After a very positive stay in February (see earlier review) I returned to Gent and the Cour St. Georges last week.
Everything I wrote about perfect location and good service remains valid, but I begin to understand some of the criticism levelled at the rooms. Last time I had a room on the 1st floor above the entrance and was very happy with it. This time I had room #2 on the ground floor at the back. On paper it should have been a better room, slightly larger with a bath instead of a shower, and a private balcony outside.
Unfortunately it was hellishly hot - despite very average (+-19C) temperatures outside. The central heating radiators weren't to blame, it was actually a section of wall that was almost painfully hot to the touch. Apparently the hot water plumbing was completely uninsulated there. Thoughtful staff had placed a large fan next to the bed, and with open windows, a single sheet and the fan at full blast I had a pleasant night - but I dread to think what a really hot night would have been like.
Also the bathroom looked luxurious with marble and chrome everywhere, but the hose connecting the tap to the shower head over the bath was too short, so I couldn't have the shower at full height. As I'm fairly tall, that meant having to bend over to get completely covered.
In the end I still had an OK stay, but I'm much less lyrical than I was last time. Advice is to keep away from rooms at the back on the left. It's stil a nice hotel, but your mileage may vary dramatically depending on the room. Bigger isn't necessarily better.
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