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Diane Apr 13th, 2001 04:17 PM

hotel suggestion for SE Belgium
Will be driving from Brugge to Alsace region and would like to find charming hotel to spend the night to cut the trip in half. Any suggestions?

Diane Apr 14th, 2001 10:41 PM

Just thought I'd move this up and give it another try.

nancy Apr 16th, 2001 04:14 AM

Diane, <BR>Just topping you for workday traffic. <BR>Maybe you will get some suggestions now! <BR>Good luck, and have fun!

Rex Apr 16th, 2001 05:39 AM

Diane, <BR> <BR>I hope you won't mind my trying to answer a question based on NO personal experience actually stopping overnight in the Ardennes. <BR> <BR>1. Auberge La Grande Cure, in Marcourt-en-Ardenne, less than 10 km off your direct route from Bruges to Strasbourg - - - - 2 hrs 25 minutes from bruges, 3 hrs 35 minutes from Strasbourg. <BR> <BR>2. Hotel Cap au Vert - - in Grandvoir, also pretty much right on your route - - - - this one is part of the Relais du Silence collection - - - - not every one of the properties listed there actually has a working web site. <BR> <BR>3. Hostellerie Le Sanglier des Ardennes, in Durbuy (a town that gets a lot of "raves" AND "rants" here on this forum). This one is part of the collections "Etapes du bon gout" - - - - note that a number of the listings here ARE just restaurants, but not all. <BR> <BR>4. Want more? (and I realize that you may have already researched this a good deal yourself) - - - - for too many to choose from - - and that's just browsing through Namur and Luxembourg! <BR> <BR>I hope you'll come back here and tell us your good or bad experience with whatever you choose. <BR> <BR>Best wishes, <BR> <BR>Rex <BR>

Georgine Apr 16th, 2001 07:26 AM

We had traveled across Belgium on one of our holidays, and I would recommend Dinant -- a gorgeous riverside town about 20 miles south of Namur. The town spreads on both sides of the river. The part of town on the north bank is actually built into rock cliff walls. There is a 16th fortress sitting on the cliff-top that can be toured. The town is absolutely charming. The part on town on the south bank has a daily morning market, and that shore offers impressive views of the cliffs and the fortress. <BR> <BR>Other towns that would also be a charming option would be Viaden or Echternach in Luxemburg. Viaden has a fairy-tale castle on a steep hilltop in the middle of the village, and Echternach has many medevial ecclesiastical structures and a tourist-friendly main square. <BR> <BR>All three towns are lovely. I'm certain that a web search will give you many viable options for charming hotels in any of the three.

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