Click   the   above   map   to   see   where   the   Somme   and   Ypres   battlefields   are   located   relative   to   Calais.   All   of   our hotels   are   centred   either   on   or   very   close   to   the   battlefields   as   we   feel   that   it’s   important   that   our   clients   are literally   within   earshot   of   where   these   two   most   significant   battles   took   place.      We   are   not   like   an   online booking   agency   we   pick   and   choose   our   hotels   carefully,   working   mainly   with   privately   owned   hotels   where we   now   the   staff   and   management   personally   (and   they   get   to   know   how   fussy   we   are!).   We   have   now included   the   Ibis   Hotel   in   Albert   (Somme),   which   is   the   only   hotel   being   part   of   the   respected   Accor   group, due   to   its   extremely   close   location   to   the   Somme   battlefield   -   and   we   have   tried   it   ourselves   and   are   happy to recommend it! There   are   two   clickable   location   map   links   below,   the   one   on   the   right   showing   the   location   of   our   Ypres battlefield   hotels   (all   of   which   lie   within   the   inner   ‘old   town’)   and   the   the   one   on   the   left   showing   the   same for the Somme battlefield.  Please scroll down the either of the two columns to see the hotels we offer.
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The 4-star Ariane Hotel (Ypres)

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   tranquillity   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.

The 3-star AlbionHotel (Ypres)

The   3-star   Albion   Hotel   is   conveniently   located   close   to   the central   market   square   (Grote   Markt)   of   Ypres   (Ieper)   and   just a   few   minutes   walk   to   the   Menin   Gate.   The   Albion   hotel   is   also just   a   few   yards   from   the   famous   ramparts   that   encircle   the eastern side of the city . The   Albion   Hotel   is   not   part   of   some   larger   chain,   but   owned and    managed    by    Christine    and    Luc,    supported    by    their daughter   Ruth,   who   take   a   pride   in   ensuring   that   their   guests are made to feel most welcome. Whilst   the   hotel   offers   a   lavish   breakfast   for   guests   (one   of   the best...)   it   does   not   have   a   restaurant   for   evening   meals.      This is   not   a   problem   as   the   Albion   Hotel   is   located   in   the   centre   of Ypres    and    is    surrounded    by    many    excellent    restaurants catering   for   all   tastes.      Chris,   Luc   and   Ruth   will   be   pleased   to advise   you   on   where   best   to   dine   (their   helpful   guidance   will take   you   to   excellent   restaurants   off   the   usual   tourist   route...).     The entire hotel is strictly non-smoking. 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. There   is   a   large   private   car   park   at   the   rear   of   the   hotel   for guests   at   an   additional   per-night   cost   payable   to   reception. There   is   also   on-street   parking   around   the   hotel,   both   metered and no-charge.

The 3-star Hotel New Regina (Ypres)

The    recently    completely    re-built    Hotel    ‘New’    Regina    Hotel (replacing    the    ‘old’    Regina    Hotel    with    its    long    and    proud history)    was    opened    in    March    2018.        The    inside    of    the building    was    completely    cleared    away    to    make    way    for completely   new   rooms   and   restaurant   (some   standard   twin and   double   em-suite   rooms   can   be   on   the   small   side),   with the   exception   of   the   listed   façade   which   stands   as   proud today   as   it   did   when   the   hotel   was   re-built   soon   after   the Great   War.      The   New   Regina’s   main   appeal   is   its   location   right in    the    very    centre    of    Ypres,    being    directly    opposite    the famous   Cloth   Hall   and   entrance   to   the   acclaimed   In   Flanders Fields Museum. The   hotel   has   its   own   restaurant   on   the   ground   floor   which does   a   thriving   trade   with   visitors   to   this   most   poignant   town of the Great War. The   hotel   does   not   have   its   own   car   park   but   parking   is usually   not   a   problem   as   there   as   there   is   a   large   public   off- road   car   park   to   the   east   of   the   main   square   (‘Grote   Markt’), in   front   of   the   hotel,   as   well   as   street   parking   in   the   roads that surround the hotel.

