For me, Ghent was just a day trip from Brussels, but if you want to stay in Ghent, here is a complete list of hotels in Ghent with user reviews and multi site price comparisons. Rafael was kind enough to pick up some maps from a very cool tourist office so the next day I took a shorter train trip to Ghent, a very hip, very cool little town.
Ghent has the coolest wallpaper store in the world. Wow.
Sadly, it rained all day, I woke up with a sore throat, and it seemed there was immense construction going on, as a result of some or all of the above, it seemed that just about everything was closed…maybe because it was Monday. Anyway, I brought my dirty laundry and found a laundrymat, then I explored the Gravensteen castle which had an excellent torture museum. Waterboarding, old school style plus a guillateen which was used for numerous executions. Took a lot of pictures, walked around in the rain with my laundry, felt my flu getting worse, had some Belgian Fries and then headed back to Brussels, hoping that I didn’t have swine flu. I didn’t really care if I had it, but I didn’t want to pass it on to Raphael and his daughters.
Ghent also has the coolest ashtray I’ve ever stuck a butt in.
for some interesting Ghent History: http://www.trabel.com/gent-history.htm (Originally published 08 October 2009)