We arrived late Saturday afternoon and were presented with an unexpected bill for 9 euros per person (apparently a city tax bill to be paid in cash only). There was no prior notice of this bill by either the owner or TripAdvisor, so we were unclear about the validity of this tax.
The house is located in a small suburb about a 30-minute walk from Gent town centre. This was an issue for the senior member of group (aged 70+) and even agile walkers might baulk at spending an hour every day getting into and out of Gent through less than inspiring surroundings, especially if the weather is bad.
There is a tram service nearby (running every 12-15 minutes during the day and taking about 10 mins into town) but tickets cost 3 euros per person each way and can only be bought with cash coins from machines (they do not accept 5-cent or 2-euro coins) at the tram stop. Apparently, multi-journey tickets can be bought in Gent town centre although the office is closed on Sundays.
The house is light, clean and well-kept after being renovated by the owner. There are stocks of beer and wine available under an honesty-box system, as well as condiments. The stairs in the house are wooden, very steep (almost ladder-like) with narrow steps (about two-thirds the width of a normal step). This was an issue for the senior and likely to be a challenge for anyone with restricted mobility, as well as toddlers and small children, to safely use them. One bedroom is located on the second floor (two flights of these stairs to negotiate) and only accessible through the other bedroom that is on the first floor (only one flight of stairs to climb).
There are few amenities in the area: a couple of small mini-markets that have restricted opening on Sundays and Mondays, a bakery (good but closed on Mondays) and a couple of Middle East and Turkish eateries.
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My family and I stayed here mid December - it is a well equipped property renovated to a really nice spec.
Contacting the owner, Kurt, was easy and our requests for a cot to be placed on the 3rd floor was handled easily. We were met by Kurt's mother Hilda who showed us around the property.
It is about a 20 minute walk into the center of Ghent or you can get the tram from a stop 100m away. We walked and found the center easily. There are also supermarkets very close by.
The only things I would highlight for consideration are the stairs are quite steep and with a 1 year old it was a bit of a challenge, although we managed fine, we just took our time when using them! Also parking may be a challenge as we arrived at 5pm and most of the street was full, however we were lucky someone left right in front of the building as we arrived. The next morning the street did empty though.
It was very quiet with no noise from adjoining properties.
We would stay here again and recommend Ghent as a great Belgium city.
Our great stay in Ghent was made by this lovely house which really felt like a home. Recently renovated it was clean and every small detail was attended to making us feel very welcome. The beds were very comfortable and the kitchen extremely well equipped. We would definitely recommend this to others.
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