With its medieval architecture, flourishing food scene and superb museums and galleries, Ghent has a lot to offer. And, when you’re ready to bed down for the night, there’s a range of gorgeous boutique hotels to choose from – we’ve picked our favourites.
Housed in a 1928 Art Deco building, Hotel Orion is located in Ghent’s Millionaire’s Quarter, which is home to the city’s most beautiful villas and mansions – this hotel is no exception. Once the home of the wealthy Lalemant family, Hotel Orion could be described as closer to a retreat than a traditional place to stay. It has a sitting room, a sauna, an indoor heated pool, a fitness centre and the De Smet de Naeyerpark is just around the corner. Throughout the hotel, you’ll find plenty of inviting nooks and crannies to read a book or enjoy a cup of tea.
This 1761 townhouse in the heart of Ghent is the ideal place to stay for classical music lovers, as it features an elegant concert salon on its ground floor, as well as a piano shop and a music cafe. Occasionally, there are chamber concerts in the evening and breakfast is sometimes accompanied by live music. The two deluxe rooms here even include a piano, for private quatre mains moments. The dim lighting, wooden floors and nostalgic desks only add to Quatre Mains Logis’s jazzy atmosphere.
Located in a former baron’s townhouse from the 1940s, charm is certainly at the forefront during a stay at the Charme Hotel Hancelot. The stately lobby boasts a huge fireplace and a lovely courtyard garden while an abundance of crystal chandeliers light up the rooms and hallways. Charme Hotel Hancelot is located in the south of Ghent, close to a big park and next to public transport that will get you to all the tourist attractions within minutes.
Hôtel Verhaegen is where you’ll want to stay if you’re planning the ultimate romantic getaway to Ghent. The hotel is situated in an 18th-century palace that is listed as a city monument. The palace was built by Count Emmanuel D’Haene and oozes class and baroque romance. The furniture is mostly antique, hand-picked by the owners. The dining room is majestic, with murals in golden filigree frames and exquisite fishbone parquet. Hôtel Verhaegen only has four rooms, so securing one can be quite difficult.
Hotel Harmony is situated in two renovated merchant houses that date back to the 18th century, giving the hotel a stylish, historic air. The biggest draw for this hotel is its heated rooftop swimming pool. Hotel Harmony is located in the popular Patershol neighbourhood, the oldest district in Ghent and an area known for its many restaurants and bars. One side of the hotel is next to the river Lys, providing rooms with pretty views. Several rooms feature wall-to-wall black and white photographs of old Ghent and all higher priced luxury rooms come with a jacuzzi.
The gorgeous former post office in Ghent has been converted into a boutique hotel with 37 rooms, including duplex and mezzanine rooms. 1898 The Post’s rooms refer to the building’s past with names such as The Envelope, The Letter and The Stamp. The hotel’s atmosphere is nostalgic and homely, with high ceilings, antique furniture and dark green walls. Special attention has been paid to wooden details on doors, windows and staircases. 1898 The Post is centrally located with most of Ghent’s tourist attractions within a short walking distance.
If you want to stay at the Ganda Rooms & Suites, you’ll need to plan your trip to Ghent well in advance. This 1757 manor house has only eight rooms and they get booked very early, especially at weekends and during the tourist season. From the outside, this hotel is stunning and inside, you’ll find a quiet patio, a romantic salon, decorated ceilings, original 18th-century chimneys and lots of artworks on the walls. Ganda Rooms & Suites is located in the heart of Ghent, with the famous Saint Bavo’s Cathedral only a stone’s throw away.
Travelling with kids but not keen on staying in an impersonal chain hotel? Boutique Hotel Onderbergen in Ghent is where you want to be. Explicitly marketed as a family hotel, kids are very welcome here and several rooms can comfortably host a family of four without anyone having to sleep on a camping bed. Prices are also very family-friendly. Hotel Onderbergen has a classy atmosphere, with high ceilings and hardwood floors. Most of the 23 available rooms feature original wooden details. Located in the centre of Ghent, most tourist attractions are within a short walking distance from the hotel.