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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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…
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!
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.
*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!