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“Lovely hotel in wonderful location”
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Hotel Harmony
Ranked #2 of 39 Hotels in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 November 2008

I spent ages looking for a hotel in Ghent, and in the end I decided to go for broke and book the Hotel Harmony, which was at that time number one on the Trip Advisor listings for Ghent.

The location of the hotel is fantastic, right on one of the attractive canals in Ghent, with the trendy Patershol district behind. Although it is a big city, the centre of Ghent is quiet and peaceful and it is very easy to walk to the main sights or restaurants in the evening. The nearest tram stop, by the castle, is no more than a minute or so away.

The check in was friendly and efficient. We booked a cosy room, which turned out to be on the ground floor opening onto a small courtyard. The weather was very cold during our stay in Ghent, and it was reassuring to know that we had a warm and comfortable room to which we could return. I would presume that the temperature would be adjusted downwards in the summer. The room was spacious and the wall mounted satellite TV had both BBC1 and BBC2. The electronic safe was a real bonus, but I didn't use the internet at all.

The toilet/shower room was all in one and could get a little slippy, but the towel rail meant that it quickly dried. One small gripe...it was a pity that there was no separate light for the toilet, meaning that a visit to the loo in the night woke my room mate.

The breakfast was a generous cold buffet with pastries, jam, cereal, cold meat, cheese and fish. There was an egg boiling machine and a toaster. Scrambled, poached and fried eggs were available on request, and you could also ask for waffles, which were delicious.

The hotel is not a cheap option, but I am pleased that I chose it, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 October 2008

Whilst it is true that the hotel is very well located, the staff are friendly (when you can find them - the evening Receptionist appears to treble up as room service deliverer and barman) and the breakfast spread is appetising, the hotel is badly let down by poor attention to detail/design faults.

Most importantly, it is impossible to regulate the air conditioning to a sensible temperature. You can have "off" or "freezer cabinet"; the thermostat is completely ineffective at producing anything in-between.

Secondly, the only bed covering available is a thick duvet. There is no alternative available - no blankets for example.

Thirdly, the lighting in the bedroom is extremely dim.

Fourthly, the hotel's in-room TV-based internet is unworkably slow. There is one pc in the bar at which you can access the internet for a steep fee but the hotel discourages this when the bar has customers. The internet cafe within 10 minutes walk is filthy.

Fifthly, the shower and toilet in the room are in the same small space with no door between. Once you have taken a shower, the floor around the toilet will be wet.

Finally, the hotel's car park (which you must pre-book) is awkward. You descend a very steep slope into a basement with pillars into which 6 cars are squeezed. If you have a large car, entry and exit are quite a struggle.

The hotel is expensive and at these prices, I think the customer has the right to expect a lot better.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank mjk43
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Reviewed 11 August 2008

We have just returned from a fabulous stay at the Harmony

The hotel is canalside in the city centre and hugely convenient for all Ghent's attractions, plus the bars and restaurants

We had a duplex room in the annex which was super cute with a lounge and kitchen then a spiral staircase up to a four poster bed and bathroom upstairs. The whole place oozed design style and was a lovely apartment to sit in between bouts of sightseeing

All the staff were really friendly. No-one minded when we were the last down to breakfast at a very civilised 11am! We loved trying the local Jenever and thought the free drink voucher was a real treat.

This hotel is stunning and we would strongly recommend it

  • Stayed: August 2008
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Thank Karen7
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Reviewed 10 August 2008

Just returned from a lovely romantic weekend in Ghent.

We stayed at Hotel Harmony (inspired by the many possitive reviews on this web-site : we weren't disappointed!). We stayed at room 11, located above reception and has a beautiful bay window, overlooking the canal.

For impressions of the room and its view, see our pictures. What I didn't capture very well is the bath room: bath, rainforrest shower, etc etc - very nice indeed.

The first night we ate at The Ray (next door), a very nice and cosy Indian restaurant. The second night we had a (pre-booked) 5 course dinner, including drinks, at 'Karel de Stoute'. Very very good.

