Agree with all other positive reviews! Good 4* all usual Marriott qualities.
Great hotel for a city break, fabulous location in centre of old town overlooking canal. All main attractions and shops and restaurants on your doorstep. Five minute walk to most places.Could easily nip back to room at any point during the day to drop shopping off or have a quick break which is always a bonus with kids moaning about walking.
I was going to book the Grand Reylof as ideally we would have liked a pool, but it was coming out so much more price wise that it didn't really seem worth it for a half hour of floating about at the end of the day. The only other options with pools were outdoors and closed at this time of the year (Novotel and Hotel Harmony) and so'm glad we went for the Marriott in the end and would definitely stay there again as it was the better location of all of these.
Main foyer modern and very light and airy. Always people milling about so nice place to sit and have a drink before going up to bed or during the day.
The staff were super friendly and very welcoming. Used the concierge several times during our stay and were very efficient and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. They even booked us some restaurants in Bruges for the next part of our mini break!
Have to say I was a bit disappointed when we first got to our room and it was at the back of the hotel looking down at a view of the street, but to be fair we had not elected to pay extra for a canal view room when we booked and there were no family double queen rooms available overlooking the canal when we checked in. They did offer us an upgraded room at the front of the hotel but it was an extra 60 Euro per night with just one King bed and then it would have been clogged up with a couple of roll outs so decided not to bother.
Once we settled into the room which was very nice, we forgot about the canal view and in actual fact we were probably in the best place as the back of the hotel on the third floor as it was very quiet and we got a really good nights sleep there. we stayed at the end of a corridor so never heard anyone outside. I would definitely stay in this part of the hotel again.
Room was very spacious and good for a family of 4, lots of storage space, tea and coffee facilities, a little fridge, good TV with UK channels, good bathroom (if I'm being picky the toiletries were a bit sparse and they only left 2 bath size towels for the 4 of us each day), and there was a study/desk area and a small seating area at one end of the room as well so we could spread out a bit. Heating/air con system very good.
Booked a family room with Marriott direct which included breakfast. it was a busy weekend, but we never had to wait to be seated.The breakfasts were very good. Cereals, fresh fruits, pastries, and a good cold section with nice cheeses and smoked salmon everyday. Lovely freshly squeezed OJ. Usual hot buffet (which unless you order freshly made is never going to be perfect, but the scrambled eggs were pretty good for the mass produced kind and hot). You could order fresh omelettes etc if you wanted too. Kids liked the waffle machine and liked making themselves a fresh waffle in the morning.Coffee was fresh and hot and you could order cappuccino etc. A nice relaxed start to the day and the dining rooms overlooked the canal which was nice too. Staff efficient and friendly. I would recommend the breakfasts and our kids always love this part of the hotel experience anyway.
We stayed 3 nights and then moved over to a hotel in Bruges, but to be perfectly honest Ghent has a much nicer feel and more to do generally. it feels more of a "real" town than just a tourist destination. If I went again, I would stay in Ghent and just make a day trip to Bruges as its only 25 minutes away on the train.
There are lots of nice restaurants to choose from. We ate at De Graslei one evening just across from the hotel on the other side of the canal. Nice interiors, moules were fabulous and massive portions, welcoming with kids and felt comfortable there, but starters were non descript and service a bit slow and forgetful. Also ate at Du Progres, don't be put off by its location on the main square, inside its very nice and the food and service was really good if you want to eat flemish style food and their steaks are great (make sure you book though as it was busy!). We also found a lovely little Italian about a 10 min walk from the hotel called Marco Polo which again concierge booked for us one evening. Very welcoming and great pizza. No menu in English as they are more of a locals restaurant (which I prefer) and they don't take cards so take cash. We ate waffles at Max's near the Bell Tower which apparently is the place to eat Waffles in Ghent!
One thing I would recommend if you're travelling with kids (or even without them!) is to book a private tour. I booked a guide from a relatively new company called iTours, and a lovely young chap called Nick turned up at out hotel on the first morning and took us around all the main parts of the old town and gave us a really interesting guided tour for about an hour and a half and managed to hold our 9 and 13 year olds attention spans. it was 75 euro for the 4 of us which was good value given the personal attention and the fact we pretty much had a whistle stop tour of the whole of the old town during that time. We then went back to see the Bell Tower and Castle and all the other bits and bobs afterwards at our leisure.
- 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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