Perfect in every way A review of Marriott Ghent Hotel
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!