Jazz in the Park 2016

The 23th edition of Jazz in’t Park arranges a jazzy after-summer in the Ghent ‘Zuidpark’.

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From the 1st until the 4th September Jazz in’t Park offers the best en newest of contemporary Belgian Jazz, fully free of charge and in an unconstrained and approachable manner. All this roofed by the magic and majestic trees of the ‘Zuidpark’. Just as the genre of Jazz, Jazz in’t Park keeps on reinventing itself. The program of this edition offers a very good taste of the potential that Belgian Jazz carries today, with attention for every subgenre.

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Visitors of the festival will be not be cuddled sole in a musical way. The city of Ghent offers a free buffet to all the visitors, a unique change to taste the local kitchen that you can’t ignore. This year, Jazz in’t Park starts on the first September, therefore the children which start with the schoolyear again receive extra attention. Through a gigantic wrapping action, accompanied by the parade band ‘Die Verdamte Spielerei’, the organisation want to alleviate the suffering of these children.
Edition 2016 brings the public multiple scoops. First of all you can enjoy the cd-releases of Manolo Cabras Quartet, Steiger en Hugo Boogaerts’ Moon Express. Next to this, two projects of Paul Van Gysemes will be melted together in one magnificent performance, linked to the release of an double album. In other words, the line-up will be graced by 14 free performances which will move every jazz fan.

Are you tired after a wonderful evening of listening or don’t you feel like driving around the city centre by car? Than we offer you the best solution. The location of Astoria hotel has a very good connection with the festival and is very easy to reach from the highway. Don’t hesitate and end an evening of lovely music with a good night rest.

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For more information about the festival, click here.

To book a room in Hotel Astoria for the best price, 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!
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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.

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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.

Ghent hotspot: Walking with Belmodo App

Discover a new way to explore Ghent! Thanks to Belmodo Hotspots App you have the best Belgian addresses always at hand.

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Belmodo and Visit Flanders proudly present the long-awaited Belmodo Hotspots App. Through this app, you do not longer have to search various websites looking for suitable lunch spots or unmissable sights. All these addresses in our Flemish cities are now gathered in one app. With the app you can conveniently go looking for hotspots that interest you through the different sections fashion, beauty, coffee, deco, drinks, food and sleep. Moreover, you can save your favorite hotspots thanks to the like button and thus draw up your own list of favorites.

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The Belmodo App also lets you discover new places in addition to the classic sights. Take a tour through Ghent and stroll through this vibrant city along the various recommended addresses or simply Join the “Gentenaar” on a summer day with a drink at the Graslei and Korenmarkt. End this beautiful day at Astoria Hotel to rest up for another day full of extraordinary experiences in Ghent.
Welcome to the planet of the Apps! Let’s go through a small selection of what are some of the coolest spots in Ghent, according to the Belmodo.
Let’s start with some footwear for our walk. In Dope (Onderbergen 74) you’ll find a diverse range of sneakers, from classically white to eccentric using pony hair. On the other hand you’ll find exclusive labels of shoes and handbags at Rio (Lange Kruisstraat 23), labels such as Givenchy or Stella McCartney. Shoes, handbags and other accessories by prestigious fashion designers are also available at Sevens (Henegouwenstraat 34-38).

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You can complete your outfit at fashion house A Suivre (Brabantdam 27), a beautiful stores full of women’s clothing by international labels such as Phillip Lim and J-Brand. Oorcussen (Vrijdagmarkt 17) presents major names such as Ann Demeulemeester and Rick Owens in a splendid 17th century house. Respectively in Vlaanderenstraat 11 and 51 you’ll find Sprezzatura Men and Sprezzatura Women, casual yet chic clothing for him and her. Men and women can also feel their fashion sense tingling at Rewind (Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 13). In concept store L’AmuZette (Krommewal 2) you can shop for clothing, accessories, vintage and design items, but also for books and children’s items. You can even still your hunger with delicious tapas, lunch or a pie and coffee. Children’s clothing, colourful decorations and original toys are also available at Teddy (Afrikalaan 289E).
Treat yourself to just that little bit of extra at Fin du Jour (Vlaanderenstraat 80), a treasure trove of beauty products, featuring some of the leading labels. Or do you prefer a makeover for your house? Then head to Bliss (Brabantdam 56) for design and deco items.

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Feeling a bit hungry after all that shopping? At Moor&Moor (Jakobijnenstraat 7) you can eat healthy local produce in this combination food store/ brunch restaurant. Le Botaniste (Hoornstraat 13) serves food straight out of nature’s kitchen with their vegetarian cuisine. For delicious fresh soup and tasty salads Soup+ (Lammerstraat 33) is the place to be.

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Let’s end with a steaming cup of coffee or a fresh drink. Coffee house Bar Bidon (Bisdomkaai 25) offers you a foaming cappuccino or a savoury lunch, and also double as a bicycle shop. Jigger’s The Noble Drugstore (Oudburg 16) is the only Belgian elect on the list of the hundred best cocktail bars in the world, and now also has its own pub, De Ganzerik (Druifstraat 29). And in the Groenevalleipark (Nieuwe Wandeling 62) you’ll find WATT, a unique sleep-, eat-, drink- and shop-concept with something different on every floor.
This is just a small selection of Ghent’s cool spots according to Belmodo. Be sure to go out on a shopping expedition of your own in our fair city, using this App as your guide. And if you finally feel like dropping after all that shopping, check in at our trusted Hotel Astoria to rest up.

TripAdvisor reward: Certificat of Excellence 2015

We are proud to announce that again this year our hotel is in the top 10 of all Ghent Hotels on TripAdvisor!
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This morning we received our "Certificat of Excellence 2015".
Thank you to all TripAdvisor users that reviewed us!

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.

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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!

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

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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

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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 !













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