The 2-star Ambrosia Hotel (Ypres)

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).   The   hotel   does   not   have   a   dedicated   car   park   but   on- street   parking   in   this   quiter   part   of   town   us   usually   not   a problem. . Other features include High 4.5/5+ Tripadvisor feedback Free wi-fi Bicycles    are    available    to    rent    direct    from    the    Hotel Ambrosia (a great way to explore the countryside!) Both   cooked   and   continental   breakfasts   (included   with our self-drive tours)

The 3-star Ibis Hotel, Albert (Somme)

The   57-room   3-star   Ibis   Hotel   is   situated   on   the   outskirts   of the   main   WW1   battlefield   town   of   Albert   and   less   than   a mile   from   the   British   Front   Line   on   1   July   1916,   where casualties were amongst the greatest that fateful day. The   Ibis   hotel   is   easy   to   find   as   it   is   located   adjacent   to   the main   D929   road   which   leads   to   the   town   of   Albert   directly from   the   A1   autoroute/motorway/freeway   from   Calais.      The hotel   is   set   in   its   own   spacious   grounds   with   a   large   private car   park,   set   amongst   other   industrial   premises   about   20 minutes walk from the centre of Albert. The   smart   en-suite   rooms   (see   photos   below)   are   typical   of the   Ibis   and   similar   travel   hotels.      Triple   rooms   comprise   a double   and   a   single   drop-down   bed,   which   is   more   suited for younger children. The    hotel    has    its    own    restaurant    and    bar    with    a    local speciality   pizza-like   dish   (extremely   nice!)   and   limited   range of   other   meal   options   being   offered   throughout   the   year, with   the   exception   of   the   quieter   winter   months   when   the restaurant’s   opening   times   may   be   more   restricted.      There are   a   number   of   other   restaurants   in   and   around   the   centre of Albert.

The 3-star Hotel Royal Picardie, Albert (Somme)

The   3-star   Hotel   Royal   Picardie   is   situated   on   the   outskirts   of the   small   town   of   Albert.   The   hotel   has   a   large   open   car   park adjacent to the hotel. The   Hotel   is   located   just   ten   minutes   walk   from   the   centre   of Albert   and   the   famous   Basilica   (of   leaning   statue   fame).   We have   been   using   the   Royal   Picardie   for   both   conducted   and self-drive   tours   for   over   seventeen   years.      The   rooms   are very   slightly   on   the   small   side,   but   on   the   plus   side   all   rooms are   have   a   separate   bathroom   (bath   and   over-bath   shower), separate WC and have tea and coffee facilities. The   new   owners   of   the   hotel   are   updating   many   of   the rooms   in   a   more   contemporary   but   welcoming   style,   with some   having   lovely   walk-in   showers.   Please   also   note   that some   twin-bed   rooms   may   comprise   a   double   and   a   slightly narrower   (but   full   length)   single   bed.      These   rooms   are   also offered for triple occupancy. Please   note.   The   hotel   Royal   Picardie   restaurant   and   bar   can sometimes   be   closed   for   lunch   and   dinner,   or   closed   early without   warning,   especially   in   the   quieter   months.   This   issue does   not   affect   the   very   good   breakfast   which   is   always served   in   the   hotels   restaurant.   This   said,   the   owners   do from   time   to   time   endeavour   to   provide   light   meals/snacks and   other   alternatives.      There   are   also   a   limited   number   of other   dining   options   to   be   found   in   the   centre   of   Albert which   we   will   list   in   the   advice   which   accompanies   your guide material.

The 2-star Hotel De la Basilique Albert (Somme)

The   Hotel   De   la   Basilique   is   a   traditional   10-bedroom   2-star hotel   situated   right   in   the   very   heart   of   Albert,   one   of   the   main 'battlefield   towns'   of   the   Great   War   -   and   the   Somme   battle   in particular.        Its    location    opposite    the    famous    Basilica,    and excellent   museum   beneath   the   streets   of   the   town,   just   can   not be   beaten   and   the   restaurant   is   superb   (Didier,   the   owner,   is   the head   chef).      One   used   to   be   able   to   find   these   small   family-run hotels   all   over   France,   but   not   so   much      today.   Although   fairly basic, the Basilique remains one of our favourite hotels. We   have   been   using   this   hotel   for   our   conducted   and   self-drive tours   for   over   20   years   and   as   a   private   visitor   for   over   40 years!   The   reason   for   choosing   this   hotel   is   because   it's   a   truly family-run   establishment,   a   factor   which   is   very   important   to   us. Didier   Petit   has   lived   here   since   a   child,   where   he   watched   his mother   and   father   run   the   hotel   -   as   Didier   and   Sandy's   two children now do likewise!  The   hotel   De   la   Basilique   has   single,   double   and   twin   rooms.   All rooms   have   colour   television   (with   an   English   channel)   and   en- suite    facilities    (some    with    bath,    shower    &    WC,    others    just shower and WC. If   you   are   thinking   of   booking   the   Hotel   de   la   Basilique   as   part of   your   self-drive   battlefield   tour   then   please   bear   in   mind   that the   hotel   is   closed   on   Sundays   after   serving   lunch   (a   very popular   spot   for   locals...)   and   all   day   Mondays,   so   unfortunately no overnight stays Sunday and Monday nights .

The 3-star Hotel De la Paix, Bapaume (Somme)

The   original   Hotel   De   La   Paix   has   been   completely   refurbished (2014)    and    today    offers    very    modern    en-suite    rooms,    the majority   comprising   either   a   double   bed   or   a   double   bed   and   a lone   single   bed   such   as   shown   to   the right   of   this   page.      This   combination   is used   for   triple   and   twin-bed   bookings, so   one   occupant   has   to   draw   the   short straw!        The    hotel    is    located    just    3 minutes     from     the     main     Lille-Paris Autoroute    A1    (Junction    14)    so    very easy to find for our clients.  The   3-star   De   La   Paix   is   located   at   the edge   of   Bapaume   (see   blue   star   1916 battlefield    diagram    below)    with    the town   just   a   few   minutes   walk   away.     The   De   La   Paix   has   its   own   restaurant   with   additional   dining options   nearby   in   the   town   itself.   Off-road   parking   for   guests   is in front of the hotel.
Trench Map of Bapaume showing the disposition German trench defences (red) in 1916. The blue star shows the location of the Hotel De La Paix today, which you'll see is just behind the German defence line! Trench Map of Bapaume showing the disposition German trench defences (red) in 1916. The blue star shows the location of the Hotel De La Paix today, which you'll see is just behind the German defence line! Bapaume 1918 (German photograph) Bapaume 1918 (German photograph)

Avril Williams Guest House (Somme)

