This guide will help you to decide where to stay in Bruges in less than 10min. It will show you the best area and places, including recommended hotels and apartments.
Bruges (Brugge) is the largest city in the West Flemish region (the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium). It’s a well preserved medieval city, famous for its picturesque canals and chocolate.
Bruges is the most visited place in northern Belgium. Although you can easily see it on a day trip from Brussels or Ghent, I’d recommend staying at least one night. It’s a magical place, especially after sunset when everything is beautifully illuminated.
Continue reading to discover where to stay in Bruges and how to choose the best area for your trip.
Where I stayed
During my trip to Bruges, I wanted to be close to everything – attractions, restaurants and the Christmas markets. As it was winter, I needed an accommodation that would allow me to explore the city on foot. I also didn’t want to spend much time in the cold.
Therefore, the Historic Centre suited my needs perfectly. I’d recommend staying there if you’re short on time or visiting the city for the first time.
In a hurry? Looking for a great hotel with a perfect location and a good rating?
Then check out Hotel Academie – it’s the most popular hotel. This is the best place to stay in Bruges.
It’s perfectly situated in the middle way between Market Square and the Central train station. The hotel features spacious rooms, a cosy bar with a garden terrace and private underground parking.
Historic Old Town – the best area to stay in Bruges
The best area to stay in Bruges is the Historic Old Town. It’s an excellent location for sightseeing, restaurants and Christmas markets. You’d be at a walking distance to all attractions, including the Market Square, Belfry and Burg Square.
Most of the good restaurants are here, too. Everything you’ll need will be right at the doorstep of your hotel.
The Historic Old Town is the perfect area to stay if this is your first-time to Bruges. Crossed by canals, it’s the most picturesque and romantic part of the city.
Even if you plan to use the city as a base to explore Belgium, stay in the Old Town. The Central train station is only a 15min walk from the Historic City Centre. You can easily take a train to Brussels or Ghent early in the morning.
Choose Bruges Old Town
If you want to explore the city on foot and be close to all the restaurants and bars.
- Take a canal boat tour to see the city from a different angle. The starting points are Huidenvettersplein 13, Rozenhoedkaai, Wollestraat 32, Nieuwstraat 11 and Katelijnestraat 4.
- The rickshaw tour is another unique way to see explore the city.
- Quay of the Rosary – it’s the most photographed place. Take a stroll during the day, but don’t miss the sunset time, too.
- Most of the attractions are around Market and Burg Squares. These squares are the heart of medieval Bruges.
- Climb the Belfry tower, one of the most famous belfries in Belgium.
- The best places to eat – That’s Toast, House of Waffles and Oliviers Chocolate Shop & Bar.
Where to stay in Bruges Old Town
Hotels in Bruges Old Town (Best for families)
Hotel Sablon has a very central, but quiet location. It’s close to all attractions, shops and restaurants. Rooms are huge with comfy beds and pillows. If you look for a boutique hotel for your family vacation, don’t look further.
Location: 250m away from Market Square Facilities: WiFi, 24-hour front desk Guests love: huge rooms, rich breakfast
Hotel Aragon is a great choice if you’re travelling with family. It’s just around the corner from Market Square, but on a quiet location. Friendly staff, spacious rooms and modern bathrooms.
Location: 220m away from Market Square Facilities: WiFi, private parking Guests love: spacious rooms
Hotels in Bruges Old Town (Best for couples)
Hotel Academie is situated in a charming cobblestone street with lots of shops and restaurants. It’s just a short walk from the Market Square and the train station. Spacious elegant rooms with new furnishings. Helpful staff, full of useful and local knowledge.
Location: 150m away from Lake of Love Facilities: bar with garden terrace, underground parking Guests love: location, helpful staff
The location of the hotel couldn’t be more romantic. It’s in the heart of medieval Bruges, right next to Saint Saviour’s Cathedral. Plus, the hotel occupies a historic old building. Wooden floors, antique furnishings, stained glass windows, that all add to the romantic atmosphere.
