Stayed at the Holiday Inn for one night - thankfully, as I think that was too much in retrospect.
Mentioned before that this is in an expo park, but very handy from the motorway. Signposting from the motorway is very limited, there is a bit of guesswork on the 1-way system, to loop back around to Ikea - the signposts only seemed to show for the hotel half way around. Apart from the main reception/food area, the rest of the hotel is in need of repair and painting - chipped concrete, and rooms that look a bit dated.
We had a family room, as had a 5year old son. The extra bed was a bit limited. Thin plasma or LCD tv in room that gave a range of european channels - French, Belgium, German, UK (BBC1/BBC2), Italian, Spanish, Turskish etc. The shower was either very hot or very cold, but everything else there was OK; and our kettle did not work.
Worst comment on the room, was that housekeeping had left the feedback details of the previous guest, who had the same comments as myself, but it also contained personal details such as name, phone, email etc. on there.
Why didn't we complain at the time?... I usually do, though had just driven for 17hours from Italy, and the idea of just a bed, which was fine, was all that we needed.
Food and drink looked expensive - I think the breakfast was about 22euros, and the comments from others was that the portions were not big. Can't comment.
A note, that you do pay extra for the car park (8,50euros; and also a local Gent tax, on a per person rate), so even if you have purchased online there are around £10 worth of extras to pay locally.
On the positive
The room was very cheap.
Internet wireless is *free* from the rooms (though need a logon code from reception), which praise to them, someone brought up to our room, at 7am in the morning.
Staff, overall, were helpful.
Very convenient for Ikea, and for once my wife and I actually enjoyed browsing Ikea without the throngs of people there usually are.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- FREE USE OF BROADBAND INTERNET IN THE ENTIRE HOTEL!Holiday Inn Gent Expo is a 4-star hotel with an entirely refurbished Atrium which is ideally situated at the crossing of the major European motorway junction (E40-E17-A17) at exit 14 - Expo and next to Flanders Expo and IKEA Gent. Furthermore hotel Holiday Inn Ghent Expo is connected with the historic city centre of Ghent: the tram stop is located at 100 metres from the hotel with a link of every 10 minutes to the city centre. This Holiday Inn hotel in Ghent is centrally located for business as well as for tourists exploring Flanders. All 169 comfortable spacious hotel rooms have double glazed windows and are air-conditioned, equipped with minibar, LCD flatscreen TV and coffee & tea making facilities. The eye-catching Atrium, under a huge glass roof and glazed elevators, is the heart of the hotel. Here you will find our trendy Atrium Restaurant with a unique design. The cuisine is contemporary, associating light and refined meals with inventive Belgian flavours. The Lounge Wine Bar is the meeting point in the surroundings. The atrium, bar, lobby and meeting rooms offer free wireless high speed Internet (WIFI)! Looking for a meeting place in Gent? Holiday Inn hotel Ghent offers 9 meeting rooms with natural daylight. ... more less
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