Avril   Williams   Guest   House   and   Tea   Rooms   is   situated   just about   as   close   as   one   can   stay   to   the   1916   Front   Line   of   the Somme battlefield. The   preserved   trenches   at   Newfoundland   Park   are   just   a   few minutes   stroll   down   a   quiet   (now…)   country   lane,   as   are   other famous    battlefield    places    such    as    the    massive    Hawthorn Crater    (blown    on    the    1st    July    1916),    Beaumont    Hamel, Sunken Road and ‘White City’. A   particularly   interesting   feature   of Avril’s   Guest   House   is   her   museum of     WWI     artefacts     (and     some WWII),    and    cellar    beneath    her house   which   once   provided   shelter and   first   aid   to   troops   serving   in the   Front   Line   a   only   a   short   walk away.   These   cellars   featured   in   the BBC    television    documentary    ‘War Walks’.   Avril’s   accommodation   has also   featured   in   articles   produced by The Times and Telegraph newspapers. Avril’s   is   particularly   suited   to   those   who   wish   to   escape   the formality   of   normal   hotel   life   -   in   the   company   of   chickens, sheep   and   what   other   ‘visiting’   animals   Avril   happens   to   be caring for when you come to stay! The   accommodation   at   Avril's   comprises   a   mix   of   double, single   and   twin   rooms   (all   en-suite),   as   well   as   a   ‘proper’   fried breakfast   for   those   wanting   a   more   substantial   start   to   the day.      The   accommodation   at   Avril's   is   quite   basic.      Avril   offers an   evening   meal   for   guests   staying   with   her   at   a   fixed   price, including   wine   (though   some   clients      have   chosen   to   eat   out in   the   evening,   the   nearest   town   being   Albert,   some   8   miles away - see map below). Visitors   to   this   guest   house   will   be   able   to   see   for   themselves the   result   of   many   years   hard   work   by   some   of   Avril’s   ‘fan club’    in    excavating    the    trenches    (see    picture)    that    once connected   the   property   to   the   main   trench   system   of   the Front   Line   (as   commented   upon   by   Edmund   Blunden   in   his memorable book ‘Undertones of War’. .
Trench map dated 1916 showing the location of Avril Williams' Guest House (blue star) to the battlefield just a few hundred metres to the east. Trench map dated 1916 showing the location of Avril Williams' Guest House (blue star) to the battlefield just a few hundred metres to the east. Aerial photo of location of Avril Williams' Guest House to the 1916 Somme battlefield. Aerial photo of location of Avril Williams' Guest House to the 1916 Somme battlefield.
The location of the Somme and Ypres battlefields relative to Calais
Ewart Alan Mackintosh  was the son of Alexander Mackintosh, from Inverness-shire. Mackintosh    served    in France   from   July   1915, appointed         battalion bombing   officer.   In   May Mackintosh       led       a successful    raid    on    a German   trench,   during which   three   of   his   men had   arms   or   legs   blown off;         despite         his struggles   to   carry   them back   in,   they   all   died. The   action   brought   him the       Military       Cross, though    he    wrote    that he   would   ‘rather   have the   boys’   lives’.   It   also inspired   his   best-known poem,    ‘In    Memoriam’, which   shows   the   depth of   the   love   for   his   men and      the      sense      of responsibility        which was    to    urge    him    to return   to   the   Front.   He was    himself    wounded and     gassed     at     High Wood in August 1916. Mackintosh    was    killed in   the   fighting   around Cambrai        on        21st November.
In Memoriam Ewart Alan Mackintosh So you were David’s father, And he was your only son, And the new-cut peats are rotting And the work is left undone, Because of an old man weeping, Just an old man in pain, For David, his son David, That will not come again. Oh, the letters he wrote you, And I can see them still, Not a word of the fighting, But just the sheep on the hill And how you should get the crops in Ere the year get stormier, And the Bosches have got his body, And I was his officer. You were only David’s father, But I had fifty sons When we went up in the evening Under the arch of the guns, And we came back at twilight - O God! I heard them call To me for help and pity That could not help at all. Oh, never will I forget you, My men that trusted me, More my sons than your fathers’, For they could only see The little helpless babies And the young men in their pride. They could not see you dying, And hold you while you died. Happy and young and gallant, They saw their first-born go, But not the strong limbs broken And the beautiful men brought low, The piteous writhing bodies, The screamed ‘Don’t leave me, Sir’, For they were only your fathers But I was your officer.
All   of   our   hotels   are   centred   on   either   the   Somme or   Ypres   battlefields   as   we   feel   that   it’s   important that   our   clients   are   literally   within   earshot   of   where these   two   most   significant   battles   took   place.      We are   not   like   an   online   booking   agency   for   we   mainly work   with   privately   owned   hotels   where   we   now the   staff   and   management   personally   (and   they   get to   know   how   fussy   we   are!).   We   have   now   included the   Ibis   Hotel   in   Albert,   which   is   the   only      hotel being   part   of   the   respected   Accor   group,   due   to   its close   location   to   the   Somme   battlefield   -   and   we have     tried     it     ourselves     and     are     happy     to recommend it! As   space   is   limited   we’ve   listed   our   Somme   hotels first   followed   by   our   Ypres   hotels,   each   having   a clickable   location   map   link   at   the   head   of   the   list. There’s   also   a   clickable   map   showing   where   the battlefields   are   and   how   long   it   takes   to   drive   from A to B.

