Discover Benelux, Issue 45, September 2017

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Discover Benelux  |  B&B of the Month  |  Belgium


True luxury and an unforgettable stay at La Suite TEXT: MICHIEL STOL  |  PHOTOS: LA SUITE SANS CRAVATE

If you are looking to stay at one of the most beautiful places in Bruges, whilst enjoying the superb cuisine of a Michelin-star restaurant, then there is just one place you need to stay: La Suite Sans Cravate. “It makes us happy when our guests are happy,” beams Veronique Bogaert, who owns and runs the establishment together with her husband Henk van Oudenhove. La Suite Dinner and Table opened its doors four years ago. “We started the restaurant Sans Cravate (Without a Tie) in 2004. Back then it was me in the dining hall and Henk in the kitchen,” recalls Veronique. One year on, the restaurant was awarded with a prestigious Michelin star.

the Pinot Noir Suite (40 square metres) and the Deluxe Riesling Suite (70 square metres) and Sauvignon Blanc Suite (65 square metres) under the two roofs on the top floor,” Veronique explains. They decorated everything themselves. “From every salt pot right up to the decorations on the walls and the light fixtures.” The ceramic art in La Suite is created by Veronique herself. “It is a way of relaxing on my day off.”

Royal treatment

“We lived above the restaurant with our two children, but it became too small. After a long search, we made an offer on this old house across the street and after an enormous renovation project, we moved in.”

Guests at La Suite enjoy a personalised, royal treatment. “We like to pamper them. Upon arrival, we serve Champagne with the character of the room’s grape (every room has its own). Our rooms are unique and come with all the comforts you need, like a rain shower and a two-person bathtub in the deluxe suites,” tells Veronique. The rooms each have their own style, but in all of them you will find the rustic ceilings expected of an old building.

The three rooms on the top floor are for guests. “We named the rooms after Henk’s three favourite grapes. We have

After a good night’s rest on one of the most luxurious beds in all of Bruges, breakfast is served downstairs. “Breakfast

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is à la carte and specially created for our guests.” At night, you can enjoy Henk’s exquisite cooking in the restaurant, or at the recently opened Gastro Bar Hubert. “This is based on British gastropubs, where you have the feel of a pub but can savour Michelin-star cuisine from the restaurant,” explains Veronique. The exclusive rooms as well as the ties with the restaurant make La Suite Sans Cravate a truly remarkable and unforgettable place to stay. “We want to make our guests really feel at home and remember their stay a very long time afterwards. When we achieve that, we have reached our goal.”