The Best Luxury Boutique Hotel in Bruges: Relais & Châteaux Hotel Heritage Review

dining, Le Mystique, Hotel Heritage, Bruges, Belgium

There are a few hotels in my lifetime that have stood out above the rest. Hotel Heritage in Bruges, Belgium is one of those few. Truly one of my best hotel experiences to date, Hotel Heritage is an amazing boutique hotel in Bruges that managed to check off all the boxes on my mental list of things I love about a hotel. Having done my extensive research before choosing a hotel, I went with this particular hotel because I truly believe it is one of the best luxury hotel in Bruges, Belgium.

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Staying in Bruges

The quaint and dreamy town of Bruges had only just popped up on my radar in the last year or so, and when I set my sights on a visit to Europe in December (because I’m obsessed with all things Christmas), I knew Bruges would be one of my stops. Despite having read plenty of articles on “A Day Trip to Bruges,” I knew in my heart a day visit was not enough for me. From past experiences, those fairy tale towns that swell with tourists during the day are the places I love most at night and early morning, after the crowds have gone back to the cities. So I carefully read reviews, looked at maps, and compared pictures of all the best hotels in Bruges. When it came to luxury hotels in Bruges, it didn’t take me long to decide Hotel Heritage was the right choice and I’ve been thanking myself for that decision ever since. Don’t hesitate to stay overnight in Bruges. I honestly wish I had a week to get to know every little street, canal, shop, restaurant, and nook.

Bruges city center

Read my guide to Bruges HERE.

A World Class Luxury Hotel in Bruges

A member of the Relais & Châteaux association of independently owned luxury hotels and restaurants around the world, Hotel Heritage maintains the hospitality and feeling of a small, authentic family owned boutique hotel, while promoting local heritage and emphasizing sustainability practices.The Relais & Châteaux properties seek to immerse their guests in a place’s culture and environment.

History of Hotel Heritage

Purchased in 1992 and opened in 1993, the current owners began their passion project of creating what is now the beautiful hotel so many have had the honor of staying at. Below the hotel, elements of the original 13th or 14th century cellar have been preserved and the current building was designed and constructed in 1869. I love nothing more than the charm of a building that pays homage to its antiquity and the historical events it has survived. Hotel Heritage manages to feel modern in its services and amenities while retaining old European charm and elegance.

Amenities of Hotel Heritage

Each of the 22 beautifully decorated rooms supply their guests with modern and luxurious amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Every room has its own iPad/free wifi (say what?!), a Nespresso machine, a fruit basket, a stereo (which greeted us with classical music when we arrived and I couldn’t have loved it more), a flatscreen TV and phone. Literally one of my favorite touches was the old fashioned looking telephone.

 hotel heritage amenities Hotel Heritage amenities, fruit basket

The contemporary bathroom mimics the rest of the hotel in modern luxuries but regal elegance. Lovely robes and slippers are provided, which has become one of the items on my “list” for a great hotel. And I can’t lie; I get really excited about a towel warmer, so I was stoked to have one at Hotel Heritage. The rain shower head didn’t hurt either.

Hotel Heritage, bathroom, Bruges

Photo courtesy of Hotel Heritage

Wellness at Hotel Heritage

My favorite amenity of any hotel is usually the spa. Hotel Heritage has a dry sauna as well as my personal obsession, a steam hammam. I feel like steam rooms are going to kill me every time I use them, but I love them! Hotel Heritage has an exceptionally hot and steamy hammam. Belgium weather can chill you to the bone and there’s nothing better to cure a chill than a sauna or steam room. This was especially spectacular during our visit in December after walking around the Bruges Christmas market in the cold. They also have an awesome 24 hour fitness room so you can work off all those waffles and chocolate, which I did NOT take advantage of. Oh well.

Location of Hotel Heritage

One of my biggest criteria when choosing a hotel or rental, is always the location. Hotel Heritage hits the mark perfectly. Just a couple minutes walk from the main town square and city center of Bruges, it is honestly the best location. The street is stunning, it is close to lots of restaurants and shops, and you can walk anywhere in town easily. It’s also very easy to find if you happen to get turned around in the maze of lovely streets. Don’t forget to download your Google offline map for Bruges if you won’t be using cellular data.


Bruges streets, Christmas

Getting to Hotel Heritage

You can drive to Bruges and limited parking is available, but Bruges is well connected to Brussels, which is well connected to everything else, so train is by far the easiest and fastest way to get there. Intercity trains arrive from Brussels, Ghent, and Antwerp dozens of times per day and travel time is quick, at just barely over an hour (or 25 minutes from Ghent). The station will be called Brugge (the Dutch) instead of Bruges, the French/English spelling. You can easily connect to Brussels or Antwerp from other major European cities like Paris or Amsterdam via the fast Thalys trains or London with Eurostar.

