There are times when a room overlooking the canal are NOT what you would want at the Marriott in Ghent. We’ve just stayed there for a couple of nights during the Ghent Festival (16-25 July this year), and our quiet room overlooking the back street was fine, thank you. We knew about the Festival before we booked, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. But we had no idea of its size of the event. Evidently around 4 million people visit the Festival over a 10 day period, and there are around 40 sites of entertainment and music dotted around the city, the biggest of which is sited outside the the Marriott’s back door. For those in the rooms overlooking the canal, the music and party went on until 4am every night! Marriott Reception were providing ear plugs. It was great fun, but we will go back to Ghent again when it’s not festival-time.
Our only niggle about this impressive hotel was the cost of internet access. They were charging 6 euros95 for an hour. I don’t need an hour – I just need to download emails to make sure children, pets and house are OK back home. Internet access is no longer a business service to be charged to expense accounts; it’s a basic need for many people and should be built into the cost of the room like water and electricity. Hotels don’t charge extra for those, do they? TIP: McDonalds in Ghent have free WIFI. Just stand outside like we did and get your messages.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel on the Korenlei, in the historic centre of Ghent, opened its doors March 20, 2007. The hotel has 150 comfortable guest rooms and suites. There are nine meeting rooms, Poppi Coffee & Wine Bar, Brixx Cellar Lounge and Ghent Marriott restaurant with terrace and view over the river Lys and the historical facades of the Graslei. There is free WiFi. Guests can park in the parking garage under the hotel. The hotel has long been considered the top of European in the field of hospitality and was rewarded in 2013 by Trip Advisor as the best hotel in Belgium. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Ghent
- Ghent Marriott