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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, Pillows 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.

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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

  • Charme Hotel Hancelot Ghent 12 rooms from £78

    City Style  -  A wonderful way to slip back to Ghent's glory days at this elegant townhouse, lovingly restored to maintain its aristocratic air
    Less £  -  With room prices starting from under €100 a night this is extremely good value
    Romantic Break  -  With its beautifully styled rooms, this is perfect for a romantic tryst
    Kayaking  -  For an interesting way to view the city try taking a kayak tour along the canals that criss cross the city.
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    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

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

    City Style  -  Stylish rooms above a piano shop with hard wood floors, crisp linen and Aga cooked breakfast — seriously cool European style
    Local exploring  -  A superb location overlooking the cathedral means that most of the city highlights are very close by
    Short break  -  This little B&B is perfect for a short city break with its central location and great price tag
    Sights nearby  -  Literally overlooking Ghent's famed Saint Bavo's Cathedral, the city's main place of worship for over 1,000 years.
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    Five impeccably styled rooms situated 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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  • Hotel Onderbergen Ghent 24 rooms from £82

    Groups  -  Perfect for group trips, close to city centre with family rooms sleeping 6, without compromising on style or comfort.
    Local exploring  -  A well located hotel, on the Leie River in the heart of the medieval town, but tucked away from the bustle.
    Less £  -  This is a great value option for anyone who appreciates chic design but can't afford a five star stay
    Local markets  -  Just a 2 minute walk from the Veldstraat shopping area, a vibrant pedestrianised street worth checking out.
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    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. With an Irish bar and restaurant, just a short walk from the centre. Ideal for business stays. See More

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  • Merveilleux Ghent 6 rooms from £87

    Less £  -  With rooms offered at very reasonable rates this is a great central location for anyone on a tight budget
    Local exploring  -  Perfectly located for exploring the historic city 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, a must see 13th century fortress.
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    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. Downstairs is an outdoor seating area and a superb bakery. A perfect city crashpad. See More

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  • Snooz Inn Ghent 3 rooms from £87

    City Style  -  The historic exterior opens up onto an utterly contemporary space with plenty of glass and chic minimalist design, a hidden gem.
    Local exploring  -  Well placed for a trip to Ghent; located a short stroll from the Portus Ganda and the city's historical centre
    Local markets  -  A short walk from Korenmarkt, Ghent's buzzy square filled with pubs, restaurants, shops and historic buildings.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll along the nearby Graslei, a historic quay on the right bank of the Leie river.
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    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    Hidden behind a historic facade, this chic little boutique B&B is anything but traditional. Glass-fronted rooms overlook a hidden 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' neighbourhood, surrounded by canals, historic sights, and eateries
    Sights nearby  -  Within walking distance of the medieval castle of Gravensteen, a must see for any visitor
    Boutique  -  A traditional house beautifully renovated in a hip Scandi-chic style
    City Style  -  Elegant yet cosy rooms offer a seriously smart home-from-home vibe
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    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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  • B&B Great Ghent 3 rooms from £113

    Close to nightlife  -  The property is located within the Prinsenhof district, the very centre of the city, with numerous lively bars and restaurants.
    Local exploring  -  Stay here to be in the heart of the action; you are surrounded by Ghent's best shops, restaurants and cultural sites.
    Sights nearby  -  The Gravensteen, a 12th centiury medieval castle known as 'The Castle of the Counts' is less than 100 metres away.
    Short break  -  Ghent is a 45 minute drive from Brussels airport, making it an easily-accessible option for a weekend break.
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    Stylish 3-room B&B situated in Ghent's historic centre. Owned by an interiors 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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  • Door 10 Ghent 3 rooms from £113

    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.
    Full of character  -  You'll find plenty of period features including exposed beams, wooden floors and fireplaces
    Sights nearby  -  Don't miss Het Gravensteen, a Medieval castle dating back to 1180.
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    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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  • Ganda Rooms & Suites Ghent 8 rooms from £113