In the morning a very good breakfast, with lots of choice, is waiing for you. But don't let it stop you to ask for a Wafel, you'll regret not to!

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Duikertje
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Reviewed 31 July 2008

We only spent one night in the Harmony Hotel on our way from Holland to the UK, but what a Great hotel.
Had an "exceptional room" which overlooked the canal and despite the weather had a great view. Room was lovely and the large bathroom something special with glass sliding doors and relaxing bath.
The hotel is also in a great position for the castle, churches, boat trips and restaurants (and shopping.....unfortunately !!!) which with the persistant rain was a real bonus as we ducked in and out of all these attractions but never more than a few minutes from the Hotel.
Bar, and buffet breakfast very good with hot food available as well.
Parking only available in Public parking but again only a few minutes walk.
Will definitely try and stay again but only if we can get some nice weather.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank alnkag
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Reviewed 15 July 2008

Positive points:

* Great location next to the canal
* Friendly helpful staff

Negative points:

* I would not call our "Deluxe room" Deluxe as it was not very big and had a sloping ceiling (the roof) in part of it therefore limiting standing space.

*The hotel room did not feel "deluxe" in its facilities ie no coffee making facilities for example that one might expect in a hotel of that class.

*There only seemed to be one member of staff around in the evening who had to come to the bar to make our drinks for us.

* We were offered a free drink to the value of 3€ but the price list is a bit misleading as we each ordered a gin and tonic and the gin was priced at 4€ (we were happy to pay the 1€ difference each) but when we checked out, we saw on our bill that the tonic added to our drinks was extra.

OVERALL THE HOTEL WAS FINE FOR ONE NIGHT BUT IF I HAD ARRIVED THERE TO STAY FOR MORE NIGHTS, I WOULD HAVE BEEN QUITE DISSAPOINTED AND MOST IMPORTANTLY BY THE HOTEL ROOM ITSELF.

Stayed: July 2008
2  Thank LucyBrussels
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Reviewed 30 June 2008

We stayed at Hotel Harmony for the last three nights of our honeymoon. The hotel is easy to get on public transport. We arrived at Gent station and caught the tram along Line No 1 to Gravensteen castle.

The hotel was contemporary but also felt cosy. We had an executive room and were in the annex. Our room was large with all mod cons, including a small kitchenette area. The bathroom was well appointed with a good shower, and a spa bath.

The hotel is in a fantastic location, just a few minutes’ walk from the main historical attractions (Belfort, St Baafskathedraal etc).

There are many restaurants on the doorstep of the hotel, (on Oudburg and Corduwaniersstraat) and we ate extremely well whilst in Gent! We had great meals at the following:

Casa del las tapas (Spanish) at Corduwaniersstraat, 41.
Cantina Mexicana at Oudburg, 40.
Al Castello (Italian) at Geldmunt 2.
Souplounge at Zuivelbrugstraat, 6. (Good value for a tasty instant lunch)

Hotel Harmony has a nice outdoor pool. Unfortunately it rained for most of our stay so we didn’t get to try it out!

The only negative was that the internet access (via the TV) is slow and difficult to use. But, most people probably have laptops and would use the Wi-fi option.

The hotel staff were very friendly and were happy to make restaurant reservations for us, and give advice on things to do.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank Parkie55
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Additional Information about Hotel Harmony

Address: Kraanlei 37, Ghent 9000, Belgium
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Region: Belgium > Flanders > East Flanders Province > Ghent
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Ghent
#3 Romantic Hotel in Ghent
#4 Business Hotel in Ghent
#4 Family Hotel in Ghent
Price Range: £120 - £175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Harmony 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This luxurious family-run hotel in the Patershol suburb of Gent offers 40 unique rooms in 3 historic buildings. Harmony benefits from a swimming pool, fitness and is 10 minutes' walk from St Bavo's Cathedral.Each of the rooms at Hotel Harmony feature warm décor, modern bathrooms and some rooms have views of the oldest parts of the city. The air-conditioned rooms also boast satellite TV, a work desk and a minibar.The elegant lounge features dark-wood décor and serves drinks including wines and cocktails. ... more   less 
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