Travel Blogs from Ypres
... the outside of town, through pretty tree-covered paths and past majestical lakes (the Lake of Love in fact).
We stopped off for chocolate and banana waffles along the way (a specialty in Belgium) and found ourselves at a little cafe (Vero Caffe) in one of the back streets. Oh. My. God. The BEST double espresso we have had in a long time. It would rival the best places in Brisbane. ...
... Brooding Soldier' that appears on our paper money. So beautiful and in a beautiful park. This is where the Germans used gas warfare for the first time and thousands were killed immediately. We saw the German cemetery where there are many graves with multiple known and unknown soldiers, and a mass grave about 15 x 15 metres that has over 25000 bodies in it of which 30% are unknown. We went to hill ...
We were up reasonably early and made straight for the hotel buffet breakfast, which was good, but not as good as Cologne. (What, no hot pancakes with cherries??). We wanted to do a quick bit of shoppio; chocolates for the kids, Manon for Lyn (his favourite chocolates) and a quick trip to the jewellery designers to take a closer look at what I had seen the night before. I quickly decided on a silver hand made pendant, the designer talked me through his concept, ...
... many others who served there and whose remains have never been found. Jacques read to us a poem that my grandmother had written for Harry after his death and later asked me to read it back to him in front of the wall where Harry's name is listed. Quite an emotional day.
... Park was very moving and the park in itself was very nice with trees through it & the statue between the three countries' flags. There were also some poppies here on the edge of the fields. We had lunch in the park of a nearby village having bought the fruit at a market stall & 'sandwiches’ or baguettes with ham, cheese and salad from the boulangerie. We are amazed that the cheese is rarely brie or camembert, but more likely ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Ariane Ypres
Less than 5 minutes walk to the main square, the hotel is in a good, quiet location. The staff were helpful and the breakfast was pretty good. However, the hotel itself is pretty bland and reminded me of a conference facility. We also were put off by the war memorabilia in the reception as it would have been nice to escape this given what the whole town represents. Not sure what justifies the 4 stars and thought it a bit pricey for what it is.
Friendly helpful staff
We had to cut our holiday short at the hotel, but I wish we could have stayed as intended as it was a really relaxing hotel and I cannot fault the staff. They were even prepared to drive us to the station to go to Brussels!
We did the Flanders fields tour and even my husband was moved even though he did not know much before we went, we learnt so much from Dave, our driver. Thank you Dave!
We intend to go back as Ypres is a beautiful place and considering what happened it has emerged stronger for its experience.
Great hotel, great welcome, great location!
This hotel is about five minutes from the centre of Ypres, has good parking and spacious rooms which are clean and contain coffee/tea making facilites ( a novelty abroad!). The staff could not have been more helpful. The breakfast was plentiful and varied. They also have a spa room which you can book for your own private use (20 euros/hour)- sauna, jacuzzi, massage shower. We ate in the hotel twice- take the 20 Euro menu- it is very good althiough has no choice, but includes 2 glasses of wine and water- very good value- and the restaurant surroundings are beautiful. We will go again here, and recommend it, particurly for couples and groups.
First rate hotel
Very clean and airy modern hotel with on-site parking, attractive gardens, etc, almost in the centre of Ieper.
Service was helpful and efficient - the staff all spoke good English.
The clientelle were mostly British, and in the main World War One enthusiasts. The hotel has a small display of WW1 artefacts and posters in the public area.
The rooms were clean and well sized, with a separate shower and bath. The bar area was light and welcoming.
We would visit again
Great place to stay
Just back from our third stay at the Ariane. The hotel cannot be faulted. Good location - a few minutes walk from the Grote Markt. Excellent buffet breakfast (Flemish style).
The staff cannot do enough for you.
I wouldnt stay anywhere else in Ieper. Try and get a room in the new extension - for a little more space (but no problem if you can't)
Fantastic Hotel Ariane
We have just returned from staying at the Ariane, as yet again it was like home from home. Superb accommodation as is the breakfast and staff. Highly recommended.
Great location, service & kitchen!
We made a tour through Flanders to visit everything WWI-related. We stayed at the Ariane & it was one of our favourite places. They have great accomodation (the sauna!) & a very good restaurant with cheaper prices then you can find downtown Ypres. We also made the Battlefield-tour organised by them, & just like all the people that work there it was only fun & relaxing. The waiters & hotelstaff were the friendliest we encountered in this otherwise allready very friendly country.
Two thumbs up (three if we had an extra one ;).
We Loved The Hotel Ariane
12 of us stayed at the Hotel Ariane, Leper, Belgium.We were on a four day Golfing Holiday.
The Hotel could not be faulted, the food ,the staff, the accommodation, the service was all first class. The Hotel is situated three minutes walk from the Square and four minutes fron The Menen Gate. We are certainly going to stay there again in the future.
John M Dickins (Emerald Golf Society)
Homely and comfortable
Myself and four members of my family stayed here on 4th June 2004. We arrived very early in the morning, 6 AM to be precise! We were given Coffee by the Night Porter, and on the arrival of the Receptionist, ushered into Breakfast! which was outstanding!
We were given access to our rooms at just after 9 AM after the Hotel Receptionist had arranged for them to be cleaned and valeted early, especially for us. The rooms are clean, bright and very comfortable. Breakfast superb, and the evening meal delicious! The Staff friendly, courteous and helpful. We will return!
Warm and personal
We stayed at Hotel Ariane during a winter tour of World War I battlefields on the Western Front. We received a warm welcome and the service was excellent. The breakfast was out of this world and dinner also very enjoyable. The management seemed to genuinely care about the guests. We would highly recommend the Ariane.