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Ghent River Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This hotel is located absolutely central, everything is in walking distance. The rooms do not all have river view, but during breakfast you're able to have a seat with a river view. The breakfast is good so far. Rooms have enough space for 2, even the bathroom is fine. Beds are comfortable. We would recommend it!

Stayed for one night in a double bed room on the ground floor facing a small alley. Very quiet surroundings. Good size room and good bathroom. The staff was attentive and helpful. On Friday there is an amazing market in Vrijdagsmarkt square with traditional Belgian products.

The hotel is well located for all major sights. The breakfast is outstanding with a huge variety and everything is fresh. We stayed in the old section with a spacious and very quiet room. We enjoyed the outdoor patio as well.

Hotel is not very interesting - sterile and my room needs an update. Walls are thin and it was very noisy in the morning as the cleaning crew went about their business. Staff were great - all friendly and helpful. Hotel is located near many restaurants and shops.

We had a comfortable stay here on our short trip to Ghent. The room was clean and comfortable and I had no complaints but I wouldn't say it was anything particularly special. We slept well in between exploring the city, which was easy to do by foot from the hotel as it's in a great central location. It's also only a few minutes' walk from some great restaurants and bars. Breakfast was really good - buffet style with loads on offer, including cooked breakfast items. As the hotel is on the river, there was a little noise from boats but this quietened down by late evening. Ghent is a wonderful city and when I next visit I'll consider this hotel again.

Nice and cosy hotel.Located in the centre of the old town.Everything is manageable by foot.Bars and restaurants are also nearby. Breakfast was really nice and you have a great view over the tops of gent from the breakfast room. During the happy hour you can enjoy a variety of belgian beers at the hotel bar for half the price.

We stayed at the hotel during the "Gentse Feesten" and liked it very much. Not only was the room perfectly clean, it had also a very nice style and the view from the window (Ghent RIVER hotel) was top! The hotal is located close to the "Vrijdagmarkt", a nice place with restaurants. All other important places to visit in Ghent are at walking distance. Breakfast was on the third floor, with a nice view, but pity that you cannot enjoy that view when you are eating (sitting down). Nice buffet, but maybe a little too expensive (not included in room price). At the time we were checking out, it seemed like the whole hotel was checking out. It might be a good option to provide some extra reception personnel then. There was literally a row of 20 people, which makes the check-out a long activity.

Each time we visit Ghent we stay in the Ghent River Hotel. We love the way the old utility building has been transformed into a modern hotel. The location in the old town is perfect for visiting the highlights of the old city and the countless restaurants around. We enjoy the delightful breakfast on the top floor of the hotel with stunning views of the river and the town. A lovely place to stay in at a very reasonable price.

A nice hotel in a small street around the corner of the Vrijdagmarkt and on the bank of the Leie. Small but comfortable room. Nice breakfast room on the third floor with terrace and view. As a train traveller: almost 3 KM from the station, but good tram connection. In the center all is in walking distance.

The room was very large, quiet at night, and had great amenities which included the typical tea/coffee, toiletries (including conditioner!), and a fully stocked minibar fridge with extra room that was great for storing the delicious Belgian beers purchased in Ghent. It also has a great free breakfast buffet that offers the typical meats & cheeses, yogurts, fruit, delicious bread, as well as eggs, bacon, sausages, etc. The location is fantastic for exploring the gorgeous city of Ghent - just off the market square and basically a 10 minute walk or less from the major tourist attractions. A fantastic place to stay!

Waaistraat 5 Ghent

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Bar/lounge
  • Fitness center
  • Business center

Ghent River Hotel places you next to Friday Market Square and Statue of Jacob van Artevelde. This 77-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with a bar/lounge, free in-room WiFi, and a fitness center. It's in central Ghent and also a short walk from Big Cannon and House of Alijn.


Start each morning with full breakfast, available for a fee from 7 AM to 10 AM. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge.


Ghent River Hotel's 77 rooms are air-conditioned and provide minibars, free newspapers, and safes. Guests can expect flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, along with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and free toiletries. Phones and desks are also standard.

Property features

At Ghent River Hotel, guests have access to a fitness center, a sauna, and free WiFi in public areas. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning or laundry, and answer any questions about the accommodations. Additional amenities include a meeting room, a business center, and express check-in.

Room options

Deluxe Double or Twin Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Triple Room

Twin 3 | Sleeps 3

Executive Double Room

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2


Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

71% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1018 reviews