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Friday, 18 August 2017

Hotel Dukes' Palace | Princess Castle Vibes

Hotel Dukes' Palace Belgium Blog ReviewIt's safe to say we all have our personal favourites when it comes to the design of hotels.  However, something that tends to bring us all together in agreement and simultaneous swoons, is princess castles.  Bear with me.  By this, I'm talking about traditional, luxurious architecture that seems taller and grander than any of its surroundings.  They usually feature gold embellishments, grand gates and if you're very lucky, turrets!  With this in mind, Hotel Dukes' Palace has been my go-to hotel when visiting the beautiful city of Bruges.  Sure, there's no moat, but the city does offer plenty of canals...
Luxury 5 Star Hotel Dukes Palace Bruges
Hotel Dukes' Palace Belgium Brugge Review
Princess Castle Architecture Hotel Dukes Palace
Hotel Dukes' Palace Travel Blogger Review 2017The five-star hotel is located at the heart of the city, and within walking distance from many of the places I featured in my recent Bruges travel diary.  After spending hours roaming around from waffle shops to chocolatiers and back again, the tranquility of the Hotel Dukes' Palace refreshes you like no other; floor-to-ceiling voile curtains line corridors, Medieval-themed art covers walls and a beautiful combination of traditional elegance and modern design is carried throughout the hotel.  Like I said, definite 'princess castle' vibes - without having to kiss a frog to stay there!
Dreamy daylight coming through hotel curtains
Hotel Dukes' Palace Superior Double Bedroom
Hotel Dukes' Palace Champagne Breakfast Room Service
Hotel Dukes' Palace Room Service Continental Breakfast
Does anybody else have a thing about making the most of room service when staying at hotels?  There's something ridiculously comforting about sipping on champagne and slathering butter on bread, all the while in your dressing gown!  On the first morning, a generous breakfast was enjoyed in the room before heading out to explore.  The best features?  Smoked salmon and a delicious array of sweet pastries.  If you find yourself in Bruges anytime soon, waking up at this hotel to the sound of ringing bells and horse-drawn carriages, my advice would be to indulge in their champagne breakfast.  It's the perfect start to any day spent in the UNESCO World Heritage city.
Smoked Salmon and Champagne Room Service Breakfast
Hotel Dukes' Palace Breakfast in Room Review
Minimal Contemporary Grey Hotel Lobby
Hotel Dukes' Palace Bruges Interior Design FlowersThere are tons of different seating areas on the ground floor, including the gorgeous spot shown above that leads out onto the hotel's garden patio.  If 'Instagrammable' is on your travel tick-list when exploring new places, Hotel Dukes' Palace is definitely an avenue worth exploring.  I mean, there's a reason I've returned three times now, it truly does give those 'princess castle' vibes!
Hotel Dukes' Palace Flower Displays Decor
Ralph Lauren Blue Tan White Striped Tote Bag
Flags Flying Outside Luxury 5 Star Hotel
Hotel Dukes' Palace Princess Castle Europe
I can't wait to hear your thoughts on this dreamy hotel!  Does anything in particular catch your eye?  Also, let me know if you've ever stayed in a hotel that gave you those indisputable 'castle vibes' (because I need to go there!).

Hotel Dukes' Palace
Prinsenhof 8
8000 Brugge

With love,

Gabrielle x



  1. This one seems fantastic!

  2. This hotel looks so elegant and beautiful !
    I love getting room service , because it makes me feel very special and appropriated


  3. I love hotels with traditional architecture and vibe and this one is dreamy. Your photos are so beautiful!! Have a lovely weekend Gabrielle!! x


  4. You're so right!! The princess vibes are adorable and so elegant. Adore the color theme too, so sophisticated? Always love the way you capture hotels and vacations, gorgeous photos babe! Xx

  5. This looks like a dreamy castle. I love the gold embellishments.
    The breakfast looks beyond delicious!

  6. Oh wow, it all looks so beautiful, I would love to stay somewhere like this, it looks lovely! So so pretty!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  7. Omg what a beautiful place to stay at and that food look so yumm, it made my mouth water.

    xo | Cindy Elena

  8. The architecture of this place is simply stunning, and the champagne breakfast looks very tempting indeed!

  9. That exterior! The paintings! I see you Modigliani!

    This place looks stunning, and I can easy understand the castle vibes. That's got to be so fun. If I ever find myself in Bruges, I'm definitely staying there. Hands down. Also, you look straight out of a fairy tale with that dress and your long hair. You're doing life right.

    Have a lovely weekend Gabrielle!

  10. I bet that it is pretty easy to feel like a princess in a hotel that is as beautiful as this one. There is something royal about the decor at Hotel Dukes, I love it.

    Fantastic photos...and gosh, that breakfast does look yummy.

  11. This hotel is so charming! I can definitely see how you'd want to come multiple times to stay here, hehe.

  12. Beautiful, luxurious hotels always feel like a dream! This is particularly true here, the outside could be mistaken for a real castle! And having this lush breakfast before heading out to pretty Bruges must feel extra special. Also, I absolutely love your Ralph Lauren bag!

