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The best hotel in Wurzburg
Driving all the way to Nuremberg in one day, while keeping our sanity, was looking more and more impossible as the day grew nearer. Hubby had the great idea of stopping “halfway” in order to give us all a break and ease into this vacation.
This choice was Würzburg and when he said he had picked the perfect hotel, he wasn’t kidding.
Location was perfect! I couldn’t have asked for a better hotel.
We missed our turn a few times but the GPS kept telling us to make the next right, so not all was lost. I hate when you miss one turn and you practically have to circle the city to try again. All roads lead to our hotel, apparently.
Once we found it, parking was simple. We checked in, offloaded our gear and made our day pack ready for exploring the city in December. We took one look out of our hotel window and bam! Christmas market! Right there! It was insane
We came back around 7 pm, the kids were getting tired and cold. Hubby helped me bring them upstairs, get them ready for bed and popped back downstairs for a snack.
Everything is walking distance from the hotel. Literally everything. So while we never used public transit, we did see lots of trams and buses drive by us as we walked along the streets, so that’s good news.
We only stayed the one night, but the parking situation was pretty calm. Every car was packed into a little space, double even triple parking. Leave the spare key with the reception and away you go. We parked behind a delivery truck and the next morning, our car was moved to the side street while he unloaded and moved on. It was back in its previous spot when we were done exploring the city.
Side note, they allowed us to leave the car, without additional charge, after we checked out. Since check-in isn’t until 3 pm, I imagine there wasn’t a high demand for our spot at noon.
The room was great. Or I should say, the rooms were great, plural. Since we booked this the night before, there wasn’t much left in terms of options. We ended up booking two rooms; one with a double bed and one with a single bed. The single room went to the boys and munchkin brought up his cot. I had the double room and co-slept with the baby.
The kids enjoyed having a room to themselves. I enjoyed not being woken up at 5 am and asked every 10minutes if it was 6 o’clock yet. Being alone with the baby meant she could wake when she wanted to. And she didn’t want to until 7 am. Hubby, on the other hand, can sleep through war (whereas the baby is a very sensitive sleeper). Once the munchkin jumped up at 5 am, he was handed a tablet and all was good in that room. Perfect accommodation scenario to start off the vacation.
Breakfast was cute. It is not included on the reservation but since we didn’t want to hunt down a cafe on Monday morning, we added it to the bill.
Regular breakfast options such as eggs, bacon, yogurt, juice, and breads were served. The kids got to pick it out themselves and they were happy with their choices. They each grabbed an apple on the way out, for a snack later. Who can say no to that?
This hotel is by far, my absolute favorite Christmas market hotel. It was so easy to get to by car, and the location itself is perfect for walking around the city. Just amazing.
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Accommodations in Ypres, Belgium
After finding out that we had been approved for tickets to the Vimy Ridge Battlefield 100th Anniversary Memorial in April, I scurried to find accommodations and weekend plans for the family. Vimy is 400 km from us so it wasn’t exactly a day trip. Needing to be at the shuttle pick up for 10 am meant we couldn’t be far from it that morning, and after spending all day in the sun with the kids, we didn’t want to spend the night too far away either. Keeping on the historical WW1 trend, we decided to visit Ypres the next morning, and considering we would be arriving so late in the evening and didn’t want to stay too far away from the historic center. I didn’t have too many options in terms of budget-friendly hotels but I did manage to find one; this adorable little B&B called Fields of Gold
B&B Fields of Gold
The beautiful Fields of Gold apartment is a B&B and health shop. When first entering the building, the shop is on the left and the apartments are through these amazing doors straight ahead. There isn’t a lift so I was glad that we had only brought the bare minimum. We had rucksacks so we only needed the one trip up the 3 flights of stairs in order to reach our room. This included the wonderful Natalie, the owner, helping us carry the Travel Cot, while we lugged the little ones upstairs.
This is what we saw when we first opened the door… I was floored. This room is AMAZING! It smelled great too. Natalie had used the essential oils from her shop around the whole apartment, in strategic places. I am not an essential oils person, as I am not a fan of scents in any shape or form, but this was great. We were dead tired from our long day at the Vimy Ridge Battlefield 100th Anniversary Memorial and it was around 9 pm by this point so the oils, the lighting, the beautiful looking bed, just helped me relax.
As you can see, the room has everything. It isn’t exactly made for kids, in that the giant walk in shower doesn’t have a door, or the claw-foot tub is smack in the middle of the room, but we have little one’s so we haven’t known privacy in years. I felt like this is the same general situation as a hotel room (the toilet has a door, don’t worry), but a much nicer, larger space. I would definitely recommend this room for other travelers with small children.
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On the plus side, since there are 3 other rooms available at the B&B, two of which are on the second floor, larger families or families with older kids are welcome to purchase two rooms across the hall from each other – or mom and dad get this amazing suite, aptly named “Queen of Heaven”, while the kiddos get the room downstairs. Ah, privacy.
The room does not have a baby bed option, unfortunately. There was a spare mattress available for the Munchkin but we had already brought up his cot. The baby ended up co-sleeping; the bed is King-size so there was more than enough room for her. Like I said, not exactly made for little ones, but we adapted and the location was amazing.
Last little thing I want to mention; the room has a built-in sound system. It was crazy. We played a little something to calm the kids down for bed and there are so many channels to choose from. Although on the negative side, I’m pretty sure hubby wants to buy one now so, there is that.
If you ever find yourself in or near Ypres, I strongly suggest you give B&B Fields of Gold a ring. They do not serve breakfast on Mondays or Tuesdays, but that is so they can have breakfast as a family – how sweet is that?! At a cool 300 meters from the Flanders Field Museum, it is in the perfect location for privacy, and historic touring.
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