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Hotel Onderbergen
Ranked #13 of 39 Hotels in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 July 2014

We are a bit impulsive and called this place only three hours in advance to book a room. The only room available was actually for single use, so rather small, but the price was equally small so we were happy to take it. On arrival we found that its size was perfectly adequate, but also that it was spotlessly clean and well decorated. The bed was rather soft and the bed linen was nice and full, not te cheap stuff i sometimes find in smaller hotels. The blackout-blind worked well. On the phone they had warned us that the window opened to the pub courtyard, so we might experience some noise until 1 am. This was not quite true; there were people talking and laughing at least till 2:30. We had no ambition to sleep early so it didn't bother us, but others might want to take a room on the other side of the hotel. What have i left out? staff were friendly, wifi worked well, we skipped breakfast. All in all just one real drawback: mosquitos. We had to go on a hunt before we could sleep, a mosquito net around the bed would have been lovely! I will definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Just call reception, they are very nice and helpful.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

I hate to review this hotel so badly (but), it really was a difficult place to stay. Definitely easy to get to from the train station, simple ride on Tram #1. Short walk. I got to my room about 3 pm after sightseeing in Ghent all morning and it was at least 36 degrees outside (102 F) and humid. I was on the top floor in Room 8 that had the sun shining on one side of the roof all morning and on the other side of the roof all afternoon - not properly dark until 10.30 pm. Probably hotter indoors than out. Now the place doesn't have air conditioning, and I was almost dead by the time I heaved my bag up 40+ stairs, but there was very little air flow in the room at all - heat and light poured in the windows even with the blinds drawn -essentially a little clay pidgeon oven. Which would have been almost manageable if management had ever stayed there and thought to provide fans in all rooms - they don't cost a fortune anymore and a 10 euro fan would have made all the difference. There seems to have been no thought put into hot weather - for instance a big snuggly quilt on the bed, but no sheet - so I had to take the quilt cover off and sleep under that. No phone in the room so would have had to hike down and back to ask for something that just should have been there. And to add insult to injury, when it was finally cooling down and the breeze came through about midnight, along with it came squadrons of mosquitoes that bit me at least 10 times on the face and shoulders. So a crap stay all round - which as I say, is a shame, because the place is nicely decorated and MaryAllen on reception was an absolute joy to speak to and probably the highlight of the stay. If you go to Ghent in Winter - definitely stay here... shut your windows, turn the heater on and snuggle under your quilt - otherwise look for a proper, possibly modern hotel that has thought about contingencies like hot weather - Saying "We don't need airconditioning in summer" over and over again which is what I've heard a lot in Europe over the last 5 weeks is drivel - and saying it over and over again simply won't make it true.

Room Tip: Choose a good room? Sure... try another hotel.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

We stayed here for two nights in July with our 11-year old son and he was thrilled to find that our triple room included a bunk bed! The room was very nice with one of the largest bathrooms I have encountered in Europe! Staff was great and the little pub/restaurant on the lower level was fun. It was super easy to walk to all the sights as well. As with most Belgian hotels, it didn't have air conditioning which is not necessary most of the time, but we happened to be there during the few days out of the year that it would really have been helpful. Still, we enjoyed our stay and thought it was a good value.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

What a smashing hotel staff friendly helpfull and polite, room just superb Lovely beams in the celling and location spot on. The restrant attached serves lovely food and the staff also very helpfull. Can highly recommend this hotel would stay again

  • Stayed: July 2014
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

This hotel has a great location with just a short stroll into Central Ghent. The family room was very spacious with high ceilings. We didn't try out the restaurant attached to the hotel or the free drink offered on check-in at the restaurant as it was quite dark and didn't think it was a great area for our 2.5 year old.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 June 2014 via mobile

I stayed here with a group of 13, location is only a few minutes walk from central Ghent. Greeted by friendly and helpful receptionist, our rooms were clean and fairly modern in style with TV etc. Can't complain about our stay, no disappointments, the bar downstairs is a bit dark and dingy but we preferred the courtyard, good breakfasts and staff. Well worth the money.

Stayed: June 2014
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

The location is quite convenient, a close walk to Kornlei and St. Michel's bridge.
Rooms are spacious and beds are very comfortable. Breakfast is paid extra, served in a pub that belongs to the hotel. Good coffee ! and very nice service, fresh juice. Worth coming back.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Address: Onderbergen 69, Ghent 9000, Belgium
Region: Belgium > Flanders > East Flanders Province > Ghent
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #13 of 39 Hotels in Ghent
Price Range: £71 - £120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Onderbergen 2*
Number of rooms: 24
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