Hotel Cordoeanier is centrally located in a quiet side street close to the market square, at the heart of the medieval town of Bruges, which is also called the Venice of the North.
The homely atmosphere as well as a personal and warm reception heartily welcomes guests to this oasis of rest.
The hotel has 21 rooms, including 2 luxury rooms which are on the ground floor. The comfortably furnished rooms can accommodate up to 4 people.
Every morning, an extensive warm and cold breakfast buffet is served, while you can quietly read the latest news from a selection of national and international newspapers.
Enjoy the sunshine in our sunny courtyard or if you prefer you can always take in the authentic atmosphere at the café Rose Red. Here, you can sample a 'true' Trappist, our house speciality.
Bruges has a rich culture, with its beautiful museums and wonderful little streets to stroll through. It is also an excellent cycling town. Hotel Cordoeanier also offers a space to store your bike.
In short, lots of different ingredients and treasures which will help you enjoy your stay with us.
We bid you a warm welcome
A little bit of history:
The building dates back to circa 1725. It consisted originally of 3 separate buildings which were later joined together. Luc Devlieger wrote this about the property located in Cordoeaniersstraat in his book "Houses of Bruges" (From Philipstockstraat to Sint-Jansplein):
- The street name probably refers to the leather workers from Cordoba who were based here. (First mention c. 1305)
- Nr 16-18: stucco border gable, 2 floors, six bays and entry bay (start of 19th century).
In 1835, unspecified alterations were made to No. 18.
A certain François Goudeseune (1749-1815), a balloonist and salesman, lived here with his wife Jeanne-Françoise Lambert. He used the premises as a storage facility. There was also a coach house.
Goudeseune was the first person from Bruges to experiment with balloons in Flanders. From June 1785 until May 1786, he frequently carried out balloon experiments in the Sint-Sebastiaan guild located at Carmerstraat 174. In 1786, a decree was drawn up whereby it was forbidden to carry out such experiments with balloons, as it was very dangerous in towns and villages. Spirit gas boilers were suspended from the balloon in order to get the balloons airborne.
Unfortunately, it seems that Goudeseune's commercial activities were not so successful; many a creditor took possession of his property. He was also a Bruges revolutionary and an officer (1794 - 1814) in the patriotic army. He helped the French by actively working as a spy. Goudeseune was hated by the masses since he deported a number of priests and monks to France in 1794. He was labelled "a brute who no longer recognizes God nor religion". He died in 1815.
A quote found on a 'plaque' at the Prinsenhof in Bruges reads:
"The heretic Goudeseune with his companions will be hung outside the gates."