A medieval palace (with gold statues on its steep-incline roof), center-city, with enormous garden behind
It takes quite a bit of noteworthy character to have an entire city earn UNESCO World Heritage status, but for the egg-shaped city of Bruges, it was really no big deal. See, Bruges is one of the first tourist cities in the world. Ever. Although the city has one of the most modern ports in the world, Bruges is mostly made up of 15th- and 16th-century blocks and canals. In fact, it rivals Amsterdam as the "Venice of the North."
When looking to blend in, travelers to Bruges are wise to opt for Kempinski Hotel Dukes' Palace, originally built on the occasion of Philip the Good’s marriage to Isabella of Portugal. Now, more great than good, the hotel boasts an elegant spa, a fine Belgian restaurant, and Bar Atelier, where some of the best beer in the world can be had in a cozy and classy environ. In summer, get outside, and enjoy a cocktail on the famous terrace.
The hotel offers 71 rooms and 22 suites (six are heritage listed), all of which are dressed in a mix of modern and period pieces including marble baths and 300-thread-count sheets.
Outside in the garden, guests will delight at the discovery of Dukes' Art Gallery, featuring a rotating collection of modern art. It sits in contrast to the rest of the hotel, and highlights the historical significance and character that defines so many of the spaces one might otherwise take for granted.