We stayed at the Melinda for 5 nights in April 2012, whilst visiting Belgian friends and it was they who recommended the Melinda. The accommodation can only be described as 'basic', even though we upgraded from a budget to a standard room it was still very small. The room and adjoining bathroom were clean, and pretty much kept clean during our stay, although the room was not hoovered once during our stay and there was a lot of dust on furniture. What was missing were the little touches that make a hotel room more welcoming, like proper bath towels not large hand towels, a box of tissues, tea/coffee making facilities (no room service either). They must be applauded for their contribution towards conservation with energy saving bulbs and recycled toilet paper, BUT the toilet paper was grey, very thin and very rough.....very cheap, which recycled paper doesn't have to be. All the bedding and the towels are white, the walls are brown/beige, a little bit of colour would have brightened the place up and bedside cabinets and a chest of drawers would have been a blessing! Indeed we have never stayed in a hotel where these were not provided as a matter of course. There was not one drawer in the room, no information pack, no pen, no stationery, which surprised us because the majority of the guests were not business people they were tourists and visitors for the Commonwealth War Graves etc., it just wasn't very welcoming. Staff were fine, attentive and helpful. Breakfast was adequate but I do think that if you have to serve streaky bacon it should be cooked properly, not be uncooked and cold, as it was every morning. On the plus side the mini pastries were very nice and fresh and the fresh fruit salad selection was delicious. We had a couple of evening meals, and whilst I understand it is a 'continental thing' to put salad (and mayonnaise) on every dish, it was kind of off putting to find it on roast beef with gravy! We had a wonderful time in Belgium with our friends and the Belgian people are very welcoming, would we go back, yes indeed we would but I am afraid we wouldn't return to the Melinda Hotel.
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- Melinda Hotel Ostende