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Monasterium PoortAckere

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Booked this hotel with a group of friends for a cycling trip. Pretty basic but near to Ghent centre. One of the rooms we booked was in a state of disrepair. Check in and out was a painful process. Was pretty cheap though

What a fantastic find, loved the building and history. A previous review recommended the breakfast, I am glad they did...breakfast was served in the beautiful chapel, a unique experience not to be missed I even made use of the confessional box.... "I have a confession Father..I may have eaten too much breakfast" We stayed in the orphanage wing, we didn't even mind the eerie footsteps in the corridor and the apparition of the child in the chair .....haha

The location and buildings provide a special feeling, but room are fine, service is excellent and the including breakfast in the church gave a scenery never experienced before. Walkable distance to all the relevant spots in the city centre although the hotel slef is in a nice, quiet street.

This is a convertied monastery with a great deal of atmosphere though my room was a bit dark and spooky. I asked for a quiet room on the inner courtyard and that was fine. The staff were helpful and the breakfasts fine.

the wedding party took place in the old chapel of the monastery all guests were dressed as cosplayers, larping members, etc the food was organized by the hotel services and was excellent the environment was super , and so were the guests and the young couple

We loved this place. It is an old Monastery and as such is quirky. The whole atmosphere is very relaxed with friendly staff. We loved the way the imposing chapel was being used for a chefs conference when we were there. The huge bed was really comfortable, the bathroom had a bath, which we like, the only issue was remembering to duck in areas of our large room due to the low beams. Breakfast was help yourself and plentiful. Also it is very central and we walk everywhere.

歴史的地区から徒歩圏内にあり、なおかつ静かな格安ホテルです。1998年まで実際に6人の修道女が住んでいたそうで、修道院を改装したためかなり古いのですがとてもいい雰囲気です。ステンドグラスの見事なチャペルもあります。「修道女の部屋」に泊まったのですが料金の割には広く、洗面台とテレビがありました。何故か日本のホテルのようなバスローブとスリッパ、トイレタリー、ドライヤーが完備されています(壊れていましたが)。トイレとシャワー(古くてちょっと臭いました)は共同で、廊下の端にお茶のセットがありました。朝食はいいお値段だったゆえ省略しました(が、町にただ一つのマクドが改装中で、スーパーも早く閉まるし痛い目に合いました・・・)。古い木の床はまるで鴬張りのような音がし、階上の宿泊客が部屋を歩き回る音が響きましたが、これもこのホテルの個性ということで許せました(笑)。受付の長身のお兄さん(フランクさん)はオランダ人で大変フレンドリーでした。 As everyone says, this historic, quaint former monastery is located close to city centre, the historic area was within walking distance. There was a de-sanctified chapeI in this atmospheric hotel, and I couldn't help admiring it whenever I passed! Even a professional choir was rehearsing hymns one evening there, and it could be heard all over the building, which was absolutely heavenly. I stayed in 'nun's quarter', which was reasonably-priced and free from street noise, but unfortunately, I could hear the footsteps of a guest above. Never mind. The room was clean, the bed was comfy, the heating was efficient, although the shared shower rooms appeared to need refurbishment. The receptionist (a gentleman called Frank) was very friendly and helpful.

The Poortackere Monastry is situated very close to the city centre of Gent and has the huge advantage to hold own parking space (you need to pay for and it is not cheap). I really enjoyed the very unique atmosphere and individuality of the rooms - maybe it is not what you usually expect, but comfortable enough, WLAN is freely available and works well, it is clean and very cosy. The only thing I had to critizise a bit is that the breakfast is the same every day (not good if you stay a while for a conference - though the sparkling wine is a speciality) and it is somehow for the not very huge choice a bit too expensive. But I personally really loved this hotel and would recommend it more then all the international chains.

I really enjoyed my stay at Poortackere. The monastery is really close to the centre of Ghent but it is so quiet because it is located in its own grounds behind the street. I booked a single room with shared bathroom, not the cheapest option, the next up. My room was charming, beams on the ceilings, beautiful arched windows and a fab wooden studded door. You really get the feeling of being in a nun's cell, it is an amazing experience. The bed was very comfortable and the linen/towels of good quality. There was a big wardrobe, desk, chair and basin in the room. The TV was flatscreen and had a couple of British channels on it as well as Dutch, Belgian etc. Shower gel and soap is provided. There were tea/coffee facilities in the corridor and the shared toilet/shower rooms were great, I never had to wait to use them. The water pressure was good and the water hot. I didn't try breakfast as I though 17 Euros was a bit steep but it smelled fantastic. The free wifi was excellent. The photos of flaking paint and stains on carpets people post on here make really me laugh. The monastery is an old building and offers basic decent and cheap accommodation, no more. If the odd flaw offends you then pay a bit more money for luxury and perfection. All the staff I met were really nice. Ghent is gorgeous but I really cannot recommend visiting during the Gentse Feest in July .....unless you are under 25 and/or enjoy wading ankle deep through piles of discarded beer mugs and vomit. I didn't go out at night because it was so messy and busy, early mornings before the street cleaners got going were equally grim. I didn't feel unsafe at any point though. During the festival the shops were often shut and the weekly flea market wasn't held which was annoying but my fault because I should have checked before booking. Daytimes and early evenings are fine though and I am sure that at other times Ghent is peaceful and lovely. In Summer please use the mosquito repelling plug-in provided...I didn't and got eaten alive!

Don't expect an advanced self-check in service, a rainshower (in fact, the shower was outside of the door), or air conditioning in the room. Instead, this hotel offers very unique and monumental experience. Isn't that the point of most trips? (Breakfast was really great too.)

Oude Houtlei 56 Ghent

Hotel highlights

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

Monasterium PoortAckere places you next to St. Michael's Church and within a 5-minute walk of School of Yesteryear. This 47-room, 3-star hotel has in-room conveniences like sofa beds, sitting areas, and coffee makers. Centrally located in Ghent, the hotel is also a short walk from Monastery of the Carmelite Fathers and St. Michael's Bridge.


Start your day off with breakfast, available for a fee. At the end of the day, unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge.


The 47 accommodations feature sitting areas. TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include sofa beds, coffee makers, and free newspapers.

Property features

At Monasterium PoortAckere, guests have access to free WiFi in public areas, a business center, and free newspapers. Self parking is offered for EUR 15 per day. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include laundry facilities, a garden, and barbecue grills.

Room options

Comfort Double or Twin Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Double or Twin Room

Full 1 | Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

47.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 354 reviews