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1898 The Post

1898 The Post

Housed in the upper floors of Ghent’s grand former post office, 1898 The Post is a warm and luxe hotel that’s loaded with comfort and style.

Built by architect Louis Cloquet in preparation for the 1913 World Exhibition, the post office building’s exterior reflects the Gothic and Renaissance influences of the nearby Saint Bavo’s Cathedral and Saint Michael’s Bridge, and its tall clock tower complements with the older spires of the city’s skyline. Inside, the building retains the original wrought-iron spiral staircase, while the decor uses rough wood textures, deep-green walls and vintage lighting and furnishings to create a turn-of-the-century effect.

The rooms are either single floor or duplex style, and are decorated in a dark palette with rough textures and accessories reminiscent of a 19th-century library or study. The bathrooms are marble with large walk-in showers.

A buffet breakfast is served daily in The Kitchen, while The Cobbler, a craft cocktail bar on the building’s top floor, offers tapas, drinks and panoramic views of the city over the Leie River.

Our rating: Medium

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The hotel has 38 rooms and suites, and the rooms are named with a post office theme. In order of smallest to largest room, you can choose the Stamp, Postcard, Envelope, Letter, Carriage, or Carriage with terrace. The rooms all share similar decor, with dark-green walls, rustic-looking wood and antique furniture. The Postcard, Letter and Carriage rooms have a living room downstairs and bedroom upstairs.

The suites are named with numbers except for the Tower Suite, located in the clock tower, and the Loft, which includes a living room with a library. Each suite has individual advantages, such as being more romantic, better for families or higher up for better views.

All rooms include an en suite bathroom, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, satellite TV and minibar.


1898 The Post is on the pedestrian Graslei Street, overlooking the Leie River and the central sights of historic Ghent. While the sidewalk bars and restaurants along the canal can get crowded in the evenings, the double-pane windows keep rooms silent.

The hotel is centrally located, just a minute’s walk from Gravensteen Castle and Saint Bavo’s Cathedral and a 15-minute tram ride to Gent-Sint-Pieters train station.

Food and drink

  • Buffet breakfast is served daily in The Kitchen restaurant.
  • The Kitchen also offers a light lunch menu from 2:30pm to 5pm.
  • The Cobbler bar serves drinks and tapas from 5pm to 12 midnight, with a wide variety of creative cocktails, wines and Belgian beers.


  • Most suites can include an additional bed for an adult or child
  • Limited number of connecting rooms for families

Facilities and activities

  • Laundry service
  • 24-hour reception


The hotel has elevator access throughout the building and wheelchair accessible rooms on request.

Our opinion

With an ideal location in the heart of the historic district and warm, characterful rooms, we love 1898 The Post for a stay in Ghent.

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