Excellent position on the beachfront and right in the town centre, and for me even better in that the entrance is about 20 metres away from the stage door of the Kursaal Theatre where I was working.
The building wouldn’t win any prizes for architecture – it is a great slab like concrete monolith probably built in the 1970s … and getting decidedly shabby.
I booked a sea facing room – describe as a ‘junior suite’ but it was a large room rather than what I would describe as a ‘suite’. It was on the 8th floor, and the décor and furnishings are a bit like the building – tired and lacking style or finesse.
Aside from that, the room yielded plenty of space and was nice and light, with floor to celling windows and sliding doors out onto a balcony – which I didn’t take advantage of as the wind was blowing a Force 9 gale for both days!
I soon spread myself out all over the place and felt quite at home. I didn’t work at the desk area which was facing the wall, instead I worked on the circular table at the end of the room as I could look straight out onto the beach. Seagulls kept air-surfing on the thermal currents just centimetres away from the balcony and kept glancing sideways right into the room … which amused me for a while.
Although basic, the room was clean. It had a small fridge (empty) but the temperature was just perfect for cooling water, Red Bulls, etc.
The bathroom was Ok as well – a bath tub and a shower and enough space for everything including stretching
I had to go down to reception and manually log on to connect my main laptop to the WIFI for the first time, but once on, it stayed that way. Although the signal in my room was not the strongest, they must’ve had a super-fat pipe because there was plenty of bandwidth, and the speed for photo uploads was blisteringly fast!
Staff were friendly in the restaurant and bar on the ground floor, although a little stiff at first but they soon chilled out! The first night I went downstairs for a drink at the bar which was potentially quite nice but it really lacked any atmosphere. The second day I had lunch in the restaurant – the food was very tasty!
The parking just next door was also convenient.
I really enjoyed the view, but I would not have wanted to stay there any longer than the two nights, and I didn’t think my room was quite up to the 186 Euros a night price tag. I would stay there again if working at the Kursaal, but there are some other central Oostende hotel options that I would also look at next time I am there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Andromeda is a 4-star hotel in a superb location on the seafront adjacent to the Casino Kursaal. Situated in Ostend's bustling city centre, you are surrounded by many excellent restaurants and enticing shops. You can relax in our Pyramid Pool where all our guests can enjoy the swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and gym. Hotel Andromeda is also a perfect venue for your business meetings and events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Andromeda Hotel Ostende
- Andromeda Hotel Thalassa