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The 4-star Ariane Hotel (Ypres)

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   tranquillity   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.

The 3-star AlbionHotel (Ypres)

The   3-star   Albion   Hotel   is   conveniently   located   close   to   the central   market   square   (Grote   Markt)   of   Ypres   (Ieper)   and   just a   few   minutes   walk   to   the   Menin   Gate.   The   Albion   hotel   is   also just   a   few   yards   from   the   famous   ramparts   that   encircle   the eastern side of the city . The   Albion   Hotel   is   not   part   of   some   larger   chain,   but   owned and    managed    by    Christine    and    Luc,    supported    by    their daughter   Ruth,   who   take   a   pride   in   ensuring   that   their   guests are made to feel most welcome. Whilst   the   hotel   offers   a   lavish   breakfast   for   guests   (one   of   the best...)   it   does   not   have   a   restaurant   for   evening   meals.      This is   not   a   problem   as   the   Albion   Hotel   is   located   in   the   centre   of Ypres    and    is    surrounded    by    many    excellent    restaurants catering   for   all   tastes.      Chris,   Luc   and   Ruth   will   be   pleased   to advise   you   on   where   best   to   dine   (their   helpful   guidance   will take   you   to   excellent   restaurants   off   the   usual   tourist   route...).     The entire hotel is strictly non-smoking. 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. There   is   a   large   private   car   park   at   the   rear   of   the   hotel   for guests   at   an   additional   per-night   cost   payable   to   reception. There   is   also   on-street   parking   around   the   hotel,   both   metered and no-charge.

The 3-star Hotel New Regina (Ypres)

The    recently    completely    re-built    Hotel    ‘New’    Regina    Hotel (replacing    the    ‘old’    Regina    Hotel    with    its    long    and    proud history)    was    opened    in    March    2018.        The    inside    of    the building    was    completely    cleared    away    to    make    way    for completely   new   rooms   and   restaurant   (some   standard   twin and   double   em-suite   rooms   can   be   on   the   small   side),   with the   exception   of   the   listed   façade   which   stands   as   proud today   as   it   did   when   the   hotel   was   re-built   soon   after   the Great   War.      The   New   Regina’s   main   appeal   is   its   location   right in    the    very    centre    of    Ypres,    being    directly    opposite    the famous   Cloth   Hall   and   entrance   to   the   acclaimed   In   Flanders Fields Museum. The   hotel   has   its   own   restaurant   on   the   ground   floor   which does   a   thriving   trade   with   visitors   to   this   most   poignant   town of the Great War. The   hotel   does   not   have   its   own   car   park   but   parking   is usually   not   a   problem   as   there   as   there   is   a   large   public   off- road   car   park   to   the   east   of   the   main   square   (‘Grote   Markt’), in   front   of   the   hotel,   as   well   as   street   parking   in   the   roads that surround the hotel.

The 2-star Ambrosia Hotel (Ypres)

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).   The   hotel   does   not   have   a   dedicated   car   park   but   on- street   parking   in   this   quiter   part   of   town   us   usually   not   a problem. Other features include High 4.5/5+ Tripadvisor feedback Free wi-fi Bicycles    are    available    to    rent    direct    from    the    Hotel Ambrosia (a great way to explore the countryside!) Both   cooked   and   continental   breakfasts   (included   with our self-drive tours)

The 3-star Ibis Hotel, Albert (Somme)

The   57-room   3-star   Ibis   Hotel   is   situated   on   the   outskirts   of the   main   WW1   battlefield   town   of   Albert   and   less   than   a mile   from   the   British   Front   Line   on   1   July   1916,   where casualties were amongst the greatest that fateful day. The   Ibis   hotel   is   easy   to   find   as   it   is   located   adjacent   to   the main   D929   road   which   leads   to   the   town   of   Albert   directly from   the   A1   autoroute/motorway/freeway   from   Calais.      The hotel   is   set   in   its   own   spacious   grounds   with   a   large   private car   park,   set   amongst   other   industrial   premises   about   20 minutes walk from the centre of Albert. The   smart   en-suite   rooms   (see   photos   below)   are   typical   of the   Ibis   and   similar   travel   hotels.      Triple   rooms   comprise   a double   and   a   single   drop-down   bed,   which   is   more   suited for younger children. The    hotel    has    its    own    restaurant    and    bar    with    a    local speciality   pizza-like   dish   (extremely   nice!)   and   limited   range of   other   meal   options   being   offered   throughout   the   year, with   the   exception   of   the   quieter   winter   months   when   the restaurant’s   opening   times   may   be   more   restricted.      There are   a   number   of   other   restaurants   in   and   around   the   centre of Albert.

