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A neo-Gothic post office in Flanders has become an amazing hotel

A historic neo-Gothic post office in Ghent, Belgium has reopened its doors as an incredible hotel.

The incredible Belgian hotel used to be a post office. Image by 1898 The Post

1898 The Post has opened in the Flemish city, offering 38 rooms and suites that overlook the historic centre. The north-western city, about an hour’s drive from Antwerp, is known as a great spot for culture, with plenty of museums, galleries and more listed buildings than any city in Belgium.

The amazing former post office has been turned into an incredible hotel. Image by 1898 The Post

The building previously served as the city’s Central Post Office. The plans for it were finalised in 1898 by the architect Louis Cloquet, the building was built in 1909, and hosted the World Expo in 1913. The post office operated as a community hub for many years and the last post office service counter closed in 2001.

Inside the rooms of 1898 The Post, a former post office in Flanders that is now a hotel. Image by 1898 The Post

Now, more than a century later, guests can enjoy the upper two-floors that have become a unique hotel. The building has a number of octagonal towers and “the façade boasts one hundred escutcheons and statues evoking Belgium and its provinces but also the 23 heads of state in place. The main tower houses a magnificent clock rising to a proud 54 metres in height,” according to a statement.

The kitchen inside 1898 The Post in Ghent. Image by 1898 The Post

The rooms come in a variety of mail-themed sizes, ranging from the Stamp (20-square-metres), the Postcard (25-square-metres) and the Letter (22 to 30-square-metres). One of the more unique rooms is the Tower room, an octagonal room that is right at the top of the hotel, which provides guests with a 360-degree view over the city. Rates start at €150 depending on the room and the season.