Can anyone recommend any where to stay around Belgium / Luxemborg / North East France / West Germany / Holland

Found 19th Mar 2009
We (myself, Misses and 3 year old) are thinking of doing a last minute trip at Easter, taking the ferry Dover to France and then having a bit of a tour around for about a week. Will probably travel around staying one or two nights in any one place.

Am very open minded about the type of accomodation and the location, but it has to be cheap! Would consider anything; camping (have own tent), static caravans, chalets, B&Bs, hotels, guest houses, holiday cottages, in fact ANYTHING as long as it's a bargain. Max budget about £50 per night, but preferable much less!

If you've stayed anywhere in this region and have any tips on places to stay or things to do, would be very welcome. As mentioned, we have a 3 year old, so child friendly is a must.

Many thanks
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I have been to Bruges which is beautiful and De Hann ( on the coast) both are easy to get to. I have stayed in many different hotels, but the best value ones would be the Campanile - Bruges ( campanile-bruges.be) or the Novotel - [url]www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-1033-novotel-brugge-centrum[/url]. Have fun
The Hague, in Holland is a nice place. Has a nice beach and some nice bars on the beach front.
Also brittany in France is really nice and cheap flights there too.
Bruges is nice but Leuven is even nicer, stayed there for 5 weeks at a camp site for £1.20 a night it's been bulldozed now though.

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Home of stella artois
de haan in belgium 30 minutes from holland
45 from france
in france formule1 basic but cheap [url]www.hotelformule1.com/formule1/index.html[/url]
Have a look at HI - Hostelling International, you can take children with you in the hostels (see the homepage for details about children).

Last time I used HI, I was with my brother, we had a night in HI Leuven - Belgium, with a help yourself continental breakfast for £23, for the two of us in a room with two single beds and a shower/wc

FYI, The Leuven HI hostel is very close to the railway station but there's no noise from the trains. The hostel is within walking distance of the Stella Artois brewery, which one can tour around with a guide.. you can book the brewery tour online, but please be aware they wont do a tour in English unless there are a certain amount of people (I forget how many). We tagged onto an OAP bus tour from France and the guide helped us and spoke to us in English when he had a moment to spare. The brewery give you a glass of the real McCoy at the end of the tour (we managed to sample one each, of the 4 on tap, after sweet talking the girl who was serving the drinks). They are very strict about taking photographs at the brewery and will ask you to delete any taken on a digital camera and may ask for the film in a 35mm camera.

The town is a Uni town and so there's quite few places to eat and drink, but is not as cheap as you might think it should be.

Travel by bus/train was very cheap from Charleroi airport where Ryanair fly into and it was easy to get around as everyone was really helpful.
Hotel Ibis are very reasonable and the restraunts in them are usually really nice too! Most are around 35ish Euros a night.
They're all over europe and we have stayed in them for years - they are always clean & have friendly staff that normally speak english.
Have a lovely time!
Sunparks De Haan had a good deal on last year.

A Center Park-lite place that our family really enjoyed.

We rented bikes and had a great time along the front.

If you go there try the "Australian" ice cream parlour in the town - highlight of our trip ( how sad am I !!!)
Thanks for all the suggestions so far, really great, keep them coming. Also quite tempted to head towards Cologne so if anyone knows anything about the western parts of Germany, would be appreciated.
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