The 3-stqr Hotel Royal Picardie, Albert (Somme)

The   3-star   Hotel   Royal   Picardie   is   situated   on   the   outskirts   of the   small   town   of   Albert.   The   hotel   has   a   large   open   car   park adjacent to the hotel. The   Hotel   is   located   just   ten   minutes   walk   from   the   centre   of Albert   and   the   famous   Basilica   (of   leaning   statue   fame).   We have   been   using   the   Royal   Picardie   for   both   conducted   and self-drive   tours   for   over   seventeen   years.      The   rooms   are very   slightly   on   the   small   side,   but   on   the   plus   side   all   rooms are   have   a   separate   bathroom   (bath   and   over-bath   shower), separate WC and have tea and coffee facilities. The   new   owners   of   the   hotel   are   updating   many   of   the rooms   in   a   more   contemporary   but   welcoming   style,   with some   having   lovely   walk-in   showers.   Please   also   note   that some   twin-bed   rooms   may   comprise   a   double   and   a   slightly narrower   (but   full   length)   single   bed.      These   rooms   are   also offered for triple occupancy. Please   note.   The   hotel   Royal   Picardie   restaurant   and   bar   can sometimes   be   closed   for   lunch   and   dinner,   or   closed   early without   warning,   especially   in   the   quieter   months.   This   issue does   not   affect   the   very   good   breakfast   which   is   always served   in   the   hotels   restaurant.   This   said,   the   owners   do from   time   to   time   endeavour   to   provide   light   meals/snacks and   other   alternatives.      There   are   also   a   limited   number   of other   dining   options   to   be   found   in   the   centre   of   Albert which   we   will   list   in   the   advice   which   accompanies   your guide material.

The 2-star Hotel De la Basilique Albert (Somme)

The   Hotel   De   la   Basilique   is   a   traditional   10-bedroom   2-star hotel   situated   right   in   the   very   heart   of   Albert,   one   of   the   main 'battlefield   towns'   of   the   Great   War   -   and   the   Somme   battle   in particular.        Its    location    opposite    the    famous    Basilica,    and excellent   museum   beneath   the   streets   of   the   town,   just   can   not be   beaten   and   the   restaurant   is   superb   (Didier,   the   owner,   is   the head   chef).      One   used   to   be   able   to   find   these   small   family-run hotels   all   over   France,   but   not   so   much      today.   Although   fairly basic, the Basilique remains one of our favourite hotels. We   have   been   using   this   hotel   for   our   conducted   and   self-drive tours   for   over   20   years   and   as   a   private   visitor   for   over   40 years!   The   reason   for   choosing   this   hotel   is   because   it's   a   truly family-run   establishment,   a   factor   which   is   very   important   to   us. Didier   Petit   has   lived   here   since   a   child,   where   he   watched   his mother   and   father   run   the   hotel   -   as   Didier   and   Sandy's   two children now do likewise!  The   hotel   De   la   Basilique   has   single,   double   and   twin   rooms.   All rooms   have   colour   television   (with   an   English   channel)   and   en- suite    facilities    (some    with    bath,    shower    &    WC,    others    just shower and WC. If   you   are   thinking   of   booking   the   Hotel   de   la   Basilique   as   part of   your   self-drive   battlefield   tour   then   please   bear   in   mind   that the   hotel   is   closed   on   Sundays   after   serving   lunch   (a   very popular   spot   for   locals...)   and   all   day   Mondays,   so   unfortunately no overnight stays Sunday and Monday nights.

