Unique places to stay in Flanders? 6 tips!
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay that’s a little different, quite daring and definitely unique, then you’ve come to the right place. There are plenty of unique places to stay in Flanders, from arty dorms or converted train carriages to historic cloisters. Discover these six extraordinary places to lay your head.
Artsy dorms? Sweet dreams!
Unique hostel accommodation? Follow your compass to Ghent. KaBa Hostel is a temporary Valhalla for budget travellers and backpackers looking for art and comfort. A private room offers just that. Or one of the gem-like dorms. You will share a fantasy-filled dorm with unique interior with a maximum of five other people. KaBa Hostel is within walking distance of Ghent's historical city centre. So you can also, for example, admire some other fantastic artwork like the Ghent Altarpiece, Het Lam Gods (the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb) in Saint Bavo’s Cathedral.
Superman in your caravan
On the other side of Ghent you'll find the Treck Hostel. At this year-round indoor camping you can sleep snugly in a caravan, tent or dorm without ever feeling a drop of rain. Which theme caravan will you choose: Zen or jungle, Hawaii or retro, beach or graffiti? Make sure to meander through the picturesque Patershol and enjoy the aroma of foods from around the world. Or dig deep into the roots of psychiatry in the Museum Dr. Guislain.
Wake up in a centuries-old setting
The secretary of Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor, had his residence here and countless numbers once came here to regain their strength. Now you can have an unforgettable (and healthy) stay here. Martin’s Klooster in Leuven, with its authentic gable and carriage gate, has been witness to centuries of Leuven’s history. Once inside you'll be overwhelmed by elegance and modern comforts. With this charming hotel as your starting point, take a walk along the late Gothic Town Hall, the M-Museum and the Oude Markt (Old Square) – where many a Belgian beer awaits you. In less than half an hour the train will take you straight to the heart of Mechelen or Brussels.
Sleep in the train without missing your station
In Station Racour in Landen, time has stood still. Just like the train. Owners Jo and Hilde transformed two train cars into cosy, unique holiday lets. And they turned part of the old station into comfortable places to rest your head too. Your kids will go wild in the large garden. Or playing conductor in an outfit from the suitcase full of costumes. For fun you can also explore the area by bicycle along the old train tracks.
Navigate your night's rest into nature
Water lover, adventurer or just someone who enjoys relaxing in an active way? At Sailcenter Limburg in Ophoven you can float along on the lakes and streams in Limburg. You can rent water sport materials and spend the night in a comfy, cosy chalet. Or give in to the call of unspoiled nature on the authentic camping raft. You choose where you want to moor and why: fishing, birdwatching or rambling. Awaken your inner adventurer.
Your private loft on the water
The Flemish coast is the place to be for glamping on the water. In Nieuwpoort you will become captain of your HomeBoat Loft: a luxurious accommodation on a private pontoon with a breathtaking view. The ultimate place to slow down and take a breather. Enjoy the peace and quiet or discover the wide world. Nieuwpoort-Centrum and Nieuwpoort-Bad are but a few waves away. Diksmuide and the natural resources of the basin of the Yser are certainly worth a visit. The Yser is symbolic of the First World War: in the hyper-modern centre of Westfront Nieuwpoort you can take the time to reflect on this historic event.
A dream accommodation
What's your favourite way to travel? With friends, the kids, a romance for two or adventures on your own? In Flanders you'll always find – often extremely unique – places to spend the night. The first rays of sunshine shining in? Then a new day full of heritage, culture and Flemish delights awaits you.
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Story created on August 24, 2017