We know a hostel can make a big difference while travelling, so we try to offer you a place that reflects the spirit of Ghent: somehow different and headstrong, friendly, fun, but most of all relaxed! So hopefully you'll like Ghent as much as we do!!
The hostel is located on a boat on a lazy canal just outside town, in walking distance of the historic centre. It's not everyday you can be a pirate, you might as well go for it! And don't forget that land was created to provide a place for boats to visit...
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The hostel is a converted barge, with a water purification on top of the roof, you sleep on 100% natural mattresses in a low energy building that's CO2 neutral... The breakfast is vegetarian, organic and fair trade; and we have some excellent organic beers, wine, lemonade and juices on offer, which you can drink on the - if you're lucky- sunny deck!
But don't let the fact that we're 'eco' scare you, you don't compromise any comfort, on the contrary! The showers are huge and warm, the beds are big and soft, and hey, you're on a boat!
We have double rooms as well as beds in dorms of different sizes, with prices starting from 22 €, breakfast, linen and taxes included. And the enchanting, lively city of Ghent, advised as one of the top 10 destinations of 2011 by Lonely Planet, is included in the price! Life's pretty good in Ghent, why wouldn't it be? Come and check it out....
It’s surprising how Belgium has managed to stay so quiet about Ghent for so long. Ghent hides away in the middle of Belgium’s big three – Brussels, Bruges and Antwerp, but combines the best of what they have to offer in a single captivating and enchanting city!
Most Belgium-bound visitors rushing between these see nothing more than the stately fortifications of Ghent’s St Pieter’s Station. Those who do hop off the train and stroll along the Leie River to the historic centre will have their eyes out on stalks.Here hides one of Europe’s finest panoramas of water, spires and centuries-old grand houses.
Once medieval Europe’s second largest city, over the past century this unsung treasure of a town has developed a strong artistic bent, and is now one of the best places in Europe for culture – there are many fantastic museums and galleries here, and more listed buildings than any other Belgian city. Ghent’s architecture is elegant and imposing, particularly along the scenic old Graslei harbour, and grand medieval cathedrals and the Gravensteen castle congregate nicely around the central public squares – the largest car-free area in Belgium.
And when you’ve soaked up enough architecture, there are many welcoming bars and cafes along the banks of the canal. (Lonely Planet's top 10 cities for 2011)
bargiekaai 35, 9000 gent
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