I've stayed in a few Ibis' now and pretty much know what to expect; basic but clean, no-nonsense accommodation. The bathroom, as usual for this chain, is very small but the bedroom roomy enough with adequate space for our weekend stay. Only slight quibble about the room was that it got rather warm at night, there was air-con but we didn't touch it, however it appeared to kick in by itself in the early hours!
Not exactly service with a smile at reception but we soon learned this seems to be more down to the nature of people in Ghent, seeming fairly dour at first until you crack the surface! :-)
The location was great. Given the choice between this and the Ibis near the cathedral, we went for this, slightly cheaper option (fairly pricey for an Ibis but hotels appear to be on the expensive side here) and were perfectly happy with the location of this hotel. Its on the main #1 tram route into town, with a stop just outside the door. The hotel itself is a short stroll into the historic centre, via the main shopping street.
We didn't opt for breakfast at 14 Euro (gulp!), intending to go to a nearby cafe. Discovered that cafe's don't open too early around here but got lucky in finding a bakery on the shopping street, so stocked up with fresh bread and pastries for the rest of our stay.
The bar seemed pricey for an Ibis, however was pretty much on a par with the area and was a pleasant place to finish off our first evening with a late night coffee.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The ibis Gent Centrum Opera is an economy hotel located in the vibrant medieval city centre of Ghent. With close proximity to all major touristic attractions as the 'Gravensteen' Castle and in the very heart of the shopping centre. The hotel is easily accessible by tram from the station. The tram stops in front of the hotel. The hotel is an ideal point of departure to discover the local museums as well as the Saint Bavo's Cathedral with the famous altarpiece 'Adoration of the Mystic Lamb'. The hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with a high speed Wi-Fi internet access and a trendy bar. On-site parking with possibility to store your bicycle. GLBT friendly hotel. Pets allowed. Meeting and luggage room available. There is a tram stop in front of the hotel, convenient travel connections to Bruges, Brussels and Antwerp. You can easily get to your business meeting or visit the well known landmarks in the four medieval cities of Flanders. The ibis Gent Centrum Opera hotel is located in Ghent within the entertainment and shopping district. The 134 rooms are equipped with the new Sweet Bed. The practical and inviting ibis room boasts all the features you want most including international TV channels and a bathroom with shower. Enjoy a treat or chill out with a drink in our friendly bar. All rooms are 100% non-smoking and there is complimentary Wi-Fi for all guests throughout the building. Ibis Gent Centrum Opera is ready to adjust to your schedule. Reception is open 24 hours a day to help with any of your queries. The Dawn of a Brand New Breakfast... Breakfast will never be boring again. Enjoy making your own Brussels waffles and try our different kinds of fresh baked bread, rolls and fresh squeezed orange juice. You can relax and enjoy our buffet daily from 6.30am to 10am (11am on the Weekend and Bank Holidays). Hotel with on-site parking, luggage room and place to store your bicycle. With convenient travel connections and only a 30 minutes drive to Bruges and less then one hour to Brussels and Antwerp. Hotel ibis Gent Centrum Opera is the ideal point of departure to visit the four most famous medieval cities in Flanders. The ibis Gent Centrum Opera hotel is located downtown Ghent within the entertainment and shopping district and offers the perfect base to explore the city. You can easily get to your business meeting or see the famous landmarks of nearby attractions including the Saint Bavo Cathedral with its famous Altarpiece 'Adoration of the Mustic Lamb' and the unique city centre located 'Gravensteen Castle'. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ibis Gent Centrum Opera Hotel Ghent
- Ibis Hotel Ghent
- Accor Gent Centrum Opera