Best Places to Stay in Ghent (Hotels and Apartments)

where to stay in Ghent

This guide will show you the best area and places to stay in Ghent for your city break. It will help you decide where to stay in Ghent in less than 10min.

best places to stay in ghent

Ghent is the largest city of the East Flanders province in Belgium. It’s a charming medieval city, that boasts an impressive canal-side structure and a vibrant nightlife.

The city is the hidden gem of Belgium. Although the architecture is quite similar to Bruges, Ghent is less popular and not so crowded. Most tourists prefer to stay in Bruges and make a day trip to Ghent (or skip it at all). Thus, you can easily find cheaper accommodation in comparison to Bruges.

However, Ghent is not to be missed. Cobblestone streets, picturesque canal views, medieval houses and on top of it all, a gorgeous castle! Plus, being a university city, there are more affordable eating options than Bruges.

To see the best of the city, follow this one day in Ghent itinerary. It also includes tips on how to see Ghent and Bruges in only one day.

Continue reading to find the best area to stay in Ghent for tourists. Still, if you’re planning an overnight stay in Bruges, check out the best location to stay in Bruges.

Where I stayed in Ghent

I visited the city as a part of my winter trip to Belgium. It wasn’t hard to decide where to stay in Ghent. All the attractions are clustered together in the Historic City Centre. Plus, the Christmas market (the main reason for my trip) is also in the heart of the city centre.

My favourite hotel in this area is Hotel Harmony. It has a fantastic location for sightseeing, right next to Gravensteen Castle. Plus, there is a heated swimming pool.

The city centre was the perfect location for me. I’d recommend staying there as this is the most convenient area to explore the city.

Most popular hotel in Ghent

In a hurry? Looking for a good hotel with a fantastic location for your city break?

Then check out NH Belfort – it’s the most popular hotel.

NH Belfort – Great for families and couples

NH Belfort has an unbeatable location, right next to the Historic City Hall. Restaurants, boat tours, attractions, everything is within walking distance. Plus, there is private underground parking on site.

ghent city centre

The best area to stay in Ghent

Which is the best area to stay in Ghent?

The best area to stay in Ghent is the Historic City Centre. It’s compact and everything is within a walking distance (no need to use public transport at all). Here you’ll find the medieval Gravensteen Castle, the Belfry Tower and the stunning St. Bavo’s Cathedral.

Also, most of the hotels and restaurants are in the Historic Centre.

Don’t miss to explore the city by taking a boat tour.

The city centre is the best area to stay for sightseeing. But what if you plan to use Ghent as a base to explore Belgium? In this case, I’d again recommend staying in the city centre. If you’re travelling by car, don’t miss to book a hotel with parking.

For those who are travelling by train, don’t stay near the train station. The Sint-Pieters railway station is about 2km from the city centre. Maybe it will be easier to catch an early train, but you’ll have to rely on public transport for every night out in the city.

You can reach the Sint-Pieters train station by tram line 1.

Choose the Historic City Centre

If you want to be in the heart of medieval Ghent and explore the city on foot.

  • If you’re visiting the city in December, don’t miss the Ghent Christmas Market.
  • The best places to see the city from above are the Belfry Tower and Gravensteen Castle.
  • A visit to Gravensteen Castle is a must, but don’t miss the less known Castle of Gerald the Devil.
  • Another must-see attraction is the famous altarpiece Adoration of the Mystic Lamb in St Bavo’s Cathedral.
  • Take a stroll along the Graslei and Korenlei quays, the most picturesque part of the city.

