Belgium, Bruges, Hotel Reviews

Hotel Review: Grand Hotel Casselbergh Bruges

The Grand Hotel Casselbergh Bruges is located in a perfect position to enjoy a romantic or relaxing break in the beautiful city of Bruges. I visited just before Christmas with the other half and our families to enjoy a festive mini-break and wanted to stay somewhere close to the centre with a degree of a luxury. Luckily the Grand Hotel Casselbergh fit the bill and was available to book through Kaligo, earning me some serious Avios bonus points. The hotel is a short walk (5 minutes or so) to the main squares of Bruges and would be walkable from the train station if you’re connecting from Brussels on the Eurostar. It’s also only a short taxi drive and for €10 this was perfect for our group instead of hauling our cases across the cobbles.

First Impressions

I knew before arriving that it was highly unlikely we would be able to check in early, but not a worry we were able to leave our bags with the friendly concierge and head out in search of the world famous Belgian beer and chocolate. I was already so glad I’d picked the Grand Hotel Casselbergh as the whole hotel had been beautifully decorated for Christmas and it felt really festive in the communal areas, so much so we didn’t actually leave the hotel at first and decided to enjoy our first tastes of Belgium right away in the hotel bar (more on the bar later!)

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The rooms

Our rooms were perfectly appointed and generously sized with the comfiest hotel bed I have ever slept in (honestly some of the best nights sleep I have ever had) there are two areas in the hotel, a newer section which seemed to have larger rooms and then an older section that have nicer views but less space. Our room had a decent number of plug sockets which is always a bug bear of mine and plenty of wardrobe and storage space. There are also tea and coffee making facilities in the room and sitting space if you didn’t want to sit on the bed. I was really impressed with the bathroom with a large rainfall shower, separate bath and L’Occitane En Provence toiletries it quickly became a godsend after walking the cobbled streets of Bruges all day.

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Food and Drinks

Our room bookings came with breakfast and we couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the day; fresh coffee, juices, pastries, eggs, bacon, sausages, fruit…all in all a fantastic hotel breakfast buffet that all of our party could not fault.

As mentioned earlier, we did end up having a fair few drinks in the bar at the hotel as it was just such a lovely place to be and the drinks and service impeccable. I can imagine the bar lounges being equally as nice even when not trimmed up for Christmas and many other guests clearly thought so too as most would return to the bar hotel during the day for a drink and then again in the evening before heading out for dinner. I had the pleasure of sampling cocktails, bubbles and of course the hot chocolate. The hot chocolate was a delight; arriving on a silver tray with warmed milk for you to pour over the finest Belgian chocolate mini-buttons to make your own perfect treat. I had too many of these and brought some of the hot chocolate ‘mix’ from one of the shops home with me so I can now pretend I am back in Bruges.

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The service

It was such a treat to stay in a hotel that prides itself on a traditional level of 5 star service, all the staff but particularly the bar and reception staff were exceptionally attentive to our needs. Bar staff would remember our favourite drinks and reception were always ready to meet any demand; from ordering taxis, helpful directions and thankfully with umbrellas when the weather turned on our last day.

Final thoughts

I would not hesitate in recommending the Grand Hotel Casselbergh to anyone wanting to stay in Bruges; I hope the elegance, excellent service and luxurious surroundings speak for themselves but the added do benefit of being within a 5 minute walking distance of the main sights of Bruges make the hotel an ideal base for a mini-break here.

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I didn’t get the chance to experience the spa and steam rooms during our visit so will have to come back as I have it on good authority that they are lovely, luckily a trip to Bruges is so easy to do and I will be looking at what else to do there in my next post.

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