Ghent River Hotel
AddressWaaistraat 5 GhentSee nearby area
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Lonely Planet review
This personable four-star hotel imaginatively combines an 18th-century mill-warehouse and a 16th-century Renaissance house with a brand new atrium-foyer. You enter beneath an almost botanical two-storey modernist chandelier that's worthy of a Tim Burton fairy tale.
Sitting right beside the canal it proudly dubs itself the 'only hotel accessible by boat'. While this is true, most canal-cruises turn around outside without stopping to pick up from the rear jetty (accessed down Raffinaderijstraat). It's definitely worth requesting an atmospheric canal-view room when booking. These are comfortable if not overly spacious incorporating chunky old beams, some bare brick walls and even the odd metal column or rusty pulley wheel preserved from the old mill building. The canal views themselves aren't the finest in Ghent as the facing buildings are undistinguished and graffiti blighted. However, the wonderfully light-suffused third-floor breakfast room is a highlight with glimpses of the Gravensteen and St Jacobs. In the basement are a sauna (extra fee) and a claustrophobic little four-machine fitness room.
Our independent authors have visited Ghent River Hotel and selected this as one of our recommended hotels in Ghent.
Services & facilities
- Non-smoking throughout
- Non-smoking rooms
- Breakfast in the room
- Room service
- Free WiFi
- Internet services
Description provided by property
This hotel blends an industrial history with elegant décor and modern facilities. Ghent River occupies several former factory buildings, only 600 metres from the Botermarkt. It boasts a sauna, gym free Wi-Fi and a riverside terrace.
The rooms at Ghent River Hotel have a TV, minibar and a modern bathroom. Some of the rooms include original features such as high ceilings or wooden beams.
The House of Alijn is less than 300 metres from River Hotel. Gent-Dampoort Railway Station is 15 minutes’ walk away. The centre of Brussels is 40 minutes away by car.
Each morning a buffet breakfast is served in the breakfast room which features panoramic views of Gent. The buffet includes croissants and pancakes as well as bacon and scrambled eggs.
Guest are kindly requested to contact (or leave a comment in the Special Requests box) the hotel if they require an extra bed in their room.
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