I booked a four-night trip to Ieper online: this was no problem, and I received an e-mail from the hotel to confirm the booking. I traveled by train from St. Pancras to Brussels by Eurostar, and then from Brussels to Ieper by the hourly train to Poperinghe - the holiday was a 50th birthday present to myself, and I spent three full days walking the First World War battlefields in the Ypres Salient.
The hotel was all that I had hoped, with a large twin bedded room which had a bathroom which itself was larger than some hotel rooms I have stayed in. The walls and floors are thick - apart from the odd slammed door in the distance, I did not hear any activity in the adjacent rooms, and the room had a comfortable bed, six power points, a large flat-screen telly that was easy to use, and a book of information that let me know that I could hire a bicycle or have laundry done if that was needed. The bathroom had ample hot and cold water immediately, and a bath with a shower attachment which worked perfectly.
Breakfast was perfect - not the heart-attack English cooked breakfast (there are several cafes in town which do this if you really must), but fresh fruit, bread, cold meats, several cheeses, croissants, etc. and fresh tea and coffee.
The hotel is on four floors (ground and three stories) but the lift is quick and works fine. Without exception the staff I encounteres were friendly, efficient and very keen to help.
This is a gem of a hotel, in the very best part of Ieper for the battlefield tourist, and close to the Menin Gate and the Ramparts Walk.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Albion Hotel, your favourite hotel of the Ypres Salient, located in the centre close to the Menin Gate, offers you style, cosiness and luxury. All rooms in this rebuilt Flemish Renaissance house are en suite, with TV, telephone and WIFI. In the lounge you can sit and chat and browse among our bookshelves, while listening to baroque music. We offer you a great breakfast buffet. So many ways to make you feel at home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Albion Hotel Ypres
- Albion Hotel Ieper (Ypres), Belgium - Flanders