There’s something special about luxury European hotels. They’re always so grand and gorgeous in their own quintessential way. When I was deciding where to stay on our trip to Bruges for Andy’s birthday last month, the Hotel de Tuilerieen won me over. Little did I know, it was about to win over my heart as well!
After driving around the cobbled maze that is Bruges, we finally found the hotel and its carpark. We’ve never driven to a city break before so we wasn’t sure if there was going to be anywhere to park. Luckily enough, Hotel de Tuilerieen have a private gated car park we could keep our car in for the weekend.
As strange as it sounds, when you get to the car park it’s pretty impressive. Not because of the parking spaces, because of the actual building itself. It’s beautiful. From the entrance, to the hallway, to the bar to the bedrooms, it’s all stunning.
The hotel itself only has 45 rooms. We stayed in a newly refurbished executive room with view of the canal. As we walked in we couldn’t believe our eyes it was so gorgeous. It even had a four poster bed! Having a view over the canal was great because the hotel is pretty central so it’s a great place to sit by the window with a cup of tea and watch the world go by.
The bathroom as usual was another highlight of the room. There were the loveliest his and her sinks in there with decorative mirrors above each of them. If I had a bathroom like that in my home I would take twice as long to get ready every morning because it’s so pretty!
Upon arrival the lovely man at reception gave us a voucher for a welcome drink in the hotel bar. So after a long day of walking (and eating!) we chilled out in the hotel bar for a few drinks by the fire. Although the hotel has a modern and polished theme running throughout, homeliness isn’t something that’s missing from this place at all.
The décor of every room in this hotel is breathtaking. Each room has a whole wallpapered mural running around all the walls. At first it sounds a bit daunting but it’s amazing to look at. Whether you’re sipping a beer in the bar, eating breakfast in the dining room or reading a book in the lounge area you’ll feel so comfortable and cosy you’ll feel right at home. Perfect if you’re visiting during the winter!
I mentioned earlier that the hotel is pretty central. Well I wasn’t lying! I didn’t actually realise when I booked it how central it is to everything. The road that runs along the front of the hotel is one of the main tourist paths around the city.
Don’t let this put you off though, it just means getting anywhere is really quick! At night the place is silent. Bruges is a popular city, but where Hotel de Tuilerieen sits isn’t the heart of the nightlife so you won’t be disturbed by people who’ve spent all night indulging on Belgian beer and frites from the chip van!
From start to finish, everyone at the Hotel de Tuilerieen was beyond helpful. Their English was perfect which is great if like me you’re useless with foreign languages. When we arrived the reception man showed us up to our room, after drawing all over a city map of best places to visit! In the evening they were even more helpful as they were great at naming good restaurants and places to eat. They’d even ring up and make a reservation for you!