We stayed in this hotel for three nights over a long weekend and had a wonderful time. The hotel is in a central location just a short stroll from most of the major sights; it's also directly on a tram route for those wishing to go further a field. The building itself is quite grand and the interior decor whilst probably not to everyone’s taste was, I thought very stylish and individual and a refreshing change from bland corporate hotels.
We stayed in the main building in a room on the third floor; the room was a very good size although it was a little dark as it only had one window; however as the ceilings were so high it still felt very airy and spacious. The room overlooked the main road and whilst you could hear the road at night I felt the noise was minimal and in my opinion would only disturb the lightest of sleepers. The bed itself was huge and very comfortable. The bathroom was again a good size with a particularly large shower and what my wife described as the best robes she's come across, that said the towels could have done with being a lot bigger. The room had a desk, TV, sofa and a safe and minibar in the wardrobe; we thought that the free bottles of water in the minibar were a nice touch.
Our room included breakfast which we both thought was very good with a wide selection of both sweet and savoury items, we particularly like the fact that you could make yourself a take away coffee and would love to see other hotels take this idea up. We had a drink in the hotels main bar a couple of nights and whilst the price was quite reasonable we did have to wait quite a while to be served on some occasions, I think this may be due to there not being a dedicated "barman" rather it seemed to be waiting staff that were also doing to orders for the restaurant, this wasn't a major issue but is an area I think the hotel can improve on. We also had dinner in the hotel restaurant one night and it was excellent, really tasty food presented very well, the only thing to be aware off is that they stop service at 10 on a Sunday (possibly other nights too) our waitress didn't mention this to us so when we asked for the desert menu we were told that it was too late, again not a major issue but something to improve on.
The hotel has a separate spa which is housed in what I believe was the old stable house, whilst the gym and pool are not the biggest they were certainly adequate for a light work out and quick dip, the spa itself was a nice relaxing place to be, my wife had a massage which she thought was excellent and really good value for money.
We found all of the staff to be very pleasant and professional but feel that the stand out was the receptionist Nikolass, nothing seemed to be too much trouble for him and it felt like he genuinely wanted us to have a great time, a real credit to the hotel.
We would definitely stay in this hotel again if we were in Ghent and we would certainly recommend it to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This magnificent 18th-century Ghent hotel offers stylish interiors and modern amenities. It is only 750 meters from the Belfry. The Reylof features a wellness center and a garden courtyard with terraces. In restaurant LOF they serve classic French dishes and oriental cuisine. And in the Champagne bar you can enjoy a delicious glass of champagne. Rooms at the Grand Hotel Sandton Reylof have high ceilings, large windows and a beautiful French-style interior with modern details. Each room has air conditioning, a minibar and a luxurious bathroom with a spacious rain shower for 2 people or a bathtub. In the suites the minibar is included. The wellness in a former coach house situated in the garden offers a wonderful setting for relaxation. You can have several soothing massages and other treatments. For hotel guests the use the of the sauna, steam bath, fitness and wellness pool are free, except for the treatments. There is a business corner with PC available. Also, there are 9 meeting rooms available with connections for all types of equipment, the equipment is present in the hotel. The hotel has a parking garage (€21/day) with a free charging-point for electric cars. There is also a public parking 'Ramen', just around the corner. Since April 2013, Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof has besides the BREEAM certificate also the Green Key award. ... more less
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