Comfortable hotel within 10 minutes walk from rail and bus stations. Receptionists spoke English, which was very helpful as Ghent is a Flemish speaking part of Belgium. Large-ish room with modern and functional fittings. Bathroom a fair size with bath/shower combo; unfortunately our toilet was affected by users in other rooms, so that we got a noisy 'back-flush' effect occasionally but nothing nastier! Lift to all floors. Double glazed windows could be opened and there was a heating/air conditioning unit too. Tea/coffee making facilities replenished daily (free), small fridge with drinks (payable), but surprisingly no room safe.
We were unlucky to share a floor with some young female weekend revellers who despite some attempt to reduce noise levels it was disturbing until about 2am. Unfortunately reception closes at 11pm so there does not appear to be anyone official available until 7am!
Breakfast, on the top floor with views to the city centre, was excellent (and it was included in the room price), buffet style, a huge varied choice that was frequently replenished, including breads, pastries, croissants, ham/cheese/jam, fruit and yogurts, coffees/teas/chocolate, and scrambled eggs and grilled bacon (continental streaky style).
Conveniently the tram stops for the city centre are outside the hotel front door and the hotel reception desk sells tickets. We bought the 10 journey ticket for €10, cheaper than individual tickets from the machines at the stop, and much cheaper than from the tram driver.
Ghent has a very attractive medieval centre, huge civic buildings although fewer in overall numbers compared with the quantity and range of buildings in Bruges, but nonetheless well worthy of visiting. There are also fewer canals/rivers in Ghent in comparison, but there are still numerous commercial boat trips available for tourists. I think Bruges and Ghent compliment each other very well considering that they are presumably competing for the same tourists. Ghent seemed also more laid back than Bruges, perhaps because of the huge numbers of tourists visitng the latter.
We stayed 3 nights however with hindsight I think that 2 might have been sufficient for a tourist to experience this city. We booked through hotels.com and travelled by rail through raileurope.co.uk.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our cosy family hotel is the ideal base for your visit to the friendliest city in Flanders: Ghent. The BEST WESTERN Hotel Chamade is a 3-star hotel situated in a residential area of Ghent, right next to St Pieters Station and within walking distance of the historic centre of Ghent. Tram 1 will take you to the city centre or Flanders Expo in a flash.Both tourists and rushed businesspeople can take a relaxing break from their busy daily lives at our hotel. Check in at our spacious reception area, then enjoy a relaxing drink from our bar in the lounge.Our tasty and extensive breakfast buffet is served in our beautiful breakfast restaurant, from where you can also enjoy a magnificent view of Ghent. Our hotel has 45 bedrooms with spacious bathrooms with bath or shower, flat screen with satellite tv, telephone and minibar. There are also facilities for making coffee and tea. BEST WESTERN Hotel Chamade is located at 500m from the ICC Convention Centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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