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The Art deco Villa, built in 1928, used to be the home of the wealthy Genthian Lalemant family. In the early 50th, after the passing of Mr Lalemant, his widow lived here by herself till the late 80s. As the biggest alone standing home in Ghent in the prestigious Millionaires Quarter the place became known as Villa Lalemant. Imagine the butler, servants and even a music teacher, in a late 20s setting, pleasing the lady of the house and her guests.

Made to invite people, the villa now has a variety of 21 rooms and has found a new life in welcoming guests from all over the world.


Monumental mansion with surrounding garden enclosed by forged iron gates between brick pillars. Mostly brick building in line with the Amsterdam School and the Dutch villa construction, according to building permit to the design of contractors Van Autryve Frères of 1928.

Strongly horizontally oriented, quite playful, asymmetrical built villas with one and two storeys below staggered and overhanging hipped roofs (slates) with marked chimney parties, skylights and -chapels. Highlighted entrance preceded by ten steps and crowning terrace. Elements such as the beardman motive above the entrance, the integrated lanterns, decorative ironwork and the diagonal bay windows are derived from Art Deco. Still, this villa can be considered as the new objectivity. Ranging window shapes. Obliquely brick bay windows in the outer bay. Also worked to rear with extended down chimneys, terraces and decorative fountain.

Richly decorated with central hall with decorative fanlight around which numerous rooms (including cloakroom, parloir, office, lounge, dining room, bedroom with boudoir and bathroom) are grouped. Ghent City Archive, Building Applications private homes, G12, 1928 / K / 7. LEYNS E. 1982: A villa in Ghent interwar 2.1. Ghent City


One of Gent’s best-loved hotels, Hotel Orion is recognized by its gracious hospitality, thoughtful amenities and distinctive peculiarities

  • Indoor Pool
  • Free Wifi
  • Bar Service
  • Sauna
  • Fitness
  • Parking

Low Emission Zone

Belgian Government currently introduced the low emission zone in Ghent. Older cars, which no longer live up to certain European norms, may therefore be prohibited from entering the inner city centre.

Hotel Orion is outside of that low emission zone, meaning that you won’t encounter any problems in reaching our hotel, regardless of the type of car you drive.

Check your car using the following link to see if your car meets the norms and to buy a permission if necessary:

Important: if you have a non-Belgian license plate, you need to register your vehicle online before you can enter the low emission zone, regardless of the type of car you drive. If you drive into the zone without registration, then you will still be able to register within 24 hours, but after that you will be fined. ANPR cameras will monitor the inner city.


Shane C's avatar

Great location in a green residential area with easy access to the historical city centre, beautiful facilities and lovely, helpful and knowledgeable staff who are a pleasure to talk with. The hotel itself has great amenities, warm comfortable rooms (a pleasure to come back to from the cold!) and solid wifi. 10/10 looking forward to returning to Hotel Orion.

Shane C Dublin, Ireland
Kait D's avatar

We recently stayed at the Hotel Orion on our trip to Europe. Can't say enough good things about this hotel - the room was incredibly spacious and clean and it was a beautiful hotel. The staff were super friendly and helped us navigate our way around. The hotel is located just outside of downtown but it is well worth it for a comfortable stay. It was about a 25 minute walk or a quick 15 minute bus ride (The bus is practically outside the hotel) to get to the central downtown core. I would highly recommend staying here. There is a cute outside seating area, which if we stayed for more than a day we would have made use of. Free wifi in rooms and spacious bathrooms. The whole package!

Kait D Toronto, Canada


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