Visiting the Infamous Hotel from the Movie 'In Bruges'
The hotel is the two matching wood facades over the canal
At this very momentbelieve it or notwe are in Bruges, and no not because of the tourist rush that the Colin Farrell/Ralph Fiennes movie "In Bruges" brought. We've just always wanted to head to the "Venice of the north," as the town is called, but while here we can't simply ignore the now-famous sites around town that became almost another character in the movie on their own.
One such spot is the hotel in which the main hitman characters Ray (Farrell) and Ken (Gleeson) are put up by their boss, Harry (Fiennes). In the movie, it's passed off as a quaint, home-run bed and breakfast, but in reality it's the 4-star hotel Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce. It's here that the characters ponder death, reveal secrets, and even one of them jumps from his room window into the freezing canal below.
Another picture and what we found, after the jump!
We dropped by earlier to scope the place out, and found it closed for January. They do however have lower rates in February and March website, with rooms starting at 165 EUR ($232). it's an expensive rate for this inexpensive city, so only huge fans of the movie "In Bruges" should bother; there are plenty of bed and breakfasts for less than half that, like the one in which we're staying (B&B Setola) with similarly exposed rafters, historic details, and a warm welcome in this friendly town.
Still, the Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce sure is nice to look at! We can understand why film scouts, combing this preserved medieval town for a suitable lodging spot, settled upon the place.
Note: you can even spot the tall belfry tower in the background, perhaps the most important location for the movie.