1898 The Post Belgium
1898 The Post
Graslei 16, 9000 Ghent,
Privately owned by Geert & Greet De Paepe, managed by Zannier Hotels.
Date of Creation
15 August 2017
Hotel General Manager
Ms. Eline Janssens. Eline is an experienced professional in the travel industry.Prior to joining 1898 The Post she opened and managed Hotel V…in the province of Cadiz, Spain and worked as a travel designer for Atlas Reizen in Belgium.
1898 The Post
History & Story
Ghent, 1898. The architect Louis Cloquet finalises his plans for a new building, the Central Post Office. It is to be built in the very heart of the city, between the Graslei and the Grain Market. 1909: The new Post Officeopens its doors and several years later, in 1913, hosts the World Expo. The Post Office quickly becomes a highly-frequented location, with post carriages and the first horse-drawn tramways running right by it. The last service counter of the Post Office closed at the beginning of the next century, in 2001.
August 2017: 120 years after his final sketch was completed, Louis Cloquet’s masterpiece has seen the pinnacle of its conversion. The two upper floors have re-opened in its new incarnation as a magnificent and unique hotel, of the kind not known until now: « 1898 The Post ».
Each of the thirty-eight rooms and suites exude warmth, geniality and personality but each is unique and has its own story to tell.
The high ceilings and the dark green walls give a special elegance to the warmth exuded by each room. Large windows, the wood that is everywhere and an indirect light fill each room with a comfort such that you feel at home before you have even unpacked.
The antique furniture dating from the 20th Century stands harmoniously side by side with modern technology, ensuring maximum comfort for the most demanding guests.
Stepping out of the room, how can you not linger in the corridors of this unique hotel? Magnificent period furniture evokes the glorious days of the post offices of yesteryear and lining the walls one can admire the sketches of Louis Cloquet.
On the first floor, the open fire of the common area creates an atmosphere that is both serene and captivating. But look outside and you can absorb the bustle of downtown and feel the beating heart of this city.
On the same floor, « The Kitchen » invites you to start the day with a delicious homemade, American buffet-style breakfast. Or you might want to order a light lunch made from fresh products and eaten in a delightfully relaxed atmosphere.
The wonderful open kitchen takes you right back home. The chef will prepare delicious dishes from grandmother’s recipe book in front of you. You might just choose to spend a quiet afternoon with a coffee or tea and a choice of local pastries.
Developed in 2017, interior designer : Ms. Geraldine Dohogne of Zannier Hotels
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Postal theme, historic design, in the heart of Ghent, cosy, elegant and unique.
Centrally located between Graslei and Korenmarkt, 1898 The Post is the ideal location from where to explore the city of Ghent. With stunning views of St. Michael’s bridge and right by the canals, guests are already in the city centre once they step out of the hotel. All sights of Ghent are in reach within walking distance. Only 50 minutes drive to Antwerp, Bruges and Brussels.
Key sites/activities in the area
Ghent waterways, boat trips, Gravensteen, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, Patershol, St. Baafs Cathedral, Belfort, Museums, Gruut Brewery.
The guest rooms carry names in line with the postal theme : guests can sleep in The Envelope, The Letter or the Postcard Room. There is also a unique octagonal Tower Suite, just like in a fairytale, offering stunning 360 degree views over Ghent.
Children are welcome but no special program is arranged for them.
• Number of suites: 6
• Number of Luxury rooms: 31
• Number of rooms, (keys) in all: 37
Restaurants & Bars
• The Kitchen – homemade American breakfast.
• The Cobbler – lounge and cocktail bar, daily afternoon tea with homemade cakes and pastries, light snacks and tapas.
Corporate & Celebration Events
Buy outs of all 37 rooms are possible. There is a board room for up to 10 pax with meeting technology and daylight.
Number of employees