Travel Blogs from Ypres
... Bruges in 1175 AD it turned to liquid! And on to an archeological dig of a castle from 1300 years ago, a church with a sculpture of Mary and Jesus by Michelangelo, the only brewery in Bruges (that brews 'strong Henry' dark beer with a 14% alcohol content), an art museum that for such a small city has an amazing display of primitive Flemish painters, and a former hospice from 1400 AD that is now a museum of Brugge's most famous painter - Hans Memling. Minna found ...
... country style pâté and salad with coarse whole wheat bread, Flemish beef stew cooked with beer with apple sauce and frites, pana cotta covered with chocolate sauce and egg liqueur. The frites are delivered by the 'frites angel' walking around the restaurant as they are cooked. Delicious and very hot and crispy. We enjoyed the perfect weather with an evening walk before hitting the ...
It was a fairly easy, but stinking hot, 50 miles to Ypres although we were a bit side-tracked by road-works on arrival at the town. Silly Emily couldn't understand why we did not drive down the road she told us…which was blocked by a crane and a hole in the road! She then had her usual "do a U-turn" and “re-calculating” moment before getting back on track.
The aire at Ypres was on the outer edge of Camping Jeugstadion, with 4 lots of 3 spaces in each ...
... is not a sound as the buglers play and all traffic is stopped. Visitors can lay wreathes, and we saw wreathes from all over the world; in fact an Australian school orchestra and choir played, whilst British Army Cadets stood to attention. The 'Last Post’ bugle call is used at military funerals, memorials and times of Remembrance. It symbolises the ‘end of the soldier's day’ in so far as the dead soldier has finished his duty and can rest ...
... his brother and brother-in-law probably passed through here. The Gate lists the names of over 50,000 men who have no known grave, and it is topped by a resting lion that looks out towards the battlefields of Ypres and Passchendael. A moving symbol, the lion passant is a symbol of waiting - waiting for the 50,000 to return home.
Every night since 1928, rain or shine, attendees or empty street, the Last Post is played at 8 pm. During the mid ...
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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.