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“Great hotel in a good location” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ghent River Hotel
Ranked #11 of 37 Hotels in Ghent
Hackney, null, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great hotel in a good location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

We liked this hotel a lot. We tried to book it again on our return to gent a few days later but it was full. We got the Ibis Central Opera instead. Big mistake. For the same price the River Hotel was charming, clean and roomy. The Ibis was functional, with tiny rooms and the incredibly small bathroom door had a unprepared hole in it from what looked like someone having banged their head on it after realising what bad value it was. Gent River Hotel if you can. Ibis Central Opera only if you really must.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Will M
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

I stayed there several times throughout the year.It's a nice cosy hotel.Rooms are clean and big enough.Though they can be a bit noisy due to the wooden floors.Good breakfast with very nice and friendly staff at the breakfast room!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

Ghent is a tremendous place to spend a few days if you like exploring, eating and drinking in a leisurely and unhurried atmosphere. Transport is easy but why bother when you can walk wherever you want to go - provided you stay in the right hotel. That's where the Ghent River hotel comes in. Not only is it comfortable, friendly and excellent value for money, it's also just about as close to the sights, the squares and the restaurants as you can get. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: If you want a view, and to feel part of the place, go for a riverside room in the old part of the ho...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BrianLH
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london
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59 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

Breakfast was very good shame about the room. Towels were poor, free Internet was difficult to access, no tea/ coffee facilities in the room. Central for access to the city but very dis appointed with the hotel.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank missdottyLondon
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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188 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

Thank you fellow TA reviewers for speaking the praises of this hotel. On the spur of the moment and with the force of the recommendations at my back, I booked a room for a one night stay earlier this week. This was also my first visit to Ghent as well.

Well, the location of the Ghent River Hotel is excellent. About the only "comparable" hotel that would top this location would be the fabled Marriott Hotel which is situated on the incomparable Kornlei. Not bad real estate if you can get it, but getting back to Ghent River Hotel, the hotel backs up to the main canal. Not too shabby I say! My room with a King (228) didn't overlook the river, but not to worry, I was in town to explore and I was only in room to sleep.

For starts, accessibility to the hotel is very simple via the #1 tram from the Sint-Pieters station. With a bag in tow, I'd estimate the walk to be around five minutes to the hotel after disembarking at the Gravensteen (sp) stop. The hotel is superbly situated in the Historic Centrum. Architecturally from what I could tell, the hotel did a novel job blending both the historic building site and modern airy environments such as the lobby and hallways.

Room features included complimentary wifi, an "honor" minibar of sorts with a form to be filled out for items consumed, a generously proportioned bathroom with tub and shower unit, and a wall mounted flat screen. Windows open both horizontally and vertically too. Air conditioning (not that I really needed it) worked like a charm. The bedding just agreed with me perfectly. Call me a bed snob, but the bedding seemed more like "marriott style" and who knows what is under the hood so to speak? But whatever the case, I was happy to be in a supple soft bed that felt like it had a pillow top.

The spectacular location really requires no explanation. A simple look at Google Maps can say it better than I can. All the main attractions such as the Belfry, St. Michaels Bridge, and the restaurants of Patershol are just minutes away on foot. And when I say minutes, I really mean time in the single digits unless one get seduced into buying chocolates at Leonidas or stopping by a bar for a couple of drinks while en-route.

What I didn't use in the hotel were any facilities such as the sauna, gym, or room service. It does appear there is a small bar in the lobby but which choices aplenty in Ghent, the lack of access to imbibing won't be an issue.

I checked out too soon as I had to return to work. I definitely plan on revisiting Ghent and spending some time exploring the area on bike. I'd love to return to this hotel because it had charisma, it was peaceful, and the room environment was very pleasant.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RegionalRoadie
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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48 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

We stayed here 2 nights and booked the "romantic" package. Breakfast in the room and chocolates and champagne upon arrival. When we arrived in the room the chocolate was missing. We asked for it multiple times but we only received it when we left the hotel. The champagne however was a 750ml bottle instead of 500ml, good service from the house. Room interior was a mixture between modern, industrial and some "old" details. Room faced the river. Bathroom was spacious too, bath was a little old, glass wall between bath and sink little cheap and clumsy. No seperate shower. Breakfast was good and plenty. Location was great.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Floris M
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Property: Ghent River Hotel
Address: Waaistraat 5, Ghent 9000, Belgium
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Location: Belgium > Flanders > East Flanders Province > Ghent
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #11 of 37 Hotels in Ghent
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ghent River Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 80
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