|Project Name||1898 the post||Posted in||Hotels, Design, Interior Design||Location||
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Looking out on Ghent’s Saint Nicholas’ Church on one side, and opening up onto the Graslei, a quay on the right bank of the river Leie, on the other, 1898 The Post takes literal pride of place in the Belgian city’s historic centre.
The new luxury hotel, owned by the Zannier Group, is a stone’s throw away from Ghent’s other two famous towers – Saint Bavo Cathedral and the Belfry – and is housed in what used to be a grand Post Office that even boasts its very own 54-metre clock tower.
Designed in Neo-Gothic style by the architect Louis Cloquet, who commenced the building’s construction in 1898, the hotel spans two floors, which comprise 38 rooms that are tied together through their contemporary yet historically respectful interior design that bears the signature of Geraldine Dohogne.
A dark green hue on the walls, octagonal marble bathroom tiles and retro bathroom fixtures with dark brass a finishing are both soothing and contemporary touches that elevate the authentic antique furniture, historic postcards and other paraphernalia that are tastefully placed in private spaces, lending them a touching personal air.
Rooms are named according to their size, from the more diminutive Stamp rooms, which measure 19 square metres, through to the Letters and the Suites, and the most luxurious iteration, the Loft, measuring 65 square metres. Most rooms have double height ceilings and mezzanine floors, adding to the sense of space. The Tower Suite, though not the largest, measuring 36 square metres, is the most striking private space – with its 360-degree views of the surrounding city and its octagonal duplex design, staying here feels like a supremely secluded and fairytale-like experience.
In keeping with the hotel’s overall time-warp vibe, the shared spaces, such as The Kitchen and the Cobbler – a cosy sitting room with fireplace and an exclusive cocktail bar – breathe an atmosphere of times past, with paintings and books as props. Cloquet’s early sketches grace the corridor leading to the reception area and wax seals of Belgium’s oldest aristocratic families are framed close by while authentic postcards from the early 20th century sit atop bedside tables.
All of these thoughtful details, alongside the conservation of the original window frames, staircases, stone parts of the floors and the façade’s expressive gargoyles and statues turn a visit (or stay) to 1898 The Post into an intriguing, comfortable and tranquil hospitality experience.