Google Map location of the Hotel Ambrosia (click to enlarge)
THE HOTEL AMBROSIA Ypres / Ieper
As already mentioned, we are not a hotel booking agency and so look very carefully for hotels on the battlefields of the Great War which meet our very high standards, whether such establishments are 2, 3 or 4 star. We also prefer to work with privately owned hotels as we have found that some of the larger chain hotels can be a little impersonal and lack that essential ‘caring touch’ we look for before we recommend a hotel to our clients. If we get this wrong then our reputation is at risk!
The Ambrosia is a small, privately owned and run hotel right in the centre of Ypres, quietly located just a 100 metre walk from the main square and superb In Flanders Fields Museum. The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing is just a short 3 minute walk from the main Square. The owners Vincent and Iwona have created a simple yet fresh contemporary feel in the way they have so tastefully and lovingly furnished their hotel, as you can see from the photos below (just click the pictures). Rooms are located on three floors and there is no lift (though we can request a room on the first floor if this helps).
Somme Battlefield Tours Ltd 19 Old Road, Wimborne, Dorset, UK BH21 1EJ Tel: 07776 195773 (office) or 01202 840520 (home phone) Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Town plan with hotel locations (click to enlarge then either click hotels or the links below)
Battlefield locations and driving times (click to enlarge) Click here for a PDF version
Aerial footage of Ypres just after the war (click above photo to start, then use your browser’s ‘back’ button to return)
Rare footage taken from an airship flown over Ypres by Frenchman Trolley de Prévaux in 1919 with his cameraman Lucien Lesaint. Prévaux had become an airship pilot during his service in the navy and went on to become an active resistance fighter in WWII. Prévaux and his Polish wife were arrested by the Gestapo at Marseilles on March 29 1944. He was tortured and both were executed by a firing squad at Bron in Lyon on August 19, one of the last German actions there.