On a cobbled side street just off Bruges’s handsome central canal and within a stone’s throw of the sightseeing action, the Pand is so tranquil and so genteel that tourists arrive and sink into a puffy cloud of comfort. It’s housed in a higgledy-piggledy, elegantly restored 18th-century carriage house, with two refined lounges with leather sofas, dripping chandeliers, and a tiny bar in the luscious home-away-from-home public spaces. At press time, the suites were being done over in opulent Ralph Lauren designs; while all have Jacuzzi baths, some also have four-poster beds. Any day at the Pand gets off to a zippy start thanks to sterling cooked breakfasts—served in the leafy courtyard garden on summer mornings—produced from an old-fashioned range and a complementary glass of fizz that peps everybody up for a day’s sightseeing. Although there is no restaurant, the eateries of Bruges are practically at the doorstep. This is just the place for a romantic weekend mini break. Bridget Jones would love it.
- Frommer's Staff