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About Ghent

Considering Ghent's numerous charms, it doesn't attract a huge number of visitors. This curious fact is in your favour if you visit soon as surely everyone's going to catch onto this pretty, cosy, interesting city in no time?

The fact that Ghent is less popular than say Bruges means that you'll find some of the best places to stay in Ghent are actually great value, as well as being beautiful and luxurious.

Ghent's beautiful, canal side architecture is romantic by day and night. In the evening the restaurants and bars offer buzz, but also privacy - Ghent really feels like a proper, lived-in city, so the people you see out at night are the people who live here. The wealth of this port has made its public, and religious, buildings wonderful, and everywhere you turn there's something lovely to look at.

Not To Miss

Ghent's medieval centre has plenty if charming spots, including:

  • St Bavo's Cathedral, with fine stained glass, a collection of Van Eycks and a soaring 14th Century belfry.
  • Gravensteen, an impressive 12th Century castle - complete with a moat as well as armaments and torture instrument displays.
  • If you're into your museums then be sure to check out STAM Ghent City Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent or the Museum Dr. Guislain. These are all fascinating spots to spend an hour or two.

Ghent is small enough to get around easily, almost everything is within walking distance from the centre of town - the best places to stay in Ghent have easy access to public transport which is cheap and efficient.

Best places to stay in Ghent

For a City Break

  • Only a five minute riverside walk from the town centre, the Hotel Onderbergen is a comfortable, well designed base. There are 12 rooms, some with nice period features, like murals and freestanding baths. And rooms start at less than £100 a night.
  • Just around the corner from Castle Gravensteen and St. Bavo Cathedral, Hotel Harmony is also right on the canal. Rooms are large and modern, with the top floor offering the most stunning outlook.

For Romance

  • With only four gorgeous rooms in an 18th century mansion house, Hotel Verhaegen is romantic and intimate. It's run as a private mansion by two interior designers, so the restoration has been done with care. It's close to restaurants, shops and the buzziest riverside bars, but its courtyard is still quiet and peaceful.
  • Set in an elegant 18th century property, Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof combines original design features (think high ceilings and large windows) with contemporary interiors - all to great effect. There's also a luxurious spa in which to unwind after a day out sightseeing. A truly magnificent couples city break.

On a Budget

  • The Charme Hotel Hancelot offers very reasonably priced period charms from as little as £81 per night. Built in the 18th century, this townhouse has retained a lot of its best features and has been decorated to compliment - though the bathrooms are modern, as is the small gym and sauna.
  • Quirkily converted from a 13th century monastery, Monasterium PoortAckere has a more varied range of rooms (and prices) than most hotels. The nun's quarters are surprisingly comfortable, but the best deals are to be found in the former Chaplain house. They also have special deals for children.

For An Apartment

If you think you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety on offer with our partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Ghent's nicest weather wise in the summer, with the average temperature rising to 18°C in July and August. As this is peak season though expect it to be fairly busy and expensive.
  • Visiting in the spring or summer are cheaper and quieter alternatives, alternatively consider coming during the festive period when there's a wonderfully atmospheric Christmas Market.
  • International visitors can fly into Brussels Airport before heading on a half an hour train ride to Ghent.
  • There are a number of direct flights each day to Brussels from a variety of UK destinations.
  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Ghent

  • Hotel Onderbergen Ghent 24 rooms from £69

    City Style  -  A contemporary hotel set on the Leie River in the heart of the Medieval town.
    Sights nearby  -  A short walk from the lovely Saint Bavo Cathedral and historic centre.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    RestaurantParkingNo pets

    Modern boutique hotel set in a 19th century townhouse. Light rooms decorated in soft hues with splashes of colour coming from feature wallpaper and contemporary art. An Irish bar and restaurant. A short walk from the centre. Ideal for business stays. See More

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  • Monasterium PoortAckere Ghent 47 rooms from £69

    Local exploring  -  Located in a historic building in the heart of the Medieval town, perfect for soaking up Ghent's rich history.
    Families  -  There is a great value dorm style option or family suites ideal for children or families.
    Sights nearby  -  An easy walk to Monastery of the Carmelite Fathers and St. Michael's Bridge.
    Restaurant  -  For groups of 16 people plus.
    RestaurantGardenDisabled accessParkingNo pets

