Marriott Ghent Hotel
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A little housekeeping, I noticed I had not uploaded a picture of the actual Manneken Pis on the previous day's post, that has now been corrected
This morning we hung around Brugge for a little longer, Robyn bought another 40 Euros of chocolate because she started eating the first purchase. We eventually made our way to the train station …
... both languages were fairly prevalent.
The three things Brugge is famous for were hard to miss: chocolate, beer and lace. The window displays are filled with delicious treats and marzipan - a visual feast that acts as quite the temptress. Needless to say it did not take us long to visit a chocolatier, and there were no hesitations in ordering a ‘Duval’ (Devil in Flemish - at 8% I ...
... that was used for capital punishment until the 1860's and looked upon the tools of the trade of the local executioner who also inflicted corporal punishment such as removing a hand from a thief by way of an axe (known as 'een beul').
On the way out of the city we enjoyed an ice-cream. Speculoos ice-cream!!! Yes just like the dutch Speculaas only spelled differently.
... host there, Karina, who was having us stay for the next few days in Gent! We were pretty excited, as we've heard quite a few good things about couchsurfing over our trip, but never done it. So we thought what better time to give it a go then when our money was getting a bit low!! So when we were all sorted, we grabbed our bags and headed down to the metro, being sneaky and only buying one ticket and going through at the same time. It's extremely easy to fare evade ...
... the pavement and then the road. It has been designed so that it is exactly a 5km loop and each km is posted to encourage activity. We cycled round it several times just for fun!! If you go out of the other end of the campsite, there is a large lake with some lovely sandy beaches and swimming areas, including water slides (large ones), kayaks, etc. Showers were cold, but you can't have everything!
The other big plus about ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Marriott Ghent Hotel
Gets no better than this
This BRAND NEW hotel is fantastic. Large rooms, nice baths, etc. etc. The staff were very very very helpful. I would liken it to a 5* hotel experience in almost every way. Great value for the price, stay there if you can!
It must be noted that the location cannot be beat in Ghent - picturesque, close to plenty of dining and drinking options as well as sight-seeing and shopping. You are really in the middle of it all there. We absolutely loved the hotel.
Beer selection in the minibar, however, was poor considering this is a hotel Belgium ;) ha ha
Perfect in every way
Booked a very last minute stay at this hotel through expedia. Managed to get a canal view room with king sized bed for £300 for two nights. As it turned out this was one of the best bargains I've ever found.
I had been to bruges before and was intrigued to see how ghent would compare and now know you cannot really compare them as they are totally different cities. Gent has been left behind in terms of the tourism trade but is now trying to address that - many of the old buildings are being renovated (sympathetically) but there is still some way to go. In fact if you talk to some of the locals they seem to be aggrieved that bruges is so much popular. I
Now I normally go for old world charm hotels rather than modern but was very impressed with the previous reviews of the Marriott and so decided to book it - and I am very glad I did. The location of the hotel is absolutely spot on for the old town and if you manage to be lucky enough to get a canal view room you are in for a treat (see picture I've posted on here). Our room was number 229. This is a king size bed room and the bed was HUGE and VERY comfortable. Plenty of space for putting your clothes and the bathroom was very nice indeed. The mirror in the bathroom has an internal light and is fantastic for admiring yourself first thing in the morning after sampling all the belgium beers the night before!
Right from the minute we booked in we were treated very very well. Our arrival was most welcoming and they are very friendly staff particularly for such a big hotel. And because the hotel is new everything is spotlessly clean and luxurious.
Breakfast was superb, a buffet affair but both hot and cold food and the usual continental cold meats and cheeses. Try the scrambled egg it is the best!
As for ghent it is a lovely place to stay but two or three nights is all you need to see all the old town has to offeras far as sight seeing is concerned. However where it really comes in to its own is the numerous restaurants and belgium beer bars - so much to choose from and every meal was a joy. Not too pricey either.
