The rooms here seem to vary greatly. We were in room 212, which was very roomy with a good sized bathroom ( with shower over a bath). But the windows looked out onto an "internal" fire escape - fitted between our room and the next - which went up to the sixth floor so that very little daylight came into the room, and of course there was no view. We kept the curtains closed all the time, otherwise the room across the fire-escape could look into ours! As the fire escape went up to the sixth floor I assume that there will be 12 rooms in a similar situation. I did ask for a different room but was told that none were available - although two hours later we saw another coach party just arriving, so if we had known we may have made more fuss and been offered another room.
However, as we were out most of the day, and only there for 4 nights, we made the best of it! The food was good, both at breakfast and the evening meal. And the hotel is in a good position - the seafront just minutes away in one direction and the main shopping area is very close in another. Rooms do not have tea-making facilties but we took a travel kettle for morning tea. The driver said that we should not drink the water from the tap, so we went to the local Spar supermarket and bought large bottles - much cheaper than the hotel.
We were on a National Holidays tour to World War 1 Battlefields and the tour was very good. But there was not enough time to see all that the Ypres Cloth Hall museum offered - you could easily spend a whole afternoon there. If you have a free day you can get a train to Bruges - just 10 minutes away on a train that goes on to Antwerp.
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- Also Known As:
- New Astoria Hotel
- New Astoria Ostende