Ghent is still one of my favorite cities in Belgium. I lived and experienced the best years of my life. Even though now that I live in De Panne near the coast, Ghent still holds a special place in my heart. It’s my favorite place-to-be for shopping, trying out new hotspots, and of course meeting up with friends. When I visit Ghent, I love staying till the early hours. Because I still have to drive an hour home by car, I prefer spending the night in Ghent. That’s why I am always on the hunt for unique accommodations where to stay in Ghent. Because sharing is caring, I’ll share my favorite 12 hotels to stay in Ghent right here.
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Where to stay in Ghent?
12 unique hotels for an unforgettable stay!
1. 1898 De post
Are you looking for an authentic stay at a sublime location in Ghent? Then boutique hotel 1898 De Post is just the place for you. This hotel is located on one of the most beautiful spots in Ghent, the Graslei. Not only the location is phenomenal, but also the historic building in which this boutique hotel is located is breathtaking. By the way, this was the former post office of Ghent, but you might have guessed it based on the name of the hotel.
Staying in boutique hotel 1898 De Post is a real experience in itself. The hotel, the rooms and suites are decorated in such a way that you travel back in time to the heyday of the 20th century. Each room is unique and has its own story.
On the first floor the restaurant ‘The Kitchen’ is located, where you can enjoy a delicious American breakfast. Also the famous cocktail bar ‘Cobbler’ is part of this building. Here you can taste the most amazing cocktails in Ghent. And the stunning setting is a real bonus.
2. Yalo urban boutique hotel
Yalo Urban boutique hotel is the new, trendy hotspot to stay in Ghent. This trendy design hotel can be found in the Brabantdam, better known as one of the best shopping spots in the city. You’ll find many beautiful and exclusive boutiques there.
Yalo Urban boutique is a fairly recent hotel. With its contemporary, trendy design with an urban twist, this is definitely the place-to-be for trendy city trippers and foodies. In addition to sleeping in one of the beautifully decorated Rock and Roll rooms, you can also enjoy the luxurious cocktail and wine bar and restaurant 7 days a week. There, Ghent chef Sam d’Huyvetter prepares the most delicious dishes for you.
Moreover, Yalo Uban Boutique hotel also has a rooftop terrace with a phenomenal view of Ghent. An absolute bonus for your stay in beautiful Ghent.More info, availabilities and prices
3. Ganda rooms & suites
Ganda rooms & suites is definitely one of the most charming hotels to stay in Ghent. This gem is located in the Houtbriel close to the Vrijdagsmarkt, Sint Jacobs and the Vlasmarkt, where many hip and cozy bars are located. In addition, it is also within walking distance of Portus Ganda, one of my favorite places in Ghent.
This charming hotel is housed in a beautiful 18th century mansion. You can still find many original elements of the house in the entire building, including rooms and suites. The current furnishing and decoration ensures that these elements are accentuated, which definitely contributes to a unique atmosphere.
In the spacious lounge and terrace you can enjoy breakfast. During the day you can have a coffee or tea here, and at night an apéro such as a nice wine or a local beer.
4. Nonam boutique hotel
Nonam Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of the historic center. It’s situated in the neighbourhood Patershol, the tastiest neighborhood in Ghent, because here you can find various delicious and cozy restaurants.
The Nonam Boutique Hotel is housed in a beautiful historic building dating back to 1739. It has been completely transformed into a luxurious and elegant boutique hotel with 10 rooms, a restaurant and a wine bar. Each room, where the casual-chic experience is central, is unique.
Where you’re stayin here, definitely enjoy a delicious apéro in the wine bar. For lunch or dinner with a gastronomic twist, you absolutely must try the Nonam restaurant.
5. Van der Valk Hotel Gent
This modern and new hotel , which is part of the famous Van der Valk chain, is situated just outside the city. The advantage of this is parking space at the hotel. Moreover, the center of Ghent is easily accessible by public transport.
In addition to parking space, the Van der Valk hotel in Ghent has a number of other great assets such as a fitness room, a wellness area and a fantastic sky bar on the 10th floor with a panoramic view of the city. Not to mention the modern and luxuriously furnished rooms. You can choose from comfort rooms, deluxe rooms and suites. My favorite is the jungle suite.
In restaurant Cocotte you can enjoy classic European cuisine with an Asian twist. There is also a brasserie where you can try some local beers.
6. Pillows grand boutique hotel Reylof
The name Pillows Grand boutique hotel Reylof may sound familiar to you? This hotel is part of a series of exclusive hotels in big Belgian and Holland cities. The Pillows Grand boutique hotel Reylof in Ghent is located 500 m from the historic center of Ghent and therefore has the perfect location for a weekend getaway in Ghent.
The impressive, 17th-century building in which the hotel is located is an eye-catcher in itself. The interior consists of a mix of modern design and authentic elements and radiates elegance and luxury at its best.
The building opens onto a cozy courtyard where you can enjoy the terrace when the weather is good. For a drink you can take a seat in The Living bar. Don’t forget to taste one of the culinary creations of chef Hannes Vandenboter in the Lof Restaurant. Most importantly, there’s a wellness area with sauna and swimming pool where you can relax after a busy day exploring the city. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
7. Hotel Monasterium PoortAckere
Do you want to stay in an absolute unique accommodation? That’s possible at Monasterium PoortAckere. This hotel is housed in a 19th-century neo-Gothic monastery.