My favourite bar was the dulle griet not far from the famous mad meg cannon. Over 200 beers available! For fun try the mega Kwak - but beware you have to forgo one of your shoes which is hoisted up into a basket and you dont get it back until you've drunk the beer!
A great and inexpensive restaurant is the Amadeus - there are two or three of them in ghent, but seek out the one in the patershol area. The ribs are heaven!
So all in all a great place and a great stay - what more is there to say? Just enjoy!
Comfort & location
My husband, my two sons and I planned to spend the first night of our two car driving trip to Denmark at this hotel. We changed our arrangements mid trip to include this hotel as our final night as well.
It is well up to Marriott standards of comfort and I love the toiletries provided. The food in the restaurant was excellent and the location was perfect for exploring this beautiful town.
It was unfortunate that we had to park off-sight on our first visit but not a major problem. The staff were very helpful with directions and with handling our luggage.
Wonderful riverside position
Spent a very enjoyable weekend at this impressive hotel which is situated in a perfect position to see all the main sights of the lovely city of Ghent.
We were greeted at check in by a smiling multi-lingual receptionist and the service was very swift and competent, both at check in and check out.
The hotel is very attractive with a glass atrium making the lounge area very light and spacious. The river frontage has been very sympathetically restored to its original glory. Our room was spacious and comfortable with seating area and tea and coffee making facilities. Bathroom was spotless and well equipped with good toiletries.
With so many restaurants in the immediate area we didn't sample the hotel's dining facilities but did take a peek at the main restaurant, overlooking the river, where the menu sounded lovely, although it was comparatively expensive.
We would not hesitate to stay in this hotel again.
Marvellous time at the Marriott
We took advantage of a last minute deal to stay in the #2 ranked TA hotel for Gent. I booked it direct with the hotel and found it to the usual high Marriott standard.
We were aware that the Gent Festival was happening the same day so when we arrived by car after taking the ferry from Hull to Brugge we found it really straight forward to park the car in a nearby 24hour garage for 10 Euro. We had planned to use the hotels car park at the same rate but there seemed little point in moving it 200meters closer.
The postal address for the hotel given on the official site and on TA is in a pedestrian area and so if like me you have satnav you may find it a little confusing. The actual hotel garage and main entrance is on Drabstaat. Once in reception the modern feel of this hotel became apparent. A spacious lobby with ample seating and that fantastic curved glazed roof. Check in was straight forward and within minutes we were in our room.
Measuring @25 by 15 feet the room was larger than most. A fabulous Queen size bed made up with quality cotton bedding and sumptuous duck feather and down pillows and Duvet. I felt that the room had also received a Feng Shui treatment as the mirror did not face the bed, no pictures above the bed etc, all in all a very relaxing atmosphere.
Also present were a full size ironing board and iron , mini bar stocked with soft drinks and a few snacks and a modern flat screen TV with numerous channels including BBC1 BBC2 and an English speaking news channel. The internet could also be accessed via the TV if you did not have equipment to take advantage of the WiFi facility in the room.
The bathroom was tiled in limestone and fitted with a modern suite with a shower over a bath.
Break fast was included in the price of our stay and consisted of a buffet in the hotel restaurant. A generous selection was available to cater for all tastes and was of very good quality.
Given the hotels location in the centre of the town and less than 200 meters from a sound stage constructed over the canal for the duration of the festival, those who are light sleepers should bear this in mind if staying during the annual event. Otherwise I would recommend this spotlessly clean modern vibrant hotel to all.
Good bits - modern stylish feel, cleanliness , location in the centre of town, size of rooms.
Could be better - Price of mini bar - 2.50 euro for a snickers bar?
Would I go back? - Without a second thought
A Contemporary Marriott
When arriving by car this property is easy to find. Once you've entered Gent Centre just follow the signs for the St. Michiels parking. The hotel is in the same street. Parking structure of the hotel is convenient and it costs € 15 per day.
