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“Basic but Atmospheric and Romantic”
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Erasmus
Ranked #21 of 37 Hotels in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence
Derby, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Basic but Atmospheric and Romantic”
Reviewed 2 January 2012

Conference accommodation usually involves annonymous boxes within boxes run by familiar names. Erasmus' webite offered an escape I was only too keen to take (and about 10e cheaper than the offcial conference hotel). Following a knock on the heavy wooden door I walked back 400 years. Worth staying just to enjoy the feeling of entering a Merchant house from a (not too) busy street. Facilities are very basic but there is a lovely drawing room to sit and read, and oil paintings abound. My single room was dark and small but clean and comfortable and I loved it! Breakfast was a simple buffet. Really this hotel should only be a 3/5 but if, like me, you are a romantic at heart, it is a very good value 4. Sadly the suit of armour is a replica.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled on business
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Long Crendon, Bucks, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2011

This is a very atmospheric hotel with a delightful knot garden viewed from the breakfast room. I stayed for one night with a friend who had left his wallet behind, we realised, when we were waiting to get back on Eurostar in Brussels, The receptionist was a bit diffident about disturbing the new guests in my friends room but did so and very helpfully arranged for the wallet to be sent back to London recorded delivery. The ground floor room I had was atmospheric but very dusty - needed a bit of a blitz. Also very dark as it faces out into a subterranean cellar area - it could do with some nice subdued lighting in the room as the top light was too bright and the side lamp too dull - it wouldn't take much to lift it. Also one window had no mosquito grille - I didn't mind, but it was a 1.5 metre drop if you fell out of the window! The bathroom was a bit 70s-perfectly adequate, but again could do with a lift and slightly less basic/thin towels. The breakfast was fine and plenty of it and the location is pretty central. Upper rooms seemed much nicer - but staircase is steep if you have mobility problems. Certainly OK for the price - but thick grey dust not acceptable! I would go again but would take an upper room and stress it needs dusting before I arrive -and my standards are not over -high!

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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London
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Reviewed 19 October 2011

The building is a 15th century town house so is quite interesting historically, but my room was incredibly dark and the owners are obviously very keen on energy-saving lightbulbs, which didn't help. The general air was one of slight shabbiness (one of the curtains was apparently falling off), but, on the plus side, the bed was very comfortable and the breakfast was good - and eaten in a lovely room overlooking the garden. There was a good amount of storage as well. One warning: there is no lift (understandable given the building's age) and the main staircase is steep - anyone unsure on their feet might find it difficult to negotiate, especially with luggage.

The location is excellent, in a quiet road behind the Graslei/Koranlei in Ghent's historic centre.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Michigan
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

Very charming place with loads of character. A stones throw from historic Ghent, which is an amazing town! The staff was friendly and helpful, rooms were lovely and breakfast was delicious.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled on business
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 30 March 2011

I had a really good stay at Erasmus Hotel, though I principally just used it for sleeping and eating breakfast. It's a very atmospheric hotel - and I chose to see the rather steep stairs (no elevator) as an element of charm rather than a problem. Could be a problem for older people, though.
The room was just right for my needs - maybe a little small for two people (there were two beds), but that may be the reason why I was given this room as a solo traveler. Nothing spectacular, but clean and sort of cosy.
The location is wonderful, near the river and really quite central, but still far enough from the area where it might be noisy.
Nice breakfast, but again, nothing too spectacular.

The only thing I had a problem with were the bed lamps. The light's too poor - I found it difficult to read by them. Plus the view from the bedroom window - a brick wall.
But still better than no window at all

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled solo
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2010

Great location, right after the St.Michaels bridge,
it's a pity we had to carry large suitcase to the attic where was our room (no elevator).
The room was very spacey but they save on electricity so we could barely see something in the evening.
The breakfast was timid but the dining room was very attractive.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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Belgrade, Serbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2010

I really don’t understand all these people complaining about this hotel. Hello – how much opportunity each of them had to sleep in a beautiful 17th century old building? Oh, yes, some things could be refurbished – but who would like ikea furniture or something “modern” in such a beautiful hotel and city?!
The room had everything that we needed for a short stay – beds were ok, we had TV, hair dryer, coffee maker, selection of teas and coffee... The breakfast was in the most beautiful space, with a view to a garden (see photo) and with an old knight’s suit of armor. And we had Villeroy & Boch plates and cups (old-fashioned that fit so good in that interior), but I suppose that people who complain do not now about Villeroy & Boch at all. The breakfast itself was so tasty – different kind of hams and cheeses, as well as other options for sweet breakfast. In small, old-fashion lobby room, there was an old piano and small organ. Everything was really classy, with a style. Ok, a little bit old, but fancy old, like some old, but very nice queen.
So, for people who want “modern” and who would prefer some cold space without soul – don’t go to Erasmus. Everyone else – go and enjoy!

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled on business
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Property: Erasmus
Address: Poel 25, Ghent 9000, Belgium
Region: Belgium > Flanders > East Flanders Province > Ghent
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Ranked #21 of 37 Hotels in Ghent
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Erasmus 2*
Number of rooms: 11
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