Immerse yourself in the past and explore the corridors and common areas. There you will find many special, authentic elements. For example, breakfast is served in the Kappitelzaal. This was the room where monks gathered to be taught or to pray with each other. Fascinating right? The rooms are modernly furnished and equipped with all modern comforts.
Hotel Monasterium PoortAckere is located in a quiet area close to the historic center and the main sights in Ghent. It’s the perfect base for a weekend getaway in Ghent. Not insignificant to know, you can also park for a fee in the hotel car park.
8. Charme hotel Hancelot
If you would like to experience the historic atmosphere of Ghent during your stay, you should definitely stay at the charming hotel Hancelot. This hotel is housed in a beautiful mansion built in 1840 by a baron. In the meantime, the building underwent a thorough renovation, but the authentic character was preserved as much as possible.
Elegant, antique furniture was also chosen for the interior of the hotel, which gives you the feeling that you traveled back in time. In addition, you of course have all modern comforts such as WIFI, … There is even a fitness room, and not unimportantly a parking space.
Hotel Hancelot is located close to the Zuid Park and the bustling, cultural center of Ghent. Within walking distance you will find the Capitol, the city library De Krook and Viernulvier (former Vooruit) where performances and other events regularly take place. The historic center is a 15-minute walk or a 5-minute bus or tram ride, both of which stops are close to the hotel. In short, the perfect stay for a cultural trip in Ghent.
9. Ghent Marriot hotel
Do you want to enjoy luxurious stay and a beautiful view of the Leie? Then you definitely have to stay at the Ghent Marriot Hotel. This hotel is part of the famous, luxurious Marriot chain. The Ghent Marriot Hotel is located on the Korenlei and besides a spectacular view, it’s located perfectly to explore the beautiful historic center of Ghent.
The Ghent Marriot hotel is located in an impressive historic building. Inside, this historic charm is combined with modern design. This results in an elegant whole where you can enjoy all the comfort you need for a successful weekend getaway in Ghent.
Do you love good food and drinks? That’s also possible in the Ghent Marriot hotel. At the Poppi Coffee & Wine Bar you can enjoy Belgian classic dishes and delicious cocktails. Besides that you can also try the most tasty prepared steaks in the restaurant Midtown Grill. The restaurant is beautifully decorated with a nod to the 1930s. From here you also have a beautiful view of the river. When the weather is good, you can also dine outside on the terrace along the Leie.
10. Heirloom Hotels
Would you like to stay in a hotel in Ghent with a more private atmosphere? Then the Heirloom hotels are the perfect option. Here you will experience New Age Hospitality at its best. You enjoy the luxury and service as in a hotel, but without physical contact. In this self-hosted hotel you can arrange everything yourself via a virtual butler that you can simply install with an app on your smartphone.
Heirloom literally means heritage. These hotels are located in five different historic buildings ( The Librarian, A Flemish Tale, The Mansion, The house of Edward and The House of Trade) in the heart of Ghent. Each building has only a few rooms. This makes everything smaller and contributes to the entire private atmosphere. The rooms are very stylishly furnished and equipped with all modern comforts. The cool thing is that every building is unique and has its own story.
A stay in one of the Heirloom hotels promises to be an unforgettable experience during a city trip in Ghent.
11. The Hide
Would you rather stay in a modern studio or fully equipped apartment during your city trip in Ghent? Then you have to stay at The Hide. This urban hideaway hotel offers 7 spacious, luxurious studios and apartments. Moreover, they are all gems with a beautifully decorated trendy look and feel.
It probably comes as no surprise when I tell you that The Hide is located in one of the hippest neighborhoods in Ghent, namely the Nederkouter. Together with trendy boutiques and trendy hotspots in the area, The hide fits the bill perfectly.
This is also the ideal place to stay in Ghent during a work trip. The Hide also offers two areas where you can work in a relaxed environment. In the living room you can use an urban flexspace where you can organize events, but also just enjoy co-working. In The office you can work in silence in a comfortable setting or organize a meeting.More info, availabilities and prices
12. Hotel Carlton
Do you want to stay in a stylish, budget-friendly hotel in Ghent? That is possible in the Carlton hotel. The hotel is located near the central station of Ghent. From here you can easily move to the historic center of Ghent on foot or by public transport. The Carlton hotel is also the ideal place if you are passing through and have to get up early to catch the train.
You can enjoy a relaxing stay in one of the simple, but stylishly furnished rooms. Are you coming by car? No problem, because here too you can rely on paid parking. Not only the whole family is welcome at hotel Carlton, but also the dog. A dog bed is specially provided in the room, so that your furry friend also feels completely at home
In addition, the Carlton hotel is committed to the well-being of their employees and our planet. That is why they are affiliated with Green Key, a well-known international quality mark that is just one step more aware of nature and the environment than normal laws and regulations. In this way, Hotel Carlton takes responsibility for nature and the environment.
Hopefully my tips help you to find the perfect hotel where you can have an unforgettable stay in Ghent.
Are you not sure where to start to make your stay into an amazing city trip? Then discover my guide to the most beautiful spots in Ghent.
Would you like to visit even more cities in Belgium? Then definitely read my guides about Bruges, and Brussels and Namur. Or are you looking for even more unique addresses? Be sure to check out my blog about 7 lesser-known places for an unforgettable staycation in Belgium.
Where would you like to stay in Ghent? Let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading!