Ghent, Belgium

Pillows Grand Hotel Reylof

Rates per night from$159.17

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR140.09), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Dead Poets Society

Setting

Heaven Ghent

A palatially proportioned city stay, Pillows Grand Hotel Reylof in Ghent is a Louis XIV-style townhouse that was once the home of its namesake poet, Baron Olivier de Reylof, who was knocking around penning verses in the late 17th century. Today, his soaring ceilings, sweeping staircases and lofty windows and doors remain, with a whole load of design-crowd-approving furniture, art and lighting thrown in. There are lots of high-ceilinged salons for anyone hoping for a poetic outpouring, and three restaurants, including one from a Michelin-starred chef. But to be honest, you had us at ‘pillows’.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

157, including 29 suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability and a fee. Earliest check-in, 3pm, also flexible.

Rates

Double rooms from $159.17 (€140), excluding tax at 6 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €3.00 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates don’t usually include breakfast, from €25 a person.

Also

The hotel’s entirely cashless, so be sure to pack your plastic.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, valet parking, gym. In rooms: LED TV, air-conditioning, minibar, free bottled water, tea-making kit, Nespresso coffee machine and Pillows bath products.

Our favourite rooms

If you want to ponder your next volume of poetry from the bath, book a Reylof Suite, which has a freestanding tub by the window. For added inspiration ( and some Ghent rooftop gazing), go for a room with a balcony.

Poolside

There’s a heated adults-only pool in the spa.

Spa

Spa Reylof is open between 6am and 11pm every day except Monday. There’s a sauna, steam room and treatment rooms for rituals ranging from mani-pedis and Asian-inspired peels to hi-tech Sothys facials.

Packing tips

Bring suitably sweeping-staircase-ready attire.

Also

The restaurant and ground-floor rooms are accessible for wheelchair users, but no rooms have been specially adapted.

Children

All ages are welcome, but there’s nothing special for mini Smiths.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Go for a table by the lofty windows to enjoy the natural light, or hold court in the chic central banquette.

Dress Code

Don smoking jackets and slippers to make Baron de Reylof proud.

Hotel restaurant

Breakfast is available in Lof Restaurant, Lof Café and the Living; it’s a buffet in the former, coffees, granola and croissants to go in the café, and dishes to order in the latter. The Michelin-starred Dutch chef Ron Blaauw designed the menu for the restaurant, which features French and Flemish fare, all washed down with a global wine selection. High ceilings, huge windows and parquet floors up the elegance. Lof Café is opposite, and is great for cups of coffee (and cups of wine), depending on the time of day.

Hotel bar

The Living is upstairs from the main restaurant, in the room where the baron penned his poems, but with similarly palatial proportions – settle in for a Raspberry Reylof or a Belgian beer in style.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7am to 11am. LOF serves lunch from noon to 2.30pm and dinner between 6pm and 9.30pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays. LOF Café is open all day from 7am to 11pm (10.30pm on Mondays). The Living is also open all day.

Room service

A selection of French bistro classics can be served in-room.

Location

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Address
Pillows Grand Hotel Reylof
Hoogstraat 36
Ghent
9000
Belgium

You’ll find the hotel in the of Ghent, an hour or so north-west of Brussels.

Planes

There’s no airport in Ghent, so you’ll have to land in Brussels and make your way from there. Hotel transfers for the 50-minute trip cost €125 each way.

Trains

Ghent’s Dampoort station is about a 10-minute drive from the hotel. From here, trains come and go from other cities including Brussels and Antwerp. The Eurostar has direct trains from London to Ghent (journey time, around two hours).

Automobiles

Driving to and from Brussels will take under an hour; there’s valet parking when you arrive (€38 a day). It’s easy to get around Ghent on foot, but it’s worth hiring a car if you don’t fancy catching the train from Brussels airport.

Worth getting out of bed for

Pen your next poems in one of the salons or cosy nooks throughout this palatial home, enjoy the shiny new spa or feast on some seriously fancy fine dining in a sleek modern space, before heading out to explore this often-overlooked Belgian city. Art lovers will enjoy the modern works on display at SMAK, the city’s Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art on Jan Hoetplein; closed Mondays. If cobbled mediaeval lanes, artisan ateliers, tiny restaurants and independent shops are more your thing, make a beeline for the Patershol part of town. Or compare notes between the two abbeys, Saint Peter’s and Saint Bavo’sCount the crenellations at Gravensteen Castle, the waterside former fortress of the counts of Flanders.

Local restaurants

Take your pick from the series of cafés and restaurants along the waterfront at Korenmarkt, or check out the brunch and bakery goods at the popular De Superette on Guldenspoorstraat. Anyone with a dietary requirement will find a haven at Plus, which caters to most, and has an appetising array or organic salads and juices. For an homage to ball-shaped food (of both the meaty and veggie varieties), try Balls & Glory on Jakobijnenstraat; or if it’s got to be patties, make for Uncle Babe’s burger bar. Or push the boat (and the purse strings) out at Chambre Séparée.

Local bars

Check out the wine cellar of Bar Win on Burgstraat and guzzle a few while you’re there with a tasting.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this townhouse hotel in Belgium and unpacked their high-cocoa-percentage chocolate and waffles, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Pillows Grand Hotel Reylof in Ghent

You’ll be in good company at Pillows Grand Hotel Reylof, the erstwhile home of namesake Baron Olivier de Reylof, who penned poems from within these walls in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The wide entrance was built for horse-drawn carriages, back in the day (no drama if you’ve failed to travel light), and much of the Louis XIV-style townhouse remains intact. Huge windows and doors, wood panelling, decorative ceilings and grand staircases form the backdrop to newer additions, such as design-conscious lighting, modern art and sleek sofas. The palace is, handily, on a main road, so you’ll have easy access to all of the city’s major sightseeing players. But you won’t want to be out for long – the inviting salons, spacious suites and creative cuisine on offer at the three restaurants will see to that. It’s pure poetry.

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