One of Western Europe’s most charming and romantic cities is the medieval city of Bruges in Belgium. As one of the most perfectly preserved medieval cities in the world, it was recently brought to fame in the well received, black comedy “In Bruges.” Aside from its rich history and tourist highlights, Bruges offers elegant shopping, fabulous local fare, decadent chocolate, and beautiful hotels that visitors can stay and enjoy this utterly unique city.
Traditionally thought of as a day trip destination, Bruges has so much to offer to visitors; picturesque waterways that have earned the city the name “Venice of the North,” classic art, modern entertainment, unique shopping including famous lace (dantelle) goods, fascinating historic highlights, and gourmet delicacies, which cannot be experienced in one day. Choosing the right hotel to experience Bruges is part of the process of enjoying its mysterious nature. The luxury boutique four-star Hotel Heritage, located in the heart of the beautifully preserved medieval city, offering 24 luxurious rooms and unparalleled personalized service.
Now a Relais & Chateaux member, the award winning Hotel Heritage has received kudos from Expedia in 2007, Tripadvisor in 2008, and most recently, the Fodor’s Choice 2009 recognition, which sets the property apart from other area hotels. The boutique Hotel Heritage features 20 luxurious rooms and four beautifully appointed suites, and takes pride making every guest’s stay a most memorable one. A splendid buffet breakfast is served in the alluring 1869 room of the hotel, reflecting the glorious past of the guesthouse.
The hotel offers a classic European luxury experience from the moment of check-in until check-out. Walking tours are included in the stay, which provide a great opportunity to soak in the beauty of the city on foot. Since the hotel is perfectly situated near Bruges’ Market Square, the boutique Hotel Heritage is within walking distance to the city’s most desirable sites, including the theatre district, shopping district, gourmet restaurants, and popular tourist attractions, such as the Belfry Tower, the Church of Our Lady, the Basilica of the Holy Blood as well as all of the historic museums.
However, the hotel itself is a historic landmark. An UNESCO approved historic site, the property carries over 600 years of history with it, and the most recent information about the building is that it was a mansion in 1869. In 1992, the mansion was bought by Johan and Isabelle Creytens who turned it into a hotel in August of 1993. Mr. and Mrs. Creytens also manage the property with the assistance of their most valued staff.
Bruges is 50 minutes by train from Brussels, and therefore very accessible. The Hotel Heritage happily arranges for transportation to accommodate guests’ schedules. Other available amenities at the hotel include Hermes toiletries, flat screen TVs, turndown service, a wi-fi internet kiosk in every room, valet parking, sundeck, business services, currency exchange, city maps, and delicious buffet breakfast served each morning, afternoon coffee and tea with pastries, in-room coffee upon request, and much more. Suites have been recently renovated and offer breathtaking views of the city’s skyline, along with marble bathrooms and Jacuzzi baths. Another unique aspect of the Hotel Heritage is a remodelled 14th century cellar that features a fitness centre, which includes a Turkish steam bath, solarium and sauna.
Dining options include light fare at Le Magnum, the hotel’s bar, and gourmet cuisine in Le Mystique, which opened this summer and features a delicate balance of Flemish and French cuisine prepared with hand selected, seasonal ingredients to accommodate the guest’s palate.
The Hotel Heritage also does its part to protect the environment, by utilizing energy saving solutions in each room, and also in the public areas of the hotel. All waste is sorted, LED lights are commonly used throughout the property, and no energy is used when not necessary. Le Mystique strives to work with fully biological products, as the property continues its sustainability efforts, which also coincide with the increasing popularity of “eating green.”
As the hospitality and travel industry enter the social media era, the Hotel Heritage has generously made its mark participating in social networks to reach guests from all over the world. In fact, for a limited time, Facebook fans and Twitter followers (twitter@heritagebruges) receive a complimentary drink at Le Magnum, the hotel’s bar and lounge.
With renovations, improvements, award winning service, and a constant concern about the guest experience, a stay at the Hotel Heritage becomes a most memorable one. With a beautiful, romantic, and historic city like Bruges, hardly anyone can leave without feeling mesmerized, and the instant urge to return.
For more information, please visit www.hotel-heritage.com
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