When it came for me to choose a photo for the top of this page I was going to show an image of the hotel building, like on all other pages, but the Ariane is different for it is the owner Natasja and all her staff who really make this lovely hotel. They are the Ariane Hotel!
The recently re-furbished and extended 4-star Hotel Ariane, which has a large open car park for guests, is one of our favourite hotels and for this reason the one we used most often for our self-drive tours. The Ariane Hotel combines the luxury of a top-class hotel with the peace and tranquility of a spacious landscaped garden, whilst at the same time maintaining a position close to the centre of this beautiful town (the main square and In Flanders Fields Museum 5-10 minute walk - see map above). We particularly like the Ariane Hotel (like the Albion and main Street Hotels which we also recommend) as it is a privately owned hotel and so not part of some large remote faceless chain. Natasja, The owner of the hotel, has a lovely warm style and takes great pride in ‘leading from the front', so is often seen helping at tables and guiding staff in helping guests in every way possible.
Please note that triple rooms comprise a double bed and a good quality roll-out (temporary) bed which is more suited to children and young persons.
The English speaking staff at this hotel (especially those manning the reception…) are extremely helpful and will do their utmost to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.
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
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.
Our helpful guide to planning your tour, including cost options and much more. (click above file icon to open a PDF file in a new window) (get free PDF reader here)
The Western Front
The Ypres battlefield (click to enlarge)
Town plan with hotel locations Click to enlarge then either click hotels or the links to the right here