Staying at 1898 The Post in Gent

For our last night in Gent we decided to treat ourselves to a stay at the wonderful 1898 The Post. The hotel is located right by the central square in the Old Town. This is a hotel for those who enjoy elegance the setting of a historic building.

Right by the St Michaels Bridge, along the river sits the impressive stone building that houses 1898 The Post. It almost looks like a gothic castle in the middle of the Old Town and is located in an excellent location for many of the sights. One side of the building overlooks the main square and the other faces the river.

It is fairly easy to get to the hotel from the train station as an Uber can get you to the other side of St Michaels Bridge, and there’s also the tram which stops right opposite the hotel.

We had booked The Full 1898 The Post Experience which included the room, breakfast, artisan chocolates from Joost Arijs and a cocktail per person in the bar The Cobbler. 

The Room

We were staying in one of The Letter rooms, as all room types have names like Letter, Envelope and Stamp as this historical building used to be the old post office. The rooms are gorgeous and ours had a really high ceiling, big windows overlooking the old town square. The shower is located on the mezzanine and there’s a separate toilet on the main floor. As we like our hotel room fairly cold when sleeping, we asked the reception to lower the temperature and that was no problem as they are able to control the temperature, fans and ac to a fairly advanced level. The bed was very comfortable and there was no issue of noise making its way in from the busy square. I was happy to see that there was body wash, shampoo and also conditioner in the room and they also had a lot of extras like pre-blended cocktails and snacks that could be added to the bill if guests fancy.

The Cobbler

As we had a cocktail included in the room charge, we decided to go pretty early as soon as they opened around 17.00. The bar is also where the breakfast is served the following morning and has a lovely atmosphere. The interior is inviting and the windows offer a view towards the river. We both decided to try the tiki cocktail which was quite boozy, but a really nice sipper.

The Breakfast

I really enjoyed the breakfast and it was a bit different to many other I’ve enjoyed recently and definitely felt a bit more high end than many buffet breakfasts. Goats cheese and honey with the waffle was a brilliant combination and the chocolate muffin was moist and tasty as well. Would highly recommend.

Honesty Bar

When we were walking back to our room in the evening we spotted a sign saying “Honesty Bar” and couldn’t resist exploring. Turns out that up a secret stone spiral staircase was a little honesty bar hiding in one of the corner towers. There was spirits like calvados, bourbon, armagnac and scotch that you could pour yourself a measure of and add to a little paper and post so that the cost could be added to your bill when checking out. Such a lovely spot for a little night cap!

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