Europe in the Spring has a magical quality to it – all the flowers are in bloom, the weather is warm and mild, the nights are long, and tourism is lower than in the summer. One of my favourite cities to explore is Bruges. It’s a perfectly perfect fairytale of a city in the Flemish region of Belgium and easily accessible via train from Brussels. This canal-based city’s historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so if you are an architecture or photography buff, this city will not leave you disappointed.
There are many beautiful hotels in Bruges, but one hotel that stands out from the rest is Hotel Van Cleef. A 700-year-old, now converted Italianate mansion, right in the heart of Bruges. When entering this impeccably restored, luxury boutique hotel, you first notice the incredible interior design.
A stunning mix of grand and opulent, cozy and intimate.
Their interior design is all done by talented owner, Pascale Vanhaecke. Her attention to detail is as inspiring as it is astounding.
The amazing art throughout the hotel complements the incredible view Hotel Van Cleef has from its back terrace, right on the canal.
Winning the Belgian Hospitality Award for “Best Hotel Concept” in 2015, the staff is at the top of their profession, making you feel like royalty and family at the same time.
Their breakfast is a beauty to behold; served with delicious pastries, meats, local cheeses and fruit. I could have sat here all day sipping tea and looking out over the canal.
There is no other hotel where you can take a luxurious bath while looking out over UNESCO World Heritage Protected medieval rooftops and church-towers.
No other hotel where you can say you’ve slept in room that was once home to Counts and Dukes of the Van Cleef dynasty.
This hotel is one of the best there is and will make your trip to Bruges that much more spectacular.
Thank you to Hotel Van Cleef and Kelsey Horne for the photographs.