Novotel Ieper Centrum
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It is hard to believe, but today I may have experienced the most beautiful and sober morning ever.
It was a perfectly cloudless day, with a little chill in the air and the sun on my face. Just great.
Yesterday, the landscape was a little more hilly and ....well... not great for advancing armies. But today.....it is more flat with …
The first stop of the day was at a cemetery for the French. It is without a doubt the largest cemetery I have ever seen. In the centre of it is a large church (Basilica?) called Notre Dame de Lorette. I believe there are 22,000 French soldiers buried here. The French grave markers are almost entirely shaped as crosses (although there are random …
The Menin Gate is a monument in Ypres, Belgium. It bears the names of more than 55,000 soldiers of the Commonwealth who lost their lives in the Ypres area during WW1. These are the names of soldiers who have no known resting place. This monument is very impressive. It is so large that it spans a major road in and out of Ypres. Each evening the road …
Ferry trip was ok but hot in the cabins. Food was great, lots of choice and lots of it. The sea was a little choppy so didn't mix well with the constitution of a few but they are alright now. The day was then spent in a theme park just outside Ypres. Comments and photos to follow. The rides were really good, especially the big, MASSIVE, roller …
Thanks for your excellent comments and more please. All are well and enjoying themselves. A day in the rain today though! We've seen lots of graves - soldiers from Britain, Germany, New Zealand and Canada. We visited Essex Farm, Landgemark Cemetery, Sanctuary Wood / Hill 62, Hooge Catrer (but they've filled it in) and the excellent 'In Flanders …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Novotel Ieper Centrum Ypres
I agree with all the complimentary reviews. We had a 2 night stay; the English speaking staff were very friendly and helpful. The room a good size for 2 (less so if there had been 4 of us,as there were 4 beds- a large double and a single with pull out underneath) It was clean and efficient.
I do not recommend eating there, except breakfast which was extensive, both hot and cold and never too crowde though the hotel was pretty full. In the evening service was very slow although few tables were occupied. a lot of the menu was unavailable, that meant there were no desserts at all, not even ice cream. What we did have was meagre sized portions and lukewarm.
Perfect Location, BEAUTIFUL HOTEL
We stayed on 4th September 2006 for 3 nights!
OFFER: I managed to get this hotel on a '3 nights for the price of 2' , by searching through a few websites! Only £160 for 2 people, for 3 nights, including breakfast!
FLIGHT: We flew REALLY cheaply, by Ryanair -Dublin to Charleroi.
ARRIVE: At Charleroi 'Airport Ticket Desk'- we bought a ticket to Ypres (only 10.50 Euro each),
A Coach sits outside & leaves regularly for a 5min journey to Charleroi train station. We went downstairs and asked for times of the train to Ypres, they printed us out the jouney times etc (all spoke English well) We found the platform on the screen and caught the train! Journey time: 1hr 10mins, change once at Brussels Midi station.
ARRIVE AT YPRES (IEPER) station: Come out of the station and walk straight across the road, keep walking though the town (we asked someone here for directions with the hotel address), you will come to the most beautiful square. You can see The Menin Gate at the end of one of the streets into the square, just off to the right was the Hotel (signposted).
THE NOVOTEL HOTEL: Reception and dining area was open plan and modern. Staff polite, friendly and helpful. Our bedroom was quiet, big, modern, immaculately clean, kettle with tea and coffee. All our English channels on TV, there were even speakers through to the bathroom, which was spotless, modern with a fabulous shower/bath. Breakfast was a huge selection, a buffet of hot and cold food, cereals, fresh fruit, joghurts, sausages, bacon, scrambled egg, cold meats, cheese, and any amount of breads.
For travelling to different areas from the hotel, they can print you out clear, easy to follow details of trains, buses etc just for your destination.
We literally walked out of the hotel and turned right, (towards the square), at the end of the street turn right and we could see the Menin Gate! We were searching for more information on my grandfathers death in 1917, his name is on the Menin Gate. The Hotel was central to everything, cafes, shops, restaurants, tours, museum, we didn't want to leave! Book this hotel for a relaxing break in Ypres!
Good overnight stop
We have used the Novatel a few times now for overnight stays while on route into Germany. Its in an excellent spot and there is ample parking in the street. There is a sauna and gym on the first floor but it does not seem to be well signed. The cost at the hotel is very resonable with 3 of us staying for around £58-£60, but the breakfast works out expensive at £9 each. There is ample cafe's in the square that offer a lot better value. We always look out for the English newspapers near the bar so we can catch up on the news
Well placed hotel
This hotel was very clean, everywhere, and it was quiet. An excellent location on a street just off of the main square, a 10 minute walk from the station and close to the Menin Gate. Whatever the Novotel lacks in character it makes up for in being a comfortable and convenient place to stay. Skip the breakfast - get a delicious coffee and patisserie in the square instead, if you have time.
We stayed at the hotel on a short visit to Ypres. The hotel was excellently situated, just two minutes walk to the main square. A good selection of foods at breakfast that will suit all appetites. Very pleasant staff and not over priced drinks in the hotel bar. Would definately stay here again.
Good Hotel Close to City Centre
Clean, modern hotel with English speaking staff, and only 2 mins walk to main square and Menin Gate. Ideal location for WW1 Battlefield Tours.
Great for menin gate and salient
comfy, clean, meet people in the bar, good for 1.w.w. people.
we arrived after a VERY long overland trip by coach/ferry/ trains, from uk to a very warm, clean and central hotel only a few minutes walk to the menin gate. the hotel staff were very helpful and always had time to answer our questions. The room was very clean and comfortable, if we had one 'complaint'and that is too strong a word! it would be that,as there was only one person on bar duty who was also setting up for the wonderful free breakfast, we had to wait quite a while between drinks to get served, but other than that i would highly recommend the hotel as it was one of the best weve ever stayed in. on the travel front, i strongly urge travellers to ypres NOT to travel over land,unless it is by car as it was a long, nightmare of a journey, twelve and a half hours there, and nearly 13 back! although the trains ran on time to the minute, please fly, it truely was an exhausting journey.
Excellent Hotel 2mins from Main Square
Very nice hotel just a 2 min walk from the main square. Hotel modern and very friendly. Nothing is too much trouble.
I would recommend staying here.
Quiet and convenient
We stayed the night in August 2002. Its a typically modern well managed Novotel just off the main square in Ieper (previously Ypres).
Secure parking or free parking in the streets quiet outside. Two minute walk to the beautiful square rebuilt after WWI. Plenty of street cafes and bars. Not to be missed is the In Flanders Fields Museum in the square or the nightly sounding of the Last Post at Menin Gate just a few minutes walk away.
Ieper is surrounded by war cemeteries. If you're visiting this is an ideal hotel and, usually, has very attractive rates - especially if you're travelling with kids.