    Julia x
    Last Post: At the Universal Studios Hollywood, LA |

  13. These photos are so gorgeous! I would love to stay at this hotel one day - it looks dreamy! I've never stayed in a hotel which was like a castle, but it's definitely on my list of things I want to do now! x


  14. Oh my gosh, it looks so charming and romantic! By the way, you are the Queen of detail shots, I love all the beautiful details like the curtains, the flowers, the furniture. What a great way to spend a getaway!

    Kamara x

  15. Even though I do get what you mean when talking about places like that, I will still forever prefer the sleek and modern design myself.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  16. Wowwwww - seriously loving your snaps from Bruges

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

  17. Looks so magical! Love the interior and the exterior xx

    Nev | Miss Nev

  18. Its like living in a fairytale. Its soooooooo beautiful and romantic :) Classy and elegant

  19. It looks like a dreamy castle without a doubt!! What an incredible place to stay and that breakfast is everything you could wish for :)

    Hope you are having an awesome Sunday Gabrielle! :)


    Seize your Style

  20. Oh wow! Such a beautiful place!

  21. Oh Gabrielle, you find the BEST hotels! You are so right, serious Princess vibes going on, what a beautifully designed hotel. That breakfast looks mouthwatering, I most definitely need to start making the most of room service!

    Musings & More

  22. What a beautiful and dreamy hotel! Loved it!!!

    XO, Melissa

  23. That place looks amazing and elegant :)

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

  24. Everything about this hotel looks so well appointed! And yes to taking advantage of room service during hotel stays. It's such a lovely way to treat oneself:)

  25. These photos look so amazing! I love room service too! Your food seems super yummy!

    Have an awesome day!
    xx Kris

  26. This looks like such a lovely hotel. I love ordering room service and the breakfast here looks fabulous x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

  27. wonderful place! I love these photos. thanks for sharing :)

  28. I'm totally with you on making the most of room service when staying in a nice hotel and a princess hotel is the perfect place to do it from and really feel like royalty :) x

  29. Lovely photos! Looks like you're really enjoying your trip. Can't wait for more photos.

    Jessica |

  30. Amazing Photos! And yes I'm all about room service and sippin' champagne!

    L.E.N.A | Revealed

  31. How gorgeous is this?! I keep telling my fiancé that any inspiration for our future home has to come from hotels. This location has such unique flair - so classy and chic. Love that bag too!


  32. The Hotel Dukes Palace Castle is soooooooo GORGEOUS Gabrielle! I love the furniture, art, chandeliers and flowers. Really stunning.

  33. What a stunning place! OMG so neat and fab! Lovely photos, Gab!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Much love, Len

  34. Beautiful photos! The hotel really does look amazing! :) xx

  35. What a dreamy hotel! That breakfast looks seriously amazing!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  36. Wow these pictures are so beautiful. I would love to be there and have that food haha.

  37. You're the queen of hotel/castle review dear! Love your detailed description and the dreamy pictures, it makes me want to stay and indulge in their luxurious accommodation.

  38. Love bruges! It's such a great city with full of heritage. I've never heard of this hotel before but will definitely check it out.


  39. Your photos are always so so amazing! They make me feel as if I'm there at that very exact place! I love reading your detailed reviews of every place you visit! xx

  40. That building is absolutely gorgeous and the decor is so elegant! You've captured it beautifully in your pictures too,
    Amy xx

  41. It looks super pretty! perfect place to have some tea!
    thanks for sharing,

  42. Wow, I love this hotel. It's a such a dreamy place.

  43. Hi Gabrielle,

    What a gorgeous hotel! I would love to spend a night day one day.

  44. Great post dear!

  45. This is a beautiful place. Trust you had a great time.

    Funmi xx

  46. wow such a lovely and elegant hotel xx

  47. Whoa I'm getting so many princess castle vibes off this beautiful, elegant hotel! You have excellent taste. Also, I am loving your Ralph Lauren bag and tropical leaf phone case!

    Simply Lovebirds

  48. You always know the best places to visit and stay, Gabrielle!
    Who wouldn't love to spend some time in such beautiful and charming hotel?
    Amazing photos, as usual, dear! :D

  49. Such a beautiful place!!



  50. I think the last time I stayed in a hotel with a castle vibes were in Germany in 2006. Unfortunately I can't remember what's the hotel name though... :-(

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  51. I love visiting Castles so I would really enjoy the castle vibes too! It looks like such a great hotel, you can really see the emphasis on quality, and the interior is beautiful x

    Velvet Blush

  52. This looks absolutely stunning! I would love to stay there, you capture it beautifully xx

  53. Another GORGEOUS location!! I love how you captured this.
    Also, is there anything better than room service breakfast?? Especially when it looks like this!

  54. Gosh it really does give off princess vibes, even just from your photos - which as always are beautiful! xx

  55. What a beautiful hotel and it does scream luxury! Love it!

  56. Such a dreamy place to stay in! Been planning to visit Belgium so I'll be sure to check this place out, it's absolutely gorgeous :)

    Kriselle x

  57. I really like the flair of this hotel. Who would not love to stay there for few days! It´s stunning. xoxo


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