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Where to stay in Bruges

Bruges, Belgium. The Rozenhoedkaai canal in Bruges with the Belfry in the background.

This medieval city of West Flanders in Belgium has been drawing tourists on day trips from Brussels for years. The quaint canals, cobblestone streets and Markt Square offer picturesque scenes everywhere you turn, plus waffle shops, chocolate stores and boutiques for shoppers. The best way to experience Bruges, though, is an overnight visit. By staying overnight in a Bruges hotel, you will get to experience Bruges after the day trippers have all gone home.

If you are looking for unusual places to stay in Bruges, there’s even a barge hotel you can sleep in! Use this guide to find the best places to stay in Bruges, including the best area for tourists, and Bruges accommodation options for every budget. Keep reading to decide where to stay in Bruges, Belgium.

We will cover off all types of Bruges accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Bruges hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Bruges, the best Bruges hotels, best places in Bruges to visit, the best places to stay in Bruges, hotels near Bruges attractions, Bruges neighborhood guide and many more.

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Bruges City Centre – Where to stay in Bruges for first timers

The most popular area for visitors to Bruges is the city center, sometimes referred to as “in the Ring” because of the Ring Road circling the city center. Some of the best hotels in Bruges can be found here, as it is where most tourist attractions are located.

The city center is fairly small, about two miles across, so any hotel will be in walking distance of what you want to see. The hub of all activities in Bruges is Markt Square, easily found by the 83-meters tall belfry in the square. Many hotels in Bruges city centre are family friendly and kids will love all the green space along the river to run and chase the ducks. This UNESCO World Heritage Center is the best area for tourists in Bruges.

Best places to stay in Bruges City Centre

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Bruges City Centre
Lybeer Travellers Hostel
Hostel 28
Charlie Rocket’s
St Christopher’s Inn at the Bauhaus

Budget Hotels in Bruges City Centre
Hotel ‘t Keizershof
Ibis Budget Brugge Centrum Station
Hotel Passage
Guesthouse Adonis

Mid range Hotels in Bruges City Centre
Grand Hotel Casselbergh
Pand Hotel
Hotel Navarra Brugge
Filemon&Baucis

Family Friendly Hotels in Bruges City Centre
Hotel Academie
Hotel de Goezeput
Radisson Blu Hotel, Bruges
Ibis Brugge Centrum

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Bruges City Centre
Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce
Hotel Van Cleef Bruges,
Hotel Dukes Palace Bruges
Hotel De Castillion

Bruges, Belgium - Bruges is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders. The historic city centre is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO.

Sint-Anna Quarter – Where to stay in Bruges with Family

In the northeast corner of the Ring lies the Bruges neighborhood of Sint-Anna, just across the canal from the city center. This residential area is only 20 minutes from the city center and Grote Markt, but much different in terms of atmosphere. The streets are lined with 17th century cottages and town homes, and this is also where you’ll find the famous Cafe Vlissinghe, which has been serving patrons for over 500 years.

The center of the neighborhood is St. Anne’s church, which also dates to the 17th century. This is a great family friendly place to stay in Bruges, especially for longer visits or travelers seeking a more local experience.

Best places to stay in Sint-Anna Quarter

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Sint-Anna Quarter
St Christopher’s Inn at the Bauhaus
Charlie Rocket’s
Snuffel Hostel
Hostel 28

Budget Hotels in Sint-Anna Quarter
Guesthouse Adonis
Guesthouse Orchid
Hotel ‘t Keizershof
Ibis Budget Brugge Centrum Station

Mid range Hotels in Sint-Anna Quarter
Anna’s
The Doghouse Bruges
Canalview Hotel Ter Reien
Hotel Patritius

Family Friendly Hotels in Sint-Anna Quarter
Sint Andries Cruyse
Flanders Hotel
Hotel The Peellaert
Hotel Martin’s Relais

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Sint-Anna Quarter
La Maison de Nathalie
Maison Amodio b&b
Hotel van Cleef
The Secret Garden B&B

BRUGES, BELGIUM : Interiors, paintings and details of sainte anne chrurch, in Bruges, Belgium

’T Zand – Where to stay in Bruges on a budget

At the western edge of the city center, you’ll find t’Zand, named after a street just inside the ring. This area is best known for a Saturday market. The location just outside the city center means there are budget friendly accommodation options, still less than ten minutes walk to Grote Markt. In addition to many cafes and restaurants along t’Zand road, you can also visit King Albert Park for a taste of green space in Bruges. Music lovers often stay in t’Zand for the proximity to the Bruges’ concert hall.

