6:30PM to 9:30PM.
- 4-course menu : € 69.00 per person / € 95.00 with selection of wines
- 5-course menu : € 85.00 per person / € 115.00 with selection of wines
Otherwise, in the morning, this is where the breakfast buffet is held and in the other parts of the day, a place where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or a light meal.
Le Magnum. If there’s a restaurant, of course there is also a bar and it is here in Le Magnum that you will enjoy a luxe ambiance! Featuring a private library, a living room extension (with a fireplace and a piano), and an excellent list of wine, beers, and spirits, this is the perfect place to hang out after you have your fill in Le Mystique.
» This section accommodates approximately 20 people.
Hote Heritage is proud of the service that it provides to its guests, and they should be!
I have been to several luxury hotels in my life and it is often a common trait for the staff to be a little bit aloof, maybe even snobbish in a way… But here in Hotel Heritage, you’ll find none of that because each and everyone of their staff is absolutely friendly!
As a matter of fact, they are known for going above and beyond their duty to ensure that you are well attended to (they have gained press exposures and industry awards for that!) These achievements are well-deserved because we have personally experienced that dedication to excellence from the moment that we checked in up to the time that we checked out.
Basic Info of Hotel Heritage
- Website: [click]
- Address: Niklaas Desparsstraat 11, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
- Hotel Classification: 4-Star
- Check-In: 2:30PM / Check-Out: 11AM
- Disclaimer: This was a sponsored trip that was made possible by Hotel Heritage. But as always, all thoughts that are expressed in this article are fully my own. I would like to give my special thanks to Vincent and the rest of the team for arranging our stay, and my thanks to the hotel too (as a whole) for hosting us!
To be perfectly honest, our experience here in Hotel Heritage was more than satisfactory that it actually helped a lot in painting our Bruges experience into a warm and colorful masterpiece that we will forever cherish. That’s why I am truly thankful that I have discovered this hotel, and it is my hope that you get to experience it too!
So may it be for family, for business, for romance, or for leisure, come and book yourself into Hotel Heritage i order to ensure the best time that you can ever have in the wonderful city of Bruges!
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