Although maybe not really "alternative" - they probably bake more or less like everybody else - this small and always cramped bakery / cafe with it's wooden tables and chairs of different makes, in an old building close to everything in the old town of Ghent, is different and cozy.
We were in room number one, above the cafe, a light, big room with many windows, opposite the entrance to the design museum.
Excellent internet, good beds. Low price. Stay here.
We felt pretty lucky to find a room at such short notice in this great location. I wouldn't normally choose apple green for a wall colour but it suited the style and the room was very spacious. Good breakfast with helpful & friendly owners. I prefer to have en suite toilette - but it was a small compromise. The location was perfect for exploring, with some great restaurants near by. It had character and we would happily go back.
The Brooderie is downtown - fabulous location. The owner was hospitable and the breakfast was great. Warning! The room was smelly and there was a lot of noise all night long (being right in the centre of Ghent - you can't expect anything but!).
Oh, I already miss my wonderful corner room! at Brooderie! In fact, I am reluctant to tell others about this great find because suppose I come back and it's booked?
I'll take the risk. My first-floor room was not only big and sun-filled, but painted with my favorite colors; deep red-and-mustard-yellow. The above-the-bakery feel, also, created an ambience of warmth and security.
I am luckier than many travelers because when push comes to shove, I can opt for four-star hotel, though they often leave me disappointed. This cute hostel-like B&B, however, beats many of them out. Okay, you share a bathroom, there's no fridge, and occasionally noise on the street. But in my book, the ambience makes up for any drawbacks. (Plus wait until you taste the breakfast!)
When I come again to Ghent -- which I will, because ohmigad what a fabulous place -- this is where I will plan to stay.
we stayed here for one night only - luckily. Never again. This place has an excellent location and perhaps one of the best breakfast places in Ghent, but the accomodation was so disappointing. We knew we had a room with shared bathroom but we didn't know we also shared that bathroom with the clientele of the teahouse downstairs. Lots of noise from upstairs and downstairs and even some people trying to peep into our room when they went to the toilet, not nice. Don't dismiss this place completely but only go for their great breakfasts and cakes, I wouldn't recommend staying here.