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1898 The Post

Ghent, Belgium

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The Premises 

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1898 The Post

Graslei 16 Ghent, 9000Belgium



Compliments of the House 

A house cocktail at the Cobbler for each guest; GoldSmiths will get a signature cocktail

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Rates don’t include breakfast, but there's à la carte or an American-style buffet laid out in a vintage-style open kitchen for €25 per person. Expect home-made bread, cold cuts, flaky pastries, cereals and fruit; hot waffles and bacon are made to order.


Lounge, terrace, laundry and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, free bottled water and Le Labo bath products.


Holster your favourite pen – you can’t help but feel inspired to recapture the pre-email era by dashing off a letter or two.


All ages are welcome. Cots are available on request, but numbers are very limited, so be sure to ask in advance.


Room temperatures can be controlled by front office in order to conserve energy while guests are out, and keycards ensure minimal electricity is used. The hotel also has lighting sensors and LED bulbs, and minimises plastics.


All of the public areas are wheelchair accessible, as are the ground-floor rooms. The Envelope No. 1 is adapted for disabled guests, with wider door frames and rails in the bathroom.
Ghent didn’t take the idea of hosting the 1913 World Fair lightly. As well as building the grand post office (which took more than a decade), the city gave many of its historic areas a thorough facelift before the crowds arrived. The buildings along the Graslei went under the knife more than most, which is partly why they look so good today.


All prices shown are for double occupancy in rooms. If you’re booking a breakfast-inclusive rate for single occupancy, contact our travel team to enquire about a discount. Extra beds don’t include breakfast, which can be purchased separately for €30 (over-12s) or €15 (kids aged three to 12). If you’re coming by car, please let the hotel know and staff will send through parking instructions (the city centre is now pedestrianised).


For sheer old-world romance, it has to be the Tower Suite, which looks like it sprang from the page of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Split over two floors in the hotel’s octagonal tower, the suite has a white-marble bathroom with a double-headed shower on one level, and a king-size bedroom with antique wooden floorboards above. 360-degree views are the icing on this two-tiered cake.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

Serving breakfast and afternoon tea, the Kitchen looks more like a living room than a restaurant, with an open fire, armchairs and dark-wood tables lit by jade-green reading lamps. Hot dishes are served from a modern kitchen that’s masquerading as something more traditional; the buffet is laid out across a large stripped-wood counter and dining table. Every afternoon, home-made cakes and fine teas make an appearance. Once the china’s been cleared away, the room tends to become an extension of the Cobbler cocktail bar.

Liquid Bliss 

Named after the type of cocktail shaker they use, the Cobbler takes aim at Ghent’s upmarket bar scene, showcasing an award-winning team of mixologists. Those who like to watch should plump for one of the soft leather stools at the zinc-topped bar; otherwise, settle in one of the armchairs by the windows. The hotel also has a residents-only honesty bar, found in the tower. Like the Cobbler, it’s furnished with bookcases, armchairs and antiques, making it feel like a private room at a gentleman’s

Experience the Extraordinary 

Ghent’s Museum of Contemporary Art, otherwise known as SMAK, has a permanent collection containing works by Karel Appel, Francis Bacon and Andy Warhol. The gallery has also made a name for itself with exhibitions that lean towards the daring and provocative end of the scale, even suggesting that visitors ‘recover’ from their visit in Citadel Park, which is just across the road. The cobbled lanes in Patershol have remained largely unchanged since mediaeval times, making this a particularly charming neighborhood to wander round. The area was once the dwelling place of members of the Order of Carmelites, or Paters, giving the place its name. Today, many of the decorative-fronted buildings hide small restaurants, bars, boutiques and art galleries within their depths. Those wanting to delve even further into the past should make the trip to Saint Peter’s, a former Benedictine abbey that’s stood since the 7th century. It’s now home to a museum and exhibition space; the abbey gardens are also a blissfully quiet place to spend a sunny afternoon.


1898 The Post is in Ghent's historic centre on the Graslei, a mediaeval port lined with some of the city’s most beautiful buildings.


The closest international airport is Brussels, which is served by many European routes; there are also direct flights from some larger US airports. From Brussels airport, it takes 45 minutes to reach the hotel by car. Hotel transfers can be arranged on request.


Ghent’s Sint-Pieters station receives regular intercity services from Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp and Ostend. From the station, walk to Gent Korenmarkt perron 5, where you can catch the number 1 tram to Gent Van Monckhovenstraat. You’ll be able to see the hotel’s clock tower when you exit the station.


The city centre was pedestrianised in 2017, proving how keen the government are to make Ghent foot-traffic-friendly – contact the hotel to request a permit to enter the car-free zone if you're planning to park near the hotel or drop off your luggage. (A car can be useful for a day trip to Bruges, Brussels or Antwerp, but it’s not necessary if you’re staying in the city.) The hotel has private parking 250 metres away (€25 a night) – you'll need to contact the hotel to book your spot before arrival. There's also the nearby public Sint-Michiels car park, which is outside the car-free zone (€25 a night).


Graslei 16 Ghent, 9000Belgium

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