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“Place 2 Stay: Not What I Expected” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Place 2 Stay
Ranked #4 of 31 Speciality Lodging in Ghent
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
“Place 2 Stay: Not What I Expected”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2012

Although the Booking.com listing doesn’t make it clear, this isn’t really a hotel. Instead, it’s more like a shared pied-à-terre—and what a lovely pied-à-terre it is. Three things I really liked about the unit:

1) Location. It’s well-located just off the Vrijdagsmarkt (Friday market) and within easy walking distance of the main attractions in central Ghent.
2) The unit itself. I stayed in Unit 103, which had a full-size bed, a couch, a kitchen area, a breakfast counter with stools, a large bathroom with a shower (no bath) and plenty of space in-between. The room is quite large by European standards and even by American standards. The furniture and finishings were all tasteful, modern and incredibly clean/immaculate—it’s as if the owner decorated it for him/herself and is sharing it with us. The kitchen was well-equipped with most things you’d need to do your own cooking.
3) The price. I paid 80€/night + tax midweek, much less than you’d expect to pay for a room of its size and location.

Another thing I liked about the room: the price included fast Internet access.

Three things I didn’t like about the unit:

1) CASH ONLY! The place is cash only even though the reservation requires a credit card. Booking.com doesn’t communicate this clearly enough. I don’t recall seeing “cash only” on the reservation page, and on the confirmation email, the disclosure is buried at the bottom. Perhaps for Europeans, cash-only lodging isn’t unusual, but it’s exceptionally unusual for Americans, and getting cash out of a European ATM can be an expensive endeavor. Booking.com should improve its disclosure, and the lodging operators probably should independently communicate it as well.
2) Not a hotel. As a shared pied-à-terre, it’s not run like a hotel. For example, there’s no “front desk” or any on-site staff. Instead, the proprietor comes onsite for only limited hours, and those hours may be inconvenient. The only other way to reach the proprietor real-time is to call the outside intercom, which apparently rolls over to the proprietor’s cellphone. You need to coordinate your arrival time in advance because the proprietor might not be around if you just show up.
3) Unit 103 overlooks a parking lot. The unit overlooks one of the parking lots supporting Vrijdagsmarkt. This means that, at all hours, cars will be revving their engines and drunk kids will be shouting as they go to their cars. In mitigation, the unit had quite effective double-paned windows that reduced the outside noise a lot.

Other things I didn’t like: bring your own shampoo; no air conditioning + no screens on the windows = mosquitoes in the room; if you react to hypo-allergenic pillows as I sometimes do, bring your own (I always pack a travel pillow—see http://www.epinions.com/review/Thermarest_Compressible_Pillow_CAS0086/content_435153243780).

On balance: if you expect service levels like a hotel, this place might be a little sketchy. But if you expect service levels like a pied-à-terre, then this could be a good bargain for those willing to carry a lot of cash.

Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
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Melbourne, Australia
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88 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2012

Unfortunately there was no studio apartments left so we were given the luxury apartment, which was an upgrade!

The accommodation is light, well set out and has every appliance you could ever need. Nele is the nice woman who runs the accommodation speaks brilliant english and is really helpful. She provided suggestions about where to eat and what to visit.

My partner and I only had 3 nights in Ghent, but the apartment really contributed to our brilliant stay. If we come back to Ghent any time soon we will definitely be staying here!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helsinki
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2012

I stayed in Place 2 Stay in March for 4 days with my father. The couple who run the hotel is very nice and the location could not be better! The apartment is very spacious and stylishly furnished (in a clean, modern scandinavian style) and the large terrace is really nice. Kitchen was well equipped and has everything we needed. The only downside is the very narrow and steep staircase which is not suitable for all (old or sick or people with disablities)

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2012

Without doubt this accommodation has been fully developed with the users in mind. Modern, clean and extremely close to the Vrijdagmarkt where you chill in the sun with a beer and taste pretty much whatever you like.

Well above the listed two star rating, and as a frequent visitor to Gent over the last 24 months I cannot understand why I have not stayed here sooner, have read the reviews for so long - Place 2 Stay is one place that definitely lives up to the fantastic reviews.

Does what it says on the box - and more.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Isle Of Wight
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247 reviews
58 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2011

Nicely located, and set in a newly renovated (?) building, We had everything we needed for a few days in Ghent. The kitchen area was well equipped and the studio apartment itself was spacious and furnished with good quality items. Alice the owner is very helpful.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2011

We hadn't stayed in an apartment before but this worked out very well. The building is old but has been newly converted to modern apartments. We stayed on the ground floor, actually semi basement but the location was very quiet at night so not a problem, it was a Monday so may be noiser at the weekend. Everything was shiny and new, the little kitchen area was equipped with all you needed and you had a sofa and TV, some bedside tables would have been nice. There is a very large underground car park a couple of minutes away which cost about £10 for 24 hours. The owner was very helpful with suggestions of good places to eat. Ghent is a really lovely city with lots of different things to see and do and excellent places to eat and shopping. We would love to return for a longer stay.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2011

Excellent place - this is the first time we have stopped in an apartment on a city break but it was excellent.The penthouse apartment was luxury - everything new,modern fully fitted kitchen ,leather sofas,flat screen tv ,large bathroom,separate toilet double bedroom area,rooftop terrace decking area ,I could go on The kitchen has ample supplies of tea,coffee,sugar etc Would recommend the place to anyone ,five minutes walk from the main square and restaurants about 3 mins walk away Alice the owner is full of information and is always on hand if you need her but doesnt intrude we only stayed 2 nights but wished we had stayed longer
we were there during the annual Ghent Feste a large music fetival wih a wide range of music tastes and 100's of bars in the street but we never saw any problems . only downside was the temporary structures did hide some of the architectural points of the old buildings

Room Tip: book the penthouse apartment if available
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Place 2 Stay
Address: Penitentenstraat 33, Ghent 9000, Belgium
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Region: Belgium > Flanders > East Flanders Province > Ghent
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 31 Speciality Lodging in Ghent
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Place 2 Stay 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Place 2 Stay offers luxury studio's, a penthouse suite with terrace and a two-bedroom apartment for rent on short & mid-long term in the historical city center of Ghent, only 200 meters from Vrijdagsmark. The Korenmarkt and St-Braafs Square featuring the Belfort are a 5-minute walk from Place 2 stay. Alijn House Museum is 400 meters away.All accommodation is fully furnished and equipped with all modern comfort.Our studios (32-34m²) have a double bed ; dining corner & kitchen with microwave, grill fridge & freezer as well as tea and coffee making facilities; a lounge area with flat screen tv & wifi internet access; Personal bathroom with shower and a heated towel rail. There is individual central heating and videophone.On the highest, third floor there is the penthouse apartment (72m²)for 2 persons. The penthouse has a private terrace (28m²), nice to enjoy the sun on spring and summer days. The penthouse has a dining table, a seating area with a digital flatscreen-tv and free WiFi (internet hotspot). There is an open kitchen with oven, microwave, grill, fridge & freezer and dish washing machine. The bathroom has a double lavabo and bath tube. There is a separate toilet.The two-bedroom apartment (115m²)for max 4 persons has a seating area with a digital flatscreen-tv, a working area (desk) with free WiFi (internet hotspot); a dining table. There is an open kitchen with microwave, grill, fridge & freezer and dish washing machine. The bathroom has a double lavabo and bath tube. There is a separate toilet.There is a separate storage place with wash machine and dryer, iron; available for long stays or on request.There is always possibility to add an additional bed for an extra person. Extra costs apply.Baby cot available on request, and free of charge. ... more   less 
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