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“Business hotel with standard quality.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Novotel Gent Centrum

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Novotel Gent Centrum
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Goudenleeuwplein 5, Ghent 9000, Belgium   |  
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Tampere, Finland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
“Business hotel with standard quality.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Juts like any business hotel anywhere in the world. For me this is identical to Novotel Shanghai Pudong...you know what you get when you book these chain business hotels - and it comes with guarantee.
Good quality and here you are straight in down town of Gent having pool for your kids. Only ended up to book this to my family trip when got excellent prize and kids loves swimming pools (and I wanted to get close to pubs).

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sven T, Front Office Manager at Novotel Gent Centrum, responded to this review, July 21, 2014
Good evening,

Thank you for taking the time to answer our questionnaire.

We very much appreciate your positive comments regarding your stay at the Novotel Gent Centrum.

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Positive feedback from satisfied clients is our greatest reward - thank you.

We look forward to welcoming you again at Novotel.

Sincere regards

TOUNE Sven
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I am confuse with other people review. I found the hotel was really pleasant. The receptions are 24 hours stand by since I arrived quite late at night. They asked about my trip and gave a warm welcome smile. The location is walk distance to shopping area and historical sightseeing. I stayed 2 nights in dec 2011.

Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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Sven T, Front Office Manager at Novotel Gent Centrum, responded to this review, June 30, 2014
Good evening,

Thank you for taking the time to answer our questionnaire.

We very much appreciate your positive comments regarding your stay at the Novotel Gent Centrum.

I have shared your comments with the team, so that they are aware of their contribution in helping to satisfy you and meet your expectations.

Positive feedback from satisfied clients is our greatest reward - thank you.

We look forward to welcoming you again at Novotel.

Regards

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Brighton, East Sussex
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We only stayed 1 night on route back to UK after 6 weeks away & many hotel stays.
Hotel is in a very central position & room was fine but definitely overpriced.
Be aware that although it is advertised on booking.com etc as having air conditioning - it Does NOT ! There is a centrally operated air system but you cannot control the temperature in your room individually. We had to keep windows open to cool down & therefore very had a noisy night.
When we booked in we specifically asked the receptionist if breakfast was included as we were not sure & did not want to spend 20euro each when there are plenty of local cafés to grab a coffee & croissant . He said it was included so we of course had some. When we checked out we were told that actually breakfast was not included & expected us to pay 40 euro - which we argued against. The receptionist clearly didn't believe that we had been told otherwise and was quite rude & off! We left feeling disappointed that after paying a lot of money for the room, we had a restless night &
Were not treated at all well when we left.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Sven T, Front Office Manager at Novotel Gent Centrum, responded to this review, June 20, 2014
Good morning,

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at the Novotel Gent Centrum. I am sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations; please allow me to express my sincerest apologies.

At Novotel, we strive to provide a superior service experience for every customer; therefore your feedback is very important to us. Please rest assured that we are taking the appropriate measures to address the problem and prevent future occurrence.

We appreciate your concerns, and it is our hope that you will give us the opportunity to better serve you in the near future.

Sincerely,
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San Jose, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We are two female students who have just graduated from University of Pennsylvania, and are backpacking through Europe. Since we decided to visit Ghent last minute, we thought we were "treating ourselves" by booking a hotel room at Novotel.

Upon check-in, the man at the front desk warned us "Americans" against inviting any friends up to our rooms. First of all, that is an incredibly rude assumption to make and accuse two women of. More appalling, each time we returned to the hotel, we were stopped. For example, after dinner we were trying to the parking lot to pick up a jacket from the car, the man on the next shift said he'd been "warned about us" and interrogated us before we were allowed to go down.

Later, at 2am we were awoken in the middle of the night by a phone call from reception. When we picked up, he didn't speak. It made us feel like he was checking in on us.

Breakfast is not included. The bed is stiff and not great. For 30 euro more, you can stay at the Marriott which is right on the canal. I also believe the Best Western and the Holiday Inn Express are similarly priced but offer parking for free.

