History hotel

Ghent River Hotel

Ghent River Hotel is located on the right bank of the river Leie, which formed the city borders from the 11th to the 15th century. Thanks to the old jetty Ghent River Hotel is the only hotel in Ghent which can be reached by boat.

The site consists of 2 buildings: a renaissance house from 1518 and a rice husking facility built on the foundations of a sugar refinery in 1857. This building served later as a steam cotton mill (1873), warehouse (1879) and a steam-driven bakery. This last business was expanded several times until 1909.

Opposite the hotel we find a square where the yarn market took place since the middle ages and deep into the 19th century. Next to the hotel we find one of the many typical “water streets”.
Just a few metres further you’ll find the Vrijdagmarkt with the statue of Jacob Van Artevelde.