This was the cheapest place I could find for a 3-night stay in Ghent since all the B&B in town were quite full around that time (last minute booking). I wanted to stay in a place that was close to the historic city center. Upon arrival at the Gent-St.Pieters train station with luggages, I opted to take the taxi to the monastery which cost me 12 euros. I arrived at the monastery at 1pm and was able to check-in early.
I booked the single guestroom and was assigned Room 2.7 I think. It was the second room down the second floor hallway. There was an elevator that took me straight to second floor. The room is tiny with basically a bed, a chair, a sink with mirror and a cupboard. Floors were squeaky and walls are thin. I could hear my neighbour's snoring all through the night. Yikes! Aside from that, the room was clean with very stable Wi-Fi. I typically shower at night and it appears that I'm the first one using the shower stall after their daily cleaning, so the showers were really clean each time i use it with plenty of hot water and great water pressure. The lights in the hallway were also motion-sensed, so it's pretty dark when you first walk down the hallway despite the night-lights at the end of the hallway. The lights turn on on its own once you start walking. The washrooms were located between each floor by the staircases.
The tourist spots were all within walking distance from the monastery and the tram station to/from Gent-St. Pieters station were also within 10-min walking distance. The tram ride itself was within 10 minutes. Once you start heading toward the city center, there are plenty of coffee shops for breakfasts, which I prefer over the 17.5 euros hot/cold breakfast at the monastery.
Overall, I would say this is a cheap and convenient location to stay for a solo traveller. The area is quite safe and within walking distances from the city center. If you are a light sleeper, I would suggest bringing ear plugs with you since the walls are thin. Check-In/Out went very smoothly and the receptionists were very kind. I paid 46 euros/night here.
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