    Situated in an ancient monastery, this characterful and good value hotel offers a range of rooms. A number of awe inducing venue halls set in the old church. Well positioned near the historic centre. Spacious bedrooms, many with multiple beds, makes this an ideal choice for groups or families. See More

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  • B&B Kwaadham 52 Ghent 5 rooms from £82

    City Style  -  Five stylish rooms set above a piano shop - seriously cool European style
    Local exploring  -  With views of the cathedral this B&B could not be more centrally placed
    GardenParkingNo pets

    Five impeccibly styled rooms set above a piano store in the heart of Ghent. Spacious rooms feature parquet flooring, crisp white linen, large sash windows, and luxury bathrooms. Breakfasts are cooked on the aga and piano concerts are held in the courtyard. A stylish B&B. See More

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  • Charme Hotel Hancelot Ghent 12 rooms from £86

    City Style  -  A great location and once and elegant aristocratic townhouse.
    Great walks  -  Enjoy the Sunday-Market walking route
    Kayaking  -  Kayak on the canals
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    GardenParkingNo pets

    Once the home of a wealthy Baron, this C18th townhouse has been beautifully restored to exhibit the original period decor. High ceilings, glistening chandeliers and ornate fire places. Breakfast is served in a light airy room with views to the quiet street below. Comfortable, spacious bedrooms. See More

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  • Snooz Inn Ghent 3 rooms from £95

    City Style  -  The historic exterior opens up onto an utterly contemporary space with plenty of glass and chic minimalist design
    Local exploring  -  Located a short stroll from the Portus Ganda and the city's historical centre
    Sights nearby  -  Head to Korenmarkt, a large square surrounded by historic buildings and filled with restaurants
    GardenParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    Hidden behind a historic facade, this chic little boutique is anything but traditional. Glass fronted rooms overlook a concealed courtyard. Interiors are minimalist and the best have enormous in-room showers. A bright breakfast room is complete with a full kitchen. A smart and intimate city base. See More

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  • B&B Petit Prince Ghent 4 rooms from £99

    Local exploring  -  Well located in the historic 'Prinsenhof' of Ghent, surrounded by canals, historic sights, and eateries
    Boutique  -  A traditional house beautifully renovated in a hip Scandi-chic style
    Sights nearby  -  Within walking distance of the medieval castle of Gravensteen
    Full of character
    GardenParkingNo pets

    A boutique B&B perfectly located in the historic Prinsenhof area. Chic rooms have a distinctly Scandinavian feel with pastel hues, minimalist furniture, and natural details. The best have french doors leading onto the garden. Healthy breakfasts are served and the hosts are ever helpful. See More

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  • Maison Mielou Ghent 2 rooms from £108

    City Style  -  Three spacious and (mostly) traditional rooms with an exuberant modern flare
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Ghent City Hall or the Castle of Gerald the Devil
    Full of character
    Pet friendlyParking

    A stately home, turned grand boutique, right in the heart of Ghent. Three large rooms keep their original features. The ceilings are high, fireplaces remain, and the floors are polished wood. However, vibrant wallpaper and contemporary art bring them into the 21st century. A luxury city crashpad. See More

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  • B&B Great Ghent 7 rooms from £113

    Local exploring  -  Stay here to be in the heart of the action; you are surrounded by Ghent's best shops, restaurants and cultural sites
    Short break  -  Ghent is a 45 minute drive from Brussels airport, making it an easily-accessible option for a weekend break
    Sights nearby  -  The Gravensteen, a 12th centiury medieval castle known as 'The Castle of the Counts' is less than 100 metres away
    Local markets  -  On Sundays, the local and extensive book and flowers markets are wonderful to explore
    Disabled accessParkingNo pets

    Stylish 3-room B&B situated in Ghent's historic centre. Owned by an interior architect, the 18th century building has been lovingly converted into a chic, intimate and pared-back property full of character. The location is unbeatable; the city's culinary and cultural highlights are on the doorstep. See More

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  • Achilles Ghent 6 rooms from £113

    City Style  -  A luxury B&B offering modern urban style in the heart of the city
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Peter’s Abbey and garden or the Book Tower
    Air conditioningParkingNo pets

    A contemporary little boutique B&B set in historic Ghent. Each of the six rooms have a Scandinavian influence to their design. Luxurious bathrooms are separated with frosted glass windows and boast large rain showers. Breakfasts are healthy yet indulgent. A smart urban choice. See More

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  • Ganda Rooms & Suites Ghent 8 rooms from £115

    Boutique  -  A historic building renovated with chic contemporary style - offering the best of both worlds
    Local exploring  -  Set in the Ghent's Old Town, this is the perfect base for exploring the city on foot
    Local markets  -  Head to Vrijdagmarkt on Friday morning and pick up some local produce
    Sights nearby  -  Stroll down to nearby Sint-Baafs Cathedral
    ParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    A chic little boutique right in the heart of the Old Town. The historic building has been beautifully renovated keeping the building's original features, such as exposed beams, but adding bright modern artwork and simple modern furniture. Breakfasts are indulgent and the sights are a stroll away. See More

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  • Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof Ghent 158 rooms from £117

    City Style  -  A unique combination of champagne bar and French-style luxe decor, and environmentally minded services and Green Key eco-label.
    Romantic Break  -  An indulgent and elegant romantic escape, with double rain showers, pampering spa, top restaurant and unbeatable service.
    Sights nearby  -  Guests must check out the old fish market, 15 minutes down the road.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    SpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Elegant 18th century environmentally friendly hotel in Ghent. It combines distinctive original features such as long windows and high ceilings with contemporary interiors to maximise comfort and aesthetic. The former coach house is fitted with a luxurious spa and wellness centre. A Flemish gem. See More

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  • Villa Emma Ghent (Sint-Amandsberg) 2 rooms from £117

    Families  -  A family suite and a large garden for children to run around in, this is a great choice for those travelling with kids
    Groups  -  With just two rooms (sleeping upto 7) this is a perfect choice for small groups looking for a private space
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to visit the impressive Château de Gérard le Diable
    Full of character
    Air conditioningGardenParkingNo pets

    A traditional property set in expansive gardens located in a residential area near the city centre. The 2 rooms have been beautifully renovated with the building's original features remaining but the furniture is now simple and chic. One room has a mezzanine and sleeps up to 3. A tranquil city base. See More

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  • Maison Margo Ghent 3 rooms from £121

    Families  -  The quadruple room which has two single beds on a mezzanine, makes this a great choice for small families
    City Style  -  With a hip wine bar and chic contemporary design, this small urban guesthouse is stylish choice
    Local markets  -  During the winter months, the Ghent Christmas Market is a real must visit
    Sights nearby  -  Visit nearby St. Nicholas' Church or the Castle of Gerald the Devil
    ParkingNo pets

    A chic boutique guesthouse set in the heart of historic Ghent. Three characterful rooms are all decorated in different pastel palettes. Bathrooms are modern with luxury products. Downstairs a sophisticated wine bar serves small bites while the city's attractions are just a stroll away. See More

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  • Door 10 Ghent 3 rooms from £127

    Local exploring  -  Well located in historic area of Béguinage of Ghent - explore the city by foot or on one of the bicycles provided
    Hideaway  -  An intimate and homely stay that feels more like a country home than a house in the heart of the city
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to Het Gravensteen, a Medieval castle dating back to 1180
    Full of character
    GardenPet friendlyParking

    A 17th century house set in Béguinage of Ghent, right in the heart of the historic city. The three rooms are jam packed with character. Expect criss-crossing beams, potted plants, and wooden floors. A charming breakfast room feels like a country house kitchen. Homely yet chic - city perfection. See More

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  • 1898 The Post Ghent 37 rooms from £150

    Sights nearby  -  Within two minutes walk of St Michael's Church, St. Nicholas' Church and Great Butchers' Hall.
    Local markets  -  Visit the amazing nearby Bloemenmarkt.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Right in the heart of Ghent, 1898 The Post is a stellar hotel. Based in a glorious historic post office, the hotel is awash with heritage and charm. Beautiful rooms and a lively bar make it a great base for a weekend of exploring Ghent. See More

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  • Design B&B Logid'enri Ghent 5 rooms from £133

    Local exploring  -  Positioned between the Art district and the historic quarter, making this a great choice for exploring the city on foot
    City Style  -  A beautifully renovated B&B offering on-point Scandi-chic design
    Romantic  -  In-room bathtubs (large enough for two) set beside contemporary fireplaces
    Sights nearby  -  Stroll down to the magnificent Saint Bavo's Cathedral
    GardenDisabled accessParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    A small design B&B set in the heart of historic Ghent. Spacious rooms are individually styled with a cool Scandi-chic feel. The best have in-room bathtubs set beside modern fireplaces while projectors to watch movies are a very nice touch. A smart choice for travellers or business visitors. See More

