The Poortackere Monasterium is well worth what you pay for it. I had a hard time finding a remotely affordable place to stay in Ghent for a recent last minute weekend trip. I ended up staying in a "slot" at the Poortackere Monasterium. It was a lovely choice.
I booked online through the website, which was easy enough. I took a cab from the train station, but took the tram on the way back. Much cheaper and just about as easy, if you are able to carry your luggage the few short blocks to the tram stop.
The staff were very professional and courteous -- gave me advice (when I asked) about what to go see and do, and how to get there. I found every one of the staff to be pleasant and helpful.
The slots are small simple rooms where the nuns used to sleep. Mine contained a perfectly comfortable single bed, a small desk built into an old brick fireplace, a huge (11 feet tall or so) wardrobe, a sink and two lovely "church" windows. The room was quiet -- even though I was told several times that the hotel was full. I slept wonderfully - and awoke each morning to birds singing at my window. There are shared toilets on the half levels (half a flight up or down from each floor) and there were a couple of shower rooms on the same level as my slot. The shower rooms and toilet rooms were clean and in good working order. There was a robe & pair of slippers in my room. I think that some rooms are en suite.
Breakfast was fine - and consisted of an assortment of both warm and cold foods -- yogurt, fruit, eggs, sausages, bacon, breads & pastries,cheeses, vegetables. It was a pretty standard buffet - nothing great but certainly adequate. The breakfast room itself, like the rest of the place was lovely and quaint.
You can see from other travelers' pictures of some of the rooms and public spaces -- that the building and grounds are unique and lovely. In all, I found the place completely charming and WELL worth the cost, which was so much more affordable than other options in the area.
The location couldn't be better. It is only a block or two away from St. Michael's bridge and the walk down the canal to the Castle of the Counts. However, that block or so really shelters the monastery from the bustle of the denser tourist areas.
I would definitely stay here again if I visit Ghent. And, I really do hope to visit Ghent again in the future. I was enchanted by all of it (especially in contrast to Brussels, which I found more crowded, less friendly, and dreary).
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