After the era of the pandemic, it has been nice getting some normality back into day-to-day life. I know we’re still not out of the woods, but one of those norms that we’ve all been missing is travel, hotels and discovering new places, people and foods. And this quick city break in Bruges and Brussels was a fantastic entrée to all of that good stuff
So, where to start…?
The Dukes Palace
I could start with the journey, an early start aboard the Eurostar, but there’s no fun in that. Especially when at the end of it, you’re completely gob-smacked and blown away be your hotel!!! The 5-Star Hotel Dukes’ Palace which was incredible from the moment you are walking down the road and get your first glimpse of it’s Chateau-esq exterior, impressive interior and stairwell, meeting the wonderful and accommodating staff (who are so helpful with recommendations and bookings in the area), the stunning rooms, the many nooks where you can have a quiet moment, and finally right through to moment you have to say goodbye–the experience was nothing short of top quality hospitality. Unfortunately, we didn’t dine here but we did get a cheeky tipple at the bar–A nice glass of Oban whiskey was on the cards for me.
So, if you’re after a quick escape from London (or your city you live in) and you want to spend some of that 2-year travel savings, this is highly recommended and better when shared with another 😉
On day two the weather wasn’t on our side so instead of wasting the day, we asked the hotel if they would show us one of their best rooms for this post… After a few moments for get approval, we’re escorted to one of the most decadent rooms I’ve ever seen. Room 111.
We did get to see another room, however, Room 111 was the most impressive to shoot. You can see the other room in this reel as it was a bit more ‘clickbaity’ than our actual room (shhh!!) which was still amazing @hoteldukepalace.
As it was still raining that morning, we decided to check out the Small in-house spa facilities. With no booking required guests can just roll up and use the Sauna, Steam, Himalayan Salt Shower and Red Light Therapy Rooms, and other spa usuals can be book in advance – on this particular day it was not staffed and the place was quiet—bonus!
Being a Spa, I didn’t take my camera in, but I did pop a couple of mobile shots off… Just not enough to really sell it. We got too carried away relaxing! Soz, but that’s a good thing 😉
Overall, this is a highly recommended stay on the higher and finer end of the medium to high budget scale. Well worth it and well located with restaurants, supermarket and sights all within walking distance.
A memorable stay and we’d love to go back