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Neo-Gothic Grandeur in a Historic Belgian Post Office

Butter-Infused Gin Nightcaps, Then Breakfast in Bed

By Sarah Freeman ·
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There are a lot of fires you could consider curling up in front of with 400-odd pages of classic literature during the crisp days ahead.

But to fully commit to the scenario, may we suggest one at this 108-year-old post office turned small hotel in Belgium?

Great, we've always admired your dedication.

Now bring something cozy to 1898 the Post, a neo-Gothic masterpiece turned buzzing 38-room boutique hotel in the heart of Ghent, now open and now visible in this slideshow.

It looks a little like something out of Tim Burton's long-lost historical drama, adorned in medieval towers and a 16th-century clock. You'll check in and resist the urge to plunk down in front of the raging fireplace in a fairly austere, let's just say fairly Belgian, lobby detailed with fetching antique furniture. 

Make your way up a spiral staircase to the Tower Suite, which is located in the building's tallest spire. It's damn romantic in here. We envision a lavish breakfast in bed under high ceilings, followed by your companion having a soak in the marble tub downstairs and you just laying there taking in the 360 degree views of the city. But we promise we didn't spend that much time envisioning that.

After perambulating around the city's enchanting canals, you two will pause for repose at t he Cobbler, which comes with bartenders who engender a lot of respect around here. Which makes sense, considering they make a cocktail with butter-laced gin and sage called the Silky Smooth.

In honor of Belgium's version of Rico Suave, it's safe to presume.

Sarah Freeman is often accused of hiding secrets in her hair. She can make any cocktail, as long as that cocktail is a rye Old Fashioned, and has never met a saison she didn’t like.

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