Museum Dr. Guislain: Shame


Shame, it’s something we all recognize and meet constantly in the most varying manners. The notion of shame is difficult to situate, nonetheless we recognize it every day in our surroundings. With incredible courage Museum Dr. Guislain tries to define the feeling and present it to the audience in all its complexity.
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The exposition lays various accents and attempts to lay bare the different bodies of ‘shame’. The personal and public shame is given attention as well as the different significance of shame in other times and cultures.

Out of personal experience we know that an exposition in Museum Dr. Guislain is never just an exposition. A visit to the museum is challenging, thought provoking and amusing. These various elements are afresh visible in this exposition. With incredible variation in effigies, testimonials, documents, and art they succeed in presenting one of the most human feelings in an unseen way.

Museum Dr. Guislain is open every day from Tuesday till Sunday. A visit to the museum can always be combined with a trip to the beautiful historical city center of Ghent. Our staff at the hotel can give a lot of great tips so that you will not miss a unique place in Ghent. So wait no longer and be amazed by the extravagant exhibition at Museum Dr. Guislain after which you can completely relax in Hotel Astoria.


For more information about the exhibition at Museum Dr. Guislain, click here.

Bike to the Future

The Design Museum strikes again with its new exposition ‘Bike to the future’. In collaboration with IMF foundation, this event gets the best out of the talent and innovative ideas of the designers. Expect some dazzling and ingenious new prototypes for future bicycles. Technology and design form the perfect marriage and bring forth a two-wheeled progeny!

The event exhibits both present models and future prototypes and experiments. There is, among other things, the foldable bike design of Gianluca Sada that collapses to the size of an umbrella. Beyond bikes, you will also find some smart biking gear such as magnetic bike lights, airbag helmets and navigation systems.


This exposition serves as an example of the revival of the bicycle as a mode of transportation. The bicycles are an answer to pollution, health issues and above all, thanks to the Design Museum, an answer to non-used spare time. Combine your visit to this exposition with a visit to our hotel. Hotel Astoria is already leading by example in offering bikes and great local insight for your bicycling adventures in Ghent.

A sporting life: City Run De Gentenaar and the Midsummer Night’s Run


These days running is definitely the popular thing to do. Following the motto of “a sane mind in a sane body” people all across Flanders put on their running shoes. Grand running occasions pop up everywhere. The city of Ghent also organizes several fantastic sporting events each year to incite people to get into shape.

City Run De Gentenaar takes you along the beautiful waterways straight through Ghent’s city centre on Sunday May 22. This city run offers something for everybody: participants can chose between a 5 km or 10 km route. The organisation has also thought of the children: they can participate in the Chiquita Kids Run at 10 am. For more practical information on City Run De Gentenaar, click here.


The Midsummer Night’s Run is the most atmospheric evening run of the low countries. When the night slowly sets in on June 18 at 22h thousands of runners start their exploration of the historical city centre, passing beautifully lit building that testify to Ghent’s proud history. The 10 km and 15 km runners start together, then go their own ways and then come together again, accompanied by djembe, brass bands and mood music. The night turns into a kaleidoscope of music, spectacle, atmosphere, light and fire. A sporting event that offers a fully immersive experience. For more practical information on the Midsummer Night’s Run, click here.
After all those efforts the body needs a good dose of rest and relaxation. We at Hotel Astoria offer the perfect alternative to a sweaty, tiring car drive back home: come and relax in one of our stylish and soothing hotel rooms and enjoy some well-earned rest.

TripAdvisor Belohnung: Zertifikat für Exzellenz 2015

Wir sind stolz darauf, dass unser Hotel Auch dieses Jahr in der Top 10 steht aller Gent Hotel ist auf Tripadvisor!

Heute morgen haben wir ein "Zertifikat für Exzellenz 2015" gewonnen.
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Ghent restaurants join forces in an attempt to fight food waste

Earlier this week the city of Gent launched an initiative to fight food waste. 40 restaurants joined this project whereby customers can ask for their leftover food to be packed in a recyclable cardboard box. Some of these restaurants are within walking distance of our hotel. Still a bit peckish late at night? You can now enjoy your delicious leftovers in the comfort of your room.

Hotel Astoria, the centre of Flanders

The location of the city of Ghent, and of Hotel Astoria in particular, forms the perfect starting point to discover Flanders. The station of Ghent-Sint-Pieters is a 7-minute walk and is the gathering place for more than 100 trains, trams and buses departing every day to different destinations. Those who prefer not to walk to the station, can take tram 4 right next to the hotel which brings you in one stop in front of the station.
If you have fallen in love with the city of Ghent then a day pass is a must-have! With a day pass you can make use of all the buses and trams of De Lijn in Flanders. It costs €5 and it will become your best travel companion. If you are staying longer you can also by a three-day, five-day and seven-day pass. The day passes and 10-ride tickets are available at the hotel.


With 6 trains every hour you are in about 30 minutes in the medieval city of Bruges. A return ticket costs € 13 and is valid for one day. From the station of Bruges it’s a 20 minute walk along the Albert I park and the new concert hall to reach the historic heart of the city. Again, the day pass is valid and you can easily reach the centre by bus as well.

A bit further away you find the vibrant city of Antwerp! Three times an hour a train leaves from Gent-Sint-Pieters to bring you to Antwerp Central in one hour. A return ticket costs just under € 19 and the train stops at the beginning of the biggest shopping streets, Keyserlei and Meir, the diamond district and the Zoo. At the Franklin Rooseveltplaats dozens of buses stop to bring you, using the same day pass, to every corner of the city.

We end with the capital of Belgium, also the capital of Europe, which cannot be left out. Almost every 10 minutes a train goes from Ghent to Brussels, but there must be a number of things taken in consideration: do not travel at peak times for 9 am and between 16 pm and 18 pm, choose for the train with the least stops, which takes only 36 minutes. Brussels Central station is the closest to the main attractions and ensures you that you won’t need to use public transport. Unlike Flanders, the MIVB is responsible for all public transport, making a day pass from Ghent not valid.

In the footsteps of one of our guests

At the end of February, one of our guests visited our beautiful city. This resulted in some very nice pictures which we gladly share with you.
Are you in the mood for a brisk morning walk before breakfast? Or do you feel like putting your running shoes on? Or just enjoy the sun on a bench? This is all possible in the beautiful Citadel Park, one block away from our hotel.

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The Mistic Lamb is not present at the moment because of a major restoration, but the Saint Bavo Cathedral remains a beautiful, peaceful place with lots of treasures. You should certainly take a look inside!


Got hungry from all that action, looking and admiring? Enjoy a delicious hot waffle!


If you feel like discovering our city as well, feel welcome in our hotel where you can enjoy our delicious breakfast with lots of homemade goodies! @ Hotel Astoria



CSI Gent instead of CSI Miami

You don’t want to discover Ghent with a traditional walking tour? Can it be a little more original, active, child friendly?
Fancy playing in a police series with friends or family? And would you rather be the good or the bad guy? Than the GPS game The Target is definitely something for you: suspense, action, strategic thinking and teamwork with the historic centre Gent as your playground. And afterwards you can chill at Hotel Astoria. You find more info on The Target.

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Famous Ghent actors trick tourists in Ghent

The tourist office in Ghent launched a new campagn to promote Ghent as a superb city trip.
In eight short movies, a few famous actors make jokes with a group of tourists that visit Ghent. Below you can find some examples !