Looking for a unique and luxurious overnight stay in Ghent? Then the Hotel Harmony in the heart of the historical center is the perfect place for you. As a busy and hard-working couple, we don’t always have the time to travel abroad. Nevertheless, a weekend getaway can be really relaxing and satisfying . It’s nice not to have to take care of your own household, cooking, … and moreover, it makes you forget the everyday worries. That is why we decided to plan a staycation in our own city Ghent. We chose for a stay at Hotel Harmony.
Hotel Harmony is a 4 star hotel with a sublime location near the water in one of the oldest neighborhoods of Ghent. At the front of the hotel you have a beautiful view over the canal and at the back of the hotel you can admire the medieval castle Gravesteen from the balcony of the rooms.
The hotel has a contemporary design with a warm and cozy atmosphere. It invites you to relax. One of the most important reasons why we have planned this staycation.
In hotel Harmony you can choose from different room types depending on your wishes, preferences and budget. We stayed in an Exceptional room. This is the perfect room if you are in need of some relaxation.
The room is spacious and functionally furnished. It consists of living- and sleeping area, separate bathroom and balcony.
In the living area you can sit and enjoy a drink. There is a small kitchenette with a minibar, where you can also make coffee and tea. Or you can choose to order something via room service.
There is is also a desk available, so you can combine work and pleasure perfectly. In every room there is a suitepad with which you can easily reach room service or pass along other wishes to the reception.
The sleeping area is inviting and consists of a large and cozy king-size bed.
Even the bathroom is equipped with all necessary luxuries . The jacuzzi was the perfect spot to relax after a long day of city tripping.
In the bathroom you can find everything you need: toiletries, hair blower, towels,… So you don’t have to bring these with you in your luggage. If you need something extra, you can just inform the reception and they will gladly bring it to you.
As icing on cake you can enjoy a fantastic view over the spectacular medieval castle Gravesteen from the balcony.
The staff of the Harmony hotel in Ghent welcomes you in the lobby. They are happy to help you find your way around the hotel and bring your luggage to the room. You can reach them day and night at the lobby or via the suitepad and telephone in the room. Nothing is too much to ask. When I asked for an iron, it was brought to the room in less then 5 minutes. They also like to give information about Ghent and their favorite spots.
On the ground floor where the lobby is located, there is a cozy bar where you should definitely try one of the many cocktails on the menu. My favorite was the signature Cosmopolitan. In good weather you can enjoy your drink on the terrace. Here you have a beautiful view over the canal and the area of the Patershol.
Every morning you can enjoy a delicious breakfast with everything included in the breakfast room, or even better you can order breakfast in bed. Room service brings your personally chosen breakfast to your bed at the desired hour. Of course we chose this last option. And I must admit this was the best breakfast in bed ever. Maybe the waffles had something to do with it.
From May till September you can take a refreshing dip in the outdoor swimming pool. It is located on a roof terrace with an impressive view over the skyline of Ghent.
You can choose to book underground parking with your stay
Hotel Harmony is situated in my favorite neighborhood of Ghent, Paterhol. In the past, this district had a bad reputation. It was the place of social decay. Today it is a vibrant and trendy neighborhood with many hotspots for good food and drinks. I love to stroll through this neighborhood in the early evening and choose a perfect restaurant for dinner. In good weather all terraces are outside and you can enjoy delicious Belgian beers in a fantastic atmosphere until late at night.
Furthermore, hotel Harmony is ideally located to discover Ghent. The medieval castle Gravesteen is within 100 meters walking distance as well as the Saint Bavo’s Catherdral.
The area where the hotel is situated is unfortunately car-free. To reach the hotel by car to drop off luggage or park in the underground car park, you must apply for a permit. More information can be obtained on the site of the Harmony Hotel.
If you come by car, you can also park for a fee in one of the public underground car parks. These are within walking distance of the hotel.
You can also choose to come by public transport. From Sint Pieters station you can easily reach the hotel with tram 1 and get off at the stop Gravensteen. From there you can follow the directions to the hotel.
What to do?
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Do you like to visit museums?
Be sure to visit the house of Alijn located at a stone’s throw from hotel Harmony. This museum gives you an idea about how families lived here in the past.
If you love contemporary art, be sure to visit the design museum.
Where to eat and drink?
In Patershol you can certainly find a great bar or a delicious restaurant according to your cravings of the moment. There is something for everyone. Here are some of my favorites.
Waterhuis aan de bierkant
Of course you can’t visit Ghent without tasting a real Belgian beer. Just across the canal from the hotel you will find waterhuis aan de bierkant. In this traditional beer house you have a large selection of the best Belgian beers.
This small, cozy bar has a rather sentimental value for me. This is the place I met Jan. The Croone is also the perfect spot where you can enjoy an aperitif before dinner or nightcap before bed.
This is one of my favorite places to eat lunch. Mosquito Coast is fully decorated in travel theme. Here you will find less traditional dishes. The kitchen is inspired by different influences from all over the world.
In the sparerib caffee you can eat the tastiest ribs of Ghent in an authentic setting. Besides the ribs, there are many other delicious dishes on the menu. Moreover, the service is excellent!
Do you like pizza? Then I would definitely recommend the Sicilian restaurant Il cortile. Here you can taste traditional Sicilian dishes. The specialty is tabisca, a typical Sicilian pizza for 2 people. The perfect dish for a romantic dinner.
I hope that with this blog post I have been able to get you stoked for a staycation in Ghent. Don’t forget to read my blog post about the most instagrammable places in Ghent
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