Discover Benelux | Bruges | Eat, Drink & Sleep Spots / Event Location
Where enchantment meets hospitality TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK | PHOTOS: FLANDERS HOTEL
Flanders Hotel is for those who enjoy the good things in life. Set in a stunning monumental building in the historic heart of scenic Bruges, this four-star hotel perfectly combines authentic historic features with an allure of modern luxury. It is not hard to see why Flanders Hotel secured 14th place on TripAdvisor’s 2016 list of best hotels in Belgium. First of all, there is its rich past: the hotel was built in 1905 as ‘Grand Hotel Verriest’ on the foundations of a former monastery, which dates back to the year 1304. It has welcomed many generations of visitors from all around the world. Flanders Hotel lies within short walking distance of all of Bruges’ main points of interests. “In well-preserved, medieval cities like Bruges, it is often a task in itself to get around or park your car,” begins general manager Jan Teughels. “We
have our own parking facility on site and are set right in the midst of the historic centre.” The hotel’s 50 rooms come in different flavours, yet they all boast nearly every modern comfort, including air-conditioning. Though the historic charm has been maintained throughout the hotel, many modern features have been incorporated, providing guests with a beautiful feeling of luxury. The indoor pool is perfect for (literally) cooling down after a day of sightseeing, with outside seating provided so you can sip a drink by the pond and fountain. The breakfast is far from your regular hotel buffet: fresh fruit juice, freshly baked bread or crispy bacon and scrambled eggs, anyone? Yet above all it is the service that has earned the hotel its excellent reputation. “Our personal touch is what makes Flanders Hotel a home away from home,” Teughels concludes. “We always go the extra mile.”
Your own bar and restaurant for the night TEXT: MICHIEL STOL | PHOTOS: OTTENTIC AND TOOPE.BE
Looking for a special night out with friends when you are in Bruges? At Ottentic you are not only a guest, you become part of the bar and restaurant. “We want our guests to move freely around the whole room and together make the perfect party,” explains owner Koen Jonckheere.
dinner and our barman serves the drinks. Your guests become part of it, by serving out the drinks and food. They can also help the chef or the barman if they want to.” This way everybody is involved and your event ‘will keep on moving’. On the top floor, there is a meeting room where you can host meetings or classes.
Ottentic is about tasting and enjoying together. It is situated in an authentic post World War Two-style building. You can rent just the bar or the dining room and kitchen for the night, or rent them both. “Our chef will prepare the
Superlative food and drinks The bar is independent from any brewery and serves only the finest beers around, carefully selected by Ottentic’s beer sommeliers. The high-quality kitchen includes an authentic grill,
with many more types of cuisine on offer. “We serve authentic Belgian dishes, such as Flemish stew in Trappist, a traditional Belgian meal,” elaborates Jonckheere. All ingredients are local and sustainable. At Ottentic you will experience a unique evening in a relaxing and immersive atmosphere, enjoying great drinks and superb food. All the ingredients for an unforgettable night out.
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Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.