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We have just returned from a 10 night stay at Ben's apartment in Ghent. Myself , my wife and our 20 month old daughter had a very enjoyable stay. The apartment was spacious with loads of natural light that spills in through the massive windows at the front, very homely and very centrally located in Ghent. The pictures probably don't do the apartment justice as there is much more space than the pictures lead you to believe.
On arrival we were met by Ben's parents (lovely people) who showed us the apartment and answered any questions that we had. The fridge had some basic supplies and some nice Belgian beer, water and juice. The kitchen was more than well equipped as we cooked a lot of meals. As anyone who travels with small children knows a bath is essential and the bath here was great for our little one as was the terrace where she pottered around watering the flowers as we enjoyed the sun. There is a great selection of CD's, DVD's and vinyl to choose from while taking in the art photography on the walls and sitting on the very very comfortable sofa.
Ben organised a travel cot and a changing mat for us which were both excellent. There are two spacious bedrooms one at the front, which we all slept in and one a the back. Both have extremely huge and comfortable beds The front room can be noisy at the weekends because there is a bar at the Town Hall end of the street. This didn't bother us at all because we travel with white noise for our little one so she can sleep without any interruptions. Because of the steep steps up to the apartment (which is over a clothing/music label shop) we left our buggy downstairs in the shop and this was no problem at all.
The location of the apartment is amazing, perfect for anyone who wishes to visit Ghent. Within a 5 minute walk, or less, you can be at any of the main attractions, shops, markets, bars or restaurants. This suited us so well because if we needed to get back to the apartment for a nap, feed etc. this was very convenient.
Overall we would give this apartment a 10/10 and could not recommend it highly enough!
Thank you Ben and family.
Ben's apartment is really lovely and my friends and I very much enjoyed our stay in Gent. The apartment is clean, spacious and they have everything you need. Ben's parents let us in and out of the apartment and were also very friendly and helpful! Would definitely stay here again!
Ons verblijf was super! Bij aankomst werden we hartelijk ontvangen en stond er zelfs een speciaal biertje voor ons koud. Het appartement is ruim, schoon en van alle gemakken voorzien. Het is midden in t centrum, waardoor je lopend de hele stad kunt verkennen. We hebben een heerlijk weekend gehad, zeker een aanrader!!
Ben and Lana were very responsive and provided great information to make our stay in their beautiful apartment a great one. The apartment was such a lovely place to stay, with great light, interesting and fun artwork, comfortable beds and nice linens. The bathroom was luxurious and well-stocked with towels and toiletries for our use.
I can't say enough positive things about this apartment. It was perfectly located in the center of Ghent, with the square just two blocks away. The entire place has a spacious, modern feel - it's very well decorated with modern art from young artists. There are two nicely sized bedrooms with comfortable beds, one of which thoughtfully has an assortment of tourist information to get a quick introduction to the city. There's also an eight-person table and a kitchen with everything that you could possibly need. The hosts were kind enough to provide a few Belgian beers, bottled water and strawberries (very much appreciated after a long train ride), as well as a large assortment of coffee, espresso, and condiments in the kitchen, shampoo, body wash, towels, and anything that you could have forgotten. The apartment also has a private deck with table and four chairs, a perfect place to enjoy the sunshine in the morning over coffee. There are a steep flight of stairs to the apartment (so if you have mobility issues, keep that in mind) but once inside it's well-lit and inviting with an open kitchen/dining/living room area.
Ben's parents met us at the apartment and gave us the walk-through introduction - they were both wonderful people and very warm and welcoming. Thank you again - everything was just perfect.
The apartment is really perfect and it's furnished of any things you could need during your stay.
It is located in a quiet street in center city close to any Ghent tourist points.
You can simply reach the apartment from train station using tram n.1 in 10 minutes.
Ben was extremely responsive to my many questions prior to Arrival. His parents were equally helpful and dad thankfully took up the heavy suitcases to the first floor.
The flat was even more than what could be conveyed via the website photos. It seemed bigger, more comfortable and closer to town that I had imagined. It is designer flat that at the same time is warm and functional!
Well done too for getting the most comfortable beds that were so hard to get out off! You thought of everything...we really valued the extra tissues as we both had colds!! And the beer in the fridge. Thank you.
prachtig appartement in hartje gent op loopafstand van alle mooie plekjes. alles wat je maar bedenken kon was in het appartement aanwezig. we komen zeker nog een keer terug.
This apartment was perfect - comfortable, stylish, roomier than we expected, clean. We used the kitchen, the terrace, TV and CD player and enjoyed pretending we were really living in Gent for a while. We were two couples, and the bedrooms were spaced far from each other for privacy. Ben's parents were easy to reach and available for the key transaction. The apartment comes stocked with all toiletries, towels, sheets, and even a few beers! US guests, be aware that the toilet is in a separate room from the shower and tub, and the toilet room does not have a sink so you go into the other bathroom to wash up after. Also, the front bedroom is noisier than the inner bedroom. The street was quiet all day, but seemed to be a passage for bar hoppers at night. We found a white noise app on our phone and that did the trick. Overall we would stay here again!
Ghent & Ben's apartment were one of the highlights of our vacation! Very, very clean, fantastic location, modern decor, most comfy beds, more amenities then we expected! His parents were there upon arrival and departure to help us with any questions. After a long day of travel it was a delight to have a couple of cold beers and bowl of fruit in the fridge, nice touch. We were 4 adults with plenty of space and privacy. Wish there were more of these apartments along our travels! Thanks Ben and your parents for a fantastic stay!
Ben was a fantastic guest. He was communicative leading up to his stay, kept the house extremely tidy, and obeyed all the house rules. I'd highly recommend him to anyone renting on AirBnB.
Ben and his friends arrived last and left the next morning, but they were very friendly, neat and communicated well. I would be happy to have him back anytime and recommend to any other host.
It was such a pleasure hosting Ben and his girlfriend for a few weeks in my apartment in New York. They are such a lovely couple- so wonderful, respectful and responsible! :) They left the apartment in a spotless condition! I highly recommend them as guests! Thank you for being my guests!
Very polite, clean and wonderful guests.
Ben was a terrific guest! Respectful, friendly, courteous, clean - a delight. We would heartily recommend him to any host...and hope he comes to visit us again!