Located in an old monastery, it certainly is different then your average city hotel.
The restaurant area is rather beautiful with a large garden. Eating breakfast outside when it's sunny certainly evokes a spiritual calmness. At our stay there was a special breakfast which was simply superb and correctly priced.
However the rooms are old and ugly. I get that the rooms are sober, you are staying in a renovated monastery after all. However an old TV, faded wallpaper, aged carpet ... are more depressing than sober. Especially the awful beds are terribly uncomfortable, you don't expect youth hostel bed's when you pay that much. There was some mold issues in our bathroom and the rooms are poorly isolated so we heard a lot of noises from our neighbors.
The service was decent and helpful, you get a small card of the city and we were able to stash our luggage for a day while visiting the city. It can get crowded in the reception area but that didn't bother us much. The hotel itself is located very well in the city center.
At the moment you pay simply too much for this experience. The rooms are in need of a serious renovation and the beds need to be more comfortable. A price drop could persuade us to come back, but as it stands we wont be returning soon.
I would give it a 2,5/5, but considering the beds I went with 2 rather then giving it a 3.
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- Also Known As:
- Poortackere Monasterium Ghent
- Hotel Poortackere Monasterium