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  • Hotel Harmony Ghent 24 rooms from £134

    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Air conditioningSwimming PoolGardenDisabled accessParking
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    Modern and stylish hotel in two historic buildings, in a great central location. Highlights into a pretty courtyard garden and a pool. Top floor rooms have great views. See More

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  • Merveilleux Ghent 6 rooms from £139

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly located in the historic centre just a short walk from St. Nicholas' Church
    Local markets  -  During the winter months nearby Ghent Christmas Market is a real must visit
    Sights nearby  -  Within walking distance of Castle of Gerald the Devil
    Air conditioningNo pets

    A quaint guesthouse located in the heart of historic Ghent. The six traditionally dressed rooms are compact but perfectly formed with wooden floors, sash windows, marble bathrooms and coffee-making machines. Dowstairs is an outdoor seating area and a superb bakery. A perfect city crashpad. See More

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  • Pillows Grand Hotel Reylof Ghent 156 rooms from £143

    Local exploring  -  A tranquil spot just a short stroll from the centre of Ghent and its picturesque canal
    City Style  -  A grand property that oozes sophistication
    Spa  -  Spa Reylof is located in the property's former carriage house and provides a range of treatments plus sauna & wellnesspool
    Restaurant  -  LOF Restaurant serves delicious dishes in the style of the Gastrobar concept
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenDisabled accessParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet

    A luxury hotel occupying a quiet area minutes from the centre of Ghent. Beautifully designed interiors have that perfect mix of the old and the new. Rooms are palatial with high ceilings, sash windows, and minimalist style. A fine dining restaurant is curated by a Michelin starred chef. Very chic. See More

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  • B&B de Waterzooi Ghent 3 rooms from £154

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly located in the heart of the Mediaevel city overlooking the Gravensteen castle
    Hotel boats for hire  -  Hop on the hotel's speed boat and explore the city from the canal
    Adult Only
    Full of character

    A charming historic townhouse located in the medieval part of the city. With just three rooms this is an intimate choice. Pick the suite for two-storey accommodation complete with wonderfully uneven beams and a cosy sitting area. Breakfasts are an indulgent affair. A perfect city crashpad. See More

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  • The Hide Ghent 7 rooms from £179

    City Style  -  Urban chic design in the seven studio apartments - offering everything the modern dweller may require in a stylish compact space
    Foodies  -  The Vault space hosts trendy 'wining and dining' experiences
    Sights nearby  -  Within easy reach of the Castle of Counts and the Justice Palace
    Restaurant  -  The Vault serves what they describe as "casual gastronomy"
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessParking
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    A collection of seven seriously stylish studio apartments set in the trendy Arts Quarter, each equipped with a large kitchenette. The design is unique and modern, one room has a hanging bed and another a sunken bath. Complete with social areas where regular events are held. Urban perfection. See More

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  • Hotel Verhaegen Ghent 4 rooms from £182

    City Style  -  A stunning maison d'hôtes, with indulgent fabrics, crystal chandeliers, 250-year-old Rocco murals and marble fireplaces.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the Flemish architecture of the historic centre on a private guided tour.
    Local markets  -  Scour for classics in the second-hand book market of Ajuinlei.
    Full of character
    GardenParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Kiwi Collection, Tablet

    Small interior-designed 18th century mansion-house B&B, with a distinctive mix of period features and modern design. Contemporary bathrooms with large tubs, waterfall showers and Floris products. A gorgeous property with great attention to detail close to the city centre. See More

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  • Rooms with a View Ghent 3 rooms from £191

    Local exploring  -  Located on the canal right beside the Old Fish Market - the perfect position for exploring the historic centre by foot
    Restaurant  -  Serving classic Belgian cuisine
    Adult Only
    Full of character
    RestaurantParkingNo pets

    A characterful restaurant with rooms overlooking the canal in the centre of historic Ghent. The three charming rooms have a traditional feel with exposed beams, parquet flooring, and sash windows. Downstairs, there's a fine dining restaurant and bar. A classic choice, perfect for city exploring. See More

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