Written on: 03/08/2004 by nightingale (6 reviews written)
plenty! see review.
We have stayed at this hotel a couple of times before as we love Ostend.
Firstly the Hotel Admiral. Don't expect this hotel to be the Ritz, because it isn't, remember this is a 2* hotel and should be judged on this.
The owner, Peter, is a great host and runs this hotel, (on his own, by the way), very well and efficiently. His staff are all very friendly too, and are good at sharing banter with the guests as you get to know them.
The hotel is compact, clean and the well presented with an English style pub on the ground floor, and a large dining area towards the rear of the hotel.
Food wise, you won't go hungry, it's simple but nice food, and after the first serving of the main course, there is ALWAYS a second helping (Peter's orders!)
In the rooms, they are well cleaned, and furniture, though basic is good enough for a short break. The bathrooms, (although maybe ready for a freshen up) are functional and again well cleaned each day.
BEWARE! If you are looking for total peace and quiet after 11.30pm each night forget it!
The hotel is located on Laange Street, (which has a brill collection of bars 300/400 metres upstreet, great if you like to go out after dark.) which is in the heart of one of Ostend's busier districts and after midnight that's when some of the Belgians like to START their evening out!
So noise can be heard when folks are making their way home, but just do what we do, have a few beers and join 'them! (it's cheap enough!)
HOTEL OVERALL:I personally like the Admiral, its cheap enough (we went on a coach package, cheapest way to do it.),Very well run, Peter will go out of his way to help you with ANY questions or queries regarding the hotel, timetables, Belgium itself...etc, just ask him!, Its very friendly, clean and the food is good. You can't ask any more from a 2*hotel and I recommend you try it.
What a great resort, it's big, beautiful and has everything for everyone. A great beach (miles and miles and miles of it!) A lovely park, Good shops, lots of top class restaurants. A harbour with some amazing boats. A fantastic promenade that goes on for miles (hire a four seater bike and explore up coast for ages!)A brill frequent Tram system that runs along the coast from the French border to the Dutch border, (You can buy a ticket for 5 euros and have unlimited travel all day! bargain.) Just keep getting off and explore the little seaside resorts at your leisure! I recommend DePanne + Koksidjie Bad. Both lovely resorts. (And visit beautiful Brugge too!)
And of course the nightlife! Very good, There are bars for the young and the old (Rons Pub, Next door to the hotel is a huge favourite with the older generations with entertainment and singsongs! Not mention the street festivals and celebrations, there always seems to be something going off in the resort at one time or another.
OVERALL RESORT REVIEW:
Brilliant, friendly people, clean, relaxed atmosphere, child friendly too, always something to do or see, make this a must see resort, try it for a change. Highly recommended!
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