Location: next to St Saviour’s Cathedral Facilities: WiFi, indoor garden Guests love: outstanding breakfast
Luxury hotels in the Old Town
If you look for a luxury stay in Bruges, this is the place. Dukes’ Palace is a 5-star unique hotel, housed in a former residence of the Burgundian aristocracy. The spacious rooms combine modern comfort with an authentic elegance from the 15th century. The location is ideal, close to all main sites of interest.
Location: 250m away from Market Square Facilities: extensive garden, wellness centre, private parking on site Guests love: excellent cocktail bar
For a luxury stay at an affordable price, Hotel The Peellaert is the place. This elegant hotel occupies the 19th-century aristocratic house of Baron de Peellaert. In addition, the huge rooms feature high ceilings and chandeliers.
Location: 150m from Burg Square Facilities: private parking on site, wellness centre Guests love: breakfast, excellent location
Apartments in the Old Town
Bonobo Apartments are in the historic heart of Bruges, close to restaurants and main sites. The apartments have all the equipment needed for a comfortable stay. Plus, there is an additional room where you can store your baggage after check out.
Location: 80m from St Saviour’s Cathedral Facilities: WiFi, private parking Guests love: location
Great stylish apartments at a walking distance to everything (two supermarkets nearby). Well appointed kitchen with all that you need for your stay. Plus, there is a morning bakery delivery and a pool!
Location: 160m from Burg Square Facilities: courtyard garden, plunge pool Guests love: excellent honesty bar
Hotels in Bruges on canals
Bruges owes its charm to its numerous scenic canals. Thus, if you look for a unique experience, choose accommodation on the canals. In this way, you’ll enjoy these picturesque views directly from your own room.
If you’re on a romantic trip, staying in a hotel with a canal view is a must. Check out these lovely hotels below, that are located directly on the canals in the Historic Old Town.
Best family hotels with canal view
It’s a charming hotel, housed in five modernized canal residences from the 17th century. The location is great, just a 5 min walk to the main square. Yet, the area is peaceful, so you’ll get a good night sleep.
Location: on Spiegelrei canal Facilities: rose garden, beer bar Guests love: huge rooms with canal views
Hotel Monsieur Ernest is a lovely hotel on Speelmansrei canal. It occupies a restored 14th-century residence and former brewery. The breakfast is served in a beautiful eating room with a view of the canal. The location is ideal – 10min to the main square and 15min to the train station.
Location: on Speelmansrei canal Facilities: WiFi, private parking Guests love: helpful staff
Best couple hotels with canal view
This is the most romantic hotel with a canal view in Bruges. And the best part is that it’s in the middle of everything. It’s just a few steps away from the most picturesque area in the city, Quay of the Rosary. The spacious rooms are luxurious with a homely feel.
Location: on Dijver canal Facilities: swimming pool, garden terrace, private parking Guests love: excellent service, outstanding breakfast
Duc De Bourgogne has the most fabulous location of all. It’s right on the Quay of the Rosary, a 2min walk from Burg and Market Squares. And the canal views are just splendid. You can watch the small boats and swans directly from your room!
Location: on the Quay of the Rosary Facilities: restaurant with canal views Guests love: location
Hotels in Bruges with parking
If you’re arriving by car, it’s best to book accommodation with available parking. Otherwise, the most convenient parking is at the Central train station (Chantrellstraat 42-62).
A lot of the hotels in the Historic Old Town have public or private parking. However, if you look for secured parking, check out these top hotels.
If you look for a great family hotel with secured parking, look no further. Acacia is the place for you. It’s a lovely quiet hotel right in the heart of the Historic Old Town. Private underground parking is available on site for an extra cost. In addition, there is public parking nearby.
Location: 150m from Market Square Facilities: WiFi, secured underground parking, Guests love: ideal breakfast selection, location
Crowne Plaza Hotel is the perfect hotel with parking for couples. It’s very central, right on Burg Square and next to Basilica of the Holy Blood. The hotel features an indoor swimming pool and a private carpark.
Location: on Burg Square Facilities: indoor swimming pool, private carpark Guests love: excellent location