The 3-star Hotel De la Paix, Bapaume (Somme)

The   original   Hotel   De   La   Paix   has   been   completely   refurbished (2014)    and    today    offers    very    modern    en-suite    rooms,    the majority   comprising   either   a   double   bed   or   a   double   bed   and   a lone   single   bed   such   as   shown   to   the right   of   this   page.      This   combination   is used   for   triple   and   twin-bed   bookings, so   one   occupant   has   to   draw   the   short straw!        The    hotel    is    located    just    3 minutes     from     the     main     Lille-Paris Autoroute    A1    (Junction    14)    so    very easy to find for our clients.  The   3-star   De   La   Paix   is   located   at   the edge   of   Bapaume   (see   blue   star   1916 battlefield    diagram    below)    with    the town   just   a   few   minutes   walk   away.     The   De   La   Paix   has   its   own   restaurant   with   additional   dining options   nearby   in   the   town   itself.   Off-road   parking   for   guests   is in front of the hotel.
Trench Map of Bapaume showing the disposition German trench defences (red) in 1916. The blue star shows the location of the Hotel De La Paix today, which you'll see is just behind the German defence line! Trench Map of Bapaume showing the disposition German trench defences (red) in 1916. The blue star shows the location of the Hotel De La Paix today, which you'll see is just behind the German defence line! Bapaume 1918 (German photograph) Bapaume 1918 (German photograph)

Avril Williams Guest House (Somme)

Avril   Williams   Guest   House   and   Tea   Rooms   is   situated   just about   as   close   as   one   can   stay   to   the   1916   Front   Line   of   the Somme battlefield. The   preserved   trenches   at   Newfoundland   Park   are   just   a   few minutes   stroll   down   a   quiet   (now…)   country   lane,   as   are   other famous    battlefield    places    such    as    the    massive    Hawthorn Crater    (blown    on    the    1st    July    1916),    Beaumont    Hamel, Sunken Road and ‘White City’. A   particularly   interesting   feature   of Avril’s   Guest   House   is   her   museum of     WWI     artefacts     (and     some WWII),    and    cellar    beneath    her house   which   once   provided   shelter and   first   aid   to   troops   serving   in the   Front   Line   a   only   a   short   walk away.   These   cellars   featured   in   the BBC    television    documentary    ‘War Walks’.   Avril’s   accommodation   has also   featured   in   articles   produced by The Times and Telegraph newspapers. Avril’s   is   particularly   suited   to   those   who   wish   to   escape   the formality   of   normal   hotel   life   -   in   the   company   of   chickens, sheep   and   what   other   ‘visiting’   animals   Avril   happens   to   be caring for when you come to stay! The   accommodation   at   Avril's   comprises   a   mix   of   double, single   and   twin   rooms   (all   en-suite),   as   well   as   a   ‘proper’   fried breakfast   for   those   wanting   a   more   substantial   start   to   the day.      The   accommodation   at   Avril's   is   quite   basic.      Avril   offers an   evening   meal   for   guests   staying   with   her   at   a   fixed   price, including   wine   (though   some   clients      have   chosen   to   eat   out in   the   evening,   the   nearest   town   being   Albert,   some   8   miles away - see map below). Visitors   to   this   guest   house   will   be   able   to   see   for   themselves the   result   of   many   years   hard   work   by   some   of   Avril’s   ‘fan club’    in    excavating    the    trenches    (see    picture)    that    once connected   the   property   to   the   main   trench   system   of   the Front   Line   (as   commented   upon   by   Edmund   Blunden   in   his memorable book ‘Undertones of War’. .
Trench map dated 1916 showing the location of Avril Williams' Guest House (blue star) to the battlefield just a few hundred metres to the east. Trench map dated 1916 showing the location of Avril Williams' Guest House (blue star) to the battlefield just a few hundred metres to the east. Aerial photo of location of Avril Williams' Guest House to the 1916 Somme battlefield. Aerial photo of location of Avril Williams' Guest House to the 1916 Somme battlefield.

Battlefield Locations

Ypres Hotel Locations