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Carlos Quinto, full of possibilities TEXT: JULIËN L’ORTYE | PHOTOS: SALONS CARLOS QUINTO
When looking for an amazing place to host an event such as a wedding, you will often end up at castles or other (large) estates. These places are often located far away from city centres, sometimes even in the middle of nowhere. However, Carlos Quinto, both a ballroom and a restaurant, can be found in the historic centre of the wonderful city of Ghent. According to owner Pieter van Mullem, the art of running a place like this is listening to what people want. “We do not follow any strict formulas or stuff like that. What we do is talk to our soon-to-be guests and discuss their demands in order to host tailor-made parties that make them happy.” When you look at Carlos Quinto, it seems that being happy in here cannot be hard at all. The wonderful building, located within 50 metres of a parking garage, consists of multiple mansions connected to each other with a gorgeous courtyard that seats up to 80 people. For standing receptions, the courtyard can accommodate up to 150 guests. Luckily it 54 | Issue 47 | November 2017
is not only used during summertime when, for example, barbecues are being hosted – Van Mullem also thought of organising parties here in the winter, complete with firepits. Furthermore, the Belgian ballroom’s capacity is up to 250 people, but thanks to the in-house decorator, Carlos Quinto will never look (too) full and – especially – always feel classy and comfortable. Once inside, there is even more grandeur to be seen, such as the authentic interior, which has the quality of being very chic without coming across as pretentious. As said before, Carlos Quinto serves both as a ballroom and as a restaurant, but it can also be used as a congress centre. That is where the convenience of the parking garage just across the corner comes in. However, the establishment is mostly used for family parties, with – as Van Mullem likes to point out – the opportunity to dance as well. It is even possible to rent just a small room within the multifunctional building, when you do not feel like giving a huge party. On top of all these possibilities, you can even have a delicious lunch or dinner here. Long story short, not only
is Carlos Quinto full of opportunities, it is a delightful place to spend some time as well – whether it is just for food, a baby shower or even a wedding.
Web: www.salonscarlosquinto.be www.hofvanspanje.be (to book a honeymoon suite for after your wedding)
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