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“Terrible smell” 1 of 5 stars
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Monterreystraat 40, Ghent 9000, Belgium   |  
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Ranked #61 of 112 Ghent B&B and Inns
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“Terrible smell”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2007

This is a terrace house on three floors done up to be a B&B. The two rooms are on the first and second floors and our's, on the first, was very nice. On the ground floor, the front door opens onto a passage with on the left a room for the owner's DTP business and on the right the house next door, where the owner lives.

The passage then leads through to first the kitchen which gives onto the bathroom. This layout is most unfortunate since it means that you may be having breakfast listening to someone having a crap on the other side of the not-so-thick bathroom door, and, since there is no water supply to the kitchen, in order to get water you need to go into the bathroom. We can't help thinking that it would have been more intelligent to put the breakfast room where the studio is and leave the back of the house for smelly stuff.

There is in addition a structural problem with the plumbing, so that on arrival the whole house smelt strongly of sewage--and my sense of smell in particular is not acute. The smell comes from the ground floor and in particular from the kitchen. We managed to alleviate the problem somewhat in our bedroom by leaving the window open all day, but there is no ventilation in the kitchen (skylight doesn't open, no windows) and only a small, non-mechanical vent in the bathroom (no window). Breakfasts were most unpleasant.

We told the owner that it stank. At first she said, "What smell?" but then agreed that it was a problem and that the pipes under the floor would have to be dug up after the summer season. Unless one summer was more important to her than her long-term reputation, it is unclear to us why this problem wasn't a priority and why it was not made known to clients in advance.

The distances to locations in Ghent given on the website are grossly inaccurate--reckon 45min walk to the centre.

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Pieke, Eigenaar at Au Contraire, responded to this review, December 14, 2010
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Met dank aan onze gast van Barcelona. Intussen (1 jaar geleden) hebben we de ontbijtruimte verplaatst. Het is inderdaad beter. Gracias!
De geurhinder is ook weg.
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Address: Monterreystraat 40, Ghent 9000, Belgium
Location: Belgium > Flanders > East Flanders Province > Ghent
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Ranked #61 of 112 B&Bs / Inns in Ghent
Number of rooms: 2

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