    Sights nearby  -  Right across from Sint-Jacobskerk, a monumental church featuring 12th-century Romanesque towers & a 13th-century Gothic spire.
    Local exploring  -  Set in the Ghent's Old Town, this characterful townhouse is the perfect base for exploring the city on foot.
    Families  -  Combining two of the suites on the upper floor is a great option for families or groups of friends
    Boutique  -  A historic building renovated with chic contemporary style - offering the best of both worlds.
    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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  • Villa Emma Ghent (Sint-Amandsberg) 2 rooms from £117

    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to visit the impressive Château de Gérard le Diable, a spectacular example of 13th century gothic architecture.
    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 up to 7) this is a perfect choice for small groups looking for a private space.
    Cycling  -  Guests should use one of the hotel's bicycles to explore the city on two wheels without the carbon guilt!
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    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 simple and chic. One room has a mezzanine and sleeps up to 3. A tranquil city base. See More

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  • Maison Mielou Ghent 3 rooms from £117

    City Style  -  A breath of fresh air — three spacious rooms with traditional elegance and exuberant modern flare.
    Sights nearby  -  For a crash course in Ghent's architecture visit Ghent City Hall , Castle of Gerald the Devil and Gravensteen Castle.
    Full of character  -  Opulent interiors evoke the grandeur of days gone by without compromising on modern luxuries
    Great walks  -  Head down to Citadel Park and explore one of the most popular green spaces in Ghent.
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    A stately home, turned grand boutique, right in the heart of Ghent. The three large rooms keep their original features, with splashes of modernity — high ceilings, fireplaces and polished wood floors meet vibrant wallpaper and contemporary art. A luxury city crashpad with a fantastic breakfast. See More

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  • Monasterium PoortAckere Ghent 112 rooms from £117

    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 which can sleep up to six
    Historic  -  The building was originally a neo-Gothic monastery built in the mid 19th century
    City Style  -  Historic monastery on the outside, chic modern designer finish on the inside
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    A characterful and good value hotel offers a range of rooms, in a Neo-Gothic monastery. Multiple beds in some rooms as well as a number of awe inducing venue halls set in the old church, make this an ideal choice for groups or families. Well positioned near the historic centre. See More

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  • Maison Margo Ghent 3 rooms from £121

    Sights nearby  -  Take in some of the architectural sights of Ghent at nearby St. Nicholas' Church or the Castle of Gerald the Devil.
    Groups  -  The quadruple room which has two single beds on a mezzanine, makes this a great choice for small groups
    Short break  -  Perfect for a short break with all the major sights, plus bars and restaurants very close at hand
    City Style  -  With a hip wine bar and chic contemporary design, this small urban guesthouse is a stylish choice
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    A chic boutique guesthouse set in the heart of historic Ghent. The 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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  • 1898 The Post Ghent 37 rooms from £150

    Sights nearby  -  A wonderfully central hotel, within two minutes walk of St Michael's Church, St. Nicholas' Church and Great Butchers' Hall.
    City Style  -  A historic and unique hotel where you can step back through the years to a time when leisure was a full time occupation.
    Close to nightlife  -  If you can peel yourself away from Cobbler Bar, you are perfectly placed to check out the city's finest night spots.
    Local markets  -  Visit the amazing nearby Bloemenmarkt, open on Sundays and a wonderful way to pass the morning.
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    1898 The Post is a stellar hotel, right in the heart of Ghent. An intelligently converted gothic style post office, awash with heritage & charm. The chic rooms have an old world sophistication & almost film set style to them. The Cobbler cocktail bar oozes decadence & the breakfast is excellent. 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 base for exploring the city on foot.
    City Style  -  A beautifully renovated B&B offering on-point Scandi-chic design, insider tips, and a fantastic breakfast.
    Sights nearby  -  Stroll down to the magnificent Saint Bavo's Cathedral to check out the famed Adoration of the Mystic Lamb art piece.
    Romantic  -  In-room bathtubs (large enough for two) set beside contemporary fireplaces
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    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 £137