Once you arrive at the Brugge station, you could walk to to the hotel or city center in about 20 minutes, but if you have luggage, that is probably not your first choice with all the cobblestone. When you walk out of the train station, there are bus stops. The buses travel to the city center and back every few minutes. You can buy a 3 Euro ticket from the kiosk outside, and you’ll make it to the square. Then it will be another couple minutes walk to the hotel. Buses that say “Centrum” on top go to the central Market (square), which is close to Hotel Heritage. For simplicity with luggage, I just hopped in a taxi and the ride took about 5 minutes and cost 7 Euros. It would be more expensive late at night or during high season when there is more traffic.

Bruges, market square, horse drawn carriages  city center, market square, Bruges, Belgium

Le Mystique Restaurant at Hotel Heritage

The four course meal I enjoyed at the hotel’s restaurant, Le Mystique, was perhaps the best of my life. We reserved a table in the elegant classic dining room where the decor makes you feel like you’re in a palace. The meal began with the best cocktail I’ve ever had (no exaggeration). Each of the beautifully presented four courses were accompanied with a wine pairing and the meal concluded with not one, but two desserts. I was so full, I couldn’t finish all my wine (sad, I know). When all was finished, the meal took three blissful hours. Normally while traveling, I can’t help but feel a bit rushed because I have so much to see and do, but this meal I truly allowed myself to relax and indulge. Each course was so beautifully presented and explained, and half of it I didn’t even understand, but it didn’t matter because it was so mouthwatering and enticing. All I could do after that meal was relax in the steam room for a while.

dining, Le Mystique, Hotel Heritage, Bruges, Belgium
le mystique restaurant, bruges, belgium

The menu at Le Mystique is created by the chef to utilize local and fresh ingredients, and therefore varies with the season. Highly rated and one of the most prestigious restaurants in Bruges, the culinary creations are traditional French and Belgian with influences from around the world. I can’t say enough about my experience at Le Mystique Restaurant. I will remember that meal as one of the most enjoyable and impressive meals of my life.

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Breakfast at Hotel Heritage

Breakfast is an affair of its own. To spoil yourself, splurge for the full breakfast buffet which is a stunning smorgasbord of deliciousness. Included are fresh squeezed juices, breads and pastries with jams and honey, meat varieties, cereals and fruits, and Belgian waffles made to order (jackpot!). For a lighter meal, opt for the continental breakfast in Le Magnum bar, which doubles as a library. The bar is also the perfect spot for a craft cocktail, local beer, or range of wines (perhaps later in the day…).

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Romance in Bruges

Let’s be honest, Bruges is one of the most romantic little towns in all of Europe. From the medieval buildings and architecture of Bruges city center, the Bruges town square with horse drawn carriages, chocolate and waffle shops, the hotel spas in Bruges, and of course, the romantic canals of Bruges. I honestly can’t think of many more places that has the romance and fairytale setting of Bruges. I truly believe the classical elegance of Hotel Heritage makes it the most romantic hotel in Bruges.

romance in Bruges

Hotel Heritage Awards

Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks Hotel Heritage is the best luxury boutique hotel in Bruges. Relais & Châteaux Hotel Heritage received the award of ‘best luxury boutique hotel’ at the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2016. The hotel has also been nominated for the World Luxury Hotel Awards in the category of Boutique Hotel, the World Boutique Hotel Awards, in the Classic Elegance category, as well as the Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards. Deserving of every bit of praise and more, I hope you’ll get to experience the luxury, hospitality, classical elegance, and romance of Hotel Heritage in Bruges.

I would stay at Hotel Heritage again and again if I ever revisited Bruges, which I desperately hope I do.

The Best Luxury Boutique Hotel in Bruges: Relais & Châteaux Hotel Heritage Review*Although I was provided with a complimentary stay/dinner, all opinions about Hotel Heritage and Le Mystique Restaurant are my own. This post contains affiliate links, so I may make a small commission if you click on a link and make a purchase. This is no extra charge to you, but it helps to support this site and my ability to continue providing you with valuable information. Thank you for supporting travel bloggers!

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6 thoughts on “The Best Luxury Boutique Hotel in Bruges: Relais & Châteaux Hotel Heritage Review

  1. Sharon

    Such a swoon worthy Hotel. Haha I feel the same every time I go on a sauna, like I can’t breathe but I love it! I’ve enjoyed your posts about Brugges

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    1. Jessica Carpenter Post author

      Hi Sharon! Yes, Hotel Heritage is definitely swoon worthy! I love it! And Bruges is just to die for. Saunas are seriously my favorite thing. I want one in my house so bad! Thank you so much for visiting!

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