Great location - bizarre hotel A review of NH Gent Belfort

As you'll see from the accompanying photograph, the location is great. Parking the car in the excellently secure underground carpark, all of Gent is within quick walking distance. May I echo the reviewer below who recommended the BeerHuis at the bottom of the road (precise directions: turn right outside the hotel, walk straight on, and just before you reach the canal, turn right): they have over 150 beers, including their own (which is very drinkable). Also recommended are the 45-minute boat-trips... at just five euro (that's aout $5) they're very good to see a bit of the city.

The hotel itself: bizarre. We stayed in an executive room, which had a really, REALLY comfortable bed - they're the Sofitel standard MyBed, apparently. The room itself was surprisingly spartan: a sofa, a desk with flat-screen telly, and a bed. Where to hang your clothes? The bathroom, which was about two miles long and doubled as a huge walk-in wardrobe.

The executive room also had a new-fangled coffee machine which uses those funny caplets. One tiny disappointment - if you've booked a room as a couple, it would probably be a good plan to put enough caplets for two coffees - I had to make do with decaf.

For a bit of fun, here are the directions to get to our room from the reception: go to the lift, go to our floor, turn left to get out of the lift, then turn right, walk down the corridor to the end, go down some steps, turn right, go to the end of the corridor, turn left, go to the end of the corridor, turn right, go to the end of the corridor, turn left, go to the end of the corridor, turn right, and there's our room. You might correctly think that the executive rooms are far enough from the lift - and, indeed, the rest of the hotel - to make them nearly require your passports and take a packed lunch. Mind you, the all-pervasive piped music does accompany you on your trek: we heard the 1970s Tomorrow's World theme and the music to Austin Powers. Groovy, baby.

We didn't have breakfast, but did use the bar (a good list of beers there, though rather patchy service).

Finally, if you're interested, the television picks up BBC1, BBC2, CNN and CNBC - BBC World is promised but most of the time it's franco/germanic poncy arts channel 'arte'.

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