We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Peaceful, pleasant, perfect location, and good value”

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 10 more sites!
Poortackere Monasterium Hotel
Ranked #28 of 37 Hotels in Ghent
Georgia, United States
Level Contributor
22 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Peaceful, pleasant, perfect location, and good value”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

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).

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank prof_voyager
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

313 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    43
    103
    73
    48
    46
See reviews for
32
94
53
67
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (24)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
38 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2014

This guest house, in a fomer monestery, is simple, quirky, fairly central, quiet and full of character, but certainly not a choice for anyone wanitng the international luxuary hotel experience. I love the simplicity, don't mind the lack of TV or en-suite facilities. I also love the character, the chapel and the simple rooms, and have stayed several times. For me it beats a stay in a modern chain any day. It does have good fast wi-fi

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Itinerantflaneur
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level Contributor
47 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Monasterium is old and not a luxury hotel, but is charming and clean. Excellent breakfast serve in a wonderful medieval saloon. Receptionist are kind, and gardens are beautiful. very well located near saint michel bridge and church.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Aticauac
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Aylesford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
112 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2013

I stayed here for two nights last weekend. There was a quiet parking area at the back for my motorcycle although as she had just been restored, under cover parking would have been nice. The building is astonishing and was still a monastery until four years ago. My room was tiny with a single bed, and the washhand basin had just one tap - for cold water only. At 15 euros I chose to have a much cheaper coffee and croisant else where in the city. Only ten minutes walk from the hotel, and I found myself in the city centre. Ghent is a stunning place and more 'genuine' that it's neighbour Bruges. The people are very friendly and have a deserved reputation for hospitality. For a good place to eat, the Thai restaurant 'Witte Elephant' is exceptional and only 100m from the hotel. I would defintely stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank PaulNa
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Turnhout, Belgium
Level Contributor
41 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2013

Well located hotel, near the historic center.
Big room but not so luxurious.
Hotel has more potential, it's very outdated and needs urgently some modernization without losing the authentic character.

Friendly staff and very nice breakfast!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Jimmy V
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Oxford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
43 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2013

We had a group booking (6 people) for the large dormitory. When we arrived we were offered an annexe apartment around the corner (2 min walk). This was at no extra cost which worked out at great value.

We had 3 double rooms in the annexe building which was preferable to all sharing a giant single room. The apartment was well equipped for self-catering and had a living room and TV. I would recommend this option for groups.

The staff were very friendly and accommodating and the old monastery had a cool feel.

This hotel was ideally placed for visiting the excellent city of Ghent and I would recommend it.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank paulk431
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2013

The rooms are dirty and the furniture is many years old. Including the bedding. We found various types of insects in the rooms as well as stains on the bathroom floor, bed linen, and curtains. We found a flattened spider under our bed covers!!!

The receptionist is rude and appears incompetent as she constantly mixed up the names of room occupants (tried to give me the bill for someone else s room), did not know which room was occupied (gave me the key to an occupied room twice), and did not manage the booking correctly (did not know that some of us had booked in for an additional night).

Due to the bad organization, 2 people had to move room in the middle of the day ( in Ghent for work and this was incredibly inconvenient) and when one of these did not make it on time they found their belongings stuffed in their bag and out in the hallway.

The breakfast is definitely NOT worth the money. There is plenty of shops and cafes around the area so rather spend the money there.

All in all the whole experience is on about the level of a badly maintained youth hostel but with 3 star hotel prices.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Jana D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers are raving about these Ghent hotels

Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Ghent hotels
0.4 mi away
Ibis Gent Centrum Opera
0.5 mi away
Ghent River Hotel
Ghent River Hotel
#10 of 37 in Ghent
960 reviews
0.4 mi away
Ibis Gent Centrum St-Baafs Kathedraal
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.2 mi away
Hotel Onderbergen
Hotel Onderbergen
#11 of 37 in Ghent
328 reviews
0.2 mi away
Erasmus
Erasmus
#21 of 37 in Ghent
151 reviews
0.4 mi away
NH Gent Belfort
NH Gent Belfort
#6 of 37 in Ghent
2,104 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Poortackere Monasterium Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Poortackere Monasterium Hotel

Property: Poortackere Monasterium Hotel
Address: Oude Houtlei 56, Ghent 9000, Belgium
Region: Belgium > Flanders > East Flanders Province > Ghent
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 37 Hotels in Ghent
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Poortackere Monasterium Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 54
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Ebookers, Priceline, Odigeo, Hotels.com, Travel Republic (UK), TripOnline SA, Traveltool, S.L.U., Hotel.de, Evoline ltd, HotelQuickly and Cancelon so you can book your Poortackere Monasterium Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Poortackere Monasterium Ghent
Hotel Poortackere Monasterium

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing