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Spending a few days enjoying Sicilian views, sunshine, food, and spritz!
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Take me back please!! 🙏🏻 The walk to the calanques near Marseille was tough in the heat but the views made it worth doing! Loved having a picnic in the shade before going for a swim in the clear waters.
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When you spot a pretty backdrop! 🏃‍♀️ Marrakesh was 10x more beautiful than I had been expecting, with decorative arches, colourful tiled courtyards and orange trees being common sights. I loved the smells as well - argan oil, orange blossom and fresh mint all remind me of Morrocco now.
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Hotel Review: 1898 The Post in Ghent

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1898 The Post Hotel

Last Christmas, I decided to treat my mother to something really nice – she deserved it! She lives in Brussels so I had the idea of taking her to a beautiful hotel for a night and spending a lovely weekend together.

After trawling through hundreds of hotels in Bruges, Antwerp and Ghent on Booking.com, I fell in love with 1898 The Post. Located in the heart of Ghent, this former post office was recently refurbished and turned into a boutique hotel. The building is actually one of the most beautiful in town and features on many postcards and Instagram shots! Having opened only a few months earlier, the hotel didn’t have many reviews, but photos of the decor won me over.

If you’re thinking of staying at 1898 The Post, here’s my review and many photos to help you decide!

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1898 The Post sink

‘The Letter’ Room

We stayed in one of the Letter rooms, a duplex with high ceilings and big windows overlooking Saint Michael’s Church.

We were blown away by the attention to detail that has gone into the decor. Every surface has a quirky vintage trinket or antique book on it. All the home accessories are available to buy, in case you feel the need to take that ‘Nostalgic Scrabble’ with you! Even the mini bar impressed me, with fresh citrus fruit and a tiny homemade bottle of Negroni.

The bed was so comfortable that I decided I had to upgrade my mattress and my pillows at home ASAP, and the green paint on the walls completely changed my mind about having dark bedroom walls.

Not only do all of the rooms at 1898 The Post look beautiful and sophisticated, but everything has been done to a really high spec. My Mum couldn’t believe how thick the curtains are!

The upstairs open bathroom overlooks the bedroom. As with the rest of the hotel, I loved the design of it – marble hexagon shower tiles included. Only tiny complaint would be that the toilet is downstairs but the sink is upstairs! If you want a bathtub you’ll have to book a suite because most rooms only have a (very nice) shower.

The Cobbler

It’s rare for me to want to have a drink at the hotel bar. Usually I’ll go out and find a cool bar elsewhere, somewhere locals hang out. With 1898 The Post, things are different! The Cobbler is the hotel’s very cosy cocktail bar, café and kitchen, and it’s very much in demand on a Saturday night! Luckily when we checked into the hotel we were told to reserve if we wanted to go for a drink there in the evening, so we did. We saw so many people being turned away!

It’s easy to understand why the bar is so popular, with its cosy interior, stunning views of historic Ghent, and impressive cocktail menu. Even if you don’t end up staying at 1898 The Post for the night, I’d recommend going here for a tipple or a hot chocolate. Top tip: don’t order the apple pie cocktail before dinner – it comes with a spoon!

The Honesty Bar

I love this concept: let hotel guests help themselves to drinks, and rely on them to be honest and write down what they’ve taken. The Honesty Bar at 1898 The Post is tucked away in a tower, and only hotel guests have access to it. It provides a nice place to go after dinner, when you’re not quite ready to go to bed but you don’t want to go too far from your bedroom. It really feels like someone’s warm and cosy house, where you can just help yourself to a drink and sit down for a late night chat.

I wish we could have stayed at the hotel more than one night to really make the most of this room!

In all honesty, I could not have designed a better hotel myself. Every detail is perfect, from the decor and the views, to the bar, the breakfast and the location. We loved every minute of being there, and we had to force ourselves to go out and explore the city instead of spending the whole weekend inside the hotel! I’ll admit it wasn’t cheap, but if you want to treat yourself or a loved one to a weekend in Ghent then this is the best hotel you will find. 1898 The Post is one of the best hotels I have ever stayed at!

I paid for the hotel myself and I would 100% do it again!

The most beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of Ghent, Belgium.

New York: Boro Hotel Review

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Manhattan NYC sunset
Boro Hotel corner king

Boro Hotel, Queens

I did so much research before booking a hotel for our NYC trip. I spent hours trawling through Tripadvisor, travel blogs, Booking.com and I even had a spreadsheet going (anyone else love a travel spreadsheet?). Although Chris and I were really excited about making the most of the post-Christmas holiday vibes and New Year’s Eve in New York, going in December meant that hotel rooms were waaay more expensive than usual. We wanted to find a cool, modern hotel, preferably with a view, but that wouldn’t break the bank. Boro Hotel was a great combination of (relatively!) good price, incredible view, convenient location, and cool minimalist design.

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Boro Hotel NY
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Boro Hotel LIC

The hotel reception is lovely, with comfortable sofas to hang out in and a modern fireplace in the middle. There’s a lot of space for working or lounging, with sofas and tables at the back and a nice cafe/bar area at the front where you can get food and drinks. I’d love to come back in the summer to make the most of the rooftop view and the outdoor seating area on the ground floor.

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Boro Hotel view
Manhattan sunset view
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The Views

We booked a Corner King Room with Manhattan View Balcony, and it didn’t disappoint! Waking up to the amazing view every morning was such a treat and made us really excited to go out and explore. We also caught some incredible sunsets from our window, the kind that you can’t take your eyes off of and that you want to take a million photos of so that you can remember it. We also had a nice little balcony which would have been great if it weren’t absolutely freezing outside!

Boro Hotel bedroom

The Room

Boro Hotel bathroom

I loved the minimalist design of our room – very scandi-chic. The problem with a minimalist hotel though is that a lot of things you expect to have are missing! When we checked in we were given a list of things that we could request to get sent up to the room: kettle, bathrobes, slippers, mini bar, etc. A kettle got sent to us but we had to buy our own tea and milk. The TV also had a strange selection of channels, most of which were selling stuff like wrinkle cream. Otherwise, we loved the bed and the bathroom was modern and spacious. It would have been nice to have a bath, but there’s an extra charge for that.

The Location

Many tourists think that staying in Manhattan, usually Midtown, is really important so that they can walk around easily. Instead I think everyone should consider staying in Long Island City in Queens because it is so convenient! Boro Hotel is near stations with four different subway lines going into Manhattan. Just get a one week Metro card – you’re only two stops away from Midtown! The W train takes you to Lexington Av/59 St in under 15 minutes.

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Boro Hotel cafe

 

Boro Hotel corner room

Boro Hotel prices start around £120, or £160 for a Manhattan view room. If you want a cheaper option (£29 for bed in a dorm) in the same area and with the same rooftop view, try The Local Hostel NYC – it’s cool and modern and is perfect for backpackers, solo travellers or party people. You could even split your stay between the two hotels if you wanted to treat yourself but also save money.

I paid for this hotel myself (no blogger discount or free stay) and would do so again!