Located in the heart of Ghent, Belgium, a brand new resort has transformed a historic post office into luxury accommodations. 1898 The Post, a part of the Zannier resort group, is a new 38-room hotel that pays homage to the building‘s past while offering a warm, contemporary vibe.
Found in the center of Ghent, finish with a magnificent 177-foot (54-meter) clock tower, it’s sandwiched between the Graslei and Grain Market. After opening its doors in 1909, the post office immediately became a hub of activity, remaining in operation till 2001. Now changed, visitors from all over the world can sleep and float in the middle of history.
There’s even a room that provides a nod to the horse-drawn carriages that after delivered the article, aptly called The Carriage. But maybe the resort’s unique feature may be a night at the clock tower, which is currently an octagonal duplex with 360-degree views of the city. Each space exudes warmth and character, outfitted with nice bits and 20th-century furniture to make you feel as if you have stepped into historical Belgium.
At the same time, the hotel offers all the technology and services that one desires, with Wi-Fi, flat screen televisions, along with an integrated audio system. You can dine in The Kitchen, an opening kitchen experience that intends to serve home cooking in a relaxed setting. Or, you can grab a cocktail in The Cobbler–that the ambiance meant to reflect an old world mentality.
Using a web-based designer and focusing on organic colors and authentic items, Zannier Hotels has created a space that marries the past and the current, breathing new life into the historical building. In fact, their goal is to
“create complete comfort surrounded by elegance and discretion while maintaining the purity of the space. Absorb the moment and glorify the place.”