The Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof: A Hotel Review


The lobby at The Sandton Grand Reylof Hotel in Ghent dates back to the 18th Century.

They certainly got the name right. Located in the beautiful city of Ghent, The Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof is possibly the grandest hotel I’ve ever step foot in. Named after a wealthy Belgian poet, Baron Olivier Reylof, this historical mansion dates back to the 18th century. Thankfully, the hotel has beautifully restored the Baron’s public rooms which now function as the reception, lobby, and drawing room.


Upon entering The Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof, this winding staircase will impress travelers and welcome them into this luxurious hotel.


It’s easy to make a dramatic entrance on the hotel’s staircase. I just needed one more shot of this!


Baron Olivier Reylof’s mansion has been restored at The Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof. This is a lovely sitting room for guests to enjoy.

After a speedy and friendly check-in, I manage to pick my jaw up from the floor, walk past the grand staircase, and admire the brilliant contrast found in the rest of the hotel. Famous designer Christian Lacroix managed to create a modern, and slightly edgy tone throughout the newer sections of the building, using a brilliant mix of bold colors.


With funky colors and fabrics, there’s really something for everyone to enjoy at this Ghent hotel.


I absolutely loved the mix of mirrors at The Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof! I wanted to take one home but managed to restrain myself…

At this point, I wasn’t sure what I’d encounter as I opened my hotel room door. I was pleasantly surprised to discover a fabulous blend of both the new and old designs. My eyes quickly focused on the bold red stripes and the charming little staircase separating my spacious desk area from my bedroom.


A small staircase leads you up into a typical room at The Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof in Ghent!


Each hotel room comes equipped with a modern desk for guests to use.

Almost every amenity that I’ve grown to appreciate in hotels was not forgotten at the Grand Hotel Reylof. From a personalized welcome note, to the impressive walk-in closet, and conveniently placed outlets on each side of the bed, I was in my happy place. But my favorite feature had to be the ancient wooden beams that proudly held up the incredibly high ceiling. Keeping these historical touches made me truly appreciate the effort that went into designing this space. My only complaint? Our teeny-tiny television looked a bit out of place on this giant wall. Not like it mattered since I hardly ever watch TV while on vacation!


The wooden beams are a great feature in the old rooms at The Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof.


A walk-in closet is certainly a luxurious feature that guests will be happy to use during their stay.


This king bed at The Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof was hard to get out of in the morning! Way too comfortable.

Unlike most European bathrooms, ours was incredibly spacious with sufficient counter space and storage. The fresh flowers were a nice touch as well. While not very exciting to some people, I always like to include a bathroom picture. One of my favorite bloggers once made a comment that a bathroom can make or break her decision to book a hotel! This one’s for you, Dana!


The bathrooms at The Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof were bright, charming, and modern. Off to the side, there was a separate room for the toilet.


I loved this room so much, I just had to include one more photo!

After a wonderful night’s sleep, I woke up slightly later than anticipated (thanks, comfy bed!), and rushed down before breakfast ended at 10:00 AM. While breakfast isn’t included in the room cost, it’s definitely worth splurging for, at least for one morning. Their selection is one of the biggest I’ve encountered in Europe. Also, the dining room is decorated with the most electric fabrics and colors which will certainly wake you up!


The breakfast at The Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof does not disappoint. As you can see, we had a bit of everything. They even had a hot chocolate machine! Enough said.

Sadly, I was only staying in Ghent for 24 hours which I will post more about on Thursday. Later that afternoon, before my departure, I had to take one more opportunity to soak in my surroundings at this gorgeous hotel. And what better way to do that than with a glass of Rosé in the courtyard? Not too shabby…


You know life is good when you’re enjoying the beautiful sunshine in Ghent while sipping on Rosé at 3 in the afternoon.

Saying goodbye to the Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof was by no means enjoyable but I know I will be back. Despite the killer location and 4-star luxury around every corner, their prices are surprisingly affordable. This was the icing on the cake for me as I’m always searching for affordable luxury while planning my travels. During their busier seasons, a double room will cost you between €150-€200. However, weekdays are always cheaper and off season rates start at €99. Yes, please!


If the weather is nice, I’d highly recommend sitting out in the courtyard at The Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof.

I’d love to hear from you! Have you visited Ghent or have plans to? What do you look for when booking a hotel? Let me know in the comments.

Happy travels!

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*Note: I did receive a complimentary room at The Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof. However, opinions are entirely my own. I would only ever recommend something that I actually enjoyed and support!



  1. Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans says:

    This hotel is stunning, Lauren. It’s just so beautifully decorated, and I love the layout of your room. Like you, I’m all about affordable luxuries when traveling. What better reward for hard work – right? And you did me proud by including a picture of the bathroom – it really does matter. 🙂 Thanks for the mention. Great review – I’d definitely stay here!
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    • Lauren Meshkin says:

      I understand! It’s definitely a great price for the value, after all, it is a 4-star hotel! I’d definitely recommend checking it out on a weekday during their off season. Thanks for reading!

  2. Melissa Hammer says:

    With those prices, this is totally affordable luxury. I love those wooden beams too and the stripes! You didn’t get dizzy? Ha!

  3. Julie P. says:

    I’m planning a trip all over France and Belgium for my 10th wedding anniversary and would love to visit Ghent. This hotel is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for the suggestion!

    xx Julie

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