Historic City Centre

Where to stay in Ghent City Centre

Hotels in City Centre (Best for families)

NH Belfort – Most popular

NH Belfort is one of the best places to stay in Ghent for families. Location is more than perfect, just opposite the Historic City Hall. This is less than a 5min walk to the cathedral, Belfry and Graslei harbour for boat trips. Quiet, spacious rooms with comfortable beds.
Location: opposite the City Hall Facilities: underground parking, bar, restaurant Guests love: extensive and fresh breakfast

Marriott Hotel – Best rated

Marriott Hotel is right in the middle of everything. Conveniently located on Korenlei quay, it’s just a 5min walk to Gravensteen Castle and the Belfry. Comfortable and well-equipped rooms. In addition, the hotel offers bikes, so you can explore the city on your own terms.
Location: on Korenlei quay Facilities: restaurant and private parking on site Guests love: excellent customer service

Hotels in Ghent City Centre (Best for couples)

Hotel Harmony – Best rated

Hotel Harmony is situated right on Kraanlei quay, in the oldest district of Ghent. Gravensteen Castle is less than 100m away. Some of the spacious, well-designed rooms offer amazing views of the canal. In addition, tram line 1, that takes you directly to the Central train station, is only a 2min walk. It’s the perfect place to stay for a romantic city break.
Location: on Kraanlei quay Facilities: heated swimming pool, private parking, garden terrace Guests love: fantastic location

Hotel Gravensteen – Most popular

For a romantic castle view, stay at Hotel Gravensteen. The 19th-century building that the hotel occupies, adds to the romantic atmosphere. Location is fantastic, just a short walk to the shopping district and all major attractions. Plus, the hotel offers private parking with charging stations for electric cars.
Location: 40m from Gravensteen Castle Facilities: private parking Guests love: location

Luxury hotels in City Centre

Pillows Grand Hotel Reylof – Best rated

This is the best rated 5-star luxury hotel in Ghent. Located in a quiet area, it’s a short walk to the Historic City Centre. The comfy rooms feature large windows, high ceilings and original artworks. The fine dining restaurant offers delicious international food with Flemish influences.
Location: 500m from the Historic Centre Facilities: wellness centre, gourmet restaurant Guests love: excellent service

1898 The Post – Most popular

1898 The Post occupies a beautiful 19th-century building in the heart of the Old Town. The hotel features a unique atmosphere and it’s full of character. The luxurious boutique style rooms offer breathtaking views to the city centre. If you look for a special place to stay in Ghent, this is the best choice.
Location: on Graslei quay Facilities: cocktail bar, private parking nearby Guests love: luxurious rooms, location

Apartments in City Centre

Snooz Ap Holiday Flats – Best rated

These apartments are centrally located yet in a quiet area. Close to the main tourist spots, bars and restaurants. Spacy and comfy, the apartments are well equipped with a lot of attention to the details. Plus, the rooftop terrace reveals great views of the city!
Location: 400m from St Bavo’s Cathedral Facilities: WiFi, private parking Guests love: rooftop terrace

Place 2 stay – Most popular

Nice, central apartments with a climate control system and fully equipped kitchen. The accommodation is spacious with a lot of natural light. Easy access to the main tourist attractions. Plus, there is a local supermarket just around the corner.
Location: 400m from Gravensteen Castle Facilities: WiFi, private parking nearby Guests love: easy check-in

Graslei and Korenlei

Hotels in Ghent with parking

The city centre is a car-free zone. So, if you’re travelling by car, it’s best to book accommodation with parking.

If your hotel doesn’t have private parking, you can use the paid parkings – Vrijdagmarkt (P1) and Reep (P2).

NH Belfort – Best for families

NH Belfort is one of the best hotels for families that has parking. It’s right in the heart of the medieval city, opposite the Historic City Hall. Although the location is central, the rooms are quiet at night. Underground private parking with EV charging station is available on site.
Location: opposite the City Hall Facilities: underground parking, bar, restaurant Guests love: rich breakfast

Hotel Harmony – Best for couples

Hotel Harmony is conveniently situated next to Gravensteen Castle. Close to restaurants, bars and major attractions. Rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated. A private parking garage with EV charging station is available on site.
Location: on Kraanlei quay Facilities: heated swimming pool, private parking, garden terrace Guests love: fantastic location

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