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“Atmospheric” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Erasmus
Ranked #17 of 37 Hotels in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence
Ireland
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Atmospheric”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013

Writing a hotel review is normally straightforward but the Erasmus is anything but typical. It is like an eccentric aunt whose numerous faults are overshadowed by her charm. The place screams out for refurbishment yet you don't want to change a thing. It has a delightful rear garden yet it is inaccessible. The advert picture suggest a bordering river yet it is a street away from any water... and so the contradictions continue.

Room Tip: Room 2 is spacious, quiet with a wonderful view over the garden
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank Cead_Mile_Failte_Ire
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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43 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

I guess I'm not quite sure what to make of this hotel. The building was put up in 1693 and it is ideally located in the middle of the old town. My room overlooked the garden and was very quiet. The room was clean, check in friendly and efficient. There was plenty of food to eat at the self-serve breakfast buffet.
On the down side, it does need a bit of work - the TV was ancient and the choice of stations is limited, with not many in English. Whilst I'm all for saving electricity etc, I found the lighting situation very disappointing - with 2 bedside lamps on, I still did not have enough light to read in bed.
But its such an interesting building, I could possibly see myself staying there again, but a few things would need to improve.

Room Tip: The hotel will generally try to meet your request for a particular room and I can suggest if you lik...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Mordeegirl
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Belgium
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83 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

I have put my mother (75 yo) in this hotel after the Leonard Cohen Concert in Ghent. Do no expect a modern hotel, But if you like to feel the mood and the atmosphere of an old town house this is a perfect hotel. There are hardly better locations in Ghent than the "Poel". You are IN the historical center and you have a quiet street. It is a 1 minute walk to one ofthe ost beautiful sites in the world: Graslei/Korenlei.The manager lives behind the hotel and he and the staff take good care of the guests. I just love the dining room with the knights and the garden with the cats. Here you need the room to sleep and to refresh. Spend the rest of your time in my beautiful city...

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Travelmale
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Prague, Czech Republic
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142 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

I stayed in this hotel for a couple of days on a business trip. The staff were very helpful and relaxed. I had a small single room with the window overlooking interior airshaft so the view was not very exciting, but I did not really miss that. The room was clean. The closet for my clothes was a bit worn down. I was a bit disappointed that Wifi was not free. As the weather was bad, I spent more time working in the room than usual - this did not cause problems with the cleaning personnel. Breakfast was in a nice room with view on the garden. Location is great - very close to historic centre and a 20 minute stiff walk from Ghent-Sint-Pieters train station. A very charming hotel indeed.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Henri8888
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

Superb choice if you like character, atmosphere and individuality; not for those who prefer an anodyne chain hotel experience. Almost more like staying as a guest in a medieval private house. Room very comfortable and all facilities but bedposts and canopy felt as though you were stepping back in time - a bit like the whole hotel really, but in a very good way. Breakfast ok rather than excellent, but superb location with all Ghent sites easily walkable. My friends were in 5* luxury further up the street, but there is no doubt that I had had the better deal.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Peter H
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Kessel-Lo
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178 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

This is not your classic hotel with sparkling bathroom, elevators and 24hr room- or barservice...but it is one of the most authentic, human and charming hotels I know. Located in the heart of Gent, close to the Graslei, the Gravensteen and the towers of Gent, and nothing beats a nightly walk from here over the leien to the towers of gent. Absolutely charming rooms that have character and are comfortable though maybe a bit old, but every single one has its own atmosphere and personality. The suite, Nr12, is one of the most cosy and charming rooms i ever slept in. Good breakfast in a very nice room and the house itself is medieval and very well restaured. No elevator though, so not for the old or infirm, and there is no nightporter. High Harry Potter feeling somehow.

Room Tip: N012 is a stunner for couples !
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank RickKessel_Lo
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Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

The good: Location; friendly staff; charming furnishings; clean.
The bad: Warn out; uncomfortable beds; old towels, blankets and bedding; no room service; no safe in the room.
The ugly: No staff on premises in the evening, during the night, and early morning--if you need anything, you are out of luck.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank traveller871991
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Property: Erasmus
Address: Poel 25, Ghent 9000, Belgium
Location: Belgium > Flanders > East Flanders Province > Ghent
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Ranked #17 of 37 Hotels in Ghent
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Hotel Class:2 star — Erasmus 2*
Number of rooms: 11
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