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“Fun and great location” 4 of 5 stars
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Voorhoutkaai 44, Ghent 9000, Belgium   |  
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Ranked #26 of 38 Hotels in Ghent
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“Fun and great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

Large comfortable room with views.Charming& different

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2011

A small group of us went to Gent for a weekend and decided to stay on the Boatel - taking up all the rooms. We therefore had the hotel to ourselves which was much nicer than staying in a bigger chain hotel.
The rooms are comfortable and clean and it is very quiet on the canal despite it being a short walk from the old town centre.
The owner Sven was very helpful and friendly and provided an excellent breakfast with local breads and pastries.
It was a unique experience and would highly recommend it as an alternative to a hotel.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2011

Had a wonderful time in Ghent, and staying on the Boatel was magical. It is a converted boat (spacious ex-industrial) moored on one of the canals, and has about 6 bedrooms. Especially enjoyed the deck as we had great weather and it was wonderful sitting, chatting and drinking wine as the sun went down. Breakfast was good, and the owner/manager, Sven, was very friendly and helpful. Only a ten minute stroll into the old centre. So pleased that we stayed here, and wholeheartedly recommend it.

Room Tip: There are two deluxe rooms. The best one also has a single/day bed in it -- it is a wonderful room.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2009

We had a great stay at the boatel. The hotel romms were very nice, with a really confortable bed. There is something spectacular about sleeping so close to the water!!!
It´s very close to the center of town, and is a nice walk to it. The captain was really nice to us, and he makes a good good breakfast for you everymorning!

Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2009

The Boatel is a 2 star hotel just off from the main square (5 min walk).

From a 2 star hotel we would expect it to be clean, secure and reasonably priced.

We found it all of these things. In addition it is central, quiet, the owner / manager was extremely helpful and completely unobtrusive and the breakfast was really good. It was also "quirky" and different to the normal bog standard 2 star you might find.

We would not hesitate to stay again it. I

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2009

The food in the mini-bar was expired, and when we said this to the "Captain", he replyed it was "only expired by a week".

The rooms were not cleaned properly, the sheets were not renewed, the breakfast was very mediocre, and the shower was broke.

Horrible hotel!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2007

If you want the experience, but none of the usual hassles, of staying on a boat, this is the right place. Rooms are spacious, with huge, comfortable beds and private baths with full plumbing. Warm, beautiful lighting, nice staff, great breakfast.
Only downside is the toilets take FOREVER to cycle, and both the toilet and the shower make a lot of noise. But considering it's a boat, the facilities are very nice. Also the internet access was only available in certain rooms (not ours) and in the breakfast room. Location was okay -- not right in the center of things, but a short walk (10 min) into the heart of town. But overall it was a fun place to stay, definitely would recommend it.

  • Liked — Unique, different, lighting, beds
  • Disliked — Internet access not available in our room, noisy toilet that was slow to cycle
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Voorhoutkaai 44, Ghent 9000, Belgium
Location: Belgium > Flanders > East Flanders Province > Ghent
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 38 Hotels in Ghent
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Boatel Hotel Ghent

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