Standard of Accommodation
Military group accommodation is priced to meet the budget of army groups, reserve units, cadet forces and UOTCs. It includes youth hostel-style accommodation such as the Menin Gate, Ypres & Poppies, Albert as well as 2*/3* hotel accommodation such as Ibis, Campanile or Quality Hotels. Examples of the accommodation used by Galina are shown below. Featured locations include: Ypres, Albert, Cambrai & Oostduinkerke (for Dunkirk).
The Menin Gate Hotel, Ypres: The Menin Gate Hotel is situated opposite the Menin Gate & Ypres Ramparts and just a short walk away from the Grote Markt in the centre of town. Evening meals are taken in one of several restaurants in the main square.
Convenient for: Ypres, Messines, Passchendaele, 1915 battlefields, Dunkirk.
Further away: Vimy Ridge (1 hour), Mons (75 minutes), The Somme (2 hours).
Rooms: Capacity for 55 people in 11 multi-bedded rooms on 3 floors (access via stairs). All rooms have en-suite facilities. Bunk beds. There are a limited number of twin rooms also available.
Other facilities: Dining room, recreation room with pool tables & computer suite, large TV & free WiFi, coach parking nearby.
Similar accommodation in Ypres: Poppies Hotel, Salient Hotel (also both owned by the same company).
The Poppies, Albert: The Poppies Albert is situated five minutes’ walk away from the Albert Basilica in the town centre. Evening meals are taken in a restaurant also near the town centre. Each floor in the hotel can take a group. An access code is required to open the main door to each floor from the outside so groups can be kept securely separate.
Convenient for: The Somme
Further away: Arras (30 minutes), Vimy Ridge (45 minutes), Cambrai (45 minutes).
Rooms: Capacity for 186 people in 48 multi-bedded rooms on 3 floors (access by stairs). All rooms have en-suite facilities. Bunk beds. There are a limited number of twin rooms on each floor.
Other facilities: Breakfast room, recreation room with pool tables & table football, computer suite with free WiFi, coach parking in front of the hotel.
Other accommodation used for Somme tours: 2* Ibis Hotel, Albert, 2* Ibis Styles Hotel, Béthune, 2* hotels in Lille (45 minutes from the Somme).
3* Ibis Hotel, Cambrai: The Ibis is situated less than two miles from the city centre & is within twenty minutes’ drive of the Louverval Memorial. Its location provides excellent access to the Cambrai battlefield.
Convenient for: Cambrai, Hindenburg Line & St Quentin Canal
Further away: Vimy Ridge (35 minutes), Arras (45 minutes), The Somme (1 hour)
Rooms: 52 twin & double rooms with en-suite facilities. There are a limited number of single rooms also available. Each room has a TV, free WiFi & a desk.
Other facilities: Restaurant, bar & lounge area, meeting rooms & coach parking.
Oostduinkerke Youth Hostel: This hostel is situated on the Belgian coast between Koksijde & Nieuwpoort. There is a beach ten minutes’ walk from the hostel. This modern centre is conveniently located just twenty miles from Dunkirk & twenty-four miles from Ypres. There are twenty-three four-bedded rooms & three six-bedded rooms for students. There are also twelve twin rooms.
Convenient for: Dunkirk, Ypres, Messines, Passchendaele
Further away: Mons (2 hours), The Somme (2 hours, 45 minutes), Arras (2 hours, 30 minutes) & Vimy Ridge (2 hours, 15 minutes)
Rooms: Capacity for 134 people in 38 bedrooms on 3 floors (access by stairs). there are a limited number of twin rooms also available. All rooms have en-suite facilities. Single & bunk beds.
Other facilities: Restaurant & bar, free WiFi, TV room & outdoor area, 3 meeting rooms & coach parking