On a recent trip to Belgium, we had trouble deciding on a place to stay in Ghent. Nothing stood out for us, in either the hotel or B&B listings. I ended up looking through a Belgian website for B&B's in Ghent, and contacted several possibilities. We decided on the (Trip Advisor unrated) B&B operated by Michaela Delbaere, in a quiet, canal-side location about a 10 minute walk from the center of town. She offers three rooms in a beautiful building built in the later 1800s, with unbelievably high ceilings. However, be warned that the guest rooms are up two long flights of stairs (remember, those high ceilings!), so if you aren't prepared to deal with the stairs, don't even think about it. Two of the rooms are enormous, with a king bed (two twins very tightly held together), and another separate twin bed. There is tons of empty floor space, and perhaps larger groups might be accommodated. The third room is somewhat smaller, and has only the one large bed. Each room has its own ensuite shower and sink in a little enclosure. There are two toilet rooms just outside, off the same hallway landing as the three rooms. Everything is spotlessly clean, and decorated with furnishings and treasures from their travels in Asia/India. There is a little fridge is each room. The breakfast is served at one long table in their dining room on the main floor, and is generous, although does not offer any cooked eggs, sausages, etc. The bread/croissant baskets offered a good variety, fruits, yogurt, cold cuts, and an exceptionally cheese plate certainly satisfied us. Other than at breakfast, their private quarters have their doors closed, which some people might find a bit impersonal if their idea of staying in a B&B is sitting around visiting with their hosts. All in all, an excellent value for 55 Euros a night for two people. Michaela has a two-night minimum, and if I remember correctly, requests no smoking in the rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Warm welcome !MichaëlaBIG SLEEP ... more less