I was touring the 1st World War battlefields with three friends and we stayed at the Old Tom for two nights on a half board basis. The hotel is well situated right in the centre of Ypres near to the In Flanders Fields Museum and close to shops, cafes and restaurants. The rooms we had (12 and 17) were adequate in size, very clean and had comfortable twin beds, with a good shower/toilet and TV. No. 12 overlooks the Groote Markt (main square), while No. 17 on the third floor is slightly smaller and might be a bit of a struggle for the elderly going up steepish stairs with a dodgy bannister. (Also, the town square can be a bit noisy at night with the local "yoof" testing their scooters round it - but don't let this put you off.) Breakfast was very good with cold meats and cheese, jam etc, and ample tea and coffee. The fixed menu half board dinner (3 courses) had 3 choices for the main course and was excellent in taste, presentation and value. House wine by the pichet was also good value . The a la carte menu had some tempting possibilities such as eels which are a speciality of the restaurant. The chef is proud of his culinary achievements and his diplomas and certificates are displayed around the restaurant. The service was friendly and helpful. The Old Tom also offers packed lunches for €10 which as well as two filled rolls included a couple of drinks and an apple and orange - it means if you are out in the country touring the battlefields you don't need to search for a cafe (scarce) or return to Ypres for lunch. We also made use of the hotel's secure underground garage (€9 per night) about 100 metres away, as the square was being prepared very early the next morning with stalls etc. for a forthcoming festival. (Normally you can park in the square overnight but charges apply after 0800 during the day until1800.) I recommend this hotel for people who will not be spending much time in the room, but still require clean, comfortable accommodation without any of the unneccessary fripperies and good value.
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