My husband and I stayed at the Royal Astrid with a Just Go Holiday group for six days. The hotel is conveniently located and the coach had a wide space to drop off and pick up passengers. The coach parking was a 20 minute walk away for the driver. The hotel is in walking distance to the beach and the tram.
The staff was very helpful. Check in and check out was easy. Reception gave out information when asked. They provided maps of Ostend.
Our room was on the 4th floor. It was a warm July day when we arrived after a very long coach ride. When I entered the clean, modern room it was hot and stuffy. There was no air conditioning, which was the only thing I found wrong with the room. There was one small window that could be opened and then the large window flipped out into the room. We were on a noisy street, which caused some problems with sleeping (people walking by and talking, cars blowing their horns, fire works, etc.). There was plenty of storage with shelves and two places for hanging clothes, but very few hangers. There was also a table with two chairs. There was a telephone and a safe in the room. A flat screen television was located on the wall. The programming included two English speaking channels (BBC) along with other languages.
Two towels and two hand towels were provided and changed daily. In the bathroom there was two plastic cups, two plastic shower caps and shoe shining pads. There was a bath tub and shower combination which I enjoy since I like a bath. The bathroom was clean and modern.
The hallway was wide. On the fourth floor it looked as if someone had spilled something all the way down the hallway. There were two elevators or lifts in the lobby area which were slow and only 4 people could get in one elevator. There is another lift available beyond the dining area near the computer corner and toilets at the back of the hotel which we used since no one seemed to have found this one.
As I mentioned before, there is a Computer Corner located beyond the dining area where we used free Internet. There is also wifi in the room, if a person pays 5 euros for a week. There's also a fitness area and swimming pool which we didn't locate.
Breakfast was a very large buffet. Everyone in our group loved the wide varieties of food available. Supper was also provided for us and each night the food was delightful. It started out with soup and salad. Then a different meat nightly (chicken, steak, hamburger, fish), with vegetables and a dessert. All of it was delicious and the portions were more than one could eat.
The area was fun to explore with the beach, the marina, streets with old buildings as well as new, statues, parks, street markets and plenty of shopping.
Watch out for the bicycles. Bicycle riders are everywhere and they have the right of way. Some of the paths for walkers are dirt, while the bike paths are paved. On cross walks cars must stop for bicycles and walkers, which causes people and bikes to go across without even looking, which causes driving difficult at times when there are lots of people on the move.
Overall, I would recommend the Royal Astrid for a week's stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Royal Astrid is situated 100 meters from Ostende's beautiful sandy beaches. It features an on-site spa with an indoor pool , a fine dining restaurant and comfortable accommodation. The hotel is set in the lively centre of Ostende with pubs, clubs and restaurants within walking distance. The famous town of Bruges is 15 km away. De Haan is only 20 minutes' drive from Astrid.The standard rooms at Royal Astrid are simply furnished with box spring beds and a little seating corner. They come equipped with a personal safe, TV and a private bathroom and toilet. The executive rooms are modernly furnished and are equipped with a bathroom with rain shower and separate toilet. A large flat screen TV with satellite stations and spacious work desk are waiting for you. Each room will surprise you with a unique atmosphere of Ostend.At the spa, guests can be indulged with a wide range of treatments and massages. Other spa amenities include a sauna, steam bath, spa bath, IR-sauna, ice cave, salt cave, lounge, and much more. Please note that swimwear in the spa is not allowed from Wednesday until Monday. On Tuesdays swimwear is required in the spa. Guests can start the day with an extensive buffet breakfast at the Mozart Restaurant. In the evening, this restaurant offers a fresh daily half board menu with local dishes. The hotel does not have a la carte restaurant, for the small hunger you can find several simple snacks in the bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Astrid Ostende