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Hotel Castel
Ranked #25 of 37 Hotels in Ghent
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Short break to Ghent”
Reviewed 4 December 2011

Just returned from two nights at this hotel and I can't fault the place. The hotel is run by a husband and wife couple and they cannot be more helpful. On checking we were given a map and info brochure on Ghent and told about the trams to the main centre although it is only a 20 min walk. The hotel is located right opposite the train station. The room was recently decorated and spotlessly clean. Breakfast was continental with plenty of choice. There is also a brasserie which sells local Belgian beer at the hotel which is open in the evenings - we ate there both evenings and the food was of a restaurant quality but reasonable priced. If we ever return to Ghent, then we would stay in this hotel. It is ideally situated by the station as we were travelling to Brugges and Antwerp during our stay, which was ideal and the short tram ride into the centre of Ghent itself made this hotel ideal.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2011

The hotel is 2 minutes walk from Gent-St-Piters station so it was very handy for us and our luggage. I'd booked through booking.com, and from what I remember I was given the option of a room for 2 people, which was either a double bed or 2 single beds - so in the comments box I asked for 2 singles. Upon arrival I was told that the room would be €7 more expensive for the 2 singles, or we could take the double. Either this is my memory playing tricks on me or there may have been some confusion between booking.com and the owner. Either way, there seems to be 2 seperate room types now on booking.com each with different prices.

Anyway the room was fine & clean - not as spacious and a little more expensive than the other places I stayed at in Belgium, but regardless it was ok for the price. Getting into the town centre is easy on the number 1 tram and there are plenty bars and restaurants around.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Aussie in UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2011

I stayed here in May 2010 with my sister for a short break to Belgium from the UK. We chose it mostly for the location to the train station and price. Breakfast was good. I cannot really fault the hotel and all the positives other people have said are true, good sized room, clean, friendly staff. The only bad thing I would say was our room was on the main road/square and it was quite noisy if you had the window open. We checked out late on our last day (we stayed for two nights) as it was raining and our train didn't leave until the afternoon. This cost a little bit extra but I don't think it was much, maybe 10 Euros for every hour extra.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with friends
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2011

We stayed here one night and has three rooms.

Due to a change in the Belgian law it is not allowed to smoke inside public places anymore since July 1st, 2011. Hotel Castel took this event as an opportunity to redecorate the hotel and restaurant completely.

Rooms:
The rooms are spacious and new. A double bed has the matrasses and the sheets apart (so not fighting your partner for the sheets). The bath room is quite big and is clean. As far as we could see, there was only one minus: the absence of AirCon. That is not a problem when the weather is cold, but in case of a hot day it is not very convenient. Sleeping with the window open has two disadvantages: it can be noisy around the station, although that did not bother us much, and musquitos can be a problem.

Hotel:
Across the street of the central station of Gent, with tram stops in front of that station. Tram 1 will take you to the center in about 7 minutes and tickets can be bought easily at ticket machines (EUR 1,20 for one way, 10-trip tickets for EUR 8,00). The hotel/restaurant is specialized in Belgian beers, so if you are a connaisseur of beers than you can certainly be happy here. The female owner can tell you a lot about those beers (I thick there are 2,152 Belgian beers, if I remember her words correctly). The hotel is family run and they are very helpful and friendly. Breakfast was nice, but could use more variety. Parking is quite easy around the hotel, but you can only pay for maximum of half a day (EUR 2.00). On the other side of the station is a parking garage where you can park for EUR 10.00 for one day.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Hillerod, Denmark
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Reviewed 10 June 2011

Hotel-Brasserie Castel in Gent is a small, but very, very nice hotel. We were 3 friends staying in a family room, which was excellent. The room has a lot of space for 3-4 adults, it's newly modernized and very comfortable. The elevator is actually riding all the way to the 4th floor.
The hotel is very clean everywhere and the owners, which also are eating breakfast together with the guests, is very nice and attentive to all your needs. The refrigerator in the room broke down and in no time, we got a new and the lady from the hotel even put our beers in the refrigerator so they was cool when we came back.
Parking is a little bit difficult at the moment because of roadworks, but the underground parking lot at the train station is fine. 10 euro's per day is an ok price.
The only recommendation is that aircondition in the room would be very nice. In hot weather, the rooms are hot as well and when opening the windows, some noice from the trams can be a little annoying.
My advice when you are travelling to Ghent: Use this hotel, it has very good value for the money.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Somerset
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2011

The family room we stayed in was ideal having two bedrooms, bathroom and separate toilet and was good value compared to other accommodation I'd looked at. The hotel is close to the train station and trams stop close by so very convenient for transport in to the centre. May be a bit noisy for some if windows were left open but when closed no problems at all. The owners who also own the bar downstairs were friendly and helpful. The bar had a vast choice of Belgian beers at reasonable prices and food was simple but tasty, also other bars and eateries in the immediate vicinity. The hotel is also conveniently close to underground parking at the railway station for 10 euros per day. The walk in to the centre is about 20 mins but as there are two art galleries close by in a park, you could break your journey there, or alternatively get on the cheap efficient trams instead with various ticket options available.

Room Tip: Family room spacious and good value.
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  • Stayed April 2011
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Dublin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2010

Very friendly staff. Very clean and well-maintained rooms. The Castel is right in front of the train station (sint-pieters) and about 15 minutes walk to the city centre. My room was 67.50 a night + 2.50 city tax - but at 70 euro a night was about 20 euro cheaper than the other hotels I came across. The hotel has a bar and a restaurant but I did not eat/drink there so cannot comment.

Because of its location - next to the train station - there is a lot of traffic outside, especially from early in the morning. It did not bother me, but it might bother some people, so it's worth keeping in mind.

With regard hidden charges - the hotel has wi-fi, but charges four euro a day for access.

I would recommend this hotel to my friends and family. I had no problems whatsoever.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled on business
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Property: Hotel Castel
Address: Koningin Maria Hendrikaplein 9, Ghent 9000, Belgium
Region: Belgium > Flanders > East Flanders Province > Ghent
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #25 of 37 Hotels in Ghent
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Castel 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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