There are many places to stay in and around Ypres (Ieper as it is known today). I have listed some of my favorites below. Further information can be found by contacting the Ieper Tourist Office, Lankenhallen, Grote Markt, 8900 Ieper, Belgium.
HOTEL ARIANE, Boezinge Straat, 8900 Ieper : Smart 4 star hotel with spacious en-suite rooms. Beautiful restaurant, bar, sauna and Jacuzzi. The hotel foyer contains many WW1 exhibits. Short walk from Ypres town square (Grote Markt) and Menin Gate. Contact: Tel - 0032 (0) 57 21 82 18, Fax – 0032 (0) 57 21 87 99. Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
NOVOTEL, Sint Jacobsstraat, 8900 Ieper: Smart modern 3 star hotel located 200 meters from the town square. 122 bedrooms all en-suite, bar, sauna and fitness room. The hotel also has an underground car park and email facilities. Contact: Tel- 0032 (0) 57 42 96 00, Fax- 0032 (0) 57 42 96 01. Email – H3172@accor-hotels.com
AMBROSIA HOTEL (EX SHELLHOLE) D’Hondstraat 54-56, 8900 Ieper: Excellent Bed and breakfast located 300 meters from the town square. Offering 9 double and single bedrooms, all ensuite. Contact: Tel/Fax- 0032 (0) 57 20 87 58.
Web - www.shellhole.com
THE RUM JAR BED AND BREAKFAST, Elverdingestraat 69, 8900 Ieper: Another excellent Bed and Breakfast run by ex-pat Peter Morris.
Popular with smokers. The Rum Jar offers 2 double ensuite rooms and 1 twin en-suite room. Prices include either continental or English breakfast The Rum Jar is located about 350 meters from the town square and is directly opposite the Common Wealth War Graves Commission Ypres Office. Contact: Tel- 0032 (0) 473 77 88 06. Email –
BLOSSOM B&B. Jon and Liz Millward offer a warm welcome at their family run Bed & Breakfast situated at Brandhoek, Vlamertinge - just off the
Poperinge. Grote Branderstraat 30, 8908 Vlamertinge, Ypres, Belgium.
Open for light snacks & refreshments to non-residents (Located a few
yards from resting place of Noel Chavasse VC & Bar).
Telephone: +32 (0)57 301555 Mobile: +32 (0)472 347694 Email:
Web - www.cherryblossom.be
ALLEEZIE. Self catering house
located about 5 min walk from main square.
LE CHAT NOIR. Family run b and b
or seld catering, only 2 min walk to main square. Web -
MENIN GATE HOUSE. Self-catering
house run by the chairmain of the Last Post Association. Thoroughly nice,
well decorated and located 100m opposite the Menin Gate Memorial!
ALBION. Family run hotel -
www.albionhotel.be Tel No: 0032 (0)57 200 220
Large camp site with excellent facilities and only 5 minutes walk from the town square and the Menin Gate. Contact: VZW Jeugdstadion, Leopold III Laan 16, 8900 Ieper, Belgium. Tel – 0032 57 21 72 82
There is also a large camp site situated near the village of Kemmel about 5 miles from Ypres. The main site is open all year round and has a shop and bar. A children’s swimming pool is open during the summer months. It is ideally suited for traveling around the Ypres Salient Battlefields. Contact:
Camping Ypra, Dingelaerestraat 2, 8956 Kemmel – Heuvelland, Belgium. Tel – 0032 (0) 57 44 46 31. Fax – 0032 (0) 57 44 48 81
TALBOT HOUSE (TOC H), Gasthuisstraat 43, 8970 Poperinge: Beautiful 18th century house used extensively by thousands of allied soldiers during WW1. Rooms available today for self catering accommodation at an unbeatable price. Described as a living museum, the house is located about 250 meters from the town square of Poperinghe (10 miles west of Ypres). It really is THE place to stay for the battlefield tourist. The rooms are simple and clean. The attic contains a chapel. Please visit the Talbot House website below. Contact: 0032 (0) 57 33 32 28.
Web – www.talbothouse.be
VARLET FARM, Wallemolenstraat 43, 8920 Poelkappelle: Varlet Farm Bed and breakfast is located about 2 kilometers away from the famous village of Passchendaele (about 5 miles from Ypres). The original farm was destroyed in WW1. The modern farm is run by Charlotte and Dirk Cardoen-Descamps. They offer farm house accommodation and a barn converted into accommodation. It is certainly a place to stay for those Battlefield tourists who want to get away from everything. A beautiful farm that has a lot of things on display showing what modern day Belgian farmers discover in their fields! From Bullets to a German Maxim Machine-Gun! This really is a beautiful place to stay and the owners go a long way to make their guests welcome. Their website is well worth a visit. Contact: 0032 (0) 51 777 859.
Like Ypres, there are many places to stay on The Somme. I have again recommended some favorites below. Further information can be sought from the two tourist offices on The Somme:
AMIENS: Comite Departmental du Tourisme de La Somme, 21 rue Ernst Cauvin, 80000 Amiens, France.
Tel: 0033 22 71 22 71
ALBERT: Office du Tourisme Albert, 9 Rue Gambetta, BP 82, 80300 Albert, France.
Tel: 0033 3 22 75 16 42. Fax: 0033 3 22 75 11 72.
HOTEL DE LA PAIX, 43 rue Victor Hugo, 80300 Albert, France.
Popular with British visitors, it has a superb restaurant that can be used by non-guests as well. He owners Madame Isobelle Daudigny and her husband speak English. Contact: Tel – 0033 322 75 01, Fax – 0033 3 22 75 44 17.
LE ROYAL PICARDIE, Avenue General Leclerc, 80300 Albert, France.
Containing 24 rooms this up market hotel has a large restaurant and bar. It is located just outside Albert on the road to Amiens. Contact: Tel – 0033 3 22 75 37 00, Fax – 0033 3 2 75 60 19.
IBIS HOTEL: Albert
BEST WESTERN: Peronne.
B&B’s / Self Catering.
‘LES ALOUETTES’, 10 Rue du Mantier, 80360 Hardecourt aux Bois, France.
Run by ex-pats Vic and Diane Piuk. The B&B has 3 available rooms and is a short drive from some of the main Somme Battle Sites. They will also cater for evening meal on request and have a chalet nearby that can be rented on a self catering basis. Vic is also a well known Battlefield guide. Contact: Tel – 0033 3 22 75 17 90.
Webe – www.lesalouettes.net
CHAVASSE FERME, excellent
self catering accommodation
www.chavasseferme.com Tel No: 0044 (0)7855850889
BERNAFAY WOOD, 55-57 Grande Rue, Bois Bernafay, 83000 Montauban de Picardie, France.
This French owned B&B located in the heart of Bernafay wood is the site of a former railway station. The wood itself features in the Battle of the Somme. The B&B has three available rooms and is owned by Christine and Jean-Pierre Matte. It offers a superb location and is in easy walking distance from Trones Wood, Montauban and Delville Wood. Contact: Tel/Fax – 0033 3 22 85 02 47.
Web - http://cf.geocities.com/bed_and_breakfast_bernafay_wood