Yalo Boutique Hotel really impressed me and was definitely a hotel that suited my preferences when it comes to hotel experiences!
The hotel has check in/check out desks to make the process easier and the whole lobby and restaurant are has an inviting fresh and slightly forest-y scent which proved to be their “house scent” created by local scent perfume house Miglot. The design of the whole hotel feels very boutique-y and friendly.
We had booked one of their offers called “Stay Nobel” which included an overnight stay Sunday-Monday, breakfast, late check out at 12.00 as well as a bottle of house wine and a bar bite. We opted for the Nobel white wine which is the hotel owner’s own wine and Irish oysters as the bar bite. Both were lovely and since we were so tired we got room service to bring it to the room so we could enjoy a glass of wine in bed. The oysters were served simply with black pepper and lemon, which probably is my favourite way of enjoying them.
How to get to Yalo Boutique Hotel
You can get to the hotel by taking an Uber from the train station, although it’s not the easiest spot for pick up/drop off as there’s quite a lot of traffic from cars, bikes and trams outside the hotel. There’s also trams running nearby.
The hotel is located about a 10 minute walk from central Old Town, so it’s not one of the most central hotels if you want to stay right next to the castle and the big square for example but sits in a cosy little shopping area and it’s really easy to walk in to town, or take the tram if that’s your preference.
We stayed in one of the Not-So-Standard Rooms with a view which had a big window towards the south of Gent. For once a hotel room had a working air conditioner control on the wall and I put the temperature down to a cool 16C as I sleep much better when it’s a bit colder in the room. The AC fan was a little noisy, but I thought it was quite soothing and had no issues falling asleep. There was no noticeable sound from the street below so we were not at all disturbed by traffic or street sounds.
The bed was extremely comfortable and spacious and I wish we would’ve stayed more nights than one as I really enjoyed our stay and got a great nights sleep.
The rainfall shower was cosy and there was shampoo, body wash as well as conditioner.
There were also tea and coffee making facilities in the shape of a Nespresso machine with seperate creamer sachets. Besides coffee cups, the room also had a pair of wine glasses.
The hotel had a lovely breakfast served in the restaurant area past the reception. There’s skylights bringing in daylight and the room is decorated with plants from floor to ceiling making it a very relaxed space to eat in. There was plenty of choice from granola, croissants and eggs to bacon, sausages, bread, fresh fruit and garlic asparagus. The highlight for me was little bite sized hash brows that were perfectly crispy. The only thing of note for me is that the tea selection was quite sparse with pretty much only black or green tea.
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