Daan Bauwens, journalist and musician from Ghent, Belgium. If you have any question, feel free to ask.
The location is great. It is quiet and almost all of downtown Gent is at short walking distance. Parking is paid, but inexpensive by Dutch standards. Daan and his housemate were very hospitable and helpful. The room itself we found somewhat frugal; we could have found use for things like a trash can and a facility to hang garments. All in all, we greatly enjoyed our stay in Gent and in this lodging.
Daan's house is situated in an old building with one of the nicest views you can dream of in the center of Gand, a quite place, not far from the castle. The host is great as he's there for you if you need info, but you still have your precious privacy, if you travel in couple! we greatly enjoyed our stay! I'll probably return soon and I recommand him and his awsome house+++.
Daan has a wonderful historic house right in the middel of Ghent. He and his house mate were very friendly and gave us great tips to explore the city, like a great coffee place just around the corner of his house in the Burgstraat. Staying at Daan's is like staying with a friend. Anyone who is looking for a cosy place to stay without too much fuzz, in an original medieval Flemish house, stay at Daan's!
super ligging ! lieve en flexibele ;-) huisgenoten, attente en snel reagerende verhuurder ! perfect wat we zochten om een nachtje te kunnen doorzakken in een fijne stad :-)
Tha place is very comfortable and the betroom has a beautiful view. Dan was very kind. Definitly I recomend this place :)
Wij hebben 1 nacht in het huis van Daan mogen verblijven, maar daar hadden we liever nog een paar aan vast geplakt. De ontvangst was erg ontspannen en verliep bijzonder soepel. Uitstekend verblijf, loopafstand van het centrum en dan ook nog in het historische deel van Gent. Zou hier graag nog een keer naartoe gaan en beveel het iedereen aan. Daan bedankt!
Thanks Daan and Morteza,
We enjoyed our stay in this cosy, picturesque house.
Fabulous location: very near to the tram stop, perfectly walkable from the centre, nice setting.
The house is located at a good central place of the city in the historic part of Gent. It is located on one of the 100% Gent (Dutch travel guide) routes through the city. It was a bit cold in the house, but we were aware of it and brought some fleece blankets. This was not needed since Daan had enough duvets available for us.
The room was big and the bed was good. It was very quiet there.
Best value of this place is meeting Daan and his house mate Morteza. They are very sociable, sharing and warm. Other than that, the house is in a nice location, very close to Petershol and the city centre. The house is old and with its own character (which includes crackling floors and steep stairs). Nothing of an annoyance to young travellers i'd think. highly recommendable!
If you are the kind of traveller who likes to meet new people and have personal experience when staying away from home, this is a great place to stay.
The house is located in one most beautiful parts of Ghent, close to historic city center and offers in the spring time a great parc to relax and play frisbee.
The only small drawback to this place is the location of the bathroom. But that is something that comes with the historical setting of the house and how was designed back in the 1600s.
Great location, Great value for Money, Great hosts.
Daan was a quiet, clean and respectful guest. Very interested to learn about local culture, life in Japan etc...easy going and easy to host (website hidden) hesitation recommending him to other hosts.
I've hosted around 150 people at the different places I've lived around the world, people from different races, cultures, ages, castes... never ever did I have a guest I so wish I didn't have. My experience with Daan: He doesn't respect his promises (asking me not to rent my room to somebody else just having to wait 24 hours for his official booking, then the day after, then the day after, and finally 96 hours later, only 24 before he would arrive). As well never ever does he say thank you, nor smile to express it, whatever you get him what he asks for, rush to get extra things you didn't even agree beforehand you would provide, invite him to a college party (with free entrance and free all-you-can-drink menu), allow an early check-in and late check-out, pick him up, help him with his luggage, etc., etc., etc. (unless a tiny chocolate without leaving would do for everything... it was still a good surprise, but would have preferred just hearing ONE time "thanks"). Only able to make complaints... when it's too late to fix whatever can be fixed (on hist 3rd and last day). Making choices that don't make sense, and then rejecting the fault on his host (too much light but not able to install one of the 2 curtains offered, too cold but having chosen not to take a big blanket but 2 small ones & not starting the heating because then it would supposedly be too hot (when you can select the temperature), place that doesn't suit him but not accepting my offer to go somewhere else and get his money back for the nights he wouldn't stay with me. And not emphatic whatsoever (he knew I couldn't access my money to get new stuff, didn't care (even though he had obtained all what was announced, all he had asked for too, and more). Only good things: - He does seem easygoing in his needs when writing to you... BUT proves not to be once at your place. - He does answer emails... BUT never ever recognizing any mistake he might have made. - he does share conversations sometimes... BUT only about him and in a way that sounds like he's bragging about it - He does respect the place where he stays in the way that he doesn't destroy any material things nor take anything... BUT doesn't mind smoking inside even though it had clearly been explained he couldn't whatsoever. To anybody reading this: - If you are thinking to stay with him, as long as you're not planning to make a friend, I think you should go for it, he must provide neat stuff (if you need any extra thing, do demand him whatever, it seems that airbnb guests can and should feel like in a 5-star hotel with him). - If you are thinking to host him... unless you have a castle to offer, you might want to spare the trouble, money is not...
Response from Daan:
As said before, this was my first bad airbnb experience. Two fleeze sheets in stead of a blanket. Only one curtain. Waking up every day because of noise, cold and light. This place was in no state to be rented out.
Daan was polite, very tidy and easy to talk with. he stayed for 4 nights and left the tatami room clean. It was a pleasure to take him to my favorite Okonomiyaki restaurant and Sushi restaurant. I would recommend him to any hosts anytime. Thanks for coming. hope his job goes well! lots of greetings from Hiroshima Japan. :)
Daan was my first Belgium at B&B, very polite, respect Japanese culture and make us feel very confortable with.
I am sure I will host him again in Japan, you are very welcome to our home.
Thank you very much.
It was a great pleasure to have Daan at home !
I would definitely recommend Daan (and his mom) !
They've been such lovely, interesting and easy-going people. We spent two evenings together at home, having dinner together, sharing our travel experiences and a common taste for exotic destinations, discovering each other's cultures.
We're looking forward to seeing them again. Next time in Ghent with a great pleasure !
Louise & Numa