Ghent is one of the most beautiful cities in Belgium and one of the most underrated. Many visitors choose to go to Brussels or Bruges. But Ghent is well worth visiting for many of the same reasons, stunning architecture, fascinating history and incredible food.
Of course, the city has an excellent Christmas market that takes place in December. This guide to hotels near Ghent Christmas Market lists accommodations for all budgets and can help you with planning your winter break in Ghent.
Hotels near Ghent Christmas Market
Ghent Christmas Market is located at Sint-Baafsplein, the square in front of Saint Bavo’s Cathedral. The Christmas markets also line the surrounding streets along Korenmarkt. Any hotel near here would be convenient for visiting the Christmas markets as well as most of the main sights and attractions in Ghent.
Top Pick1898 The Post
Address: 16 Graslei, Binnenstad, Ghent, Belgium
1898 The Post is by far the best hotel in Ghent near the Christmas markets and all the attractions in the historic city centre. Located directly on the water, the views are incredible, taking in the Hanseatic architecture and the famous bridges. The interior design is stunning and unique with dark colours and timber finishes. The staircase is quite exceptional. The hotel is known for its excellent service as well as a perfect central location. The hotel uses 100% renewable energy as its source of electricity as well as being single-use plastic-free making it one of the most sustainable hotels in Ghent.Check Availability
Location of 1898 The Post
Next Best – Merveilleux Gent Hotel
Merveilleux Gent Hotel
Address: 38 Mageleinstraat, Binnenstad, Gent
A highly-rated hotel with an exceptional location and wonderful staff. The hotel has an interesting red and gold colour scheme and is known to be very clean with helpful and welcoming staff. The Merveilleux is located directly in front of Ghent Christmas Market, so this is a great choice if you want the markets at your door.
Budget Hotel in Ghent
B&B Hotel Gent Centrum
Address: 17 Voldersstraat, Binnenstad
Also within minutes of the Christmas market is the B&B Hotel. This is a chain hotel so it won’t appeal to everyone, but it is one of the best budget hotels in Ghent. The rooms are clean and comfortable. This hotel is excellent value for money, especially considering the city centre location.
Living The Dream
Address: Klein Turkije 4/302, Binnenstad, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
Ghent Christmas Market isn’t only located on the main square but also follows some of the city’s smaller streets, including Klein Turkije, which is also the address of this apartment, Living The Dream. If you are happy to stay in an apartment in Ghent, this is one of the best, and the location is unbeatable for access to the Christmas markets, which will be at your door. This loft apartment has 3 bedrooms and sleeps 6, so this is a great option if you’re travelling with a group or as a family.
Yalo Urban Boutique Hotel Gent
Address: Brabantdam 33, Gent
Yalo is a very stylish boutique hotel with designer features, furniture and fittings. The rooms have timber floorboards, large comfy beds, and some have Marshall media players so you can listen to your own music while in the room. The Yalo Restaurant is very popular if you would like to try modern Flemish cuisine. Yalo is a 5-minute walk from the Christmas markets, and the neighbourhood has a number of excellent cafes, restaurants and bars. It is also a short walk to Glass Alley, which might not be for everyone.
For more information on visiting Ghent in December, read my guide to Ghent Christmas Market that has been updated for 2023.
Or if you’re looking to travel elsewhere, my Belgium Christmas market guide might be helpful.
Recommendations are independently chosen based on personal travel experiences and extensive research. This post contains affiliate links to hotels in Ghent, Belgium. This means I get a small commission from any bookings at no extra cost to you.