Like others I had read the reviews in Trip Advisor. My only complaint for the Alpha was not having received the door entry code before I arrived. I enjoyed my stay very much. The bed was wonderful, I slept like a rock.
The night I arrived in Ghent/Gent the weather was cold and blowing winds. At the train station, there were no taxis, so after waiting for 40 minutes I decided to walk, pulling my luggage and wearing my backpack. So by the time I arrived at Alpha B&B, I REALLY wanted a warm place to sit and a warm drink of any type. The house number is difficult to see, and the street addresses are numbered "funny". Marc, please email the door code ahead of time. My cell phone did not work so I also had to go to the corner and beg the local shopkeeper to call Marc who gave me the code, he said to make myself at home, so I did.
Trying to stop any colds or flu from starting, I consumed a full bottle of the orange juice in the refrigerator, and some WONDERFUL tea biscuits, and 2 cups of hot tea. Thanks Marc. It was late and I had been up for 30 hours, so I crashed early.
The next morning I was up early and was not aware that breakfast was at 8:00 a.m. so I made my own coffee and waited for Marc. When he arrived he prepared fresh breads, jelly and jams, coffee, tea, meats, cheeses, and took orders for hard or soft cooked eggs (the breakfast was more than anyone could eat.) It was a wonderful and filling breakfast.
When I had trouble using my laptop, Marc was so kind and helpful to assist me in attempting several things to get it working. Others staying the same nights had no problems with their laptops and Alpha's wireless network, so I'm sure it was my problem. When that failed, Marc let me to use his computer. It is nice of him to have that PC available to guests, but be aware, it has a French keyboard so the letters are in different location than the standard English keyboard.
I met his cleaning lady both mornings. Even though she does not speak English, she was very pleasant. Marc is a great guy and this is his business and source of income. I offered some suggestions to him and he took the comments very well and hopefully will consider them when he has to change things in the future.
The location of the B&B could not have been better. It was close enough to downtown (if you can call it that) that I could walk it in less than 5 minutes. The city is charming and if you get there in the next year or two you will see how charming the people are as well; it is on the verge of becoming the next BRUGG, where it will be over-run with tourist buses, so get there quick. The rooms wer nice ande quiet since Alpha is on a small street.
I chose the Alpha B&B based on location, pictures and price. The pictures do not do it justice, it is much nicer. The price was just what I was looking for to meet my travel budget, excellent. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this great B&B. Thanks Marc for a wonderful stay.
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- Nice and trendy B&B with 3 rooms 'en suite', situated in the historical center of Ghent. ... more less
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