Following research, we loved what we saw about Sleepstreet and asked to drop by to take some shots. They were kind enough to provide us with accommodation, however all thoughts and opinions are – as always – formed independently and without agreement to be favourable.
Searching for incredible design hotels and hostels whilst travelling has always been one of our core focuses, and returning to Europe last summer has presented a fantastic opportunity to see the best the travel industry has to offer, especially as many accommodation services are branching further into the sector of boutique accommodation.
For us, that’s meant exploring many different alternatives to the design hotel idea, from incredible hostels like The Cats Pyjamas in Berlin, to hybrid concept ideas such as the unforgettable Superbude St.Pauli in Hamburg that blew our minds last October, so much so that after our few days there we had no intention of ever leaving.
Whilst more companies are exploring how to bring a design ethos into their hotel or hostel without pricing themselves out of the budget of most of their traveling clientele; the one place many of them perhaps fall down is the idea of ‘my personal space‘, something people really come to value the longer the’re on the road. Just ask any regular travelling businessman or backpacking traveller if they’d like somewhere quiet to call home for a couple of days and they’re most likely to snatch the keys out of your hand.
Thankfully, there are some places emerging that put the trio of personal space, an eye for design and affordability into their plans for unique design accommodation choices, one of which we had the pleasure of seeing and staying with during the ten day long free music festival in Ghent.
Decades Of Vintage Style
Sleepstreet in Ghent has established something extra special for travelers such as ourselves that like to have our privacy, but love to be surrounded by great design – and in the case of this unique collection of apartment accommodation to rent in Ghent – stunning vintage design that will transport you back through the years to another time and place.
Since 2011 Sleepstreet has been offering four unique apartments for short and long-term lease for both travellers and families to use as their own home and base of operations whilst they stay in one of Europe’s most under the radar cities for rail travellers (as mentioned by Becky and Gray of GlobalGrasshopper recently); and having spent time there for ourselves we can completely understand why people choose this incredible place to spend a long weekend.
Of the four apartments available (Sleepstreet have also just opened an extra breathtakingly cool house for bigger groups too) we were lucky enough to stay in one of the finest, entitled ‘Sleepstreet 1‘. With an open kitchen living room space and a comfortably sized double bedroom, we were in such utter comfort from the moment we stepped through the door that we dropped our bags and immediately took out our camera.
The living room is a great size, with plenty of chairs and a sofa for us to throw ourselves onto after a long walk along the canals and center of Ghent, and what better place to sit and observe the decorations around the room?
Having the kitchen to ourselves was also a great advantage even though we were certainly having no trouble finding vegan treats in Ghent, being able to cook a meal was a great break from the varied cuisine we’d had during the course of the following week.
The kitchen was great not just because of the opportunity it gave us to cook, but also because the design options for the room were so well chosen and presented. With a stylish cabinet filled with a lovely selection of classic polkadot bowls and cups, we were really happy to sit and enjoy a bite to eat, a cup of coffee, or to do some much needed work.
That Extra Something
We clearly loved Sleepstreet and its design apartment offering from the beginning so when the time came to leave we knew we’d find it hard, regardless of the fact we’d be spending the next few nights meeting locals via Couchsurfing; we’d miss it because of the freedom it gave us to do what we wanted, when we wanted, and in our own personal space that you don’t always find in a hotel or hostel.
We also loved the apartment for the little things, the little extras. Like the classic retro lamp and bedside table in the bedroom, the postcards by the window, and the many differing pictures on the walls.
Heading To Ghent?
If you too would like to call this incredible design apartment in Ghent your home for a couple of days either during the same free music festival we experienced, or during the celebration of light next year (as highlighted by Ashley of No Onions Extra Pickles) be sure to get in touch with this fantastic design and vintage lovers paradise at Sleepstreet by going to their website to make a reservation.
Would you like to spend the night at Sleepstreet?