    Foodies  -  Housed in Ghent's Patershol district, which has become famed as its culinary centre- take your pick of fabulous eateries.
    Swimming Pool  -  Enjoy a lazy afternoon beside the putdoor pool in the wonderfully peaceful central counrtyard, an oasis of calm
    Sights nearby  -  Just around the corner from Gravensteen Castle and St. Bavo's Cathedral, both must see sights.
    Views  -  Some rooms have views over the canal or the Gravensteen Castle
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    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel, Great Small Hotels

    A modern and stylish hotel housed in a beautifully restored 19th century town house, in a great central location. The pretty courtyard garden has a heated pool. The bar has a wide range of top end drinks and the breakfast is excellent. Top floor rooms offer great views over the ancient city. See More

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  • Pillows Grand Hotel Reylof Ghent 156 rooms from £143

    City Style  -  A grand Louis XIV-style property oozing sophistication — sweeping staircases, high ceilinged salons and chic modern interiors.
    Foodies  -  Michelin-starred Dutch chef Ron Blaauw designed the in house menu, and the bar upstairs serves a mean cocktail.
    Total relaxation  -  Bliss, whether you are reading poetry in your window side freestanding tub or heading down to the spa.
    Spa  -  Spa Reylof is located in the property's former carriage house and provides a range of treatments plus sauna & wellness pool
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    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 old and 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 Achilles Ghent 6 rooms from £152

    City Style  -  A luxury B&B housed in a beautiful art nouveau house, offering modern urban style in the heart of the city.
    Local exploring  -  A five minute walk to St Peter's Abbey from where you can catch the boat into the town centre
    Boutique  -  The six guest rooms offers stylish contemporary design which sits seamlessly alongside original period features
    Sights nearby  -  Just a few minutes walk from the Booktower, a modernistic masterpiece by Belgian architect Henry van de Velde.
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    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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  • B&B de Waterzooi Ghent 3 rooms from £154

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly located in the heart of the Mediaevel city overlooking the Gravensteen castle and within easy reach of sights.
    Cycling  -  Use one of the hotel's bikes to explore the city on your own steam, a healthy and eco friendly way to explore.
    Hotel boats for hire  -  Hop on the hotel's speed boat and explore the city from the canal, a unique and interesting way to explore.
    Other Activities  -  Your friendly hosts will be happy to share all their tips for sights and shops in Ghent.
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    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 & a cosy sitting area. Breakfasts are an indulgent affair & the city views are breathtaking. See More

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  • The Hide Ghent 7 rooms from £179

    City Style  -  Urban chic design in the 7 studio apartments - offering everything the modern dweller may require in a stylish compact space.
    Self catering  -  Each studio is equipped with a kitchenette, and the larger units are ideal for longer stays
    Sights nearby  -  Well placed within easy reach of the Castle of Counts and the Justice Palace.
    Restaurant  -  The Vault serves what they describe as "casual gastronomy"
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    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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  • B&B The Verhaegen Ghent 4 rooms from £182

    City Style  -  A stunning maison d'hôtes, with indulgent fabrics, crystal chandeliers, 250-year-old murals and marble fireplaces
    Great walks  -  Take a wander down the canal to the Graslei, a busy medieval port filled woth restaurants and specialised old merchant shops.
    Sights nearby  -  Ask your lovely hosts about the private guided tours of the Flemish architecture of the historic centre.
    Local markets  -  Scour for classics in the second-hand book market of Ajuinlei, just five minutes walk from the B&B.
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    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. The unique bedrooms feature crystal chandeliers, sumptuous fabrics, original art and indulgent bathrooms. Enjoy an excellent breakfast on the terrace or in the opulent dining room. See More

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  • Rooms with a View Ghent 3 rooms from £191

    Views  -  All the rooms boast views over the Korenlei, the Graslei, the Leie, the Old Fishmarket, the Old Meat House & the towers of Ghent
    Local exploring  -  Located on the canal right beside the Old Fish Market - the perfect position for exploring the historic centre by foot.
    Romantic Break  -  Individually designed rooms, great views, restaurant downstairs and no children allowed!
    Restaurant  -  Serving classic Belgian cuisine
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    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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