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“Excellent Old Fashioned Charm” 5 of 5 stars
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Thermae Palace Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Koningin Astridlaan 7, Ostend 8400, Belgium   |  
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Ranked #23 of 47 Hotels in Ostend
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“Excellent Old Fashioned Charm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2006

I regularly travel to the Belgium Coast and this time tried the Thermae Palace as I was taking my parents (a little older) away for the weekend as a treat. I have tried many hotels and I must say all have been comfortable, however I've always been disappointed in one area for each of the hotels until now.

The rooms I found were excellent with bathrooms as large as the bedrooms and were spotlessly clean, whilst older they were rather grand. Each room having a hallway leading to the bedroom and bathroom with wonderful old large doors.

I had asked for rooms near each other and as agreed they were indeed next to each other with a fabulous little balcony and amazing views (how often when checking into a hotel can the small point of even being on the same floor be overlooked)

Breakfast had a wonderful choice for all and even included bacon, eggs, sausages and beans with good pots of strong English Tea. All staff were efficient and tidied away without intruding.

The building reminds you of times gone by and yes there are area's where the years are showing on this wonderful building, however it is a pleasure to stay in such a well run establishment where old time values still remain.

If you want a brief overnight stop then this may not be the place to stay, however if you want to truly relax and enjoy all that Ostend has to offer including a stunning coastline from your balcony I would say this is your 1st choice.

Now I have tried this hotel, I will return many times and have already booked another trip for December. I look forward to many more enjoyable times here and It is a pleasure to find a hotel that retains it's originality rather than following the Chrome Makeover Briggade.

A truly happy customer!

  • Liked — The View from the balcony
  • Disliked — Only spending 1 night there and having to leave
  • Tips/Secrets — Ask for a Seaview Room - it's fabulous
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2006

We stayed with my elderly parents for a 3 night midweek break in May. The hotel was very quiet which suited us.

It takes a 5minute taxi ride to get there and what a location! Right on the sea front overlooking the lovely beach. Checked in very easily and the one thing you notice straight away is how friendly and helpful the staff all are.

We had booked 2 Palace Rooms - whilst slightly old fashioned they were very clean and had been decorated recently and very comfortable. We like that feel of an older hotel but if you are expecting modern chrome and glass go elsewhere. The balcony was the crowning glory. A huge decked area with glass panels giving privacy from the room next door and a pair of traditional deck chairs to sit out on. The view was fantastic!

Breakfast was in the main restaurant and included hot food which in Eurpoe we hadn't expected. The views again were fab - right out onto the sea front. We had snacks in the bistro a couple of times and they were very good and quite reasonable for a hotel.

Only small points to think about if you go there - firstly take your own hairdryer - the one in the bathroom is a bit lacking in power especially if you have long hair! Secondly we thought there would be tea and coffee making facilities in the room but there aren't - there is a mini bar and they have left room for you to put a few of your own things in there but if you need that cuppa first thing bring a travel kettle.

Apart from that we couldn't fault the hotel and would stay there again without question.

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2005

The Thermae Palace looks great on pictures, location is of course not bad, close to the sea, walking distance to most of the attractions. And by taxi not too far from station. But it is a bit run down, maintenance of the rooms could be better, TV set is really not up to date. Restaurant is fine, but a bit pricy. Service of front desk staff is slow. Sea side rooms are of course preferred, view from the other ones is the entrance of the hotel and a public swimming pool. All in all it's an okay choice, in my view over priced, I would not necessarily go back there next time I visit Ostend. I have not visited the sauna/swimming pool/sport area, might be good or .. not!

  • Stayed November 2004, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Koningin Astridlaan 7, Ostend 8400, Belgium
Location: Belgium > Flanders > West Flanders Province > Ostend
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Ostend
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Ostend
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Thermae Palace Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 159
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic Hotel of Belle Epoque style, in seafront location, within walking distance of downtown area & Kursaalcasino. ... more   less 
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