If nothing else, this Marriott ranks as one of the most well designed hotels to fit its environment I've ever seen. Approaching by car, you drive to a dead end to a nondescript entrance. Once inside, the lobby opens up to a fantastic windowed atrium. However, when you walk out the other side of the hotel, you are in the epicenter of the medieval area of Ghent. That facade, has been beautifully preserved with a modest "Marriott" sign showing you the way home. Shops, cafes, restaurants and bars are within 100-200 meters of this entrance.
The rooms were very comfortable and well appointed as any Marriott would be. Views were of a small alley and the building beside it, so we kept our blinds drawn most of the time.
The staff was extremely helpful and made most reservations for us for meals. It was vacation time (after the big Ghent festival) so many restaurants were closed. They were very patient tracking down a suitable place to eat every night. They also directed me to a public parking lot around the corner from the Marriott which was 1/3 of the price of the hotel parking lot.
Check-in and out was a breeze. The staff's English was excellent and I heard some staff speaking multiple languages with ease. For the price, I'd have to say this is one of the best deals that Marriott has going.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ghent Marriott Hotel sits on the Korenlei, in the historic centre of Ghent. We opened our doors March 20, 2007. Guests staying with us enjoy comfortable guest rooms and suites. There are nine meeting rooms, Poppi Coffee & Wine Bar, and Brixx Cellar Lounge at our property along with Ghent Marriott Hotel restaurant with terrace and view over the river Lys and the historical facades of the Graslei. There is free WiFi. Guests can park in the parking garage under the hotel. Ghent Marriott Hotel has long been considered at the top level of European hospitality and was rewarded in 2013 by Trip Advisor as the best hotel in Belgium. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Ghent
- Ghent Marriott