This was a two night trip as I was moving some equipment from Oxford to Frankfurt and needed somewhere in the middle that would break the trip on the way out an back. A very minimal requirement food and a bed for a few hours. The hotel is located in a grim industrial estate next to an Ikea store - I didn't expect much.
Actually getting to the hotel is a bit of a challenge, you can see it from the road but need to drive around the hotel and Ikea to reach the carpark. Pulling into the carpark just before 10pm I took the ticket with some resignation seeing it as yet another way to pull a few more Euro's from my pocket. We were greeted by the front desk in an efficient and friendly manner, warned that the restaurant was about to close. Every interaction with the staff was friendly and straightforward.
Rooms were regular Holiday Inn, small but clean.
I expected a simple bed for the night but was pleased with a welcome and service that puts many city centre Hotels to shame.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- FREE USE OF BROADBAND INTERNET IN THE ENTIRE HOTEL!Holiday Inn Gent Expo is a 4-star hotel with an entirely refurbished Atrium which is ideally situated at the crossing of the major European motorway junction (E40-E17-A17) at exit 14 - Expo and next to Flanders Expo and IKEA Gent. Furthermore hotel Holiday Inn Ghent Expo is connected with the historic city centre of Ghent: the tram stop is located at 100 metres from the hotel with a link of every 10 minutes to the city centre. This Holiday Inn hotel in Ghent is centrally located for business as well as for tourists exploring Flanders. All 169 comfortable spacious hotel rooms have double glazed windows and are air-conditioned, equipped with minibar, LCD flatscreen TV and coffee & tea making facilities. The eye-catching Atrium, under a huge glass roof and glazed elevators, is the heart of the hotel. Here you will find our trendy Atrium Restaurant with a unique design. The cuisine is contemporary, associating light and refined meals with inventive Belgian flavours. The Lounge Wine Bar is the meeting point in the surroundings. The atrium, bar, lobby and meeting rooms offer free wireless high speed Internet (WIFI)! Looking for a meeting place in Gent? Holiday Inn hotel Ghent offers 9 meeting rooms with natural daylight. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Gent Expo Hotel Ghent
- Holiday Inn Ghent
- Ghent Holiday Inn