Hotel Palace

Bar, Eatery

Ieperstraat 34
Poperinge, 8970

+32 (0)57 33 30 93 | map

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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I had frequented this place on a couple of occasions in the past when we had day trips to the land of the hop, Poperinge. It was decided that we would stay in the Hotel Palace on our Easter 2000 Trip. It is well known by UK CAMRA Members for they offer us a 10% discount when staying here, cool!. A two floor white fronted Hotel run by Guy and Beatrijs. The 11 Hotel rooms are adequate, and a great place to stay whilst touring the Flanders countryside on beer trips. The Railway Station (a Terminus) is only an easy 5 minutes walk away. Try the restaurant, it specialises in Cuisine-a-la-Biere, as well as local Flanders fare. The food is very good, wholesome and highly recommended.
But that is not the best reason to come here. For inside the Hotel is a Bar, people often miss this little gem, for fear that is for residents only – not so. The entrance to the bar is a door on the left as you walk into the Hotel. It seats a good number, but can be full at night-times. Hopheads will fall in love with the draft HommelBier, I know I did. It serves around 100 to 120 beers, so it is no great shakes in the scheme of things – but it has a good solid ‘range’ of beers, including ones from the local Leroy Brewery which I had not tried before. Guy is often to be found behind the wooden bar, and is used to “Belgium-Beer-Freeks”, indeed he was our mentor for many late night sessions during our Easter 2000 weekend, which culminated in a memorable last night when he treated the few of us who made it into the early hours with a bottle of the (then) recently introduced Strawberry Beer from Hanssens, or Erdbier as he called it. A lovely smallish, basic but very friendly bar that is laid back, has real ambience and that I immediately fell in love with. Bed and Breakfast for Two is only something like €65 for the night. Make this base-camp for your next beer trip.

Oct 05, 2002
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DrewBeechum from California

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I both stayed and drank at the Hotel Palace in September of 2001.

As the Bum noted this is not a fancy hotel with electronic locks, 24 hour room service and 57 cable stations in each of the rooms, but really.. who needs it. The rooms are clean and adequate and it makes a suitable and comfortable base camp for operations in this region of Flanders.

Guy and Beatrijs are simply put, excellent hosts to the guest. It really is like staying in someone's home, only without the awkward bathroom questions. :)

Guy opens the cafe in the hotel whenever he feels like it, which really is almost anytime he has a customer. The bar also stays open until Guy is sure you've been adequately cared for. (In one case for myself and several drinking partners till around 3 in the morning.) The bar is well stocked and well glassed with attention and care paid to every pour. Have the Hommelbier, which is now available here in the States, but really it's a hundred times better fresh on draft.

By all mean if you're in this part of the world, come and stay at the Palace and have a grand old time. Just be careful of those steps after visiting Guy's place!

Re-visit in March 2006

After a long hard bike ride for a woefully out of shape me to Sint-Sixtus Abbey, I needed a beer before I could make the train. (I was carrying a ton of luggage)

Caught in the middle of the town parade, the Palace and Guy served as my refuge. They seemed very amused by the American walking in and ordering a Hommelbier with a water back and slamming both in a hurry before ordering the same and taking my time. Even in the middle of the town parade, they were still charming hosts.

Dec 12, 2003
Hotel Palace in Poperinge, Belgium
Place rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 2 ratings