Check in was a breeze as they had assigned the room already and just had to hand the key card folder.
The room was spacious with plenty of wardrobe space and enough drawers. The "Revive"beds are comfortable but they will not beat Westin's "Heavenly "beds.
Bathroom has all the amenities with the shower in tub set up.
There is a mini bar but it has only a limited assortment so this leaves space to store your own stuff.
The room still smelled new which is always nice. Finally Marriott starts building contemporary more tuned in with Gen X properties.
The lobby has a soaring atrium which is light and spacious. The nice bar is located there and when walks towards the side entrance ( Koren Lei ) the restaurant is located on the canalside with views of the 15th century merchant houses.
The restaurant serves pretty nice food although I was less impressed with my salmon starter. The main course made up for it though. Service indeed is somewhat stiff and additional training of staff is needed. One of the staff members picked up a knife from the floor and put it back on one of the tables!
Breakfast was not too bad but quality of bread rolls, danish and cold cuts below average. Make sure to order your eggs any style from the waiting staff as scrambled eggs on buffet are cement like. Ordered hard boiled egg twice but twice it was only soft boiled.
Location of hotel great in the middle of all the sights.
Would recommend this four star hotel.
Good price -- maybe because I stayed here on the first week of opening. Nicely furnished spacious rooms. Excessive number of pillows!
Great Short Break Destination
Visited this hotel after having to re-book due to an accident and first comments are the hotel were terrific, delaying our reservation until our son was well, even though we booked a non-refundable/non-cancellable rate.
On arrival we were very impressed by the property, being modern, clean & minimalist although the canal frontage had remained original which was beautiful.
The rooms were spotless, bright & very modern with flat screen TV, and all the usual amenities.
The location right on the canal side at Korenlei was perfect for all the main sights and a beautiful setting to enjoy this stunning city.
We found the staff a little formal & stiff which may have been to do with the newness of the property but overall it was a great hotel for sightseeing
We didn't use the hotel restaurant as there are far too many places to enjoy in town - these were fantastic as tourism is much smaller scale than nearby Bruges and menus etc were in Flemish (most could translate for us) but the food was much better value than in Bruges
The main sights (cathedrals, belfry, castle etc) were very picturesque and there was enough to see & do for a week long stay.
I would highly recommend Ghent for a break - perhaps it's biggest bonus is the lack of commercial tourism - enjoy it whils it remains this way and if you want the best located base in the city I would highly recommend the Marriott.
Très bel hotel
Nous avons passé 2 nuits au Marriott Ghent, et avons beaucoup apprécié ce très bel hotel. De l'extérieur, il se fond dans le vieux Ghent avec beaucoup de bonheur...il est caché derrière 3
façades anciennes, et il faut passer la porte pour se trouver dans le lobby, impressionnant de clarté et de modernisme. Le contraste est frappant.
Les chambres sont parfaites, suffisamment spacieuses, avec beaucoup de rangements. L'insonorisation est réussie, nous avons fort bien dormi, pas dérangés du tout par la vie nocturne Gantoise.
Nous recommandons chaudement cet hotel, tant pour le professionnalime de ses employés, l'accueil parfait qu'on vous y réserve, que pour son confort et l'athmosphere qui y règne.
A ne pas négliger, sa situation en plein centre du vieux Ghent vous permet de laisser votre voiture au parking, et de profiter du centre historique à volonté.
Nous n'avons malheureusement pas pu essayer le restaurant de l'hotel, fermé le dimanche soir.
Le Breakfast satisfera les plus diffficiles. Soigné, varié, copieux...
Une vraie réussite sur tous les plans
RThis hotel is truly a gem! Ask for a room overlooking the canal. The atrium lobby and colored lights make hanging out in the lobby a one of a kind experience. The room was very comfortable with flat screen tv, and all the amenities. My wife and I really enjoyed their bar called Poppi and their very friendly staff.G