Travel Blogs from Ypres
... told us it. We then drove through France to get the ferry back to England. Once there it was back on another bus to get through to London to the hostel where it first started for the people who had been on the full 29day tour. Sarah and Ben, this awesome couple that actually got engaged in Switzerland during the tour, had decided they would stay in a hotel that night and couldn't get their money back from the hostel so I ended up taking ...
... we refereed to as Uncle Uncle Uncle for the remainder of the trip) and track his journey from when he arrived to when he died. John was also able to point me in the direction of the 50 page file on NN which I can obtain and will use to put together a book about him for my Uncle Ian. NN was in the 37th battalion and arrived in Belguim and saw immediate action in mid 1916. In what could only be classed as one of those amazingly serendipitous occasions, ...
... turned into a world war one Memorial and it is a brilliant display of how the battles raged around this once quite village and turned it into a major departure point for the British and Commonwealth soldiers as they all passed through this village and thru the now renowned Menin Gate, this is part of the reason i came to visit this Gate.
At 8pm every night they hold a ceremony called the last post as a sign of respect not just to the fallen but also to the Soldiers ...
Menin Gate Ceremony
The Menin Gate was rebuilt in 1927 as a memorial to commemorate the many thousands of soldiers who died 'but to whom the fortune of war denied the known and honoured burial given to their comrades in death".
The memorial, with its 10 000 tonne French Limestone and Marble arch, is 41 metres long, 31 metres wide and 26 metres high.
... in the war, her colonies offered military assistance, including Australia and New Zealand, Canada, India and South Africa.
So how does Ypres come into this? Well, basically, it was part of the frontline for almost the entire four years of the Great War. The battlefront stretched for 700 km from the English Channel right through to Basel in Switzerland. That is, an unbroken line of opposing trenches from ...
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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.