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!
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