The top two floors of Ghent’s former post office have been transformed into a sweet boutique hotel—1898 The Post. Lest the designation of “post office” bring to mind midcentury blocks of brick, know that the Belgian city’s one-time mail center is actually an ornament-studded Neo-Gothic confection designed in 1898 by architect Louis Cloquet.
The building’s exterior is covered with medieval-inspired architectural embellishments including statues, escutcheons, and finials. There’s even a looming clock tower and a second, smaller octagonal-shaped tower.
The building shed its post office duties in 2001, and its lower floors house shops. The top floors were only recently converted by Zannier Hotels into hotel rooms, and many of the interior spaces retain original details like window frames and floors.
The chic, subdued interiors were designed by Geraldine Dohogne, and look to be a modern twist on late-19th-century style with dark walls, brass details, and linen-covered furniture.
Via: The Spaces