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Gent Hostel De Draecke

St Widostraat 11, Ghent, 9000, Belgium

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Overall Rating 91%

From 25 Reviews

Hostel rating (25)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 95%
Cleanliness 91%
Location 96%
Security 92%
Service 91%
Comfort 83%
Green rating 89%

Located in the medieval heart of funky Ghent, you are in one of the best spots for exploring Belgium’s best kept secret.

  • Dorm
    From €22.50
  • Private
    From €53.00
10 or more people?

Ghent Hostel

Hostel Ghent

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

In an excellent location in a quiet street right in the city centre, HI De Draecke Gent hostel is just 150m from the famous medieval Castle of the Counts.

Retaining an attractive period facade, it offers a high standard of accommodation with rooms all containing private bathrooms. Facilities include TV, Internet access (hotspot), bar and self-service restaurant. Guests have 24 hour access and there is no curfew.

The De Draecke Gent bar has a great choice of Belgian beers and will make the perfect starting point to discover this Artevelde city with 55,000 students. There is always something to do, with places like the S.M.A.K. museum (modern art), Het Design Museum, Gravensteen Castle, pubs, shops, restaurants, theatres or visit the Saint Bavo Cathedral with the world famous Lam Gods painting.


Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Check-in is available between 15:00 and 22:00
  • Please contact hostel if arriving after 22:00
  • A deposit is payable at check-in.
  • Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Children under the age of 3 stay free.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • A non-member supplement of 10 % of rates quoted is payable on arrival at hostel.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • TV room


  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Licenced Bar/Pub
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Free
  • Wifi - Free
  • Internet Cafe Nearby - 500m to 1km

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car parking nearby
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Conference Facilities
  • Cycle Storage
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - At Reception
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 07:00 to 23:00
From 15:00 to 22:30

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +32-9-233-7050

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Castle of the Counts or Gravensteen (Less than 500 m)
  • Scenic old Graslei harbor (Less than 500 m)
  • Saint Bavo's Cathedral (1 to 2km)

See the full list of attractions



Lacks the homely touch


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Wed 05 Oct 2016

Lacks the homely touch


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Wed 05 Oct 2016

Breakfast only starts at 8:00 - it would be good to start earlier. The breakfast choice could be healthier without being more expensive; the artificial margarine is terrible (please offer butter). It would be nice to have an option to boil water for tea outside breakfast times. Instead a sugary cereals, simple oats could be offered. There are many moskquitos in the room.


Avatar for Waltraut


Sat 24 Sep 2016

Excellent location in centre of a beautiful city


Avatar for Anthony


Sat 10 Sep 2016

great location; friendly helpful staff; good value for Money; excellent breakfast. room was not so clean but OK (have seen worse)


Avatar for Simon


Fri 09 Sep 2016


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Cinema (500m - 1km)
  • City Centre (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cycle trails (Less than 500m)
  • Golf course (5 to 10km)
  • Gym (Less than 500m)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (1 to 2km)
  • Local market (500m - 1km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (Less than 500m)
  • Nightlife (500m - 1km)
  • Parks / Green Area (500m - 1km)
  • Restaurants (Less than 500m)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (Less than 500m)
  • Shopping area / Mall (500m - 1km)
  • Swimming pool (1 to 2km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (Less than 500m)
  • Theatre (Less than 500m)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site (500m - 1km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Tram No. 1 from Gent Sint-Pietersstation - off at 'Gravensteen' castle - 300m
Parking: 1km Vrijdagmarkt (underground) or nearby streets
4km Sint Pieters station

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