If you are looking for a wonderful alternative to the tired old European hotel, try the Cuberdon Bed and Breakfast in Ghent, Belgium. It is an impeccably restored house in a residential neighborhood about a mile from the touristic center of Ghent.
The rooms (of which there are 3) are quiet and comfortable. One of the rooms has its own full bath and the two others share a bathroom.
A full breakfast--eggs, breads, cereals, pastries, coffee, juice, cold cuts and cheeses--is served in a cheerful breakfast room. We also picked up sandwiches in town a couple of nights and had dinner in the room, which is outfitted with microwave, stove, sink, and fridge.
The owners, Kurt and Juergen, lavish personal attention on their guests. They gave us a lift to the train station and to the ATM to get cash, and offered lots of tourism advice (even making some phone calls on our behalf).
The price is very, very reasonable for what you get.
The only downside I can see to the place is that it's not for people who like to be able to walk out their door and be right smack in the middle of "the action." It's a quiet residential street, and you have to be willing to walk (or get a lift, or take a taxi or a bus) to get into the center of town.
Ghent is just a short train ride from just about wherever you'd want to go in this part of Europe -- Paris, London, Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp.
You won't do better than the Cuberdon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Have sweet dreams in Cuberdon B&B, named after a sweet specialty of the Ghent Region. We are a teacher and an architect, offering you three rooms in a house of the 1930s and recently refurnished. Enjoy individual box spring beds, a breakfast buffet and personal attention. All rooms have an individual bathroom, of which two en-suite. There is HD television in every room, free Wi-Fi internet connectivity, free parking in the street, an infrared studio and bicycles. ... more less
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