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Chambres D'hotes Hotel Verhaegen
Ranked #17 of 116 Ghent B&B and Inns
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Hotel or Interior design business?”
Reviewed 21 June 2008

Previous reviewers have gloried over the sublime decor of this property, and I can only support those comments. It is indeed a beautiful property. The owners run their interior design business from the hotel, also their home, to the detriment of the hotel. On arrival, a little travel weary, the receptionist seemed unaware that there were guests coming (although only one other party). While helpful, she was unsure of herself, and we had to ask for information re internet etc (which didn't work) There was no visitor information evident. The foyer was really a shop with home decor items and price tags dominating the area. Rolls of fabric and swatches were also evident, and stayed there for the duration of our stay. In addition I did not appreciate their dog jumping all over the little space available, and myself as well. At breakfast, the dog settled itself between us at the table, waiting to be fed. After asking for it to be taken out whilst we were eating , it then returned twice more, so we gave up. We have stayed in many guesthouses where well behaved animals are part of the family, but this was entirely inappropriate.
The bedroom, whilst beautiful, was also really a shop in disguise, with price tags on many items. Tacky.
When we returned from dinner at around 10.00, the guest lounge was closed with lights off, a very different scenario from the many other places we have stayed.
Breakfast, while beautifully served, was sparse and lacking variety.
Very disappointing.

  • Liked — Decor and presentation
  • Disliked — Owners need to have a professional approach to the hotel side of their business.
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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JPAM, Owner at Chambres D'hotes Hotel Verhaegen, responded to this review, 22 June 2010
Well there clearly is a misunderstanding.
We have chosen to be a Bed a breakfast right from the start. Although we now carefully hide every possible little package, we do live here and work here. You are staying with the locals.
We aim to offer our guests a very romantic and most comfortable stay in one of the most beautiful patrician houses of Ghent.

If it were not our private dwelling , it would not be what it is,
It is not just a historic building of considerable beauty. Its impressive collections of archaic chinese art, contemporary art (Yves Klein, Anselm Reyle, E. Spaletti and many others), beautiful antique furniture , the luxurious garden are the fruit of constant new acquisitions, dedication and love... It is not hard to explain, the "art de vivre" is our passion.

If that passion is tacky to some one, than we are sorry.
We try to give our guests a refined and homely feel, different from the anonimity of most of the classic hotels. A discreet and efficient service, a sincerely warm welcome without impressive formality as the surroundings are already quite impressive.
As we like to say, we do not have clients, we only have friends.
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Reviewed 28 October 2007

We stayed here for one night in October 07. in the room called "the forties", their best room. The hotel totals 4 rooms.

We've slept in many B&B and small fine hotels but nothing can beat this place. It is magnificent, in it's details and atmosphere. You feel like the master of a small castle. The design is very tastefull, wealthy and contemporary. Not just antique or just design.

There a 2 additional rooms: a dining one and a reading one, both for guests. Both are superb. We took the breakfast at the dining room which was very good! With a view on the large, architectual garden.

The rooms are situated in a small city "palace", near the city center. Only a 5 minutes walk to the well known places.

If you ever go to Gent and can afford the rates: book the room!

  • Liked — the grand atmosphere, the fine details.
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Deinze
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Reviewed 20 July 2007

I was stunned by the amazing 18th century Hotel Verhaegen and the reception I got on my visit.
This is a truly exceptional "guesthouse", right in the heart of the old Ghent.
It is top end, not cheap, but worth every penny.
The 2 owners are interior decorators. Man , it shows. I sat in their living room ( guests are allowed in there to sit by the fire or have a glass of wine) and just kept discovering amazing pieces of art every where I looked.
My room was called : the Italian room. I felt like a medevial princess with my knight next to me... but then the flatscreen tv brought me back to reality.
This is a must for art lovers, for fans of the old and contemporary art. And talking about getting a personal service : when we woke up they brought us our breakfast on a large silver tray and it had real silver cutlery and beautifull porcelain all over..

If you want top quality, staying at a restored mansion from 1776 and receive the best personal service from the hosts, Hotel Verhaegen is my favourite.
I should not forget to mention their dog : Zeno. A beautiful, sweet, chocolate labrador who greeted every visitor with endless tailwiggles....

  • Liked — Amazing decoration and great taste for the old. Friendly hosts.Location. Silverwork. Art.
  • Disliked — My stay was too short
  • Stayed February 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Chambres D'hotes Hotel Verhaegen
Address: Oude Houtlei 110, Ghent 9000, Belgium
Region: Belgium > Flanders > East Flanders Province > Ghent
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 116 B&Bs / Inns in Ghent
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Chambres D'hotes Hotel Verhaegen 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
From gilt mirrors to Roberts radios, everything fits within this grandly classical 1770s home. The owners are gently-spoken interior designers who have created a sumptuous blend of historical renovation and well-placed modernism along with certain 60s-retro touches to avoid any sense that you are in a dead museum. The truly dazzling salon and 18th century dining room include original wall-paintings of Flemish-fantasy harbour scenes. Out the back, a neatly manicured parterre garden and fountain-pond leads to a photogenic 17th-century carriage house. ... more   less 
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