From summer to spring!

Shortly summer will slowly turn into fall: from icecream and cold beers to snowballs and mastels with a cup of steaming hot chocolate. Come and taste all these culinary delights in our lovely city!
Snowballs, a regional product, are a fresh and delicious treat: a cloud of vanilla coated with a thin layer of dark chocolate sprinkled with icing sugar. The perfect snowball cracks when you bite into it and melts on your tongue.

The regional bread ’mastel’ is like a round sandwich with cinnamon taste and a whole in the middle. It is cut in half, spread with butter and sprinkled with brown sugar, placed between two pieces of aluminium foil and is then quite literally ironed. This gives the bread its flat shape and caramelises the sugar.

Enough inspiration to come and explore for yourself? We would love to have you stay with us and to treat you to our delicious breakfast with plenty of homemade products. @ Hotel Astoria

September brings a tribute to music in Gent

On Saturday 12th September we kick off the new cultural season with OdeGand, an incredible music festival on and around the Gent waterways. We end the day with a magical show and sizzling fireworks. OdeGand
On the 20th September is carfee Sunday in Gent and the premiere of Parklife, a brandnew festival for families and bikers. Bring your picnic blanket and enjoy live music whilst relaxing in the grass! Or hear beautiful sounds from little hidden places that you discover whilst walking or biking through the park. There is also a proper children’s village!

Enough inspiration to come and explore for yourself? We would love to have you stay with us and to treat you to our delicious breakfast with plenty of homemade products. @ Hotel Astoria

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.

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.

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.

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TripAdvisor Récompense: Certificat d’Excellence 2014

Nous sommes fières que de nouveau cet année l’hôtel est affiché dans le top 10 des hôtels Gantois sur TripAdvisor!

Ce matin nous avons reçus notre "Certificat d’Excellence 2014".
Merci bien à tous les utilisateurs de TripAdvisor pour nous donner un avis!

Des acteurs Gantois étaient guide pour un jour

L’office de tourisme à Gand vient de lancer une campagne.

Ci-dessous quelques exemples!