We picked this hotel because of its location, just over the border from France meaning 40 minutes to the ferry,one row back from lovely promenade and beach and close to a good range of eateries and the coastal tram.The hotel itself exudes old world charm, don't expect modern decor. To illustrate: the cutlery is all silver plate/chrome with the hotel name embossed, even the doormats have hotel emblems on them, the breakfast room is woodpannelled with art nuveau fittings.I imagine it looked much the same during WW2 and before.This is not a criticism, in the day of hotel chains it was delightful. The rooms are a good size with a king sized bed (twins pushed together) and the ensuites were spotless with modern fittings. The owner was delightful, always helpful.Some things a little odd for me, all the floors are lino with no rugs or carpets, eggs at breakfast are 'do it yourself' so beware picking one up thinking it is hard boiled as it could turn messy. We only had breakfast which was excellent continental with really good bread and croisants from the bakery next door.We had a really good excursion to Ostend on the Tram which is picked up about 100 yrds down the road.De panne is also good for access to Ypres for the Last post ceremony and battlefields tours. Try to catch some of the small villages inland as they are really interesting, particularly on a 'feast' day.We blundered into one quite by chance and stayed and hour or more viewing the vintage tractor competition set up in the main street.The Atlantic Wall Museum just out of Ostend is worth a visit but allow at least half a day and beware if you are not good on steps as there are hundreds of them. It is not well advertised or signposted but you can access it from the tram stop and a short climb up steps up and over the dunes(300 yds). Do not be persuaded to do the 'flat access' route as suggested to us by the torist information in Ostend as it is well over a mile each way and you never think you are going to get there.
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