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Holiday Inn Express Gent
Ranked #17 of 37 Hotels in Ghent
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Good base for touring”
Reviewed 31 August 2005

Stayed here on 13th Aug after booking direct on holiday inn website to get a rate of 60euros for a night , without breakfast. The hotel itself is not pretty to look at, but is handy for the intersection of the E17 and 40 motorways, giving easy access to Brussels/Ghent/ with Bruges being about 30 mins drive. As it was away from housing etc I felt the carpark was secure with a lot of duty frees / presents in the boot of my car. The room had two double beds and was spacious for a family of four, and the coffee making facilities were appreciated after a lack of them in france. After a hard days tourism the small hotel pool was excellant for an unwind with the children, I think it stayed open until 2300? As we ate out I can't comment on the food / bars and the reception staff were friendly and spoke good english.
Overall it is a good base to tour from, well located ( unless walking ) at a pretty good rate and we would use it again.

  • Stayed August 2005
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Reviewed 9 August 2005

We stayed in the Holiday Inn Gent solely to break up the long drive from Dunkerque, France to the north of Germany. The Holiday Inn is a large (and from the outside, unattractive!) five-storey concrete block located at the intersection of the E40 and E17 motorways.

Rooms were of a perfectly reasonable size and were clean. Our room (for two people) had two comfortable double beds, a TV, trouser press, hair dryer, etc. We weren't expecting much of a view and our room looked out to the motorway.

The bathroom was clean, although showing signs of age, and the shower was good. Ample towels were supplied and a sign stated that Reception had complimentary toiletries, if required.

The restaurant had only a very limited number of dishes to choose from, prices were not cheap and quality was definetely below what I'd have expected. I opted for a dish from their hot buffet which I was told would be turkey fillets. It was, however, some of processed stuff, like slices of a very smooth textured sausage - clearly NOT turkey fillets. However, the staff were friendly and helpful. It would probably have been better to eat in the bar area, which offered several pasta dishes, etc., and was much cheaper.

The breakfast buffet was made up of a good selection of food, including cold meats, cheese and salmon, yogurts, cereals, fruit, several types of bread and pastries, etc. Breakfast was much better than the previous night's dinner.

All in all, the Holiday Inn was suitable for our needs, namely a bed for the night to break up a long journey. The location was convenient for us, but may not be ideal for tourists visiting Gent - it's 3 miles or so from the city centre. As I understand, there are buses but the last one returns at about 23:00. Lastly, check out the bar menu before you head to the restaurant, it may well cost you a lot less and provide you with a better selection.

LB, London

  • Stayed July 2005
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Reviewed 28 June 2003

Stayed here June 12th, 2003. It was sheer heaven after the previous 2 nights in a B&B dive in Brugge (t' Geerwijn). Staff was wonderful and offered an upgrade to Exec Suite for an additl 25 Euro. Room was clean and spacious with all amenities (I kissed the elevator on the way up!).
The only thing I would consider on the flip side is it is not in town center, but with a killer rate I did not mind the short bus trip which lets off in front of hotel cost of one Euro (rooms were hard to find in the town of Gent).

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Property: Holiday Inn Express Gent
Address: Akkerhage 2, Ghent 9000, Belgium
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Region: Belgium > Flanders > East Flanders Province > Ghent
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#10 Family Hotel in Ghent
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Express Gent 3*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Find your gateway to Flanders with convenient transport connections close to the Holiday Inn Express Gent hotel.Just a couple of minutes from the convenient E17 motorway and 4km from medieval Gent city centre, make the contemporary Holiday Inn Express Gent your base for exploring the Flanders region. Major business centres such as Brussels and Brugge are within 35 minutes' drive of your welcoming Gent hotel.You can reach Holiday Inn Express Gent via regular rail services from Brussels Airport, which arrive into Gent St-Pieters station, 3km from the hotel. We have an ample car park, which adds good value to your stay. Your spacious Guest room is the ideal environment for catching up on work with free WiFi. The hotel is close to popular sights in the city, notably the atmospheric charm of the medieval Old Town including St Bavo's Cathedral, with its mystical paintings. Tram 4 and Bus 8 stop at walking distance and will bring you anywhere in the city at regular intervals. For the great outdoors, try Belgium's northern coastal resorts, within a 40-minute drive from us. Kids under 18 stay for free with their parents in one of our spacious Guest rooms. This Green Key eco-label certified hotel offers a free charging point for electrical vehicles, and a Tesla Supercharger station. Help yourself to a hot drink and the complimentary continental breakfast options at Holiday Inn Express Gent. Our helpful staff can advise you on which city-centre attractions to visit. ... more   less 
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