I stayed at the Park Hotel Ghent for one night on a complimentary basis during my Flanders is a Festival blog trip in August 2012. I had some difficulty finding the hotel. I looked up Google Maps the previous day and as it looked a bit far to walk from St Peters station, I jotted down the number of the tram to take me from the station to hotel. I arrived at St Peters station planning to check directions at the Tourist Information but there wasn’t one. I asked the tram driver who had no idea where the hotel was. I then asked a couple of locals and neither of them had heard of the hotel or the street in which it was located. Before jumping in a taxi, which I’d been warned would cost around 20 Euro for the journey, I asked a police officer for assistance. He didn’t know the street but checked on his mobile phone and told me that I should have gotten off the train at Dampoort station and it would take me around 20 mintes to walk to the Park Hotel from Dampoort station. Even when I finally arrived at the location of the hotel, it wasn’t that easy to find as it was through a passage way next to a restaurant, with only a small sign for the hotel. Reception is at the back of the hotel garden.
Garden at Park Hotel Ghent
Apparently the restaurant at the front is run by the same people that own the hotel. It looked to me as though they’d decided to expand their business by building some rooms in the garden. I was allocated a room directly opposite reception which was a good distance from the street, meaning it was nice and quiet. The room was a good size, a bit dark but that’s not a big issue for me in a bedroom. I’d seen on the hotel’s website that you had to pay for WiFi. Fortunately I was able to pick up a good signal on the MiFi that Visit Flanders had lent me.
My room at Park Hotel Ghent
The bathroom was quite small, a door stop prevented the door from opening fully, otherwise the door would’ve hit the sink. The toilet was at a strange angle.
I had a view out to the garden from my room. I thought if other guests sat out in the garden until late I might get disturbed, but I didn’t hear any noise at all until morning.
View from my room at Park Hotel Ghent to the garden
There’s a gate to the path along the canal from the garden. The more expensive rooms have canal views. Once I got my bearings, it only took fifteen minutes to walk to the historic centre of Ghent from the hotel.
Gate to canal from Park Hotel Ghent
Breakfast was served between 8 – 10.30am. There was a reasonable selection of items for a continental breakfast – some cheese, cold meat, orange juice, various rolls, bread and croissants. The Kiwi Fruit I selected tasted rotten.
Breakfast buffet at Park Hotel Ghent
In summary, my room at the Park Hotel Ghent was comfortable and quiet, yet in a fairly central location. It would be really useful if the hotel could give walking directions from Dampoort station on their website.
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