Best places to stay in ’T Zand

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in ’T Zand
Lybeer Travellers Hostel
Hostel 28
St Christopher’s Inn at the Bauhaus
Snuffel Hostel

Budget Hotels in ’T Zand
Hotel Passage
Hotel ‘t Keizershof
Value Stay Bruges
Ibis Budget Brugge Centrum Station

Mid range Hotels in ’T Zand
Leopold
Hotel Groeninghe
Hotel Restaurant ‘t Putje
Portinari Hotel

Family Friendly Hotels in ’T Zand
Park Hotel Brugge
Hotel Albert 1
Hotel de Goezeput
Floris Karos Hotel

Affordable Luxury Hotels in ’T Zand
Hotel Prinsenhof Bruges
Hotel Dukes’ Palace Bruges
B&B Chester
Hotel De Tuilerieen
Hotel de Orangerie

T Zand Square Fountain in Bruges Belgium

Ezelstraat Quarter – Where to stay in Bruges for cheap accommodation

The northwest corner of the Ring is where you’ll find the district of Ezelstraat, named after the main street running through here. The street runs from an inner canal near Grote Markt to the outer canal and Ezelpoort, an interesting tourist attraction. Ezelpoort means Donkey’s Gate, and is a lovely park area closed to traffic, with a historic city gate. This is another great area to find budget friendly accommodation, and the stroll back towards the city center is lined with interesting shops and cafes.

Best places to stay in Ezelstraat Quarter

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Ezelstraat Quarter
Snuffel Hostel
Charlie Rocket’s
Lybeer Travellers Hostel
St Christopher’s Inn at the Bauhaus

Budget Hotels in Ezelstraat Quarter
Guesthouse Adonis
Hotel Passage
Guesthouse Orchid
Hotel ‘t Keizershof

Mid range Hotels in Ezelstraat Quarter
Hotel Lucca
Hotel Aragon
Hans Memling Hotel
Hotel Boterhuis

Family Friendly Hotels in Ezelstraat Quarter
Hotel Navarra Brugge
Hotel Marcel
Monsieur Maurice
Hotel Karel de Stoute

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Ezelstraat Quarter
‘t Wit Huys
B&B De Bornedrager
B&B de Corenbloem
Hotel Heritage – Relais & Chateaux

Bridge crossing between buildings over narrow Blinde-Ezelstraat, aka Blind donkey street, near Burg square, Bruges, Belgium.

Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Quarter – Where to stay in Bruges for tourists

Named for the Church of Our Lady, and the corresponding museum, this is the art corner of Bruges. With parts dating back to the 13th century, and a tower over 115 meters tall, the church is an impressive piece of architecture. Inside is a world-famous Michelangelo sculpture of Madonna in marble, along with many valuable paintings and sculptures. It’s also very close to Groeningemuseum, known for its collection of Flemish primitives. This area also has breweries and chocolatiers to fuel your self-guided art tour of Bruges.

Best places to stay in Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Quarter

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Quarter
Lybeer Travellers Hostel
Hostel 28
St Christopher’s Inn at the Bauhaus
Snuffel Hostel

Budget Hotels in Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Quarter
Ibis Budget Brugge Centrum Station
Value Stay Bruges
Guesthouse Orchid

Mid range Hotels in Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Quarter
Bonobo Apartments
Hotel Het Gheestelic Hof
Hotel Restaurant Loreto

Family Friendly Hotels in Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Quarter
Hotel De Castillion
Hotel de Goezeput
Hotel Academie
Martin’s Brugge

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Quarter
Hotel De Tuilerieen
Hotel de Orangerie
Maison le Dragon Guesthouse
Casa Romantico
Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce – Luxe Worldwide Hotel

Canals of Bruges (Brugge). Church of Our Lady, Onze Lieve Vrouw Brugge

Ghent – Where to stay near Bruges

Yes, visitors to Bruges can also stay in Ghent. Strange as it sounds, the University city of Ghent is less than 30 minutes by train to Bruges, so it’s a great option for budget friendly hotels near Bruges. While there are cheap hotels in Bruges, Ghent is less touristy and therefore more affordable.

While we won’t start a Ghent vs Bruges debate here, many travelers find Ghent preferable and more “authentic,” and you will definitely find more nightlife in Ghent while Bruges gets pretty quiet in the evenings. There’s really no need to choose between Ghent and Bruges, as they are so close that you can easily commute between the two.

Best places to stay in Ghent

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Ghent
Hostel 47

Budget Hotels in Ghent
Flandria Hotel
Alphabed
Ibis Budget Gent Centrum Dampoort

Mid range Hotels in Ghent
Ganda Rooms & Suites
B&B Kwaadham52 – Music Hotel Ghent
Hotel Cathedral
Best Western Residence Cour Saint Georges

Family Friendly Hotels in Ghent
NH Gent Belfort
Hotel Harmony
Ghent Marriott Hotel
NH Gent Sint Pieters

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Ghent
Rooms With A View
1898 The Post
Schopenhauer
Chambres D’hotes Hotel Verhaegen
Pillows Grand Hotel Reylof

Ghent, Belgium - Old buildings with the canal in Ghent, Belgium. Ghent is one of Europe most underrated, if not unknown, medieval cities.

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Where to stay in Bruges

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Hi, my name is Samantha, Finance Managing Guru by day, Travel Blogging Enthusiast by... well... day too! Haha! Travelling King is the destination hotspot for the wannabe traveller! Showcasing affordable, luxurious getaways for the budget conscious!With the combination of my financial knowledge and travelling experiences I aim to show you, with a little planning, the right budget and a realistic goal you can fulfil your travel fantasies and explore the world whatever your budget or desires may be!