Best of luck in your travels. Ghent is an incredibly charming city, but skip the Novotel at all costs. This ruined our experience.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Sven T, Front Office Manager at Novotel Gent Centrum, responded to this review, June 20, 2014
Good morning,

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at the Novotel Gent Centrum. I am sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations; please allow me to express my sincerest apologies.

At Novotel, we strive to provide a superior service experience for every customer; therefore your feedback is very important to us. Please rest assured that we are taking the appropriate measures to address the problem and prevent future occurrence.

We appreciate your concerns, and it is our hope that you will give us the opportunity to better serve you in the near future.

Sincerely,

TOUNE Sven
Front Office Manager.
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New York City, New York
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The room was low-quality-- tacky, worn, and small. There was a knotty hairball stuck to the blanket on my bed.

But more importantly, the hotel staff was extremely rude to us. BARGED INTO OUR ROOM WITHOUT PERMISSION AT 1 AM WHILE WE WERE SLEEPING. (We are two women.) Called us in the middle of the night for no reason. Referred to us as 'rude Americans' and assumed we were breaking the rules of the hotel. Refused to let friends of ours up to our room to use our bathroom. The whole time we were there we felt we were being spied on. The late night entrance into our room made us feel extremely unsafe and violated.

The staff member we checked out with was nice, but all of the evening and night staff was horrid.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Sven T, Front Office Manager at Novotel Gent Centrum, responded to this review, June 20, 2014
Good morning,

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at the Novotel Gent Centrum. I am sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations; please allow me to express my sincerest apologies.

At Novotel, we strive to provide a superior service experience for every customer; therefore your feedback is very important to us. Please rest assured that we are taking the appropriate measures to address the problem and prevent future occurrence.

We appreciate your concerns, and it is our hope that you will give us the opportunity to better serve you in the near future.

Sincerely,

Sven TOUNE
Front Office Manager
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Kamnik, Slovenia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Nice hotel, central location, very friendly staff, clean. The location is perfect, just a minute walk to the Graslei. They have a small outdoor swimming pool, great for the summer, sauna and a beautiful restaurant.

Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Sven T, Front Office Manager at Novotel Gent Centrum, responded to this review, June 20, 2014
Good morning,

Thank you for taking the time to answer our questionnaire.

We very much appreciate your positive comments regarding your stay at the Novotel Gent Centrum.

I have shared your comments with the team, so that they are aware of their contribution in helping to satisfy you and meet your expectations.

Positive feedback from satisfied clients is our greatest reward - thank you.

We look forward to welcoming you again at Novotel.

Sven TOUNE
Front Office Manager
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Aiken, South Carolina
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 50 cities Reviews in 50 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I stayed in this hotel for 3 nights. It is located near the center of the city with a lot of attractions within walking distance. The staff was friendly and helpful. The rooms were clean and the bed was comfortable. However, during my stay the air conditioners was not working and the room was hot.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sven T, Front Office Manager at Novotel Gent Centrum, responded to this review, June 13, 2014
Good morning,

Thank you for taking the time to answer our questionnaire.

We very much appreciate your positive comments regarding your stay at the Novotel Gent Centrum.

I have shared your comments with the team, so that they are aware of their contribution in helping to satisfy you and meet your expectations.

Positive feedback from satisfied clients is our greatest reward - thank you.

We look forward to welcoming you again at Novotel.

Sincere regards
Sven TOUNE
Front Office Manager.
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Additional Information about Novotel Gent Centrum

Address: Goudenleeuwplein 5, Ghent 9000, Belgium
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Location: Belgium > Flanders > East Flanders Province > Ghent
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Ghent
#9 Romantic Hotel in Ghent
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Novotel Gent Centrum 3*
Number of rooms: 117
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Novotel Gent Centrum is located in the historic centre of Ghent, close to the tourist attractions and shops. In a modern setting with timeless decor, the hotel features 117 rooms. The bar and restaurant boast a diverse menu in a stylish, warm environment. Depending on the weather, you may choose to dine on the verandah or next to the pool in the terraced garden. This 3 star hotel is perfect for a holiday in Ghent, be it for a weekend or for short stay with your partner or family. ... more   less 
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