Our tour group stayed at this hotel for 2 nights. It was a good location for walking to the evening ceremony at Menin Gate, walking along the ramparts, walking to Flanders Fields Museum, and walking to shops and restaurants in the main square. Our bus dropped us off at the hotel's entrance, so I can't comment about parking facilities. This small hotel - I think our tour group used up all the rooms - is located on a quiet side street where the buildings were all quite close together in a traditional way. Knowing that the building was very old, I was concerned, but I need not have been. There was an elevator to access upper floors. While not all rooms have been redone, the room we had was one of the new additions. I could smell the sawdust in the hallway, the addition was that new. Our spacious room, Room 211, had 2 cross facing windows with a large bathroom, a small fridge, TV, coffee facilities, in-room safe, comfy twin beds with duvets, and in room temperature and A/C control. It was done up in restful gray tones, quite a modern decor. Even the door key was one of those card keys most hotels now have. However, my husband missed not having access to in-room wifi that the other rooms in the hotel had. When we were in this room, wifi wiring had not yet been installed we were told. The modern bathroom had a spacious shower stall and rainfall shower head. Not all rooms were this nice I noticed when I peeked into one that the maid was cleaning since it had not been renovated. Breakfast, included with the room in our tour package, was available just for guests - it's not a restaurant open to the public. The tables, set for 2 or 4 in the breakfast room, looked welcoming with white starched linens. Dishes used at each table were Villeroy china! The substantial breakfast buffet counter included hot and cold items, breads, deli and cheese, yogurt, fruit, juices, and even boiled eggs. A cook at the counter insured your eggs were done the way you wanted them. This room, when not used as a breakfast room, became a sitting room, reading and games room, and bar area. Shelves in this room were stacked with books, some in English, some about the wars, some travel books. There may have been a computer in the corner here for guests to use. The girls in the reception room and those waiting at the tables spoke English very well and were not shy to speak to guests. This hotel has a European atmosphere and hospitality. It is a hotel with character and our enjoyable stay here results in me giving it a good recommendation for other travelers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Albion Hotel, your favourite hotel of the Ypres Salient, located in the centre close to the Menin Gate, offers you style, cosiness and luxury. All rooms in this rebuilt Flemish Renaissance house are en suite, with TV, telephone and WIFI. In the lounge you can sit and chat and browse among our bookshelves, while listening to baroque music. We offer you a great breakfast buffet. So many ways to make you feel at home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Albion Hotel Ypres